How to continually make the case for fundamental science: Arthur Wynne Gold Medal talk by Jim Woodgett

Read “How to continually make the case for fundamental science: from the perspective of a protein kinase”, a summary of Jim Woodgett’s Arthur Wynne Gold Medal talk presented at the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences annual meeting held in Banff in April 2018. This summary was published in Canadian Science Publishing’s Biochemistry and Cell Biology, one of the CSMB official journals.

Abstract: The strength of the scientific process is its immunity from human frailties. The built-in error correction and robustness of principles protect and nurture truth, despite both intended and unintended errors and naivety. What it doesn’t secure is understanding of how the scientific sausage is made. Here, a scientific journey revolving around a single protein that spans nearly 35 years is used to illustrate the twists and turns that can accompany any scientific path. Lessons learned from such exploration speak to the need for story-telling in communicating scientific meaning — and the effectiveness of this will influence future investment and understanding of the scientific endeavor.

Read the full article in Biochemistry and Cell Biology:

https://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/bcb-2019-0130

Assistant Professor (Host-Pathogen Interactions) – University of Saskatchewan

Assistant Professor (Host-Pathogen Interactions)

Tenure-Track Position

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

 Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology in the area of Host-Pathogen Interactions. We are searching for individuals with exceptional promise to develop a vibrant, externally funded research program. We are particularly interested in applicants who have an interest in protein-protein or nucleic acid-protein interactions between host and pathogen that are essential in host adaptation, host range, and/or pathogenesis. Preference will be given to applicants that work at both the molecular and cellular level and can collaborate with existing faculty interests in host-pathogen interactions. The successful candidate will also show a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The department has several areas of research strength encompassing structural, genetic, cellular and molecular biological and biochemical investigator-led programs focused on viral and bacterial pathogenesis, cancer biology, immunology and various aspects of metabolism, offering many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Specific research areas of BMI faculty can be viewed here: (https://medicine.usask.ca/profiles/biochemistry-microbiology-immunology/index.php). The department benefits from having the Canadian Light Source situated on our campus, and the department has strong affiliations with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 25,000.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree and post-doctoral experience in a biomedical discipline relevant to the position and a demonstrated ability to conduct original, innovative research. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and show an interest in fostering collaborations with faculty members in the department and elsewhere on campus.

Salary band for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor for the 2020-2021 academic year is $96,301 to $115,723.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit via email a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and 5-year research plan (max. 3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), and contact information for three references. The complete application package should be sent to:

 

Bill Roesler

Chair of Search Committee

107 Wiggins Road, Rm GA20.12
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5E5
Telephone: (306) 966-4375
Email: 
bmiadmin@usask.ca

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin in January 2020; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Assistant Professor (Immunology) – University of Saskatchewan

Assistant Professor (Immunology)

Tenure-Track Position

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

 

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology in the area of Immunology. We are searching for individuals with exceptional promise to develop a vibrant, externally funded research program. The ideal candidate will be a classically trained immunologist studying fundamental aspects of immunity. Research focus may include (but is not limited to) ontogeny of the immune system, mucosal/gut immunology, regulation of immune responses and immune dysfunction, cancer immunology or host-pathogen interactions such as viral immunology. The successful candidate will also show a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The department has several areas of research strength encompassing structural, genetic, cellular and molecular biological and biochemical investigator-led programs focused on viral and bacterial pathogenesis, cancer biology, immunology and various aspects of metabolism, offering many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Specific research areas of BMI faculty can be viewed here: (https://medicine.usask.ca/profiles/biochemistry-microbiology-immunology/index.php). The department benefits from having the Canadian Light Source situated on our campus, and the department has strong affiliations with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 25,000.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree and post-doctoral experience in a biomedical discipline relevant to the position and a demonstrated ability to conduct original, innovative research. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and show an interest in fostering collaborations with faculty members in the department and elsewhere on campus.

Salary band for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor for the 2020-2021 academic year is $96,301 to $115,723.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit via email a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and 5-year research plan (max. 3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), and contact information for three references. The complete application package should be sent to:

 

Bill Roesler

Chair of Search Committee

107 Wiggins Road, Rm GA20.12
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5E5
Telephone: (306) 966-4375
Email: 
bmiadmin@usask.ca

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate in the cover letter whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin in January 2020; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.