Postdoctoral opportunities

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Thermoregulation

 Overview: The Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in exercise and human thermoregulation who is interested in completing a studentship within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. The successful candidate will work closely with the Principal Investigators Dr. Glen P. Kenny and Dr. Sean Notley as well as members of HEPRU. The preferred start date is negotiable but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Funding support is for 1-year with the possibility of a 1-year extension. The position is open to Canadian residents and citizens as well as international applicants.


Responsibilities:The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities and aid in the development of new research projects using the world’s only whole-body direct calorimeter (a device for making extremely accurate measurements about the heat emitted by the human body). 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 candidate 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 will be welcomed.


Qualifications: Candidates should have a relevant doctoral degree (PhD) and previous research experience working with human volunteers in a physiology research environment. Doctoral students in the final stages are also qualified to apply, but have to document completed degree before employment. 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. Although all outstanding candidates will be considered, candidates with a research background and a keen interest in exercise and human thermoregulation will be given special consideration. 


How to apply: 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.   Search will remain open until suitable candidate is found. Start date is negotiable. Fellowship includes benefits and compensation (https://hrdocrh.uottawa.ca/info/en-ca/postdoc/insurances.html).


Questions: For more information about the role or how to apply, please contact Dr. Glen P. Kenny (email above) or Dr. Sean Notley (snotley@uottawa.ca). 

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 2020. Funding is available. 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 2020 and January 2021. Funding is available. 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