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Positions for postdocs


This is a list of some, but not all, of the current postdoc positions in Biology.  Please feel free to contact ANY faculty members directly with your inquiry.

This list also includes some positions available at other instutions. 

Posted: MAY 28, 2013

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Post-Doctoral Position

Insect and Viral Molecular Biology

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to participate in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research program focusing on the genomics and molecular biology of Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper) and the baculovirus Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovius (AcMNPV).  The fellow will undertake research to identify and characterize T. ni midgut epithelial proteins that interact with the AcMNPV per os infectivity factor (PIF) complex to initiate viral entry and infection. The project will involve a comparative proteomics analysis of the midgut epithelium followed by receptor-ligand interaction studies in a unique insect cell culture system. The fellow will have access to a large midgut EST database, insect cell culture and viral molecular biology facilities. The aim is to understand the mechanism(s) underlying host range/specificity in AcMNPV to improve the efficacy of biological pest control agents.

The successful candidate should have a background in biochemistry, molecular biology, virology or a related discipline and be eligible for employment in a Canadian Government Laboratory through the Visiting Fellows program (

Tenure: Until March 31, 2016

Salary: $47,234+ (Cdn) commensurate with experience

Closing Date: Until positions filled

Select Publications:

Toprak U, Baldwin D, Erlandson M, Gillott C, Harris S and Hegedus DD (2013) In vitro and in vivo application of RNA interference for targeting genes involved in peritrophic matrix synthesis in a lepidopteran system. Insect Science 20:92-100

Nie Y, Fang M, Erlandson, MA and Theilmann, D (2012) Analysis of the AcMNPV overlapping gene pair lef3 and ac68 reveals that AC68 is a per os infectivity factor (PIF6) and LEF3 is critical, but not essential for virus replication.  J. Virology 86: 3985-3994. 

Toprak U, Harris S, Baldwin D, Theilmann D, Gillott C, Hegedus DD and Erlandson M (2012) The role of enhancin in Mamestra configurata nucleopolyhedrovirus virulence: Selective degradation of host peritrophic matrix proteins. J. Gen. Virol. 93:744-753.

Toprak U, Erlandson ME and Hegedus DD (2011) Peritrophic Matrix Proteins. Trends Entomology 6: 23-51.

Hegedus DD, Erlandson M, Gillott C and Topra, U (2009) New insights into peritrophic matrix synthesis, architecture and function. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 54:285-302.

Please forward your application to either of the following:

Drs. Martin Erlandson (Virology) or Dwayne Hegedus (Insect Molecular Biology)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   

107 Science Place, Saskatoon SK, S7N 0X2                                                                                                

E-mail: or

Posted: FEBRUARY 08, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate in Quantitative Transcriptomics of Poplar Trees
Department of Biology & Centre for Forest Biology
University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada

Project Description:
The position offered is part of a team investigating the genomic basis of biofuel related phenotypic variation in the tree genus Populus (with particular reference to wood, biomass, and adaptive traits) using true whole genome association genetics. This involves whole genome and transcriptome re-sequencing of hundreds of natural accessions. Within this team effort, the successful candidate will be primarily responsible for analyzing post-assembly transcriptome data. This includes, but is not limited to expression profiling and grouping, functional annotation, pathway mapping, trait/ gene expression correlation analyses, allele-specific and splice-variant specific expression, and eQTL analyses. You will be working in close contact with bioinformaticians, population geneticists, and specialists in plant physiology, molecular biology and wood chemistry.

We seek individuals with a strong background in the computational analyses of large-scale transcriptome data focusing on biological/functional interpretation. A background or firm interest in plant biology/cell wall biochemistry is required. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent work experience in this field. Preference will be given to candidates with a relevant publication record. Excellent communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team are required.

Position Detail:
The position is offered for a duration of two years and is targeted to an entry-level postdoctoral researcher. The position is available immediately and an anticipated starting date will be May 2012. Evaluations of applicants will start February 15th and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. You will be located at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and will work with team members at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, and other institutions across Canada and internationally.

For further information about the position and for submission of an application package, please contact:            Dr. Jürgen Ehlting
Department of Biology & Centre for Forest Biology
University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, people of any sexual orientation and gender, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Posted: JULY 22, 2011


A postdoctoral fellow/associate position is available immediately for scientists interested in the application of stem cell technology to study the molecular and biochemical basis of lysosomal storage diseases.

We are looking for a recent Ph.D. graduate in molecular and cell  biology/biochemistry or related discipline, preferably with previous experience in stem cell and neuronal cell research, to participate in a project on reprogramming cultured skin fibroblasts from Gaucher disease patients to become induced pluripotent stem cells for differentiation to neuronal cells. Our aim is to establish an in vitro model to study the cell biology, biochemistry, and electrophysiology that lead to neurodegeneration in Gaucher disease

Initial appointment is for a one-year period and is renewable subject to receipt of a satisfactory progress report by the funding agency after six months. Salary will be commensurate with the candidates' experience. Please send your curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three references via email to:

Francis Choy, Ph.D.
Biology Department, Centre for Biomedical Research
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3020, Station CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3N5
Tel. (250) 721-7107

Postdoc positions in cellular neuroscience with Dr. Delaney.  
Details here:

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