Postdoctoral position: Sphingolipids and alpha-synuclein folding

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Drs Aarnoud van der Spoel and Kathryn Vanya Ewart in the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Our team is studying Parkinson’s disease with a focus on the roles of sphingolipids in the folding of alpha-synuclein. This project is funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Supervision will be jointly provided by Drs. Aarnoud van der Spoel and Kathryn Vanya Ewart.

Key responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will include the implementation and execution of well-designed and controlled experiments, data analysis and communication of data and progress. The project will be undertaken in a collaborative team environment, where laboratory safety, productivity, communication and professionalism are essential. Opportunities to attend departmental seminars, to give seminars and to participate in other career-relevant initiatives will be provided. Furthermore, there may be opportunities to gain mentoring and teaching experience through the guidance and supervision of undergraduate trainees who would be expected to contribute effectively to the project.

Successful candidates will have excellent organizational skills and problem-solving ability, as well as a PhD in the area of the molecular life sciences, with expertise in lipid biology and/or protein chemistry, HPLC, biochemical assay implementation, and mammalian cell culture.

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV and contact information of three referees to Dr. Aarnoud van der Spoel ( We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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