The postdoc will be part of an interdisciplinary research team that is using wastewater to track the dynamics of infectious agents. We have developed an integrated surveillance network monitoring 43 municipalities, as well as several sentinel surveillance hubs including many tertiary care hospitals and populations of special interest from which we collect samples 1-3x per week. Wastewater and hospital-specific data can be compared with population-level data drawing from a single provincial health provider. The potential of this unique network is exceptional; the postdoc will work directly with a transdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers at the University of Calgary (Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and Advancing Canadian Water Assets (ACWA)) and Athabasca University. The postdoc will also collaborate with the City of Calgary’s municipal employees and public health experts at Alberta Health Services.
The successful applicant will join a productive transdisciplinary team with supporting research funding from CIHR, Genome Canada, and Alberta Health. Working with the Primary Investigators Michael Parkins (Section Chief of Infectious Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine), Srijak Bhatnagar, Bioinformatics lead Faculty of Science and Technology), and Casey Hubert (UCalgary Research Chair, Faculty of Science), and Kevin Frankowski (ACWA). The postdoc will work as part of a large team that includes several staff with PhDs, graduate students, and undergraduates.
The successful candidate will be based at the University of Calgary and utilize archived and newly collected wastewater samples for molecular and bioinformatics analyses for the detection of antimicrobial resistance that is relevant to community public health. The candidate will be exposed to multiple teams with complementary skillsets working across a range of labs and campuses. This position will utilize our existing research capacity in field sampling to follow with molecular detection using nucleic acid sequencing (amplicon and/or shotgun) based approaches. Applying or developing bioinformatics analysis pipelines is an essential part of this work. This postdoc will play a key role in our team’s efforts to disseminate information, such as peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Accordingly, contributing to the preparation of manuscripts will be a high-priority objective for this position. Additional responsibilities will include participating in and supporting the team described above and some supervision of junior colleagues.