Job Openings

The Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases (CPPFD) provides a training environment wherein different laboratories and technologies converge on the common problems presented by protein folding diseases. Conversely, young scientists can extend the boundaries of our knowledge in these diseases and advance the collective mission of the institute. Beyond the four walls of the CPPFD there are many opportunities to collaborate with other laboratories at the University of Alberta, with prion researchers at the University of Calgary and with neuroscientists affiliated with the Campus Alberta Neuroscience initiative.

At this time work in the CPPFD encompasses the disciplines of molecular genetics, cell biology, neurochemistry, protein chemistry, systems biology, transgenesis and molecular ecology, with the programs of the individual laboratories being listed elsewhere on this website. We are always interested in recruiting highly motivated students and postdoctoral fellows and prospective candidates should direct their inquiries to the individual principal investigators in our centre.


Postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Neurodegeneration

We seek a talented and passionate scientist to join the Westaway lab. Dr. Westaway’s group is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of initiation and spreading of neurological diseases including frontotemporal lobar dementia, late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease and sporadic CJD.

The aim of this specific project is to determine the role of gut microbiota and their metabolites in the development of frontotemporal lobar dementia in a transgenic mouse model. This project will involve analysis of microbial populations and their metabolites, analysis of brain tissue and work with cell culture paradigms. Candidates should have a recently obtained PhD with relevant molecular, neuroscience and biochemical experience. Significant expertise in tissue culture, gene expression analysis for mRNAs and protein, NMR spectroscopy and animal surgery is required. Experience in animal behavioural testing would also be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be expected to have strong experimental skills as well as a significant track record of research accomplishments. They will have the ability to carry out independent creative research with tenacity and to the highest quality standards. Excellent organizational, record-keeping and English communication skills (both written and spoken) are required. We offer competitive salary and benefits, access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment and a highly interactive, stimulating and international work environment. The position will commence as soon as possible with an initial appointment for a one-year term.

Interested candidate should send by email: a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, PDF files for the papers in which you are first or co-first author, and contact information for three referees.

 

Dr. Nathalie Daude

University of Alberta

Center for Prion and Protein Folding Diseases

Brain and Aging Research Building # 204

8710 - 112 St

Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M8

Canada

Email: daude@ualberta.ca

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Graduate student positions studying chaperones and protein misfolding in the context of neurodegenerative diseases.


The Mok lab has research interests in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which chaperones maintain protein quality control in the cell. Our research utilizes complementary techniques in biochemistry and cell biology to explore the general principles of protein folding and chaperone-substrate interactions, with the ultimate objective of determining how protein misfolding contributes to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

Potential graduate student projects include 1) elucidating the mechanisms regulating gene expression of chaperones and their clients in neurons 2) exploring triggers for protein misfolding in cell-type specific contexts and 3) structure-function analysis of chaperone-amyloid client interactions using in vitro screens.

Interested candidates should send a package that contains a CV and transcripts to Dr. Sue-Ann Mok at :sueann@ualberta.ca

Postdoctoral fellow in protein aggregation


The Mok lab has research interests in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which chaperones maintain protein quality control in the cell. Our research utilizes complementary techniques in biochemistry and cell biology to explore the general principles of protein folding and chaperone-substrate interactions, with the ultimate objective of determining how protein misfolding contributes to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join a team project deciphering the sequence determinants of tau aggregation utilizing high-throughput in vitro screening technologies. Previous training in high-throughput screening, biochemical assays, and bioinformatics/computer programming are beneficial to this project and should be demonstrated by relevant peer-reviewed publications.

The successful candidate will start as soon as possible with an initial appointment term of one year. Interested candidates should send a complete package containing a statement outlining research interests and relevant expertise, a CV, and contact information for three referees.

The package should be submitted to Dr. Sue-Ann Mok at: sueann@ualberta.ca

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