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Job Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

Lab/Company name:Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University

Job description:

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University invites applications from outstanding early career investigators for a full-time probationary faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Translational Neuroscience, with particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Candidates with expertise in the areas of brain imaging, computational neuroscience, and big data, as well as experience in both human and animal studies, are of particular interest.

Qualified applicants must have a PhD in Pharmacology, Physiology or a related field as well as an outstanding record of achievement in Neuroscience research and teaching. A strong record of peer-reviewed publications is expected, and success in obtaining peer-reviewed funding will be a clear asset. The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) establish and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program, 2) excel in teaching physiology or pharmacology at the undergraduate and graduate level, 3) supervise undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research trainees, and 4) demonstrate a potential for developing innovative approaches within a collaborative research environment. Salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is the largest basic medical science department in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Our Department is research-intensive, with a strong commitment to graduate, undergraduate, and professional education. Areas of research excellence include pharmacology and physiology of the cardiovascular, neural, musculoskeletal, reproductive and endocrine systems; developmental biology; stem cells and regenerative medicine; pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and drug safety; molecular oncology and chemotherapy. New recruits will have access to state-of-the-art research core facilities. For more information
about our department, please visit

Western is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has a long history of excellence in basic biomedical, applied and clinical research. Western has a full range of academic and professional programs for over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university campus is in London, with a metropolitan census of approximately 530,000, located midway between Toronto and Detroit. London boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music and sporting events and is located close to several lakes and facilities for outdoor activities ( Western’s Recruitment and Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families to the university and city.

The application should include: 1) a detailed Curriculum Vitae, 2) a brief statement of research and teaching accomplishments as well as future plans, 3) copies of representative publications, 4) the names of three referees and 5) the completed Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form

Please email the above materials as individual PDF attachments, in confidence to:
Dr. Frank Beier, Chair
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2021. Expected
start date is July 1, 2021 or as negotiated with the successful applicant.


Contact Name: Dr. Frank Beier


Job Title: Graduate Student positions available

Lab/Company name: Weber Lab, McGill University

Job description:

The Weber Lab at McGill University is actively recruiting talented graduate students to join our interdisciplinary team. We use quantitative live-cell imaging and physical modeling to understand how biological systems establish and dynamically regulate spatial organization. We are particularly interested in the nucleolus, a membraneless organelle that assembles through liquid-liquid phase separation.

We use the nematode C. elegans to investigate how organisms regulate the composition, morphology and material properties of the nucleolus in response to developmental and environmental conditions, and how these changes impact ribosome biogenesis and worm physiology.

MSc and PhD positions are available starting in January or September 2021. Students can enter through one of three graduate programs: Biology, Physics or Quantitative Life Sciences, depending on background and interests. If you are passionate about science and eager to address challenging problems at the interface of cell biology and physics, then please contact Steph Weber to discuss research opportunities.


Contact Name: Steph Weber



Job Title: University Assistant – Postdoctoral Researcher

Lab/Company name:Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Graz University of Technology, Leila Taher Lab

Job description:

A position for a postdoctoral researcher is available in Leila Taher’s group at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics ( at Graz University of Technology (Austria). We develop and apply regulatory genomics and systems biology approaches to analyze large genomic datasets. Our long-term goal is to gain novel insights into the mechanisms and evolution of differential gene expression.

Please note that, despite the focus of the institute, this is not a bioinformatics position.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply for this position, candidates should have:
• Completed doctoral studies or equivalent in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, or a similar field.
• Practical laboratory experience sequencing with Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
• Profound knowledge and practical laboratory experience in the field of molecular genetics (DNA extraction and amplification, library preparation, cloning, qRT-PCR, etc.).

In addition, the ideal candidate should:
• Be highly motivated to independently familiarize herself/himself with a topic and develop solutions.
• Be interested in multidisciplinary work.
• Have strong logical and analytical skills.
• Have strong organizational skills.
• Be creative, independent, and self-motivated.
• Have very good written and oral English.
• Have good interpersonal skills.
• Have experience in project management, including the preparation of research proposals.
• Didactic competence and teaching experience.

Ability and willingness to teach courses in the Biomedical Engineering Bachelor and Master programs. Experience with analytical and statistical interpretation of quantitative data as well as Machine Learning would be an additional advantage.

Biological nanopores are an exciting new class of biosensors, which found practical application is in single- molecule DNA sequencing and single-molecule analysis. The successful candidate will develop, engineer and re-design biological nanopores to identify and characterize regulatory elements as well as detect epigenetic modifications in eukaryotic genomes. Relevant literature includes:
• Wang et al. Single-molecule long-read sequencing reveals the chromatin basis of gene expression. 2019.
• Dhillon et al. Combinatorial analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae regulatory elements. 2019.

Initially, part of the work will be dedicated to setting-up the lab (purchasing equipment, developing, and implementing protocols for calibration, performance verification, and operating procedures, establishing a maintenance program, provide training for all operators).

Main responsibilities include:
• Establishing and implementing protocols to sequence eukaryotic genomes and characterize eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Designing and implementing protocols for sequencing eukaryotic genomes and characterizing eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Developing, optimizing, and improving assays using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Independently planning, executing and evaluating laboratory experiments in the field of gene regulation.
• Evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting sequencing data.
• Documenting, representing, and presenting results.
• Preparing scientific publications.
• Teaching.
• Acquisition of research projects and third-party funding.
• Training and further education (participation in conferences, continuing education, etc.).
• Administrative and organizational tasks in teaching and research.

What we offer:
The position is for a fixed term of six years and will be paid according to category B1 of the collective agreement for employees of Austrian universities. This currently
results in a monthly gross salary in the amount of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year), which may increase based on previous experience.

Leila Taher ( Reference number: 7200/20/042

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted by August 31st, 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Roderick Bloem, preferably by e-mail (, indicating the reference number “7200/20/042” in the subject of the e-mail and including in a single PDF file the following documents:
• A cover letter stating the candidate's motivation to apply and the reason(s) why she/he should be selected for the position.
• A CV.
• List of publications.
• Copies of certificates and transcripts.
• A research statement that outlines your interest in the topic.
• The contact information of two referees.

Please cc Leila Taher ( on your application.

Salary:Gross salary of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year) with possible increase based on experience

Contact Name: Leila Taher


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