Postdoctoral Fellow
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3d ago

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where above all else the needs of patients come first , encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN .

The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education.

With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning , the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers.

UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.

Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health.

Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Our laboratory at UHN is looking to hire an enthusiastic, self-directed post-doctoral fellow to work in the area of endothelial microRNA regulation of atherosclerotic plaques.

Our laboratory is specifically focused on the role of extracellular vesicle (EV) -derived microRNA regulation of efferocytosis, a process that is impaired in atherosclerotic disease.

In addition to cell culture and animal models, we have translational studies looking at extracellular microRNA and efferocytosis in human tissue.

We are looking for a post-doctoral candidate that has completed their PhD within the past 5 years and will be able to join our laboratory by Summer / Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will be proficient in molecular and cellular biology, genomics, atherosclerosis animal models, and imaging techniques.

They will have multiple first-author publications in peer- reviewed journals and excellent oral communication and technical writing skills.

It will be expected they contribute to mentorship of junior colleagues and demonstrate collegiality, professionalism, and interpersonal skills.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work in a robust laboratory with PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows who collaborate within the larger cardiovascular research group at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI).

Trainees will have access to our research incubator environment converging on technology, healthcare, and artificial intelligence (e.

g. MaRS Discovery District, Techna and Vector Institutes, JLabs) and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) Biobank. Funding is sufficient from institutional funds (UHN), federal grants (CIHR, NIH) and philanthropic innovation funds (PMCC Innovation Grant).


  • Ph.D. / M.D. degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, etc within the past 5 years
  • Extensive experience with standard molecular biological techniques (Western blot, PCR, cloning etc.) is required
  • Experience with handling human blood and flow cytometry analysis is beneficial
  • Experience with confocal microscopy is beneficial
  • Experience analyzing RNA-sequencing and gene expression data is beneficial
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem-solving initiative
  • Ability to advise / mentor students
  • If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter.

    You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

    Posted Date : May 7, 2019 Closing Date : Until filled

    For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

    UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity.

    Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-

    fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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