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Defining the role of primary cilia in brain development


Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD student position is available for highly motivated individuals with interest in studying primary cilia and brain development using a combination of molecular, cellular, genetic, live cell imaging, and bioinformatics approaches. The project will involve utilizing mouse models to dissect the primary cilia-driven mechanisms that control brain development and relevant neurodevelopmental disorders. The student will be fully funded and work in the laboratory of Dr. Jiami Guo in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary, Canada. The research group is multidisciplinary and collaborates closely with clinical neuroscientists and bioinformaticians. The student will benefit from the friendly and inclusive culture of the laboratory with a highly motivating working environment.

Qualifications:
- BSc or MSc or an equivalent degree in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioinformatics, or a related discipline.
- Prior research experience in wet and/or dry labs. Knowledge and experience in biochemistry, molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, mouse genetics, 2-photon microscopy, and confocal microscopy would be highly desirable. Strong programming skills in R and Python, and prior experience with sequencing analysis would be an asset.
- Must be self‐motivated and hard-working, with a keen interest in working on multidisciplinary projects.
- A strong academic background.
- Proficiency in English.
- Excellent communication, written and interpersonal skills.
- Willingness to work in an international team.

Application details:
Please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter describing (i) your previous research experience, (ii) future career goals, and (iii) why studying primary cilia and brain development is of interest to you, together with your CV, the contact information of 2 references, and relevant transcripts to Dr. Guo: with the subject line "PhD Student Position".

Funding Notes

The students will receive full stipend support and will also be encouraged to apply for internal and external scholarships.

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