Three Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available to Study Molecular Membrane Biology and Innate Immunity

The research group of Dr. Greg Fairn is seeking Postdoctoral Fellows to join a growing research team, focused on fundamental biological questions at the interface of cell biology, protein & lipid biochemistry, and innate immunity. The Fairn Lab is embedded within the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto and affiliated with the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto.

Three CIHR and NSERC funded positions are available starting in Sept. and will remain open until suitable candidates are in place. Specific projects will investigate novel aspects of:

  1. Phagosome maturation and tissue homeostasis,
  2. Lipid signaling in secretory vesicle and endosomal trafficking,
  3. Post-translation modifications (specifical palmitoylation) in response to bacterial infection.

Key responsibilities of the PDFs will include the implementation and execution of well-designed and controlled experiments, data analysis, and communication of data and progress. The Fairn Lab and Keenan Research Centre are team environments in open-concept space with excellent equipment and core facilities where productivity and communication are essential. Opportunities to attend departmental seminars and conferences, 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 and graduate trainees who would be expected to contribute effectively to a specific project.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from a recognized academic institution in one of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related discipline. Experience in confocal and advanced microscopy and image analysis is an asset. Additional experience with one or more of the following; mouse husbandry and isolating primary immune cells, working with model organisms, or lipidomics/metabolomics, is also desirable. A strong publication record and demonstrated ability to perform impactful research is also required. The position is also open to international applicants provided they meet the proper immigration requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to e-mail Dr. Fairn directly ( If interested, please include

  1. a cover letter describing relevant research training, research interests, long-term career goals, and contact information for 2-3 referees, and
  2. a CV with a list of publications, presentations, and awards.

The positions are initially for a three-year term, with the possibility of extension. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to apply for internal and extramural funding while in the lab. Please note that only qualified candidates will be contacted for follow-up discussions and project specifics.