Faculty Opportunities



The Department of Microbiology & Immunology seeks a highly qualified full time Research Associate to start on August 1, 2019 under the supervision of Drs. Michael Gold (UBC Microbiology & Immunology) and Daniel Coombs (UBC Mathematics). The position is fully grant-funded and will consist of leading projects related to the role of B cell receptor (BCR) mobility and spatial organization in B cell activation, writing manuscripts and grant applications, developing mathematical analyses for super-resolution microscopy data, training lab members in the methodologies listed below. 

Salary: $60,000 per year


The successful candidate will have a PhD in immunology or cell biology, at least four years of postdoctoral experience, a strong knowledge of B cell biology, lymphocyte signaling, and cytoskeleton and membrane biology; extensive experience in advanced light microscopy techniques; strong background in computational image analysis; and a track record of publications in these areas. Applicants should be experienced in allof the following:

B cell biology:

  • Isolating mouse B cells and studying their activation in vitro
  • Tissue culture, cell transfection and lentiviral-mediated gene transfer
  • Signal transduction assays
  • Flow cytometry


  • Confocal fluorescence microscopy including real-time imaging
  • TIRF microscopy
  • Single particle tracking (SPT)
  • STED and dSTORM super-resolution microscopy

Computational techniques and software programs:

  • Analysis and modeling of SPT and super-resolution microscopy data using MATLAB 
  • Image analysis using ImageJ, Fiji
  • Adobe Illustrator, reference manager programs, GraphPad, statistical analysis packages

Project management:

  • Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate directed studies students
  • Project development and coordination, grant writing

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


As a member of both the Gold lab and the Coombs lab, the successful candidate will carry out research in an independent manner; presentdata at lab meetings and at regular meetings with their supervisors; prepare data for publication; attend weekly lab meetings as well as seminars relevant to their research; provide training and mentorship to other lab members; and complete all required UBC Safety and ethics courses applicable to their work.

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.


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


The deadline for Interested individuals is July 15, 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