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University of Calgary Postdoctoral Fellowships

1. Post Doctoral Scholar, Fault Detection and Diagnostics, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Job ID: 26411

Updated: July 18, 2022

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Fault detection and diagnostics    
Duration: 12+ months     
Start date: Negotiable start date    
Salary: $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year, plus University of Calgary Postdoctoral Health Insurance     

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of Fault detection and diagnostics. 

Job Description:
This postdoctoral position involves designing fault detection and diagnostics algorithms to build a digital twin of industrial pumps to estimate their condition, predict their failure and schedule maintenance. It involves designing experiments, including sensor selection, data collection and defining effective data features, and design of ML algorithms. 

This position is available in the Intelligent Dynamics and Control Laboratory (IDCL) at the University of Calgary in collaboration with one of the leading companies in this field. The postdoc is expected to spend 75% of their time at the company site, and 25% at the university. Thus, the postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the supervisor and researchers at the company and will be given the opportunity for career growth and development, in both academia and industry.  

We value diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who further enhance our diversity.

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting recent Ph.D. in Mechanical, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or a related field with a focus on fault detection and diagnostics, machine learning, and data science. Excellent verbal and scientific written English communication skills and programming skills are required.

Experience and/or strong record of publications in the following areas: 

  • Machine Learning theory and data-driven modeling and statistics
  • Signal processing/statistical data analysis (time domain and frequency domain)
  • Real-time anomaly detection algorithms 
  • Data-driven condition monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance

Experience in the following areas is an asset: 

  • Pump controllers
  • Fluid dynamics

Application details:  
For full consideration, please submit your applications as soon as possible but no later than Sep 1st, 2022via email to Dr. Mahdis Bisheban (mahdis.bisheban@ucalgary.ca) with the subject line “Postdoc Application- Fault detection and diagnostics”. All applications must include: 

  • Cover letter including relevant research experience and statement of research interest,
  • Sample of relevant publications,
  • Current CV; 
  • (unofficial or official) copies of diplomas/university certificates; and 
  • Names and contact information of at least two (2) referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience to support your application

The start date is negotiable, but candidates who can begin sooner will be given preference. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience and subject to regulations for stipends for postdoctoral fellows.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position. https://research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs/postdoctoral-appointments/postdoc-guidelines 

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate to begin work as soon as possible. 

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. 

2. Postdoctoral Scholar, Production Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 26337

Updated: July 8, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:         Bacterial Genomics and Infection Transcriptomics                       

Duration:   2 Years

Start Date:  Fall 2022

Salary:      $45-55,000 $CAD per year plus Plan C health benefits

The Department of Production Animal Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Genomics and Bio-informatics.

Project Title:

Resolving bovine bacterial diseases with genomics and transcriptomics.

Job Description:

Our lab is specialized in bovine bacterial diseases. We are studying Paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease), bovine mastitis, and digital dermatitis. We are looking for a creative, motivated postdoc to conduct independent research by employing RNA-seq, single cell transcriptomics, Tn-seq and bacterial comparative genomics. The postdoc will collaborate with other members of the lab and be part of a vibrant lab with access to all state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the project.
Johne’s disease is a chronic intestinal infectious disease causing huge economic impact on the dairy industry. Current control measures are held up by low sensitivity and low specificity of available diagnostic tests and failure of existing vaccines to prevent infection. Available vaccines do not provide enough protection to the host, nor do they prevent the spread of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), the causative agent. It is known that MAP subverts the host immune system by using macrophages as its primary reservoir. But the mechanisms how MAP vaccines can provide protection against natural infections are not yet fully understood. We are using state-of-the-art methodologies, including RNA-seq transcriptomics, to study the effect of infection with WT and vaccine strains on gene expression related to inflammatory processes and tolerance. We are also interested Single Cell Transcriptomics applied to cells isolated from intestinal tissue to help us characterize the genes involved in JD pathogenesis and protection pathways.

Digital dermatitis (DD), the leading cause of infectious lameness in dairy cattle. The painful and ulcerative lesions that characterize DD compromise animal welfare and lead to significant economic losses. Multiple species of Treponema, a pathogenic anaerobic bacterium, and other anaerobe are consistently found in DD lesions and rarely isolated from healthy hooves. We believe that synergistic interactions among bacterial species contribute to the pathogenesis and severity of the disease. We will use comparative genomics on whole genome sequences of strains isolated from these lesions to discover virulence genes and mechanisms.

Bovine mastitis is the most impactful disease on dairy farms, caused by intramammary infections with bacterial pathogens. We are using microbiome analysis, bacterial genomics and Tn-seq approaches to better understand the pathogenicity of bovine mastitis pathogens and the potential role of commensals.


  • A PhD in genomics or bio-informatics and undergraduate degree in biology or animal sciences or equivalent
  • A publication record demonstrating excellence
  • Demonstrable expertise in RNA-seq data analysis and enrichment pathway analysis
  • At least one publication related to transcriptomic analysis, preferably by RNA-seq
  • Demonstrable expertise in next gen sequencing library preparation
  • Exemplary critical thinking skills and a demonstrated ability to troubleshoot independently
  • Communication: Fluency in English, both written and oral. Experience presenting to an academic audience is required
  • Time-management: The applicant must have excellent time management skills and be able to work in a self-directed manner within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Supervision: Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is an asset

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  

List the contact information and method of the application (i.e. mail, email); include the deadline for submitting applications.  Include any relevant websites.

All applications must include in an email to jdebuck@ucalgary.ca :

  • single-page cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • academic transcripts
  • statement of research interest and career goals
  • a list of three references contacts

Review of applications will begin immediately. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

About UCVM
UCVM is a dynamic veterinary faculty in Western Canada that is committed to strengthen the connections between animal health, public health, and the environment. UCVM faculty works across disciplines and Departments, fostering collaborative research, teaching and service. Descriptions of the Faculty and its departments can be found on the UCVM website (www.vet.ucalgary.ca).

Review of the applicants will begin immediately. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

3. Postdoctoral Scholar, Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26336

Updated: July 8, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:         Radon, KT and public health                     

Duration:   2 Years

Start Date:  September 1st 2022 or later 

Salary:       $60,000/year plus Benefits

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and Department of Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar Position in public health and knowledge translation on the unintended consequences of COVID-19 on radon exposure.

Job Description:

We have a position for postdoctoral training in public health, KT and radon gas exposure. The postdoctoral scholar will examine the unintended consequences of COVID-19-related public health measures on Canadians’ exposure to carcinogenic radon gas. This post-doctoral scholar position would be under the co-supervision and mentorship of Dr. Cheryl Peters, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology and Senior Scientist for Cancer Prevention at the BCCDC/BC Cancer, and Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, Associate Professor in Oncology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Both Dr. Peters and Goodarzi are members of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and the scholar would work alongside the study teams leading CAREX Canada and Evict Radon (details below).

The hypothesis of our CIHR-funded study is that lung injuries from COVID-19 pneumonia will, as is the case for comparably less damaging typical pneumonia(s), increase lung cancer risk in people who do not smoke and make them more susceptible to the negative effects of radon exposure. As radon exposures are also rising, this produces the highly undesirable scenario of heightened lung cancer susceptibility with greater causative exposure, all as a wider health consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation will disproportionately impact those who are experiencing disability – already a marginalized group – even more.

We are experts in environmental exposure science, leading the Evict Radon (Dr. Goodarzi) and Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada (Dr. Peters) projects that have coupled strong knowledge translation outcomes with large databases of lung cancer-causing radon gas exposure in Canada. The candidate will have the opportunity to be a fully integrated member of both of these teams, interacting with staff and students across the projects and contributing to other relevant cancer prevention initiatives as they relate to the candidate’s expertise and interests.

The responsibilities of the Postdoctoral scholar include (but may not be limited to):

  • Leading of survey design and implementation activities, data analysis, and preparation of reports and publications;
  • Assisting in the design, writing and submission of research ethics applications to local research ethics boards.
  • Applying for independent post-doctoral fellowship opportunities in collaboration with Dr. Peters and Goodarzi, as opportunities arise.
  • Knowledge translation activities including stakeholder engagement, design and implementation of knowledge translation efforts (including organizing webinars and creating and sharing tailored data and knowledge products to stakeholders (e.g. by working with knowledge brokers to create policy recommendations, creating policy briefs), and leading scientific publications;
  • Supervision of trainee program staff, and potential contribution to undergraduate and graduate student mentorship;
  • Pursuit of scholarly activities as applicable to the Postdoctoral Scholar’s areas of expertise (e.g., contributing to future grant development, collaborating on manuscripts and relevant projects, undergoing pertinent professional development activities).
  • Speaking about this work in academic and public forums, as opportunities arise.
  • Engaging with stakeholder groups including but not limited to advisory groups of Canadians experiencing disability (and their caregivers).


The successful candidate will have recently graduated (in the last 2-3 years) with a PhD in Population and Public Health, Epidemiology, Knowledge Translation, or equivalent and have excellent academic credentials. Evidence of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly presentations is required. The individual should have excellent statistical and analytical skills and experience with survey design and analysis (e.g. using Qualtrics, SAS, STATA, or R). The candidate should be capable of working independently and have excellent oral and written English communication skills. Past experiences in engaged KT research work is desirable (e.g. implementation projects, evaluations, stakeholder engagement, etc.). Experience and familiarity with research ethics applications (and obtaining approvals) is beneficial.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  

Individuals interested in this dynamic field of research should submit their curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests and goals.

Please send application materials to:

Dr. Cheryl Peters (cheryl.peters@ucalgary.ca)  

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

Review of the applicants will begin immediately. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

4. Postdoctoral Scholar, Organic Materials, Department of Chemistry

Job ID: 26232

Updated: July 4, 2022

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Welch Research Group

Nature of the Work 

This is a full-time position within the Department of Chemistry reporting to Professor Gregory Welch. The job entails chemistry-based research and development centred on the design, synthesis, characterization, and coating of organic conjugated materials for use as active in printed sensor devices. The work will combine both organic materials design and synthesis and the development of printed sensing devices. The successful candidate is expected to work on campus, in a laboratory setting 5-days per week. The job requires use of organic and inorganic chemicals/solvents in a controlled laboratory setting. 

The post-doc will work as part of an integrated team with expectations of publishing work in high impact journals, having work covered by patent applications, and commercializing the technology. 

The post-doc will be expected to apply for internal and external funding.

Primary Purpose of the Position:
•    Synthesize current organic conjugated molecules at-scale (>10 gram)
•    Derivatize current organic conjugated molecules for chemical and light sensing
•    Optimize the large area slot-die coating of organic conjugated molecules for chemical and light sensing

•    Post-secondary degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science.
•    Minimum two years’ experience in the synthesis of organic conjugated materials for electronic applications. 
•    Experience with solution to film coating methods, ideally slot-die coating. 
•    Demonstrated ability to conduct organic chemistry in a fume-hood, organometallic chemistry in an inter-atmosphere glove box and vacuum/gas line. 
•    Proficient at running NMR spectroscopic experiments, optical absorption experiments, electrochemical experiments, and all related data processing and analysis. 
•    Experience with organic film formation and characterization using force and optical microscopy. 

Accountabilities, Tasks, and Duties: 
•    Deliver on provide project milestones
•    Conduct wet laboratory tests, experiments, and analysis to assist in the goals of the research. 
•    Develop laboratory protocols to create libraires of new organic conjugated materials for sensing
•    Develop laboratory protocols to make champion materials on processing scale (i.e. 10 gram scale)
•    Monthly progress report in the form of power-point slides are required. 
•    Formal reports summarizing project progress every 6-months
•    Write scientific papers and file patent applications.
•    Entrepreneurial opportunities exist.         

Salary, Term, and Start Date:
•    Salary ranges from $40-50K/year plus benefits for a post-doctoral fellow (PhD required)
•    Term is set for one year. Additional years funding and salary increases are available and subject to meeting and/or exceeding project goals. 
•    Start Date: August to October 2022.  

Application Deadline: August 4, 2022


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