Available Positions

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

1) 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 2022 but flexible

2) 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). ***