Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Neurodegeneration


University of Alberta


Alberta, Canada

Principal Investigator

David Westaway



The University of Alberta seeksa 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 Ph.D. 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 behavioral 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. He or she 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. The university offers 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.