PhD Fellowships: University of Calgary

PhD Fellowships in the field of Defining the role of primary cilia in brain development at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary.

 Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project

Research Themes: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics Cell Biology, Development Genetics, Molecular Biology Neuroscience, Neurology.


PhD student positions are available for highly motivated individuals with interest in studying primary cilia and brain development using a combination of molecular, cellular, genetic, live cell imaging, and bioinformatics approaches.

Project Details

The project will involve utilizing mouse models to dissect the primary cilia-driven mechanisms that control brain development and relevant neurodevelopmental disorders. The student will be fully funded and work in the laboratory of Dr. Jiami Guo in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Required Qualifications:

1. BSc or MSc or an equivalent degree in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioinformatics, or a related discipline.
2. Prior research experience in wet and/or dry labs. Knowledge and experience in biochemistry, molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, mouse genetics, 2-photon microscopy, and confocal microscopy would be highly desirable. Strong programming skills in R and Python, and prior experience with sequencing analysis would be an asset.
3. Must be self‐motivated and hard-working, with a keen interest in working on multidisciplinary projects.
4. A strong academic background.
5. Proficiency in English.
6. Excellent communication, written and interpersonal skills.
7. Willingness to work in an international team.

Application Procedure:
Please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter describing

  1. Your previous research experience,
  2. Future career goals, and
  3. Why studying primary cilia and brain development is of interest to you, together with your CV, the contact information of two references, and relevant transcripts to Dr. Guo: guo@ucalgary.cawith the subject line “PhD Student Position”.

Fellowship: The students will receive full scholarship support and will also be encouraged to apply for internal and external scholarships.

Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Calgary
Country Canada
Fellowship Level PhD
Subject areas Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology , Development Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Neurology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility PhD degree in relevant subject
Deadline Applications accepted periodically throughout the year.

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