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Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate

Job Title:  Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate

Location and Supervisor: Jo-Anne Dillon Laboratory, Professor Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine. Laboratory located at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization – International Vaccine Centre. University of Saskatchewan

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is the responsibility to research ongoing and new projects related to bacterial sexually transmitted infections, focusing on antimicrobial susceptibility and the development and validation of molecular diagnostics and studies on population genomics.

Nature of Work: This is a high volume position requiring the ability to work under pressure in a fast paced, research intensive environment. The appointee will: interact with a diverse group including the principal investigator, students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians and others employed in the research laboratory; plan and conduct research projects; assist in writing research proposals, papers, presentations and seminars; and contribute to other lab projects as required.


  • Managing identified research projects (design implementation, analysis and communication) especially in the area of molecular diagnostics and population genomics of STIs
  • Developing and implementing standard operating protocols (SOP’s)
  • Assisting in the formulation of research projects (identification of funding opportunities, conceptualization and writing of grant proposals)
  • Disseminating research results by preparing manuscripts, drafting reports/abstracts, and preparing or presenting materials for seminars, posters, or other communications
  • Collaborating and building relationships with experts as required
  • Appraising and critically consulting research literature
  • Ensuring that data are properly recorded, analyzed and interpreted
  • Supervising and training students and other trainees as needed
  • Recommending and preparing rationales for purchases
  • Following safety regulations

Salary Information: The salary range will be negotiated as appropriate and considering experience for a Postdoctoral Fellow (range 35,000 -50,000$Can) funded through an on-going grant to the PI.

Education: Minimum of a PhD in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Biochemistry or related discipline.

Experience: Research experience working with in the molecular biology and diagnosis of bacterial STIs, for example N. gonorrhoeae, is critical. DNA sequencing and bioinformatics analysis experience is important, along with a peer-reviewed publication record.

Skills. Project management skills and ability to conduct research independently are desired. Excellent interpersonal and technical skills are required.  The applicant must be capable of problem solving, analysis and interpretation of data, as well as writing grant applications, scientific papers, and preparing presentations. Suitable verbal and written communication skills  are essential.

Term: The position will be for a two-year term initially. To be eligible as a PDF, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within five years immediately preceding the appointment. The duration of the appointment is renewable to a maximum of five years from the date of PhD.

Please send applications to by 06 April 2017; include a brief cover letter explaining why you are suitable for the position, an up-to-date resume, relevant academic transcripts and the names of three references. The subject of the Email should be “PDF application in STIs and population genomics”, followed by the name of the applicant.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.