Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity at McMaster (Hamilton, ON)


Post-Doctoral Fellow Opportunity

Dr. Sonia Anand of Population Genomics Program is looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work with her and other team members on a birth cohorts consortium project with a focus on understanding the role of maternal and early childhood diet in development of Metabolic Syndrome and related traits among children. The project also aims to identify maternal and early life biomarkers which predict the risk of Metabolic Syndrome and its consequences in children. Specifically the role of the incumbent will be to help determine the impact of maternal dietary patterns and metabolome on newborn anthropometric characteristics including birthweight, birth length, waist circumference and skinfold thickness.
1. The successful candidate will have completed their doctorate degree or expect to complete it in the next 6 months.
2. The ideal candidate will have basic life science/biology/engineering training and have demonstrated expertise in dietary/nutritional data analysis/interpretation. Familiarity with biomarker identification using metabolomics will be an asset.
3. The candidate will also have demonstrated a strong statistical understanding, especially as it relates to working with large datasets dietary intake, physical measures, health behaviors and lab analysis.
4. Knowledge of and experience working with various statistical analysis programs such as SAS and R  is required.

Qualified and Interested Candidates should email a complete application consisting of the following to
1.       Cover letter
2.       Current Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
3.       Statement of Current and Prospective research interests

We appreciate everyone’s interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Let’s Talk Science MiddleEarth Summercamp – Volunteers Needed!


We are looking for volunteers for Let’s Talk Science’s first summer camp: Quest to Middle Earth:A Scientific Odyssey!!  s 29th July and 5th August 2016

Project Overview: UBC LTS is excited to host for the first time ever, a summer camp where science and high-fantasy combine in Quest to Middle Earth-A Scientific Odyssey! Grade 7 students will immerse themselves in Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth through fun science outreach activities that link phenomena in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit with real-world science, from the physics of archery to the engineering of a hobbit hole.

Project aims: Our aim is for the kids to have fun and to show them how fantastic and exciting science is. We want to show them that science is much more than just sitting in a lab with a white coat and a pipette and that scientists are awesome people like you!! Plus we want you to have fun too 🙂

Volunteer callout: We need volunteers for shifts between the 29th July and 5th August. No experience necessary. Training will be provided as required!

To see our awesome events, volunteer roles and to sign up click here:

Any questions contact

Many thanks


— Ruth SharpeExecutive Coordinator,
UBC Let’s Talk Science
University of British Columbia
Brock Hall Annex, Room 2357B1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T

Doctoral Examination Deadlines for December 31 Program Completion

  • Friday, August 5, 2016 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.
  • Friday, January 6, 2017 – Acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


Students who are hoping to finish by the end of December but are concerned about their ability to meet any of the above deadlines should contact the Doctoral Exams Office as soon as possible at

There is still space available in tomorrow’s Doctoral Exam Preparation sessions (see for in-person,  

Students and supervisors looking for information on the doctoral examination process will find a number of additional tools and resources on our website: for webinar). Copies of the slides and a recording of the webinar will be available on our Tools for Planning page for anyone unable to attend.


Doctoral Examination Planning Tool and Checklist Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,

Jenn Fletcher

Doctoral Exams Coordinator | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesPhone 604 822 3989 | Fax 604 822|

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