Postdoctoral opportunities

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Thermoregulation

The Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in exercise and human thermoregulation who is interested in completing a studentship as part of a project investigating the effects of heat stress on cardiovascular and thermoregulatory function in older adults and individuals with common chronic disease such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Research activities will take place within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit located on the main downtown campus of the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario commencing in January 2019.

 

Project This project will use the world’s only whole-body direct calorimeter (a device for making extremely accurate measurements about the heat emitted by the human body) to measure whole-body heat exchange and assess how older adults and individuals with hypertension and type 2 diabetes respond to increasing levels of heat stress at rest and during physical activity. Measurement of several other physiological responses (e.g., core temperature, skin blood flow, sweat rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, hydration status, cognitive function, and others) will be performed during the experimental trials. The successful candidates will be involved with all aspects of the experimental trials including subject recruitment, testing and data analysis, presentations of the research at national and international scientific meetings and the development of manuscripts.  Participation in other on-going studies and the development of new research projects welcomed.


Qualifications Candidates should have previous research experience working with human volunteers in a physiology research environment. Prior experience with indirect calorimetry, measurement of core and skin temperatures as well as skin blood flow and sweat rate, cardiovascular responses (e.g., cardiac output, mean arterial pressure, limb blood flow, and others), basic biochemistry laboratory techniques (e.g., blood sampling and analysis) will be a major asset. Experience with intradermal microdialysis techniques for the purposes of assessing age-associated changes in cutaneous microcirculation and sweat production is preferred but not required. Although all outstanding candidates will be considered, candidates with a research background and interest in exercise and human thermoregulation will be given special consideration. Additional training will be provided to ensure that the successful applicant has the skills required to meet the objectives of the project.


The successful candidate will work closely with the Principal Investigators Dr. Glen P. Kenny and Dr. Sean Notley as well as members of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit. Candidates should submit a letter of intent (2-page maximum) outlining their qualifications and career objectives, an unofficial transcript of academic record, complete list of publications and awards, along with names of 3 referees who have agreed to be contacted to Dr. Glen Kenny at: gkenny@uottawa.ca. 


Closing date: The preferred start date is January 1, 2019 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Funding support is for 2-years with the possibility of a 1-year extension.

Graduate student opportunities

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Masters program

HEPRU is seeking candidates interested in completing a two-year studentship in exercise and environmental physiology with a focus on human thermoregulation during heat stress.  Research activities will take place within the Faculty of Health Sciences, on the main downtown campus of the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Positions are open for September 2018 and September 2019. Funding is available for all positions. International students welcomed.


Qualifications: Candidates should have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s degree and/or experience working with human volunteers in a physiology research environment.  Prior experience with indirect calorimetry, measurement of core and skin temperatures, skin blood flow and sweat rate, cardiovascular responses and other measurements is an asset.  Although all outstanding candidates will be considered, candidates with a strong publication record and interest in exercise and human thermoregulation will be given special consideration.  Additional training will be provided to ensure that the successful applicants have the skills required to meet their research objectives.


How to apply: Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent (≤2 pages) outlining their qualifications and career objectives, an unofficial transcript of academic record, complete list of publications and awards, along with names of 2 referees who have agreed to be contacted. 


For more information or to submit your application, please contact:

Professor Glen P. Kenny, PhD: gkenny@uottawa.ca

Doctoral program

HEPRU is seeking doctoral candidates interested in completing a full-time four-year studentship as part of research in exercise and environmental physiology with a focus on human thermoregulation during heat stress.  Research activities will take place within the Faculty of Health Sciences, on the main downtown campus of the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Positions are open for September 2018 and January 2019.  Funding is available for all positions. International students welcomed.


Qualifications: Candidates should have obtained a relevant Master’s degree and/or experience working with human volunteers in a physiology research environment.  Prior experience with indirect calorimetry, measurement of core and skin temperatures, skin blood flow and sweat rate, cardiovascular responses (e.g., cardiac output, mean arterial pressure, limb blood flow, and others), and others will be an asset.  Although all outstanding candidates will be considered, candidates with a strong publication record and interest in exercise and human thermoregulation will be given special consideration.  Additional training will be provided to ensure that the successful applicants have the skills required to meet their research objectives.


How to apply: Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent (≤2 pages) outlining their qualifications and career objectives, an unofficial transcript of academic record, complete list of publications and awards, along with names of 2 referees who have agreed to be contacted. 


For more information or to submit your application, please contact:

Professor Glen P. Kenny, PhD: gkenny@uottawa.ca