how to apply


To apply, send Dr. Steffany Bennett or Dr. Hongbin Xu:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of your your specific research interests and long-term career goals
  • Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your research direction in NRL
  • Names and emails of two references
  • If a new graduate seeking a technical position or if you are applying for an graduate or an undergraduate position, please include scanned copies of your graduate and undergraduate transcripts


Ongoing recruitment for promising post-doctoral, Ph.D. and staff candidates interested in collaborative research projects related to our lipidomic discovery, target, diagnostics, and therapeutics foci currently funded by NSERC, CIHR, the Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms Network,and the Weston Brain Institute. Preferred candidates will have a biochemistry, neuroscience, analytical chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, or bioinformatics background with demonstrated experience in lipidomics and/or metabolomics in brain.

Staff


Technical positions
Technician (1)
Project Description: A full-time technician position (level NR2, 35 h/week) is available Feb 1 2016 reporting directly to NRL’s principal investigator (PI) Dr Steffany Bennett and under co-supervision of Senior Technicians Graeme Taylor and Mark Akins.

The overall goal of research in NRL is to better understand basic molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration and thus provide new therapeutic targets that either reduce brain damage or restore brain function following injury. We apply a lipidomic approach to achieving these goals. Details and publications can be found on our laboratory website http://www.nrl-online.ca

Typical tasks and duties: We are seeking a technician to be involved maintaining our animal colonies, genotyping, and lipid extractions from patient and experimental biofluids and the supervision of Dr Hongbin Xu. This work requires attention to detail and does in involve work of a repetitive nature for which on the-job training is provided. The candidate will be involved in aiding in mouse tagging, weaning, genotyping, tissue inventory/preparation, lipid extraction, and daily operation and maintenance of the research laboratory that may include related administrative duties.

Eligibility: Knowledge, skills, education, and experience:
    • College or university degree in a relevant discipline or technical program.
    • Knowledge of laboratory maintenance procedures, sterilization techniques, and regulations concerning decontamination and disposal of biohazardous material (as applicable).
    • Knowledge and documented experience in handling experimental animals, DNA extraction, PCR analyses, and Bligh and Dyer lipid extractions.
    • This position requires detailed record-keeping, time management, and maintenance of detailed written logs.
    • Knowledge of and experience in safe laboratory practices.
    • One to two years of relevant experience in similar laboratory work is an asset.

Duration: A 6 month contract is available that may be extended for an additional 6 months depending on funding.

Deadline: Jan 22 2016

Apply: Please send by email to Dr. Steffany Bennett Neural Regeneration Laboratory Dept of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology University of Ottawa 451 Smyth Rd Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5 Email: sbennet@uottawa.ca
    • CV
    • A statement of your research interests and long-term career goals
    • Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your technical duties in NRL
    • Names and email addresses of two references
    • If a new graduate seeking a technical position, please include scanned copies of your graduate and undergraduate transcripts

Researchers


Post-doctoral fellows
We are actively recruiting post-doctoral researchers interested in collaborative research projects related to our lipidomic discovery, diagnostics, and therapeutics foci currently funded by CIHR and the Weston Brain Institute. These research positions will also include a variety of responsibilities related to the operation of the India Taylor Lipidomic Research Platform. Candidates with bioanalytical chemistry and/or bioinformatic experience in developing applications for lipid and/or metabolomic analysis using triple-quadrupole LC-ESI-MS/MS will be preferred. Candidates will champion four main projects: Sex-specificity of circulating and central lipidomic biomarkers, circadian effect on lipid metabolism that alter cognition, identification of neurodegeneration specific circulating biomarkers, linking peripheral lipidomes to defining central nervous system pathologies. These positions will involve direct interaction with collaborators, including clinicians from the Ottawa Hospital and other institutions. Researchers will be involved in grant and manuscript writing. Demonstrated LC-ESI-MS experience and/or bioinformatic expertise is essential and required.

Please send by email to Dr. Steffany Bennett Neural Regeneration Laboratory Dept of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology University of Ottawa 451 Smyth Rd Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5 Email: sbennet@uottawa.ca
    • CV
    • A statement of your research interests and long-term career goals
    • Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your research direction in NRL
    • Names and email addresses of two references
Graduate students
Ongoing recruitment for graduate students interested in participating in our lipidomic diagnostic and therapeutic research foci. Preference is given to Ph.D. candidates or M.Sc. applicants seeking to fast-track to the Ph.D program. Our laboratory accepts students from the Biochemistry, Human Molecular Genetics and Neuroscience graduate programs. Students can also pursue Biology and Chemistry degrees under co-supervision with Dr Bennett. We are seeking candidates interested in (a) mapping the stroke lipidome, (b) mapping the cellular lipidomie in IPSC cells derived from healthy and patient fibroblasts over the course of differentiation to neural progenitor cells and mature neurons, (c) functional assessment of FDA approved drugs re-purposed to normalize disease-associated changes in lipid levels. We also have one project available focused exclusively on studying whether neural stem cell deficits in a mouse model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy underlie risk of autism.

Please send by email to Dr. Steffany Bennett Neural Regeneration Laboratory Dept of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology University of Ottawa 451 Smyth Rd Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5 Email: sbennet@uottawa.ca
    • CV
    • A statement of your research interests and long-term career goals
    • Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your research direction in NRL
    • Names and email addresses of two references
    • Scanned copies of your graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Note a minimum average of A- is required.

Junior Researchers - undergraduate students

Undergraduate students
NRL sponsors one or two undergraduate students each academic year for summer research or summer research leading to an honours research program. Candidates with competitive CVs will be sponsored for NSERC USRA summer scholarships. Our junior trainees work on one aspect of a project performed by one of our graduate and PDF researchers. To apply, Read through the research summaries and bios of our staff, graduate, and PDF researchers. Contact Dr. Steffany Bennett (sbennet@uottawa.ca) or Dr. Hongbin Xu (hxu081@uottawa.ca) indicating the name of our staff, graduate, or PDF researchers you wish to work with. Send by email
    • CV
    • A statement of your research interests and long-term career goals
    • Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your research direction in NRL
    • Names and email addresses of two references
    • Scanned copies of your undergraduate transcripts. Note a minimum average of A- is required.
Medical students
Interns
Intern positions become available under the mentorship of one of our NRL graduate and post-doctoral researchers periodically. These are volunteer positions for students interested in exposure to collaborative research. Interested students should review the research projects of our NRL researchers and contact NRL team members directly with your curriculum vitae and scanned copies of your undergraduate transcripts (or comparable "e-copy" of your grades). Please identify one of our team's publications that you could see yourself expanding on as part of your research direction in NRL. Promising students will be sponsored for the University Research Opportunity Program when possible.
Work-study Student positions