U of M Research Associates

The below ad runs from November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019

The University of Manitoba anticipates research associate positions available over the next six months, November 1 to April 30, 2019.

Successful candidates must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications and experience. Minimum starting salary is $39,915 per annum, plus a full range of staff benefits. The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application Process: Applicants are to submit a curriculum vitae and names of references to the contact listed under each chosen field. Applicants will be contacted if their CV matches the department's requirements.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Pending approval of grant funding, positions may be available in the following 10 areas (alphabetical listing).

Animal Science

Molecular biology, microbiology, metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and machine learning (E. Khafipour); Forages for ruminant livestock, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental modelling (E. McGeough); Meat Science & Technology, carcass grading and meat quality/tissue composition and nutrient composition, ante- and post-mortem factors affecting the meat quality, new packaging technologies to improve shelf life and safety of meat products (A. Rodas-González); Non-ruminant nutrition, digestive physiology, feedstuff evaluation, nutrition and gut health interactions, feed additives, nutrient management (C.M. Nyachoti); Beneficiary effects of nutraceuticals & herbal medicine in vascular disorders (Karmin O); Animal nutrient management and utilization, agrometeorological modelling, greenhouse gas exchange and carbon footprinting of livestock, agricultural nutrient management, environmental (including biodiversity, water, energy, land use), economic and social sustainability of ruminant production systems (K.H. Ominski); Microbial fermentation in ruminants and metabolic diseases of dairy cattle (J.C. Plaizier); Nutritional biochemistry, new feedstuff evaluation, antinutritional factors, feed enzyme technology (B.A. Slominski); Facilitate field research for the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment in the areas related to nutrient management, environmental microbiology, animal management (K.M. Wittenberg); Livestock nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, digestive physiology, metabolic diseases of poultry and swine and functional feed additive development (C. Yang).

Apply directly to Charlene Hawryluk: charlene.hawryluk@umanitoba.ca

Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS/CERC)

Environmental education; atmospheric science with a focus in the field areas of electromagnetic and remote sensing of climate science, sea-ice geophysics, climatology, this includes either mid-latitude or polar environment; atmospheric science with carbon dynamics in polar marine environment; air-surface carbon exchange; estuarine and tundra environments of the Canadian arctic and sub-arctic coastal zones; terrestrial ecosystem modeling (soil-vegetation-atmosphere); eddy correlation systems; forest ecology, agriculture or related biological field in statistical modeling; forest biophysical modeling; invasive species biology, landscape change and spatial analysis of the agro ecosystem in remote sensing and image analysis; human geography; human environment, human ecology, or other related fields with a focus on the impact of change on people, especially aspects of subsistence lifestyles (food, clothing, health, education, informal economy) in the boreal forest, arctic, or west coast island environments; atmospheric or meteorological sciences with a focus on one or more of the following: atmospheric modeling (any scale), atmospheric remote sensing, extremes in the weather and climate system, severe weather processes (mesoscale and synoptic scale forcings), surface-atmosphere coupling, boundary later processes; environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, aquatic chemistry, cryospheric chemistry, sea ice biogeochemistry; mercury biogeochemistry; oil spills in the arctic; long range transport of contaminants to polar and alpine regions; chemical transport across environmental interfaces; chemical speciation and bioavailability; interaction between climate change and global contamination; processes related to melting glaciers, glacier-fjord-ocean interactions, sedimentary biogeochemistry, broad field of arctic system science with particular emphasis on how sea ice relates to the areas of geomicrobiology, low temperature isotope systematics, biochemistry, physical oceanography or biological oceanography; ecological/traditional knowledge within northern communities; ecosystem health indicators modelling; marine mammal survey and spatial habitat statistics; climate change effects, hydroelectric regulation of freshwater on physical, biological and biogeochemical conditions-review and analysis of historical information, new data from summer and winter field studies/programs, and modeling of freshwater runoff, atmosphere-ice-ocean interactions, including physical, chemical and biological aspects of Hudson Bay oceanography. Responsible for coordination among five research teams, organizing meetings, providing progress reports to Manitoba Hydro, the University of Manitoba, and NSERC.

Apply directly to Linda Chow: Linda.Chow1@umanitoba.ca


Electrochemistry, materials characterization with x-ray and electron probe techniques, photoelectrochemical energy conversion, conducting polymers, environmental chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, instrumental mass spectrometry, metallomics, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry/homogeneous catalysis, high resolution microwave and infrared spectroscopy, computational chemistry, scanning probe microscopy, conducting polymer electronics, systems micro-electronic materials and devices, nanotechnology, liquid crystals and liquid crystal nanocomposites, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, solid-state NMR of inorganic materials, natural products chemistry, polyketide biosysthesis, vibrational spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy, protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, plant (glycol) biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, systems biology, infrared and Raman microscopy of biological samples and polymers, drug design synthesis and in vitro and in vivo testing, organic chemistry, organic synthesis, development of novel antimicrobials, peptidomimetics, glycotherapeutics, medicinal chemistry, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Apply directly to the Chemistry Department: chemra@umanitoba.ca

Hepatology, Faculty of Medicine

Successful applicants will be involved in basic, translational and/or clinical research in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis, hepatic adenomatosis and liver cancers. Responsibilities include participating in the design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative research studies, basic laboratory techniques, analyzing and interpreting data, assisting with manuscript and grant preparation, patient engagement, utilization of fibroscan and handheld ultrasound, presenting results during lab meetings and at appropriate conferences.

Apply directly to Dr. Julia Uhanova: Julia.Uhanova@umanitoba.ca

Mechanical Engineering

Finite element method, adaptive algorithms in FEM; structural analysis with FEM, meshless methods, general finite difference method, quantitative nondestructive evaluation with computational inverse methods;  multiaxial fatigue, fracture mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, composite materials, nano-mechanics,  mechanics of materials, nonlinear dynamics, legged locomotion robotics, biomechanics, computer assisted industrial engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, robotics, integrated CAD,CAPP,CAM systems, reverse engineering, system modeling and simulation, manufacturing process, forming and joining of metals, mechanical properties and repair of gas turbine alloys, teleoperation and robotics, control systems, actuators and fluid power, fracture mechanisms and mechanics, fatigue, acoustic emission, polymers, dislocation theory, corrosion, microstructure-mechanical properties of materials, aerospace materials, polymer and composite processing, composite joining and bonding, thermomechanical processing and microstructural characterization of metallic alloys, processing-microstructure-property relationship studies in nanostructured materials and process development optimization and physical metallurgy of joining of aerospace alloys, alternative energy and modeling of biomass energy conversion systems, high velocity kinetic turbines, icing of wind turbines, droplet and spray vaporization and combustion, turbulent flow, aerospace engineering, acoustic wave propagation, supercritical flow stability, complex flows, industrial multiphase flows, ice accretion measurement, steam condenser modelling, computational fluid dynamics, transport phenomena in porous media, core analysis, two-phase flow in condensers, heat transfer augmentation, experimental fluid dynamics, turbulent flows, laser doppler velocimetry, turbulence modeling, large-eddy simulation, direct numerical simulation, environmental fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, biocomposites for implantation, biointerface, gene/stem cell therapy, atomistic modeling and simulations, yielding and plasticity in nanocrystaline materials and metallic glass, diffusivity and mobility of grain boundary, structural health monitoring, structural repair and enhancement, energy harvesting and nano-technology, nanomechanics and computational material science, atomistic modeling and simulations, yielding and plasticity in nanocrystalline materials and metallic glass, diffusivity and mobility of grain boundary.

Apply directly to Roxana Semchuk: me_inquiries@umanitoba.ca


Dr. Jillian Stobart invites applications for a full-time position of Research Associate at the College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Canada). Dr. Stobart’s research program aims to understand the signaling mechanisms and functional role of brain astrocytes and pericytes in health and diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a biological science related discipline and have related training and experience in the fields of neuroscience or pharmacology. The successful applicant should be familiar with a variety of research methodologies including molecular biology (genotyping, cloning, western blots, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, shRNA and ribozyme design), in vitro techniques (cell culture, flow cytometry, etc.), imaging (confocal microscopy, ImageJ analysis), and biostatistics. Experience with electrophysiology, two-photon microscopy and/or small animal surgery is an asset, but not a requirement. The successful candidate must be organized, demonstrate an ability to pioneer new projects/techniques, and be able to work independently and collaboratively on Dr. Stobart’s research projects. A demonstrated record in writing peer reviewed publications is required.  

Apply directly to Jillian Stobart: jillian.stobart@umanitoba.ca

Physics and Astronomy

High resolution microwave and infrared spectroscopy; experimental condensed matter physics; nanomagnetism (nanoparticles and thin-films);, x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD);, atomic probes of nuclear magnetism;, magnetism in constrained geometries; drug delivery and hyperthermia; nanocomposites; condensed matter theory and statistical physics; theory of chiral magnetic polaritons ; mathematical physics; strongly correlated quantum systems; spin chains and quantum wires; non-equilibrium dynamics of ultra cold atomic gases; computational modeling of point defects in insulators; graphene-structured systems; atomic and molecular physics; electronic properties of nanostructures; spin transport in quantum systems; electron conduction in the DNA; spintronics; precision atomic mass measurements on stable and unstable nuclides using ion traps; beta-neutrino and beta-delayed neutron correlation measurements in the decay of trapped ions; time-of-flight mass spectrometry of biomolecules, experimental subatomic physics, lasers; laser trapping and cooling; ion trapping and cooling; radioactive beams; subatomic physics theory; high-energy astrophysics; galactic plane survey; astrophysics of compact objects and supernova remnants; clusters of galaxies; active galactic nuclei; detection systems and signal processing for medical imaging applications; biological physics; microfluidics; medical physics; scanning tunneling microscopy; Ultrafast magnetism; THz spectroscopy.

Apply directly to Robyn Beaulieu: Robyn.Beaulieu@umanitoba.ca

Physiology and Pathophysiology

Neurobiology, in vivo electrophysiological approaches to systems, neurophysiology, brain and spinal cord slice electrophysiological and pharmacological studies, in vitro brainstem and spinal cord preparations, immunohistochemistry, neural regeneration, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, metabolism and neuroprotection, neuroimmunology, clinical electrophysiology and kinesiology, cerebral circulation, cell culture and transfection, molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, proteomics and mass spectrometry, neurochemistry, stem cell and spinal cord injury. (Drs. Jordan, McCrea, Fedirchuk, Cowley, Gardiner, Schmidt, Nagy, Schmidt, Siddiqui, Stecina, McGavock, Karimi, Eftekharpour, Siddiqui).

Apply directly to Gail McIndless: Gail.mcindless@umanitoba.ca

Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, transgenic and knockout mouse models, molecular and developmental endocrinology - hormone regulation, hormone action, growth factors and steroid hormones in reproduction, placental and fetal development, molecular genetics of islet cell development and diabetes, protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, gene transfer, epigenetic-related (histone modification, DNA methylation and non coding RNA) assessment, prostate and breast cancers, RNA splicing, hypothalamic neuropeptides, diabetes, obesity, adipocyte function, adipose biology, hepatic steatosis, integrated metabolism, glucose and lipid metabolism, vascular function, clinical trials. (Drs. Cattini, Dodd, Doucette, Duckworth, Mai, Mizuno, Myal, Shiu, Xie, Mishra, Zahradka,  Taylor, Karmin O ).

Apply directly to Gail McIndless: Gail.mcindless@umanitoba.ca

Molecular cardiology, oxidative stress and heart failure, cardiac apoptosis, growth factors and the heart, matric proteins and heart failure, cardiovascular physiology, cardiac metabolism, cardiac membranes and contractile proteins, Ca2+-transport, signal transduction, ischemic heart disease, ischemia-reperfusion injury, vascular smooth muscle,  hypertension research, protein electrophoresis, nutrition, infectious disease, antibiotic development; methods of preservation of the heart and brain during cardiac surgery using in vivo and in vitro models in combination with magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy; Cardiac Regeneration and Tissue Engineering; Cardiac stem cell therapy and regeneration.  (Drs. Czubryt, Dhalla, Dixon, Hryshko, Kardami,  Kirshenbaum, Pierce, Singal, Netticadan,  Arora, Deslauriers, Freed, Jassal, Tian, Siow, Fernyhough, Taylor,  Dhingra, Zahradka).

Apply directly to Gail McIndless: Gail.mcindless@umanitoba.ca

Airway and vascular smooth muscle biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics; asthma and murine models of asthma; pulmonary vascular physiology; pulmonary hypertension; animal models of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn; airway smooth muscle phenotype and function; tissue repair mechanisms in lung disease and development; lung development; lung hypoplasia in congenital diaphragmatic hernia; animal models of congenital diaphragmatic hernia; clinical testing of new treatments for pediatric lung disease; nanotechnology and tissue bioengineering; airway epithelial cell biology; response of lung cells to viral infection; lung inflammation; chronic obstructive lung disease; tissue repair and inflammation in COPD; receptor coupling and signaling in lung cells; exercise physiology; pulmonary function testing; and, proteomics.  (Drs. Kroeger, Halayko, Dakshinamurti, Bshouty, Keijzer, West).

Apply directly to Gail McIndless: Gail.mcindless@umanitoba.ca

Plant Science

Plant and cell biology, plant physiology, agronomy, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant genetics, genomics, cell signaling, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics.

Apply directly to Allison Paulusma: allison.paulusma@umanitoba.ca


Qualitative and quantitative studies in traumatic stress, suicide, bereavement, neuroscience, and neuromodulation. Lab-based research in neurosciences such as neuropharmacology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, schizophrenia, depression, multiple sclerosis, mental health services and virtual care, and indigenous studies. Studies being done at the Manitoba palliative care research unit are focused on patients with life threatening and life limiting conditions. Epidemiological research with large datasets; synthesize literature and propose a plan of action for development to the Principal Investigator, evaluate data as it is collected and suggest changes to the direction of the research or protocols; manage activities of the research team or lab; team work.

Apply directly to Dr. James Bolton: jbolton@hsc.mb.ca

Soil Science

agricultural nutrient management and optimization,  nutrient dynamics, loading, transport and export from agricultural land, dynamics of greenhouse gas exchange, pesticide fate monitoring, modelling and contamination risk assessment,  soil erosion, redistribution and its impacts, tillage impacts on agriculture and the environment, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal ecology, nematology, remediation of contaminated land water management in agricultural watersheds.  The candidate will have a PhD;  synthesize the literature and suggest a plan of action for proposal development to the PI; be technically competent in their field of study to undertake independent and team research at a world-class level; evaluate data as it is collected and suggest changes to the direction of the research or the protocols; be expected to prepare manuscripts and grant applications; be expected to produce their own research paper in collaboration with other researchers involved in the project; manage the day-to-day activities of the research project.

Apply directly to soilsci@umanitoba.ca