Research Associate in cellular/molecular biology, medical technology
Dalhousie University - Halifax, NS

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Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt (MD, PhD, FRCPC), a Clinical Anesthesiologist and Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is hiring a new member to his multi disciplinary research team.

Dr. Schmidt is searching for a Scientific Research Associate in areas including cardiac physiology, neurobiology, biomedical models of anesthesia, and animal behaviour. The work will be situated in the Life Science Research Institute and Tupper Medical Buildings at Dalhousie University, which harbor cutting edge scientific facilities and a collegial and cooperative work environment.
The research group is operating under the theme “making anaesthesia safer”, and addresses the problem of brain and organ damage in patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. Anaesthetics have both, organ protective and toxic properties associated with them. The group therefore strives to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in organ protection, in an effort to better balance the benefits and risks of these anaesthetics in patients. Our research utilizes multi-organ, multi-species approaches and organotypic, in vitro and in vivo models.

Successful candidates will have experience using aquatic model organisms such as zebrafish, and should be proficient in animal behavioural analysis. Experience in electrophysiology (in vitro physiology), cell/tissue biology, or the use of transgenic animal models will be an asset.

The successful candidate will be directly involved in bench work, mentoring students, and merging results from all teams involved in the study as well as overall project management and will be directly reporting to the group’s Director of Research. A competitive compensation rate with opportunities for growth and professional development will be offered to the successful candidate.

This position is for 1 year, with option for renewal.


  • A graduate degree in cellular/molecular biology or medical technology.
  • Experience in aquatic organism maintenance.
  • Demonstrated, peer reviewed publication record of scientific achievement.
  • Experience in project management and peer mentoring.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, scientific writing, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary collaboration.

If you are interested in contributing to this research, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 referees the the e-mail address noted, with subject heading “Scientific Research Associate – Application” . Deadline for applications is November 8, 2013. Short-listed candidates will be contacted via email.