Post Doctoral Fellowship in Mitochondrial Biology
University of Calgary, School of Medicine

Position Description

Area: Mitochondrial Biology
Duration: 1 year in the first instance with funding available for up to two years
Start date: as soon as possible
Annual Stipend: $45,000 CAD/yr. plus benefits

Dr. Tim Shutt in the Departments of Medical Genetics, Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Mitochondrial Biology.

Job Description:

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Postdoctoral Fellow to work on an exciting 2-year funded project that will investigate how mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transfer healthy mitochondria to cells with dysfunctional mitochondria. The candidate will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Tim Shutt. A variety of molecular, biochemical and cellular approaches will be employed and the successful candidate should have expertise in cell culture and microscopy techniques. The project will examine the signals that initiate mitochondrial transfer, and involve a high-throughput screen to identify compounds that regulate mitochondrial transfer.

The candidate will play a leading role in directing the research project, which involves collaboration with other labs, and is expected to communicate effectively. They will join a thriving and interactive research environment set within a newly refurbished open-plan laboratory space. State-of-the-art computational, imaging and molecular biology facilities are available. The candidate will also benefit from a motivational research environment and engage with a broad range of investigators with expertise in developmental biology, model organisms, medical genetics and stem cells.

Postdoctoral position offers a stipend of $45,000 CAD/year for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal depending on performance; plus benefits. Postdoctoral fellow will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting).


The successful candidate will hold and/or be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD degree obtained within the last 3-years in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology or a related subject area
  • Experience with molecular and cell biology techniques including mammalian tissue culture, making protein extracts, western blotting, immunohistochemical staining, transfection, and confocal/fluorescence microscopy
  • Expertise with high-throughput screening and flow cytometry would be is highly desirable
  • Proven track record in academic research
  • An excellent record of peer-reviewed publications Excellent interpersonal skills, with and an ability to work both in a team environment, as well as independently are a must
  • Strong communication skills in English, both written and spoken

Application details: 

For further information on this position, please contact Interested applicants should apply by email to the above investigator and include a Cover Letter describing their motivation for this position, a detailed CV, a description of their research expertise, their availability, and the names and contact details of 3 referees.

The position is available immediately and the search will continue until it is filled.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Eligibility page for more information prior to applying for this position.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medincine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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