Phagocyte Biology Laboratory

Dr. Bryan Heit, Western University

The Position

PhD Position Available

The Heit lab is recruiting a new PhD student, to start in either May or September of 2019. This student will explore the changes in macrophage gene expression and function which occur early in atherosclerosis, thus probing the biological processes which initiate this devastating disease. This is a patient-centred project, which will make extensive use of patient samples and human-derived cells. The student taking on this project will develop expertise in the biology of macrophages and atherosclerosis, develop advanced skills in functional, live cell and super-resolution microscopy, and learn a variety of molecular and cell biology techniques. The skills and knowledge learned in this project will be applicable to a range of academic, governmental and industrial careers. This PhD position is fully funded for the first two years.


The Applicant

The successful applicant will be highly motivated and a self-directed learner. Prior molecular biology and microscopy experience is an asset, but it not required. Applicants should have a BSc (or equivalent) in one of: cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, or a related field. Please ensure that you meet the Admission Requirements for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario prior to applying. This position is open to domestic (Canadian) and international applicants; international applicants should confirm that they qualify for entry into Canada prior to applying for this position.


How To Apply

To apply for this position send Dr. Heit an email containing:

  1. A Cover Letter describing why you are interested in the project and your suitability for the position.
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. If entering with a Bachelors degree: An electronic copy of your transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  4. If entering with a MSc (or equivalent) degree: A copy of your degree or a letter from your current supervisor confirming your enrolment and expected completion date.

If you have already been accepted into the Microbiology & Immunology graduate program and are searching for a supervisor, please send me an email informing my that you’ve been accepted into the program and are interested in this position. The cover letter, grades and CV are not required in this situation.

Applications missing this information will not be considered.