U of M Research Associates

The below ad runs from May 1, 2020 to October 30, 2020.

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.


Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Expertise in histone/DNA modifications detection, ChIP assays, RNA-protein interactions such as RIP, bioinformatics, epigenetic methodology, chromatin biology.


Dr. Jim Davie


Genetics and animal modelling. This individual would develop and execute strategies to generate rodent models of disease as part of a transgenic service. This will include the optimization of pre-existing methods and the implementation of new approaches.


Dr. Barbara Triggs-Raine



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 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


Community Health Sciences

Aging, applied statistics, biostatistics, cancer, cancer epidemiology, 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, vaccine epidemiology, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Contact Paulette Collins at paulette.collins@umanitoba.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


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)

Apply directly to Erika Hart, Erika.hart@umanitoba.ca


Faculty of Health Sciences/College of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics/CHRIM (added August 12, 2020)

An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD prepared biostatistician to join a dynamic clinical trials research group that aims to advance randomized controlled trials using Bayesian methods. This opportunity will involve both theoretical

development and application of new techniques for the design and statistical analysis and re-analysis of important and large, multicenter trials in such as emergency medicine, critical care, pharmacology and diabetes and renal care. You will work with a growing multidisciplinary team of talented clinical trialists, other statisticians and researchers to leverage unique healthcare data to create new and improved methods for assessing and predicting the quality of healthcare. It is crucial that you have a PhD with a thesis and work in application of statistics methodologies. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in in one or more areas of Value of Information, Bayesian expert elicitation, meta analysis, Bayesian computation methods and adaptive clinical trial designs.

The research group is located in the clinical trials and data science groups with the the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). CHI is Manitoba’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit, tasked with helping decision-makers and health care providers connect research with patient needs, so that evidence-based solutions can be applied to health care. (www.chimb.ca.) The position will have a close affiliation with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). www.chrim.ca

You would join a group of trialists that conduct a wide range of randomized controlled trials from dose finding to international Phase III and IV trials. The Data Science Platform has 7 PhD and MSc prepared statisticians, in addion to post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Significant computaional resources are being built with the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Complex Data Analysis strategy.

The successful candidate would be expected to work with trialists to ensure the Bayesian design and analyses are performed. This person would be expected to work on innovative methods research.

Apply directly to Dr. Terry Klassen: tklassen@chrim.ca with a cc’ to cbowkett@chrim.ca. Please include a copy of your CV, cover letter, and three references.


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


Immunology and Systems Biology

This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee (Manitoba Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology). Research is aimed at defining molecular mechanisms and regulation of inflammatory networks. The research group has projects related to asthma and chronic airway inflammation, which includes elucidating the effects of inhaled air pollution. A particular focus of research in the Mookherjee lab is in immunomodulatory functions of cationic host defence peptides. For more details see website www.mookherjeelab.com

Expertise in immunology and/or cell biology, with experience in tissue culture and murine models of airway inflammation is required. Expertise in systems level approaches such as proteomics and in general protein chemistry will be an asset. Responsibilities will include, which may be altered from time to time, working with murine models, in-vitro cell culture systems including human primary cells, immunochemical assays such as flow cytometry, ELISA and western blots analysis, and proteomics approaches. The candidate is required to design and optimize experimental protocols, lead projects, analyze data, train junior personnel in the lab, prepare manuscripts / reports for publications.

Apply directly to Neeloffer Mookherjee at neeloffer.mookherjee@umanitoba.ca


Interdisciplinary Research integrating  Microbiology, Chemistry, and Computer Science

Secondary bacterial infections from COVID19 highlight the need for new antibiotics. This  interdisciplinary program is aimed to discover new antibiotics and their mode of action. The research involves bacterial functional genomics, chemoinformatics, and machine learning. Specifically, we are building high-density transposon mutant libraries and CRISPRi libraries in Gram-negative bacteria. The libraries will be exposed to large collection of chemical compounds and the relative abundance of the mutants will be assessed by next-generation sequencing of barcodes. The data gathered will be used to feed a machine-learning algorithm to predict antibiotic activity and mode of action of virtual compounds. We are looking for individuals with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, or Computer Science and an interest in joining an interdisciplinary group that strives for excellence in a diverse and inclusive environment. Training/research experience with more than one discipline is an asset.

Silvia Cardona email: silvia.cardona@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 Kris Taylor: Kris.Taylor@umanitoba.ca



Microbiology and Biochemistry. Areas include:

i) environmental microbiology including sampling and microbial analysis of natural and made-made waters, including lakes and water treatment plants

ii) systems microbiology, including characterization of novel microorganisms in natural and man-made environments, including Lake Winnipeg.

iii) applied microbiology, including the identification and analysis of microbial consortia involved in biofuel production

iv) virology, including the roles of adenovirus in the development of cancer, vaccine and drug targets for coronaviruses and other infectious agents

v) agricultural microbiology, including the application of microbes and consortia as bio-fertilizers and biocontrol agents against fungal disease and sampling and analysis of agricultural and natural sites

vi) protein structure and function relating to bacterial communication, viral disease, antibiotic targets and bacterial, viral and fungal structure and function

vii) antibiotic design, including identification of essential and specific targets, chemogenetic approaches to drug design

viii) fungal microbiology, including screening fungi for potential antibiotics, and using fungal mycelia as biomaterials

ix) infectious disease, including the evolution of drug resistance in pathogenic fungi and microbiomes associated with chronic infection

Apply directly to Stephanie Carter (Stephanie.Carter@umanitoba.ca)


Nursing, Indigenous Health Research (added June 5, 2020)

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


Pharmacology and Nanomedicine

Studies ongoing in the Miller laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics focus on the synthesis, development and characterization of nanomaterials for applications focused on improved treatment of various pathologies including cancer and viral infections.  In addition to the ability to work within multidisciplinary research environment, applicants must demonstrate expertise in nanomaterial development and pre-clinical testing in both in vitro and in vivo systems.  Experience in microfluidic lipid nanoparticle formulations and metal oxide nanocompositions for both small molecule and siRNA therapeutics are desired. 

Contact Dr. Donald Miller at Donald.Miller@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


RESOLVE Manitoba (tri-prairie research centre on gender-based violence)

RESOLVE is a tri-prairie research institute, with offices at the University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, and University of Saskatchewan. The University of Manitoba houses the Administrative Centre of RESOLVE. RESOLVE is a network of academics, researchers, community stakeholders, and policymakers that engages in collaborative (i.e., university and community) research projects on family and gender-based violence. RESOLVE has three broad objectives: 1. Conducting and encouraging practice and policy-relevant research in the areas of family/gender-based violence and violence against women.  2. Providing educational input for various community constituencies and students with regard to the development of research skills.  3. The focused dissemination of research findings to various influential target groups in a manner which raises the probability of their adoption in policy or practice innovation. 

Successful candidates will have a solid understanding of research relating to family and gender-based violence and will have the following responsibilities: Carrying out research defined as of central importance by the Centre; preparing research grant proposals; completing ethics applications as required by the University of Manitoba; conducting high quality qualitative/quantitative research; disseminating research results through a variety of methods, including scholarly publications, providing consultation to community agencies and faculty regarding various research activities; and supervising research assistants. Candidates with expertise conducting research relating to violence against Indigenous women or populations is an asset.

Unit Contact: Dr. Kendra Nixon at kendra.nixon@umanitoba.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