Detailed information

Now recruiting
Date of update : 2024/05/24 End date of accepting applications : 2024/12/31
Now recruiting
Date of update : 2024/05/24
End date of accepting applications : 2024/12/31

Work location : Others - Others

Date of publication : 2024/04/15

Postdoctoral Fellow


Overseas university / institution

Research field : Life Science - Genetics

Researcher/Postdoc level : Contract employee - Nontenured - Non-tenure track - Probationary period present

Job description

  • Background of the recruitment and description of the project

    Dr. Toshifumi Yokota's laboratory at the University of Alberta is actively seeking applications for postdoctoral fellows. Ideal candidates for the postdoctoral positions should be highly motivated individuals who have earned their Ph.D. within the past three years. The University of Alberta's Dr. Toshifumi Yokota and the research team have been recognized among the top scholars in the field of muscular dystrophy (ranked #2 globally) and personalized medicine (ranked #4 globally) by ScholarGPS. This prestigious recognition highlights the lab's significant contributions and the impactful work being conducted at the University of Alberta.
    Nestled in the vibrant city of Edmonton, our research group is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Renowned for its excellence in medical education and research, the Faculty has established itself as one of the world's top 50 medical schools and is recognized as a leading institution for health-related education in Canada. In addition, the university is ranked 3rd in the world in the field of muscular dystrophy research by ScholarGPS. With a diverse community of over 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University of Alberta provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning, collaboration, and innovation. Our research group benefits from the rich academic and research resources available within the University, fostering a vibrant and supportive community that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. The city boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, picturesque river valleys, and easy access to stunning natural landscapes, including the Canadian Rockies. Edmonton's vibrant and inclusive community, coupled with its affordable cost of living and high safety standards, makes it an ideal place to pursue your academic and research aspirations.
  • Work content and job description

    Our research group focuses on investigating and developing treatments for muscular dystrophy and rare diseases using a combination of experimental and computational approaches. We employ cutting-edge techniques such as antisense oligonucleotides, delivery technologies, CRISPR/Cas9, and machine learning to advance our understanding of these conditions and develop innovative therapeutic strategies. By joining our lab, you will have the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. We actively collaborate with world-class researchers and industry partners, providing unique opportunities for career development and networking. Our laboratory is internationally renowned for its groundbreaking work in the field of genome-editing/antisense technology.
    Trainees in our research group will have the opportunity to gain a diverse skill set encompassing various areas of research. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training that equips our trainees with the necessary skills to excel in their individual projects and prepare them for successful academic research careers or other health-related career paths. This includes in silico drug design, cell culture, working with animal models, conducting muscle physiology studies, histology techniques, confocal/two-photon laser microscopy, molecular analysis, molecular cloning, protein biochemistry, and proteomics analysis. By acquiring proficiency in these techniques, our trainees will develop a strong foundation of skills that are essential for conducting cutting-edge research in the field of genetic diseases.
    We take pride in the success of our past trainees, who have gone on to secure faculty positions in research universities, including the University of Alberta, Nihon University, and the University of Vermont. Additionally, several of our trainees have pursued rewarding careers in the life science industry, working with esteemed companies such as Eli Lilly, Roche, and Chugai Pharmaceutical.

  • Assigned department

    Existing departments

    Department of Medical Genetics

Job type

  • Researcher/Postdoc level

Research field

  • Life Science - Genetics


  • Approximately 60,000 Canadian Dollars

Working hours

  • Working hours :09:00-17:00

    Holidays : Paid leave: Two weeks paid leave after one year from your appointment date. This time should be taken prior to the end of your term at a mutually agreed upon time. Paid leave for time not taken is not paid upon termination.

Application requirements


  • Education and Degree Requirements

    Ph.D. / Doctor

    We are seeking highly motivated individuals who have recently obtained a Ph.D. (within 3 years).

Employment Type

  • Contract employee


Contract period

  • Nontenured - Non-tenure track


    Probationary period present

    3 months

Work location

  • Others

    8613 114 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9


  • Insurance

    Employees' Health Insurance : available

Application Considerations

Number of hired

    1 person(s)

    Hiring date : 2025/01/01

    Starting date : 2025/01/01

Application period

  • 2024/04/15~2024/12/31 Deadline for receipt

Application method

  • Attached documents

    Application Form : Online Submission
    Please submit the following documents as attachments to the designated email address:
    (1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
    (2) Research experience and statement of motivation (1-2 pages, in either Japanese or English)
    (3) Names and contact information of three referees

  • Return of application documents

    We will dispose of all application documents responsibly.

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Selection / Notification of result

  • Selection

    The selection process includes document screening and interviews, which may be conducted via phone or Zoom.

  • Notification of result

    Notification of the selection results will be sent only to those who have been selected for an interview via email.

Contact details

University of Alberta

Department of Medical Genetics

Toshifumi Yokota