Postdoctoral Fellow

MED Cell Biology

Competition No.  -    A114745970
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


Dr. Qiumin Tan Laboratory

Role of Cajal-Retzius cells in brain development and function

A postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Qiumin Tan, in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Alberta to study the role of Cajal-Retzius cells in brain development and function. We are especially interested in: (1) the developmental programmed cell death mechanism of Cajal-Retzius cells, (2) the functions of these cells in the adult brain, and (3) the communication of Cajal-Retzius cells with neural and non-neural cell types.

Position is for one year initially with the possibility of extension. 


  • Candidates must be within two years (24 months) of completing their PhD degree in a discipline related to biology.
  • Demonstrated scientific productivity and a minimum of one peer-reviewed publication during PhD.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • The following experience is required: basic molecular and cell biology and biochemistry techniques (e.g., DNA, RNA and protein work, molecular cloning, ChIP/CUT&RUN, immunohistochemistry, FACS, cell culture, etc.), confocal or other advanced microscopy techniques.
  • The following experience is preferred: mouse neurobehavioral assays, AAV (or other viruses)-mediated genetic manipulation in the mouse brain, stereotaxic injection, chemogenetics and/or optogenetics.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

To Apply:

Please email your CV, a cover letter (maximum one page) that outlines your research experience, career goals, why you are a good fit for the project, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Qiumin Tan
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology
5-14 Medical Sciences Building
University of Alberta

Closing date:

Screening for candidates starts immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

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.