Available Positions

Currently Accepting Applicants for Graduate Students or Postdoctoral Associates (PDA):


1) PDA (preferred) or Graduate Student (ideally with MSc) for COVID-19 related research projects (3 years+ funding available)

  • Qualified applicants will possess an MD and/or PhD with basic science training ideally in tissue engineering and imaging demonstrated by a related publication record. This CIHR funded project focuses on human vascular responses to SARS-CoV2 using a proprietary vascularized 3D human lung on a chip. Work includes use of the Univ. of Calgary's BSL3 facility (training will be provided) which houses advanced tissue culture equipment plus an Sp8 Leica resonant scanning confocal with 4-detectors dedicated to this project. Involvement in an ongoing collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, pathologists, immunologists, and virologists will be important.

        • JOB Posting: Link coming

        • Anticipated Start Dates - Immediate - September 2021 (flexible)


2) Graduate Student or PDA for COVID-19 related research projects (3 years+ funding available)

  • Qualified applicants will possess an MD and/or PhD with basic science training in tissue engineering and imaging demonstrated by a strong related publication record. This funded project focuses on exploring stromal cell (alveolar epithelial, fibroblast and macrophage) responses to mechanical stretch as regulators of vascular homeostasis and organ function. Focus is on the cellular communication pathways that maintain vascular quiescence and understand how these may be perturbed during inflammatory insults. The project involves advancing pre-existing human inducible pluripotent stem cell culture and primary cell culture, CRISPR-Cas9, sequencing and advanced image and functional analysis. Most techniques are already being established in lab.

        • JOB Posting: Link coming

        • Anticipated Start Dates - April 2021 to early 2022 (flexible)


3) Graduate Students or Postdoctoral Associates for Severe Malaria-related projects on microvascular dysfunction in the human brain and lung (3-5 years funding available)

  • Qualified applicants will possess BSc in related biomedical or bioengineering discipline, minimum GPA of 3.5 (last 1-2 years), and with some basic science training in human tissue culture. Expectation for graduate students is to complete a 2-3 Masters and PhD students to complete PhD (by 5 years no prior MSc, or 4 years with prior MSc). PDA will be expected to have prior experience in tissue culture of CNS cells (astrocytes, neurons), molecular techniques, imaging acquisition/analysis. Parasitology experience including work with culture of Plasmodium falciparum is preferred but not expected. This project focuses on understanding stromal cell responses to an involves both international and local collaborations with clinicians, neuroscientists, tissue engineers, and sequencing experts (scRNAseq).

        • JOB Posting: Link coming

        • Anticipated Start Dates - Immediate to Late 2021 but flexible


4) FUTURE postings are planned for cancer and infectious diseases projects - very strong applicants interested will be considered but the lab is not actively advertising for this project at present.


Currently Accepting Applicants for Undergraduate Projects:

  • Qualified applicants will be in process of obtaining an undergraduate degree related to medicine, health sciences, biology, engineering or biomedical sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (last 1-2 years). Preference will be given to those with prior basic science training in human tissue culture with a limited number of spots available for those with otherwise no tissue culture experience but strong academic background. Preference will also be given to those interested in future honors and graduate studies projects. A variety of projects focused on assessing basic tissue culture techniques, 3D tissue model design / advancement related to microfluidics / automation / sensor integration plus image and sequencing databases analysis / programming are available. All undergraduates will be partnered with a more senior lab member.


All trainees will be provided:

  • Frequent (daily-weekly) direct supervision by the lab PI, have a detailed career development / mentoring plan, be encouraged to obtain additional training outside the lab (eg university MyGrad courses), attend conferences annually, and contribute new lab projects during training.


***For Inquiries, please contact Lab PI Mark Gillrie Directly - mark.gillrie@ucalgary.ca with CV, most recent transcripts (undergrad and graduates not PDA), and brief message of interest (1-2 paragraphs). Potential candidates will be contacted and references requested (2-3 for possible graduate students and PDAs, and 1 for undergraduates). ***