Outbreaks of emerging viruses are increasing in frequency and can have devastating effects on human and animal health as well as disruption of national economies and healthcare systems. Given these concerns, a major research priority is to better understand how and why emerging viruses such as influenza virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and SARS-CoV-2 cause human and animal disease. Here at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), located in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the University of Saskatchewan campus, our research teams have strong virology, immunology, and host response research programs and researchers that are internationally recognized for their strengths and expertise. Our emerging virus research are utilizing viral pathogenesis research to characterize the mechanisms of disease and identify and design effective vaccines and antivirals. We are in search of ambitious and passionate post-doctoral fellows with virology and/or immunology skills to join our teams.
Reporting to the PI, and as an integral member of an Immunology/Virology research team, the Post-doctoral Fellow will be responsible for leading an independent research project as well as team support functions including performing experimental assays and techniques of moderate difficulty and preparing data/figures for reports and publications. The incumbent will work in both in vivo and in vitro model systems of viral pathogenesis.
• Perform general laboratory duties including making solutions, filling tip boxes and general lab maintenance.
• Conduct virological and immunological assays including Virus/antibody titering from tissues, biological fluid samples, cell supernatants, etc, ELISAs, FACS analysis, and histopathology.
• Perform molecular Biological techniques such as Western Blot, Immunoprecipation, RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, sequencing and cell culturing.
• Lab administration including the maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Biosafety checklists, Lab virological permits, and managing online orders and financials.
• Lead an academic research project that is integral to the team’s overall research program. This will include writing manuscripts and abstracts as well as seminar presentations.
Note: Lab experiments at times may require work outside of regular working hours.
Undergraduate and PhD degrees in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology or recognized equivalent. Must demonstrate knowledge of laboratory equipment maintenance and operation with attention to biosafety protocols. Effective organizational, time management skills and prioritization skills are necessary. Effective verbal and written communication skills are also required. Must have ability to work effectively as a team member.
Duration: 1 year term with possibility of renewal
Interested candidates are asked to submit their application including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references online via the following link: https://vido-intervac.humi.ca/job-board/x/2434
Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled.
Stacy Weisgerber, HR Advisor
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization- International Vaccine (VIDO-InterVac) is seeking a Research Scientist to establish a competitive research program in infectious disease immunology and vaccine development. VIDO-InterVac, as a part of the University of Saskatchewan, is one of Canada’s largest research organizations focused on infectious diseases of humans and animals. The organization has currently >150 staff, a highly collaborative research environment, and some of the most advanced infrastructure in the world, including largest high containment facility in Canada. For further information please review the VIDO-InterVac website at www.vido.org.