​Welcome to the Willis Glycobiology Lab

We are performing high-impact research in the fields of glycoscience, with a focus on the immune and reproductive systems in health and disease, at the University of Alberta. If you are hard-working and passionate about science, consider joining our team. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Looking for a postdoctoral scholar to work with a multidisciplinary team investigating a glycoprotein involved in the pathogenesis of placental malaria!

Our expectations are that you will be someone who:

  • Has an interest in women’s health
  • Holds a PhD in one of the following areas:
    • parasitology
    • cell biology
    • biochemistry
    • glycoscience
    • molecular biology
    • a related field
  • Is self-motivated and organized
  • Is willing to learn about best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusivity
  • Is willing to move to Edmonton, Alberta (unless you’re already here of course). Edmonton is a wonderful place to live and work. The average rent for a 1500 sq ft single family home in Edmonton is $1850/month. The average rent for all property types is $1180/month. Commuting to the University is easy. There is an abundance of outdoors and cultural activities to enjoy at any time of year.
  • Has the ability to currently work in Canada and start asap. Unfortunately, the funding for this project is time-sensitive and so will not allow for the time it takes to obtain a work permit (which are currently taking up to 10 months in Canada).

You can expect from us:

  • Guaranteed funding at $50K plus benefits for at least 1.5 years
  • The possibility of semi-flexible work hours
  • The opportunity to lead aspects of a collaborative project involving researchers in Canada and Colombia
  • Clear and timely communication
  • Opportunities for career development, tailored to your specific career goals
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity, including team education and implementation of best practices
  • The opportunity to present your research at conferences (funded by the grant)

To find out more information or ask any and all questions, please feel welcome to reach out to one or all of us. To apply, we would like a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your expertise/experience and motivation for applying to this job. Please ensure you highlight any experience working with primary tissue/serum samples, glycobiology, glycosaminoglycans, parasites, cell culture, assay development, and/or protein expression and purification. We will only ask for references for short-listed candidates.

Dr. Lisa Willis, https://willisglycobiologylab.com/, lisa.willis@ualberta.ca

Dr. Stephanie Yanow, https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/yanow, yanow@ualberta.ca

Dr. Denise Hemmings, https://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/about/people/details.html?n=denise-hemmings, dghemmin@ualberta.ca

Note: The Willis lab is not currently accepting new graduate students unless they have secured their own funding. Please reach out if you’re thinking of applying for tricouncil scholarships and we can help with the application process. Additionally, all spots for undergraduate trainees for the 2022 – 2023 and 2023 – 2024 school years are currently full.