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Postdoctoral Fellow in Islet Fibrosis and Diabetes ResearchPosted by: University of Western Ontario
Posted date: Jan-16-2019
Location: London, ON
Postdoctoral fellow positions are immediately available in the Wang Lab at the Children’s Health Research Institute, in Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistryof Western University. The Wang Lab has a research interest in human pancreatic endocrine cell development and diabetes. Our research program is aimed at understanding the factors that regulate islet cell growth and maintain its viability and function in order to create effective strategies for islet cell replacement or regeneration in human diabetics. We employ a multi-species approach that includes unique cells, animal models and cutting-edge technologies. These allow us to study the molecular events controlling pre- and postnatal islet cell development and maturation, and to characterize optimal culture environments for maintaining islet architecture and function.
The candidate will work on research projects investigating the functional role of pancreatic stellate cells during islet differentiation, regeneration and diabetes in an established mouse models. Experimental approaches and tools will include rodent handling, small animal surgical skills, in vivo (ex vivo) glucose metabolism testing, and experience in cell, molecular and biochemical techniques (e.g. confocal microscopy, gene transfection, qPCR, protein assays). The postdoctoral fellow will also have access to state-of-the-art core centers to perform cutting edge research.
The applicant is expected to be of the highest caliber with an academic and publication track record that would be competitive for national and international fellowships. They will have completed their Ph.D within the past three years. The candidate should have a strong background in working with the fields of islet biology/physiology and diabetes models in rodents. High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills, along with excellent oral and communication abilities, are a requirement for this position.
Our lab is based at the Children’s Health Research Institute at Victoria Hospital, a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. The institution provides excellent research facilities and equipment and there are rich opportunities for collaboration both at Victoria campus and within the broader Western University community.
The successful applicant should have the ability to relocate to London, Ontario beginning or shortly after June 1, 2019 (or earlier, depending on circumstances). One-year contract will be signed with annual renewal. Remuneration (salary plus benefits) will be negotiated based on the candidate’s experience and aligned with similar positions held in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV) and Three letters of academic references (as a single pdf file) to rwanguwo.ca.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.