Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiology and Bioinformatics

University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada
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Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiology and Bioinformatics

The candidate will participate in a project which involves WGS of bacterial isolates recovered from the CF airways to understand isolate relatedness between patients and the potential for patient-patient spread. Identifying factors associated with past transmission events will enable future events and their negative consequences to be avoided. Our laboratory maintains a unique resource: the Calgary Adult CF Clinic Biobank – a one-of-a-kind collection containing every bacterial pathogen isolated from CF patient from every clinical encounter (1978-present, n>55,000). Access to this one of-a-kind collection means that our group is uniquely positioned to strategically analyze bacterial infection dynamics in CF on a scale greater than any before. A huge array of spin off projects beyond merely infection transmission are possible with this dataset. Accordingly, tremendous potential for scholarly products exists with this position.


Responsibilities include coordinating with sequencing facility for pricing and run information. Maintaining and running scientific computing programs such as Python, R, Bash. Working through microbial sequencing data, genomics, and phylogenetics. Bayesian evolutionary analyses and infection transmission dynamics. General lab duties related to project including microbial culture, genomic extraction, PCR, reagent preparation and library preparation for sequencing.


Applicants must have a PhD in microbiology (in the last 3 years), genomics, computational biology, or related field (such as microbial evolution, population genetics, or computational biology). Applicants should have a broad microbiology background and experience with scientific computing (Python, R, Bash) and have a familiarity with working with microbial sequencing data, genomics, and phylogenetics. Prior experience with Bayesian evolutionary analyses and infection transmission dynamics is an advantage. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, have strong communication skills (verbal and written), and have a strong record of peer-reviewed publication(s) demonstrating their skills and creativity through principal authorship. The ability to work as part of a team is integral to the position.

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Additional Information

The Parkins lab at the University of Calgary (, is a translational research group and a member of the Infectious Disease Research Group. Dr. Parkins is the Section-Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, and a clinician scientist with a range of research interests pursued in his laboratory, including tracking SARS-CoV-2 and antimicrobial resistance determinants in community wastewater, finding clinical correlates of blood stream and prosthetic joint infections, and investigating various aspects of airways infections in cystic fibrosis (CF).