Faculty Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar opportunity

University of British Columbia

Location: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Job Description

The Department of Medicine at University of British Columbia seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. Neil Reiner.  The Reiner lab focuses on innate immunity, macrophage cell regulation and the molecular pathogenesis of leishmania infection.  The research project will focus on studying the pathogenesis of leishmania infection and the role of transcription factor c-Myc in particular (Pubmed ID 29934305). This will involve genomic (chromatin immunoprecipitation-seq using c-Myc antibody) and proteomic approaches (Stable Isotope Labeling by Amino acids in Cell culture) to identify the full range of c-Myc dependent changes in macrophages infected with Leishmania. Also, studies are in progress to examine the role of PI3K as a master regulator of innate immunity to leishmania, and the contributions of small, non-coding RNAs to leishmania pathogenesis.

The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. in a relevant field.  Experience in immunological assays, chromatin immunoprecipitation, RNA-seq, macrophage cell signaling, and biology of host-pathogen interaction is an advantage.  

The period of employment is 2-5 years.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to nreiner@mail.ubc.ca. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Closing date: April 1, 2019

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A 4-year PhD studentship is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Neil Reiner.

University of British Columbia

Location: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Areas of interest

The Reiner laboratory is concerned with host defense against intracellular infection and how intracellular microbes disrupt cellular functions to favor their survival. One of the major interests in laboratory is to understand the strategies used by intracellular pathogens to effectively prevent macrophage activation. Very recently, we identified c-Myc as a novel virulence factor by proxy, contributing to leishmania pathogenesis. An important objective is to investigate how this c-Myc driven strategy may otherwise be used by leishmania to affect cell regulation leading to altered macrophage phenotype. Also, studies are in progress to examine the role of PI3K as a master regulator of innate immunity to leishmania, and the contributions of small, non-coding RNAs to leishmania pathogenesis.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and he/she must be creative in solving experimental challenges, and in experimental design. It is expected that he/she will also have a strong research-ethical approach. The successful applicant must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). Appointment to a PhD studentship position requires admission to the PhD programme in Experimental Medicine at UBC.

The period of funding is 4 years with a possibility of an extension for one more year

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to nreiner@mail.ubc.ca.

Closing date is April 1, 2018

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HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY 

Internal Search 

The Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia is seeking applications for the position of Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The Department is committed to excellence in research and education, and plays a key role in a range of interdisciplinary programs, including the Life Sciences Institute and Biology program. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.microbiology.ubc.ca. 

We seek a dynamic individual with an excellent international research profile, a strong commitment to educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, a compelling vision for the future of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC, and demonstrated leadership abilities, including management, organizational, communication, and consensus-building skills. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall academic and non-academic leadership of the Department, and will be a strong advocate for the Department within the University and in the national and international arenas. 

The position is for a five-year term and will be available beginning July 1, 2019. The successful candidate must hold a tenured professorial position at the University of British Columbia, with strong preference being given to a faculty member currently at the rank of Professor. The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. 

Nominations are strongly encouraged and should be sent to scidean@science.ubc.ca

The deadline for applications is February 19, 2019; applications will be processed as soon as they are received. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses when possible) of at least two references, should be sent to: 

Dr. Meigan Aronson 

Dean of Science 

University of British Columbia 

2178-2207 Main Mall 

Vancouver, B. C. 

Canada V6T 1Z4 

Tel: (604) 822-3337 

E-mail: scidean@science.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