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Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Image Analysis / Digital Pathology

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Digital Technologies 

Classification: RO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years 

Language Requirements: English  

 

 

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.

 

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

 

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

 

At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 

 

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

 

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

The Program

The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).


PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PDF recruiting rate is $73,133. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.

Project Title

Computational methods for quantitative 3D mapping of the inflamed brain in Alzheimer’s disease.

Your Challenge

NRC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research to advance the use of digital pathology to study neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Recent advances in whole-slide imaging microscopy generate large series of digital microscopy images with ultrahigh resolutions, however, quantitative 3D analysis remains a bottleneck. To generate 3D microscopic maps of the tissue block, these images need to be spatially aligned, which is problematic since the images are distorted due to global and local deformation. In this project, we aim to:
 

  1. Develop a comprehensive toolkit of computational methods to spatially align these slides for 3D reconstruction; and
  2. Apply this framework to map the inflammatory processes associated with neurodegeneration in a mouse model of AD.


The successful candidate will work closely with teams in Digital Technologies, Human Health Therapeutics, and Nanotechnology Research Centres.
 

Education

Ph.D. in computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, biomedical computing, or a related field with a research focus on image processing/medical image computing.

 

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency

Experience

The candidate should demonstrate expert knowledge in image analysis, non-rigid image registration, and high-performance scientific programming with Python and/or C++. A background in deep learning for medical image analysis, experience with histology and microscopy image analysis would be considered an asset. 

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Who is eligible?

  • Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
  • Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2018) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
  • Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

 

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

 

  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
  • PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
  • List of Publications

 

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results».

 

In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.

Relocation

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Postdoctoral Fellowships Program at the RCO-2/AsRO level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $73,133 to $101,569.  
 

NOTE: Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.   As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $73,133.

Notes

  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 

 

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (11455) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 19 March 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time

 

 

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