Post Doctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Genomics and Proteomics

University of Calgary


Post Doctoral Fellowship, Translational Cancer Genomics and Proteomics, The Morrissy Lab, Cumming School of Medicine


Job ID: 15692

Updated: June 5, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus


Position Description

Area: Translational Cancer Genomics and Proteomics               
Duration: Two Years, with potential for extension        
Start Date: Position available immediately, start date negotiable              
Salary:   $50,000/year – negotiable based on qualifications and experience


The Morrissy Lab in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, is seeking highly motivated scientists to join as Postdoctoral Associates in the field of computational cancer genomics and proteomics. 


Job Description:

Successful candidates will be recent PhD graduates with the ambition to tackle the complexity of tumor biology and evolution using computational analysis of data from cutting-edge experimental and sequencing efforts. The goal is to explore clinically relevant aspects of brain tumor biology using patient samples in a way that could lead to improvements in clinical outcomes, especially in the context of recurrent disease.  Projects in the Morrissy lab are developed within a dynamic and collaborative environment with other researchers in the Charbonneau Cancer Institute, enabling access to state-of-the-art experimental approaches.


The responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Perform integrative ‘omic’ data analyses (proteogenomics)

  • Use and develop methods and strategies for quantifying and modeling tumour evolution in patient samples and pre-clinical models of disease

  • Evaluate molecular features of treatment response and resistance in context with clinical data, matched pre-clinical models of disease, and therapeutic opportunities.



The successful candidate should hold a PhD or MD, have a track record of creativity in developing analytic strategies, and a strong foundation of knowledge in one or more of the following: proteomics, genomics, cancer biology, statistics. Excellent computational skills as well as experience with analysis of large ‘omic’ datasets is highly desirable. Must be self-motivated, have strong written and verbal communication skills in English, and evidence of scientific accomplishment via peer-reviewed publications.


In addition, the candidate should ideally have: 

  • Experience working in a Unix environment (shell scripting, using command-line tools)

  • Experience conducting genomic data analyses

  • Expertise with machine-learning methods, and / or statistical analyses using R

  • Understanding of cancer cell biology is an asset


Application details:  

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Morrissy at with the subject line “Proteogenomics Postdoctoral Associate”. 


Please include the following:

  • Cover letter describing previous work, career goals, and proposed start date,

  • CV,

  • Contact information for three referees.  


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.


Dr. Sorana Morrissy
Email: sorana.morrissy 
Assistant Professor
Cumming School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The University of Calgary
Room 307 Heritage Medical Research Building
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 4N1


The application deadline is July 28, 2018.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.


About the University of Calgary

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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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