Post Doctoral Fellow in Computational Aspects of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

University of Calgary


Post Doctoral Fellow in Computational Aspects of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology


Job ID: 16682

Updated: October 16, 2018

Location: Other


Position Description


Area : Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education 

Duration: 2 years 

Start date: January 2019 

Salary : $55,000 per year plus benefits


Dr. Sarah Childs of the Department of Biochemistry in the Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Dr. Kristina Rinker of the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education and Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine, and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Aspects of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.


Job Description:

Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow in Vascular Computational Analysis


A postdoctoral fellow is sought to participate in a study to better understand the role of genetic changes on the development and dysfunction of cerebral vasculature. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Sarah Childs and Kristina Rinker, their teams and collaborators to advance our understanding of vascular dysfunction enabling future diagnostics and therapeutic strategies. The project entails the use of imaging to capture vascular characteristics and further evaluation with computational tools for quantification of the effect of genetic changes on the architecture, wall properties and blood flow in models of genetic disease. The Childs labs has extensive experience in creation of genetic models in zebrafish, while the Rinker lab supplies engineering and computational expertise.


We seek a creative, energetic, and self-directed postdoc for a two-year term as part of the University of Calgary Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The Childs lab interests can be found here: , and the Rinker lab interests can be found here:


The postdoc will work in two areas at the University of Calgary, in newly renovated labs within the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in the Centre for Bioengineering Research. State of the art computational, imaging and molecular biology facilities are available.



  • We seek a creative, energetic postdoc to work on a funded project, available immediately

  • A PhD degree in biomedical engineering or similar field within the past 3 years is desired

  • Experience in computational fluid dynamics required

  • Experience with cardiovascular systems, analysis of images, and machine learning is beneficial

  • Knowledge of developmental or vascular biology would be an asset

  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills are desirable

  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success


Application Details:

Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter outlining their interests, and the names of 3 references to Dr. Sarah Childs,  by January 14, 2019. Please note that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine and Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine and Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.


About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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