A postdoctoral position is available to study the neurobiology of depression and the identification of novel targets for new antidepressant drug development. This position will be housed jointly in the labs of Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk and Dr. Hector Caruncho in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria. The lab makes use of preclinical rodent models of depression, behavioral readouts, and postmortem analyses using immunohistochemistry, PCR, western blots, and ELISA’s. Much of the current work on this project focuses on reelin, an extracellular matrix protein that plays an important role in hippocampal plasticity (i.e., dendritic spine formation, adult neurogenesis, LTP, cognition). There is also the possibility of doing work with human patients to develop biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment responsivity in depression. This work involves linkages with industry and community partners.
The position is available for 2 years at the outset, with the possibility of renewal. Salary will be set according to guidelines established by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). A recent PhD in neuroscience or closely related field is required and expertise in immunohistochemistry and/or computerized stereology would be considered an asset. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work within a team environment are necessary. Interested individuals should send a CV, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments (no more than one page) and the contact information for 3 references to email@example.com. The start date is negotiable.
The University of Victoria is located on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Known as the “Garden City”, Victoria offers a high quality of life and year-round mild coastal climate. With a population of about 400,000, Victoria is large enough to offer big city conveniences but small enough to offer charming neighborhoods and access to numerous outdoor activities along its rugged shorelines and beaches.