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Seeking to Train the Best Students and Scientists

We are seeking individuals at various stages of their education and from diverse backgrounds to join our lab. Future lab members should be enthusiastic and passionate about research and scientific discovery. They are expected to be reliable, resilient (experiments do not always work out), industrious, adaptable, creative, and show initiative to solve problems, both big and small. Lastly, science is a team effort, so we are seeking individuals who are collaborative and work well with others. Above all we are looking for ethical individuals.

Before you contacts us, please read below about specific positions.

Open Positions

 

Lab Manager

Position

We are seeking a full-time laboratory manager who will assist with and lead scientific projects. The lab manager will also be involved in the administrative life of the lab: organizing lab meetings, providing technical assistance to other lab members, ordering equipment and supplies, and assisting with ethics protocols.

Qualifications

We are looking for a high-energy individual with excellent organizational and communication abilities. A background in psychology, biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, or a related field is necessary. Knowledge of behavioural neuroscience techniques (e.g., rodent surgeries, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, etc.) as well as familiarization of related technical skills (e.g., End Note, MatLAB, SPSS, programing etc.) are highly desirable.

Salary

Negotiable and commensurate with experience.

How to apply?

Please contact Dr. Lovic (vedran.lovic@ucalgary.ca) and include your up to date CV and contact information of 3 references (names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers). Please note that we will only contact back suitable candidates.

Undergraduate research assistants and honors thesis students

What should students expect from us?

Students can expect to be mentored by Vedran, graduate students and/or postdocs. Students will learn at least one of the techniques used in the lab (e.g., drug-self-administration, FSCV etc.). Furthermore, students can expect to learn how science is conducted in general, from generation of important scientific questions, experimental design, critical thinking skills, to scientific communication. Students should expect to have regular one-on-one meetings with Vedran during which time their strategies, obstacles, and progress in the lab will be discussed. Honors Thesis students should expect that their work will be promoted and if appropriate result in  conference presentations and publications. Work in our lab would benefit those interested in scientific discovery, have ambitions to work in industry or pursue graduate studies in behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, pharmacology, medical school, or veterinary school. 

What do we expect from students?

Undergraduates from various backgrounds (psychology, neuroscience, biology, pharmacology, chemistry, physiology, computer science) are encouraged to join the lab. Typically, students are expected to volunteer for at least 10 hours per week and commit to working in the lab for at least several months. Students must be reliable, contribute to various projects, and contribute to general lab life, such as participating in lab meetings. Students seeking to enroll in the Honors Thesis course (provided that they meet the criteria set out by the Department of Psychology) are expected to spend a significant amount of time in the lab, working independently, under supervision, on a well-defined project.

For those wishing to join the lab

Please e-mail us at vedran.lovic@ucalgary.ca and tell us about yourself: 1) why do wish to join the lab, 2) what program are you enrolled in, 3) relevant courses you have taken (e.g., psychology, statistics, biology, neuroscience, chemistry, pharmacology, engineering, computer science) , 4) if you have any prior laboratory experiences, please describe them, 5) please describe other skills that might not be captured by your academic background (e.g., computer programing, knowledge of statistical software, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop etc.). Please note that we will only contact back suitable candidates. 

Graduate Students

What should graduate students expect?

Graduate students should expect exceptional training in behavioural neuroscience that will prepare them for a career in academia or industry. They will receive general training in experimental design, training on multiple techniques (e.g., drug self-administration, FSCV etc.), and explicit guidance through a number of experiments that converge and make a unifying entity – the Ph.D. dissertation. They should expect to have regular meetings with Vedran (i.e., weekly), during which their progress, issues, and strategies will be discussed. They should expect that their work will be promoted in the form of several publications and presentations at scientific meetings. Lastly, students should expect that their further training will be promoted by helping them gain post-doctoral positions and funding, as well jobs beyond post-doctoral tenure.

What do we expect from graduate students?

Potential graduate students should consult the admission guidelines set out by the Department of Psychology – University of Calgary. Those who are interested in joining the lab should also contact us directly prior to application due dates. We expect graduate students to spend a significant amount of time on their projects (planning, executing, analyzing, and writing-up completed projects) and make those a priority of their graduate tenure. We expect graduate students to be co-mentors to undergraduate students. They should also organize and lead lab meetings during which they will present their findings or discuss published work by others (i.e., journal club).

For those interested in joining the lab:

Please contact Dr.Lovic (vedran.lovic@ucalgary.ca) directly (include your up to date CV). Please note that we will only contact back suitable candidates.