Post Doctoral Scholar in the Area of Gut Microbiome, Nutrition and Chronic Disease

University of Calgary



Position Description

Area: Gut microbiome, nutrition and chronic disease                            
Duration: 2 years               
Start date: September 1, 2019       
Salary: $55,000

The Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of gut microbiome, nutrition and chronic disease.

Job Description:

Obesity and other chronic metabolic diseases are a major public health crisis. A growing body of evidence links the gut microbiota to obesity and multiple other diseases. The gut microbiota is particularly vulnerable to perturbation during critical periods in early life. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for studies in rodents that examine the impact of early life antibiotic exposure on the developing gut microbiota and the impact on obesity risk. Dietary strategies to mitigate obesity risk will be examined. The Reimer lab is internationally recognized for their use of prebiotics to modulate gut microbiota.


Applicants should have a PhD in an area related to microbiota, nutrition or chronic disease models. A background in nutrition is an asset but not required. Bioinformatics training/experience directly linked to gut microbiota is important. Applicants with strong microbiota bioinformatics skills not directly related to obesity or nutrition are encouraged to apply if they have strong potential to transfer their skills to these areas of application. 

Application details:  

Interested applicants should email a copy of their graduate degree transcripts and CV to Dr. Raylene Reimer at: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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 Faculty of Kinesiology visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

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