U of M Research Associates

The below ad runs from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

Successful candidates must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications and experience. Minimum starting salary is $40,525 per annum, plus a full range of staff benefits.

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.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, 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.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.



Animal Science

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 Anam Anwar: Anam.Anwar@umanitoba.ca

Biosystems Engineering

Stored grain ecosystems, smart technologies for food processing, biological treatment of wastes, biological production of biofuels and bioproducts, remediation of contaminated soils & groundwater, instrumentation for soil & water monitoring, management of environmental odours, airborne disease transmission, bio-processing, infrared spectroscopy & electromagnetic imaging, animal and plant production environment, agricultural machinery systems, alternative building systems, surface engineering of polymeric materials, development of natural textile fibres, and tissue engineering.


Apply directly to Mandy Tanner: Mandy.Tanner@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, atmospheric 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; glaciology, flow and deformation of ice, palaeoclimate, ice core studies, sea level rise from melting ice, processes related to flow of ice streams, ice bergs and their role in the ecosystem, ice sheets, studies of bromine and its relation to the extent of sea ice, the impact on fresh water discharge on ocean conditions, Pikialasorsuaq, community driven research in the North, Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO); 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; Ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment, fate and effects of pesticides, toxicity tests and standard bioassay development and wastewater contaminants. Responsible for coordination among five research teams, organizing meetings, providing progress reports to Manitoba Hydro, the University of Manitoba, and NSERC.


Apply directly to Karen Wiens: Karen.Wiens@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), transmission cryoelectron microscopy.
Apply directly to the Chemistry Department: chemra@umanitoba.ca


Community Health Sciences

Aging, applied statistics, arts-based health research, biostatistics, cancer, cancer epidemiology, child injury prevention, community-based and partnership based research, cultural safety, database development, data science, environment and health, epidemiology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, First Nations/Métis/Inuit health and well-being, global health, health care delivery systems, health disparities, health economics, health policy, health services research, Indigenous studies, infection/ inflammation, knowledge synthesis, knowledge transfer, knowledge translation, machine learning, maternal and child health, mathematical modeling, mental health, military, veteran and family health, natural language processing, pharmaco-epidemiology, population health, program evaluation, psychiatric epidemiology, public health, qualitative health research, quality of care, quantitative social sciences, research project management, risk communication, rural and remote health service delivery research, social and behaviour sciences, social and indigenous determinants of health, spatial epidemiology/statistics, statistical and machine learning, strength-based research, trauma and resilience in children, vaccine epidemiology, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Apply directly to Paulette Collins: paulette.collins@umanitoba.ca

Comparative immunology and population genomics

Lampreys are an ancient lineage of jawless fishes. Their position at the base of the vertebrate phylogeny makes them important species for understanding vertebrate evolution. We study sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) evolution. Sea lamprey are native to the Atlantic Ocean and invasive in the Great Lakes, where they cause significant damage to the ecosystem and fishery. We are looking to hire a Research Associate to develop an independent research program under the direction of the Principle Investigator in collaboration with our sea lamprey team at the University of Manitoba. Using whole genome scale data collected from the invasive Great Lakes sea lamprey populations, the Research Associate will be expected to develop an independent research program that integrates comparative immunology, genomics, and population genetics to study the invasion history of the Great Lakes and the evolution of immune systems from a genomics perspective. The lamprey immune system is fundamentally different than that of other vertebrates. The person hired for this position should bring new skills to the research group including fish related experience in library preparation, genome mapping, variant calling, and targeted immune gene identification and analysis.
Departmental contact: colin.garroway@umantioba.ca

Comparative Physiology and biogeography

We are looking to hire a part time Research Associate to pursue an independent research project exploring biogeographic trends in physiological responses to environments. This work will take place under the direction of the Principle Investigator at the University of Manitoba. This work will be based on aggregated archived public data and literature data harvest. The person hired for this position should bring physiological expertise together with strong Bayesian modelling skills and experience with meta-analysis.
Departmental contact: colin.garroway@umantioba.ca

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stochastic modeling of communication systems, markov chains, queueing theory, stochastic ordering of queueing systems, matrix-analytic methods, call admission control, capacity analysis of CDMA systems, tail probabilities, channel coding, LDPC codes, Gilbert-Elliot Markov channel modeling, sensors and actuators, biosensors, computational electromagnetics, microfluidics for biomaterial analysis, and conducting polymer devices, biomedical imaging, electromagnetic inverse problems, high voltage engineering, specifically in the following areas: condition monitoring in high voltage engineering, energy harvesting in high voltage systems, numerical simulation of high voltage transformers; electromagnetic compatibility, specifically in the following area: design, simulation, and fabrication of MRI cables; and radio resource management in femtocell networks, cognitive femtocell networks, power control in wireless networks. RF circuit design, microwave and mm-wave test, RFID system design, RF printed electronics, microwave systems, transmission line modeling. Photonics, biophotonics, solid-state lasers, laser spectroscopy and microscopy, nonlinear optics. Civil structural health monitoring, wireless sensing systems, biomicrofluidics, single cell electronic analysis. Biological Signal Analysis, and Biomedical Instrumentation. Biomedical engineering, Biological Signals acquisition and analysis, particularly Electrovestibulography, EEG, EMG and Respiratory sounds. Power system protection and electrical power distribution and distributed generation. Civil structural health monitoring, wireless sensing systems, biomicrofluidics, single cell electronic analysis, wireless communications and networking.


Apply directly to Sheri Miles: umece@umanitoba.ca

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Prior working experience with mouse models (transgenic, knockout and knock-in) and/or in the field of metabolic dysregulation and related chronic inflammation is required. In addition, the candidate is required to assist graduate students in the laboratory and in manuscript writing.


Apply directly to Suresh Mishra: suresh.mishra@umanitoba.ca


Apiculture, honey bees, parasites, diseases, nutrition, viruses, resistance, immune response, defensive mechanisms, bee breeding, costs of resistance, gene-environment interactions, cultural controls, honey bee management, colony collapse disorder, winter survival of honey bees (R.W. Currie); Insect ecology in agricultural landscapes; ecosystem services, biodiversity, and landscape structure; insect dispersal; predator-prey interactions; trophic and guild interactions in multi-species assemblages; bottom-up and top-down regulation; trophic cascades; biological control; sustainable management of agricultural pests, aphid ecology; wheat midge, plant resistance, mechanisms of plant resistance against insect pests; pest management; ladybeetle ecology; natural enemy ecology; predator ecology; beneficial insects; sampling of pest populations; sampling of natural enemy populations; sampling of insects; cereal leaf beetle; parasitoid ecology; classical biological control; landscape ecology; crop protection; soybean aphid management; aphid ecology (A.C. Costamagna); Wild bees, Melittology, pollination, pollinators, plant-pollinator interactions, habitat enhancement, habitat restoration, Apoidea, collections management, curation, databasing, taxonomy, phylogeny, systematics, new species, biogeography, niche-modeling, phylogenomics, Ultra Conserved Elements, geographic information systems, social evolution, social behaviour, nesting biology, macrophotography, DNA barcoding, DNA sequencing, next generation sequencing, bee conservation (J. Gibbs); Geographic distribution of disease vectors, arthropod-host interactions, livestock pest management, emerging and re-emerging arthropod-borne diseases (K. Rochon). Agroecology, beneficial insect ecology, community ecology, diversity-ecological function trends, insect behaviour, landscape characterization and conservation, palynology, pollination ecology, pollen limitation, pollinator nutrition (K. Bobiwash)

Erika Hart, Erika.hart@umanitoba.ca

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Successful applicants will be involved in translational and/or clinical research. Experience with inflammatory bowel disease would be an asset. Responsibilities include participating in the design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative research studies, blood, stool and urine collection, survey administration (knowledge of REDCap is preferred), assisting with manuscript and grant preparation, patient engagement including patient enrollment into studies and obtaining informed consent, presenting results during lab meetings and at related conferences.


Apply directly to Dr. Charles Bernstein: Charles.bernstein@umanitoba.ca


Hepatology, Internal 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

Immunology, Faculty of Medicine

Immunobiology of infectious disease; chronic inflammation; autoimmunity; rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease; leukemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, cancer immunotherapy; natural killer cell and natural killer T cells; dendritic cells; induction of transplantation tolerance; molecular signalling mechanisms; B lymphocyte biology; antibodies; T lymphocyte differentiation and function; neutrophils and allergic immune responses; regulation and function of Fc receptors; cytokines and cytokine receptors; host defence peptides; immune responses to parasites; Leishmania; Trypannosomes; cell therapy; bone marrow transplantation; mucosal immunity; animal models of chronic disease, immune deficiency and infection, vaccination strategies; bacterial infection, chlamydia; immune regulation; allergy; airway inflammation; neuroimmunology; pathogenesis of HIV infection; live-cell imaging host-pathogen interactions, immune cell migration, flow cytometry; immunophenotyping; immune biomarkers; lentiviral-based gene therapy; proteomics; systems biology.

Apply to Silvia Panameno: silvia.panameno@umanitoba.ca or directly contact Faculty members: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/immunology/facultydirectory.html

Nursing, Research Associate

Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate invites applications for the position of Research Associate at the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Canada). Dr. Woodgate (she/her/hers) is an internationally renowned Child/Youth researcher who holds a prestigious Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Child and Family Engagement in Health Research and Healthcare. An integrated knowledge translation approach that engages children, youth, and families in the co-design of research is a cornerstone of her research program entitled IN•GAUGE (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/nursing/research/woodgate_chair.html; www.ingauge.ca). Her research program represents her dynamic approach to involve children, youth, and their families and interact with clinicians, caregivers, researchers, and decision-makers in the research process, and to be innovative in the exchange of knowledge.
Dr. Woodgate researches the perspectives and lived experiences of children and youth across a wide range of health conditions and disabilities (e.g. mental illness, complex care needs and conditions, chronic illnesses, cancer, brain tumours) and life challenges (e.g. transitioning from the child welfare system, access to respite services); as well as various communities (e.g. Indigenous youth and their families and newcomer families). Dr. Woodgate adopts a human rights-based approach that provides critical information for exploring young people's perspectives and lived experiences. As well, Dr. Woodgate uses child and youth friendly methodologies and innovative, art-based approaches in integrated knowledge production and translation strategies that help children and youth express themselves. Roberta’s research works to improve the well-being of children and youth and their families.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a social sciences or health related discipline and have related training and experience in the fields of child/youth health research and qualitative research. The successful applicant should be familiar with variety of research methodologies (for example qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, arts-based and/or systematic review methodologies). The successful candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively on Dr. Woodgate’s research projects. Familiarity and experience in writing research grants and conducting systematic reviews would be an asset. Demonstrated record in writing including peer reviewed publications and previous experience in research project coordination is required.
Apply directly to Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate at Roberta.Woodgate@umanitoba.ca


Nurse Practitioner Health Research, Substance Use Harm Reduction

Research Associate (RA): A qualified RA with health research experience of quantitative and qualitative methods examining the role of nurse practitioners in the field of substance use or harm reduction. The RA will be responsible for project management or supervising/training staff to complete data collection (with virtual data collection experience an asset), individual open-ended interviews, writing field notes, participant observation, focus group interviews, and surveys. The RA will draft grants, reports or brief non-technical reports for communities, academic publications and presentations, manuscripts, and other written documents as requested. An RA with experience using statistical and other computer software related to data collection or organization is an asset. Must be familiar with ethics, confidentiality and security issues related to research, experience using computer software related to word processing and data management (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Excel) and literature searches, retrieval, and storage (e.g. Reference Management Systems Mendeley or Zotero). 


Apply directly to els.duff@umanitoba.ca

Clinical Nursing Research, College of Nursing & Health Science Centre

Successful applicants will be involved in a variety of clinical research projects supporting patient and family engagement; evidence informed acute care; and patient, family and staff education. Responsibilities include assisting the Clinical Chair with the day to day management and communications related to the research program, participating in the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing and multidisciplinary, collaborative research studies, use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, analyzing and interpreting data, assisting with manuscript and grant preparation, patient and staff engagement, and contributions to knowledge translation activities at the organizational, regional, national and international level. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to work in a dynamic multidisciplinary team and acute health care environment are required, and a background in nursing, health care and or health care research is preferred. 

Apply directly to: Dr. Diana E. McMillan, RN, PhD, Associate Professor Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba & Clinical Chair, Health Sciences Centre at diana.mcmillan@umanitoba.ca

Nursing, Indigenous Health Research

Research Associate (RA) A highly qualified & experienced RA within the area of Indigenous health research and methods, knowledge of Indigenous protocols, and demonstrated connection with Indigenous communities and ability to maintain respectful relationships with a variety of people. Beyond day to day project management, the RA will be responsible for community knowledge translation strategies, which will include but not limited to radio documentary production. The RA will assist with supervising & training research staff. There will be an expectation that the RA will maintain working relations with various departments within the university: Ongomiizwin Research (regarding financial activities), ethics approval requirements, and the College of Nursing Research Unit; and relations with community organizations. The RA will also be involved in development of academic dissemination activities, such as conference presentations and writing of manuscripts.


Apply directly to Annette Schultz: annette.schultz@umanitoba.ca

Oncology and Hematology

Functional genomics, bioinformatics, and stem cell biology, mouse models of cancer, tumor metastasis, apoptotic signaling, epigenetics and proteomics, molecular biology, cancer biology, RNA splicing, cell culture, microscopy, histone isolation and analyses, chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, chromatin fractionation, DNA and RNA isolation, ChIP-sequencing, RNA-sequencing, microRNA isolation and analyses, isolation of nuclei, protein isolation, enzyme purification and assays, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. FPLC and HPLC, working with animals, siRNA and lentiviral knockdown, preparation of samples for mass spectrometry and data analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, 2-D gel electrophoresis, cryosectioning. CRISPR technology, high content imaging, synthetic lethality, drug target identification, semi-quantitative imaging analyses, dose response curves, real-time cellular analyses, background in cancer genetics, epithelial cell biology, and bioinformatics analyses of Next Generation DNA sequencing.

Apply directly to Debbie Patkau: Debbie.Patkau@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;cavity spintronics and cavity magnonics..


Apply directly to Robyn Beaulieu: Robyn.Beaulieu@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

Field(s) of research:
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
remediation of contaminated land
water management in agricultural watersheds

Research Associate checklist
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

Contact: soilsci@umanitoba.ca