Research Associate opportunities
The below ad runs from May 1 to October 31, 2023.
Successful candidates must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications and experience. Minimum starting salary is $50,000 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 committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). 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.
K.H. Ominski: Animal nutrient management and utilization, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon foot printing of livestock, environmental (including biodiversity, water, energy, land use), economic and social sustainability of ruminant production systems.
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.
Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Our research includes epigenetics and proteomics, molecular biology, cancer biology, cell culture, microscopy, histone isolation and analyses, chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, chromatin fractionation, DNA and RNA isolation, ATAC-sequencing, DNase I-sequencing, ChIP-sequencing, RNA-sequencing, microRNA isolation and analyses, isolation of nuclei, protein isolation, enzyme purification and assays, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, 2-D gel electrophoresis, CRISPR technology, and bioinformatic analyses of Next Generation DNA sequencing, isolation and culture of primary brain-derived neural stem cells, cortical neurons and astrocytes, embryonic stem cell culture and differentiation, immunohistochemistry of the murine and human tissues, and in vivo drug treatment studies in transgenic mice.
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 layer 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 a particular emphasis on how sea ice relates to the areas of geomicrobiology, low temperature isotope systematics, biogeochemistry, 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 of ice streams, ice bergs and their role in the ecosystem;, ice sheets, studies of bromine and its relation to the ecological/graditional 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 meeting, providing progress reports to Manitoba Hydro, the University of Manitoba, and NSERC.
The Centre for Engineering Professional Practice & Engineering Education, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering
Engineering Education Research (EER) is a scholarly, interdisciplinary field in which researchers use methods and theories from education and the social and learning sciences to address a variety of research questions relevant to engineering and engineering education.
Areas of research in the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education in the Price Faculty of Engineering include:
- Indigenous initiatives, methodologies, and pedagogies in engineering education
- Student culture, diversity, perspectives, identity, and learning
- Program evaluation
- Outcomes-based education
- Engineering competencies (e.g., the CEAB graduate attributes) in engineering practice
- Instructor pedagogical practices and belief-systems
- Epistemologies in engineering education
- Sociotechnical thinking in engineering education
- Educational tool and program development
- Team and peer assessment
- Interdisciplinary approaches
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 biosynthesis, vibrational spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy, protein purification, protein and RNA biochemistry, structural biology, 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, X-ray diffraction of proteins, protein NMR. The position requires candidates with graduate degree or higher.
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 with applications in public or population health, strength-based research, trauma and resilience in children, vaccine epidemiology, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety and effectiveness.
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).
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.
Or directly contact faculty members: https://umanitoba.ca/medicine/immunology/faculty-staff#faculty
Field of Research: 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, numerical modeling and simulation of materials processing, 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. Graduate degree or higher required.
Apply directly to Keverley Malawski
Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
The department produces excellent research to continually develop our understanding of microbiology and infectious diseases. Research strengths include:
- HIV prevention and control
- Viral pathogenesis
- Host pathogen interactions
- Antimicrobial resistance
Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate invites applications for the full-time position of Research Associate at the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Canada). Dr. Woodgate holds a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair (CRC) in Child and Family Engagement in Health Research and Healthcare. Her research program, IN•GAUGE, represents her dynamic approach to involve children and 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 works with children (includes youth) and their families across a wide range of health conditions as well as diverse communities. Dr. Woodgate embraces a human rights-based approach that views the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right and promotes children’s right to participate and freely express their opinions and experiences, in accordance with their evolving capacities. Dr. Woodgate aims to improve child and family engagement in health research by studying it in a systematic manner how best to engage vulnerable children and youth and their families in health research. Dr. Woodgate’s work is important as improving child health outcomes depends on research that fully understands the experiences of vulnerable children and youth with under-researched health needs and their families in health research.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a health related or social science discipline and have related training and experience in the fields of child/youth health research and qualitative research. The successful applicant will 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.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to:
- Critical appraises and synthesizes health literature.
- Prepare and manage ethics review and study access application submission; as well, complete study amendments as necessary and yearly renewals.
- Responsible for the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of multiple research studies.
- Monitor and document the progress of project activities from inception to completion and setting up structures for managing multiple projects.
- Conduct research activities requiring a high level of autonomy including detailed operational preparation of research projects, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and producing research reports, publications and presentations.
- Co-author and/or assist in the in writing scholarly publications and grant proposals.
- Provide updates and progress reports to Dr. Roberta Woodgate, other members of the research team and stakeholders.
- Participate in research team meetings. Acting as liaison, communicates and maintains research links with key stakeholders, decision-makers, research partners, and hospitals and community agencies.
- Provide training and support to graduate students and other research staff hired on the project.
The mission of Eltonsy Lab lab is to generate real-world evidence that improve decision-making processes for the wellbeing of mothers and offspring using big data. The team brings together members from a variety of disciplines. Current projects include utilization and comparative safety of prescription medications in pregnant women. The team is also leading studies focusing on health impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable population groups in Manitoba and Canada. Applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research and work closely with our collaborators across several universities in Canada. Tasks include conducting original research, which include designing research questions, conducting literature reviews, accessing existing data, conducting data analyses, reporting results, and drafting and revising manuscripts. Participate in writing statistical analysis plans, publications and grants and, work within a large team of research assistants and students, and provide support to the group.
Physics and Astronomy
Ultra high vacuum, cryogenic instruments; scanning tunneling microscopy; ultrafast optical measurements and lasers; 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; compact objects, pulsar wind nebulae and supernova remnants; gravitational wave and multi-messenger astrophysics; clusters of galaxies; active galactic nuclei; detection systems and signal processing for medical imaging applications; biological physics; microfluidics; medical physics; Ultrafast magnetism; THz spectroscopy;cavity spintronics and cavity magnonics; ultrasonic spectroscopy and wave physics of complex materials; lab-on-chip and point-of-care diagnosis.
Physiology & 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.
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, metabolic physiology, neuroendocrinology, CNS regulation of metabolism, hormonal regulation of metabolism.
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.
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.
Plant and cell biology, plant physiology, agronomy, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant genetics, genomics, cell signaling, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics.
Department of Soil Science
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg R3T 2N2
Field(s) of research
agricultural nutrient management and optimization
agronomic biofortification of food crops with micronutrients
nutrient dynamics, loading, transport and export from agricultural land
root-soil-microbe interactions in rhizosphere
dynamics of greenhouse gas exchange
life-cycle analysis in agriculture
pesticide fate monitoring, modelling and contamination risk assessment
soil erosion, redistribution and its impacts
tillage impacts on agriculture and the environment
land use and land management
water management in agricultural watersheds
arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal ecology
management of soilborne diseases
remediation of contaminated land
soil thermal regime, its impact on soil functions
soil moisture regime and its impact on soil strength, trafficability, workability, and compaction
soil structural dynamics and its impact on physical processes
modelling of field hydrologic and physical processes
Remote sensing (e.g., satellites and UAV) applications in agriculture and environmental monitoring and assessment
Decision support tools (DST) using open-source programming languages (e.g., Python)
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