Post Doctoral Fellow


Competition No.  -    A115545515
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position has a term length of one year with the possibility of extension and offers a benefits package which can be viewed at: Postdoctoral Supplemental Benefits.

The Departments of Biochemistry and Oncology within the University of Alberta conduct basic and applied research into the causes and treatments of cancers. This project will involve determining how regulating signaling by decreasing the action of autotaxin and lysophosphatidate (LPA) can be used to decrease the growth and metastasis of breast tumors, improve the efficacy of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and decrease morbidity from these treatments.

Reporting to the Principal Investigators (PIs), Dr. F. Wuest, Professor, and Dr. D. Brindley, Professor, the Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to ongoing research studies focused on novel treatments of breast cancer.


  • Work collaboratively with the PIs to plan and execute experiments
  • Perform projects related to studying the expression and signaling of autotaxin using mouse models and human cells ex vivo
  • Perform techniques cell culture, assays of enzymes and signaling molecules, flow cytometry, Western, PCR, IP, confocal and fluorescence microscopy, in vivo PET imaging
  • Summarize results and disseminate results
  • Day to day laboratory maintenance duties including managing safety guidelines
  • Supervise undergraduate students


  • PhD in oncology, biochemistry or a related field completed within the past 4 years
  • Experience working in a research laboratory environment
  • Extensive experience with cell culture and animal models
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cell signaling
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs), and statistical software (SPSS, STATA)
  • Strong skills in chemical analysis with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Highly developed organizational and time management skills including demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple concurrent projects with competing deadlines

This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. The salary range begins at $40,000 CND per annum depending on experience.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.