Faculty Opportunities

Sessional Lecturer Position

The University of British Columbia invites applications for a Sessional Lecturer position in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology on the Vancouver campus. This is a 4-month position that will start September 1, 2019 and end on December 31, 2019.

Initial teaching duties would be to deliver the MICB 418 Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology course in term 1 of the 2019-2020 Academic year.

This course focuses on the use of microbial and animal cells for the industrial production of chemicals ranging from alcohol to therapeutic proteins, genetic manipulation of cellular characteristics, fermentation methods, patenting and governmental approval processes.

The minimum qualification is a PhD in microbiology, immunology, or a related field. Applicants are required to have demonstrated excellence in teaching, as well as proven ability to contribute to curriculum development, course design and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate. This successful applicant will be supported by, and encouraged to contribute to the department’s commitment to innovative evidence-based teaching and learning approaches.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their application, which should include a Curriculum Vitae, Names and Email addresses of three Referees, a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and interests, evidence of content area expertise and teaching effectiveness, and experience with emerging technologies in teaching and learning. Candidates are particularly encouraged to highlight previous experience in fostering the education of students from diverse backgrounds.

Please submit applications to micb.recruitment@ubc.ca

Screening of applications will begin on May 6th 2019.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and Permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is seeking a highly qualified and motivated full time Research Associate to start on July 1st 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Carolina Tropini.  This position is fully grant-funded and will primarily consist of research and writing up data for submission to research journals, as well as training other lab members in methods used.   The research projects include mouse models of gastrointestinal disease and mechanistic understanding of bacteria and phages involved in microbiota resilience to physical perturbations.

Salary: $ 80,000.00

REQUIRMENTS:
The successful candidate will have a PhD in Microbiology or other relevant area, at least four years of postdoctoral experience, and a good track record of publication and successful grant/fellowship writing records. Applicants should be experienced in all the following:

In vivo experimental techniques:

  • Gnotobiotic mouse husbandry (maintenance, weaning, mouse handling, tissue collection)
  • Confocal and fluorescence microscopy
  • Animal tissue imaging: immunostaining, FISH, laser capture microdissection

In vitro experimental techniques:

  • Bacterial genetics
  • Aerobic and anaerobic bacterial assays
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Enzymatic assays, ELISA
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

Computational techniques:

  • Microbiome Bioinformatics (QIIME, DADA2, NGS metagenomics and metatranscriptomics pipelines)
  • Computational modeling and analysis (MATLAB or Python preferred)
  • Website design (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Jekyll)
  • Professional illustration (Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageJ)

Laboratory management:

  • Mentoring and leading graduate students
  • Grant writing
  • Training the experimental and computational techniques above
  • Maintaining lab inventory and purchasing orders

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a necessity as well as the ability to work in a team-environment.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research in an independent manner, while managing a laboratory infrastructure with research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students. They are also expected to present results at various meetings, play an active role in developing research proposals, writing manuscripts for publication, and other related documents.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

DURATION:
The position will begin July 1, 2019 for a period of 3 years. Possibility of extension.  

To Apply
Deadline for Interested individuals is  April 15th, 2019 applicants should send  their curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research interests, the names of three referees and copies of representative publications, to: micb.recruitment@ubc.ca

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Postdoctoral Fellow in data science education

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (MICB) at the University of British Columbia is seeking a

full time Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) to lead the Experiential Data science for Undergraduate Cross-disciplinary

Education (EDUCE) initiative. EDUCE develops and delivers data science modules in undergraduate MICB

courses to progressively build student computational competency and data literacy over two years of integrated

coursework. In-class experiences are augmented with data science workshops sponsored by the ECOSCOPE

training program.

The principal responsibilities of the PDF include:

• Co-development and delivery of reproducible data science modules in existing MICB courses. The PDF

will prepare lesson plans, lecture materials, hands-on tutorials, and assignments in consultation with

Dr. Steven Hallam (MICB), Statistics (STAT), and faculty course coordinators. Existing (2017-2019)

EDUCE course materials are available for use and/or modification as the PDF sees fit.

• Coordination, training, and evaluation of EDUCE teaching assistants (TAs) with input from Dr. Hallam

and STAT. TAs assist with the development and delivery of course and workshop content as needed.

• Creation and maintenance of electronic education materials such as the EDUCE GitHub, videos, and

website including interactive Shiny applications.

• Evaluation of EDUCE and course material effectiveness toward publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The PDF will compile and analyze evaluation metrics such as pre/post-course and workshop surveys.

• Coordination and promotion of co-curricular opportunities including ECOSCOPE workshops. The PDF

may also offer additional co-curriculars such as e-hangouts, hackathons, etc.

Required qualifications:

• PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. Ecology, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics, or Bioinformatics

• Competency in R or Python including reproducible documents and workflows

• Familiarity with version control (e.g. git)

• Experience in undergraduate level instruction

• Strong communication skills

• Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team

Preferred qualifications:

• Enthusiasm for microbiome data analysis and microbial ecology

• Familiarity with curriculum development

• Experience with survey analysis and/or educational research

• Interest in scholarship of education leadership and data science innovation

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We

especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons

with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and

knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;

however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 Application

Applicants should submit the following elements to our https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4J9gMXnt8gOKiCp

• cover letter specifically addressing how this position relates to the applicant’s experience and career

aspirations

• curriculum vitae

• contact information for three references

• teaching philosophy

• evidence of teaching effectiveness or links to relevant data-driven experience (optional)

For full consideration, please submit your application by  March 31, 2019. The appointment is initially for

one year, with option for renewal dependent on performance and funding. Ideally, the position will commence

by May 1, 2019.

Sincerely,

Steven Hallam

ECOSCOPE Director

CIFAR Scholar and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Genomics

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA • DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

2350 HEALTH SCIENCES MALL, VANCOUVER, BC V6T1Z3 CANADA • (604) 827-3420

FAX (604) 822-6041 • E-MAIL shallam@mail.ubc.ca