Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Experimental Therapeutics

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Postdoctoral Fellow in our Experimental Therapeutics Department.

Job Posting #897871

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Site: Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Department: Experimental Therapeutics
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full Time (1 year)

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,600 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN’s seven research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

We are seeking a recent PhD graduate or an MD to join a lively research group. The successful candidate will lead a project related to the transplantation of microvessels in a large animal model of MI for remuscularization and is a continuation of the work in small animal models published recently (Sun et al, Science Translational Medicine 2020; Aghazadeh et al, Cell Stem Cell 2021).

The ideal candidate will coordinate the different aspects of cell transplantation into an infarcted pig and monitoring/assessing outcomes (MRI, cardiac telemetry, immunoshistochemistry) and will be responsible for all aspects of the research, including animal ordering, coordination of surgeries (booking OR and surgeon time, scheduling MRI etc.).

Ideal candidate will be extremely attentive to detail, able to coordinate multiple tasks and to work on a fast-paced environment. Fellow will lead a multidisciplinary team (surgeons, techs) and will ensure the well-being of the animals. Experience in large animal models and histology/immunohistochemistry is desirable but not required. This project has high translational potential and applicability to several transplantation and disease models.

The fellow will have access to in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research models, as well as various research techniques and advanced equipment, as well as surgical and technical support. The successful candidate is expected to qualify for training grants and fellowships. As part of the training, the successful candidate will work as part of one or more projects and will acquire the research skills to be proficient in designing, managing, and performing experiments. You will also be expected to collect and analyse data and deliver experimental research reports when necessary, writing scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and present research data internally and externally. The fellow will also have the opportunity to write and be part in the preparation of external grant applications and fellowships. Our lab is committed to providing strong mentorship and training to its members.

Applicants must be passionate about conducting scientific research, demonstrate ethics and integrity, and can work both independently and as an effective member of a research team.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste a cover letter including a brief statement of research accomplishments and career goals along with contact information for three references. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posting Date: April 28, 2022                             Closing Date: May 26, 2022

More information and apply here.