Post-doctoral Fellow

MED Medical Microbio & Immunol

Competition No.  -    A112650872
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position has an end date of one year with the possibility of extension.

Location - North campus

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department summary

The mission of the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology is to provide an enriched environment for research, education and training in the field of infection and immunity that links molecular mechanisms to disease, treatment and prevention.

Position summary

A full-time post-doctoral fellowship position is available in the Tsai lab ( ) at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

We are interested in exploring the underlying mechanisms linking immune dysregulation to diseases such as autoimmune type 1 diabetes and obesity-related insulin resistance, and cancer. We apply cutting-edge tools, such as multi-dimension flow cytometry, and RNA-seq, and metabolic profiling to study primary lymphocytes derived from animal models of autoimmune diseases and diet-induced obesity.

The projects to be undertaken are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/JDRF and the Cancer Research Society and will explore the impact of insulin resistance T lymphocytes in antitumor immune surveillance. Another project will investigate the underlying metabolic alterations in pathogenic vs regulatory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in autoimmune diabetes.

Candidates with a doctoral degree within 1 year and have experience in lymphocyte biology, molecular/cellular immunology, immunometabolism, in vivo mouse models, flow cytometry, and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Please send CV to

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in immunology/metabolism/autoimmunity fields.
  • A strong publication record in high impact journals.

Preferred Qualification

  • Extensive experience in immunology and/or immunometabolism techniques and/or single cell sequencing bioinformatic analysis will be considered an advantage.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.