Faculty Opportunities

TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY & METABOLIC ENGINEERING

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology (www.microbiology.ubc.ca) at the Vancouver campus of The University of British Columbia invites applications for one or more tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering. Applicants specializing in reconstructing microbial regulatory and metabolic networks, high-throughput genome engineering, or the biocatalytic valorization of biomass are strongly encouraged to apply.


The position requires a PhD, postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research achievements and publications in thisfield. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an innovative, externally-funded and internationally-competitive research program; supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; collaborate with faculty members; participate in service to the department, university, and academic/scientific community; and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology. The ability to teach microbial genetics and genomics is an asset, as are teaching excellence and an interest in innovative teaching methods.


The Department of Microbiology & Immunology consists of 25 research faculty with strengths in microbial genomics, data science, functional screening, microbial ecology, and bacterial metabolism and physiology. The successful applicant will establish their laboratory in the Life Sciences Institute (lsi.ubc.ca), which houses 85 laboratories across 10 departments, providing ample opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaborations. The new hire would also be part of the multi-faculty BioProducts Institute (bpi.ubc.ca/), which brings together interdisciplinary researchers comprised of scientists, engineers, and market and policy experts to unlock the full potential of materials, chemicals and fuels produced in Nature. Established research groups include the UBC Data Science Institute, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, and the Genome Science & Technology training program. The new hire will also have access to outstanding core resources for acoustic liquid handling and microfluidics, high-throughput screening, cell sorting, plurality and single-cell sequencing, microscopy, metabolomics, and proteomics.


Appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive start-up and infrastructure development funds will be provided. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.The successful candidate is expected to start the position by July 1, 2022.


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. Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.


Applicants should upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a detailed summary of research interests describing two potentially fundable projects (maximum 5 pages), a statement of teaching accomplishments, and interests and a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, as well as your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus. In addition, the applicant should arrange for letters from 3 referees to be sent to micb.recruitment@ubc.ca. All inquiries should be sent to the same address with “Synthetic Biology position” in the subject line. Review of completed applications with reference letters will begin on October 15, 2021.

 

APPLY HERE

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TIER I CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND IMMUNITY 

(Associate Professor / Professor)


The Department of Microbiology & Immunology (www.microbiology.ubc.ca) in the Faculty of Science at the Vancouver campus of The University of British Columbia invites applications for a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease & Immunity. Candidates will have established an internationally recognized research program of fundamental science leading to the control of drug-resistant and emergent pathogens and related diseases. Candidates investigating host-microbe interactions, microbial pathogenesis, immunity to infection, or new methods for the development of antimicrobials and/or host-directed therapies are encouraged to apply.


The successful applicant will be an internationally recognized expert investigating the science of infectious diseases and will nucleate a world-leading research cluster. The Chair will bridge fundamental biology, health research, applied and data science approaches to forge new cross-disciplinary interactions. The Chair will promote the establishment of a new Science of Health research cluster consisting of faculty members investigating infectious diseases in the context of diverse impacts on individual health (e.g., climate change, environmental exposures, sociodemographic factors), and the health of the larger eco-system, including plants and other species. The Chair’s research program will catalyze new funding opportunities from national and international agencies for researchers across the Faculty of Science, UBC and broader research community.


The Department of Microbiology & Immunology consists of 25 research faculty with strengths in molecular microbiology, cellular and systems immunology, microbial and host genomics and epigenomics, host-microbiome interactions, bioinformatics, and animal models of disease. The Chair will establish their laboratory in the Life Sciences Institute (lsi.ubc.ca), which houses 85 laboratories across 10 departments. Additional cross-disciplinary collaborative opportunities can be found in the large and diversecommunity of researchers at UBC and affiliated hospitals. Established research groups include the UBC Data Science Institute, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Genome Science & Technology training program. The Chair will have access to LSI cores, which are interconnected within the broader UBC core ecosystem. This includes high-throughput sequencing, high performance computing, single-cell analytics, cytometry by time-of-flight (CyTOF), proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, structural biology, the Centre for Disease Modeling and a CL3 facility. Together, these facilities provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for studying animal models of disease, global pathogens, and high-throughput screening.


Tenured appointment will be at the Associate Professor or Professor level and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive start-up and infrastructure development funds will be provided. Positions are subject to finalbudgetary approval. The Chair could start the position by July 1, 2022.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a detailed summary of research interests describing funded projects and future directions (maximum 5 pages), a statement of how you will nucleate a new research cluster, and a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body, as well as your past, present, and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. In addition, the applicant is encouraged to arrange for letters from 3 referees to be sent to micb.recruitment@ubc.ca. All inquiries should be sent to the same address with “CRC-I position” in the subject line. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, or for general inquiries about the position, please contact Parvin Bolourani at Parvin.Bolourani@ubc.ca. Review of completed applications will begin on October 1, 2021.
 

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https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_emly6VA1lYMb7Fk​
 

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 CRC position. Tier 1 CRC nominees must be Professors or Associate Professors who are expected to be promoted to the Professor rank within one or two years of the nomination. The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further UBC's strategic research plan. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca for full program information and further details on eligibility criteria.


In accordance with UBC’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be restricted to members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities (members of groups that are racially categorized), persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Applicants to Canada Research Chair positions are asked to complete this equity survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WJHol7SfPxRMu9 as part of the application, and candidates from these groups must self-identify as belonging to one or more of the designated equity groups to be considered for the position. Because the search is limited to those self-identifying as members of designated equity groups, candidates must also provide their name to be considered. Personal information is collected under the authority of sections 26(a) and 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information you provide will only be used to determine whether you qualify for participation in this hiring process. Data will be collected by the Equity & Inclusion Office and only the names of those who identify as women, visible minorities (member of groups that are racially categorized) and/or Indigenous peoples will be shared with the search committee. Currently, UBC has a gap in representation for people with disabilities. Until such time as this is remedied, the names of those self-identifying as having a disability will be provided separately to the search committee. Responses will be stored in a secure database. 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 the four designated groups who are also 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. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.
 



RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

Jean Lab 
 

Description: 

A Research Associate (RA) position is available at the University of British Columbia, Department of Microbiology and Immunology under the direction of Dr. François Jean, Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Founder and former Scientific Director of UBC’s Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research.


The RA will support a number of successful grant proposals focused on therapeutic strategies targeted at emerging human pathogenic enveloped viruses [Risk Group 2 (RG2) and Risk Group 3 (RG3) agents] including coronaviruses [SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC)], flaviviruses (Zika virus, dengue virus), and influenza viruses. The RA will work with an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists to support rapid identification of therapeutic compounds and cellular targets effective against SARS-CoV-2 and other human pathogenic enveloped viruses. The RA will perform antiviral drug testing against RG2 and RG3 agents using 2D and 3D cell-based systems of viral infection. This research includes screening by the RA of compounds at UBC CL3 FINDER (https://finder.ubc.ca) against all stages of the virus lifecycle, both host and virus-encoded targets, and using state-of-the-art technologies for identification, screening and validation of these compounds. More information about Dr. Jean’s COVID-19 research initiatives can be found at: https://covid19.research.ubc.ca/people/francois-jean.


The RA will play a critical role in the project team, providing scientific and virology-based expertise to support hypothesis generation, planning, coordination and execution of timely anti-viral research related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other important and emerging viral pathogens.


The RA will be responsible for the coordination, critical evaluation, and writing of manuscripts. The RA will communicate with collaborators and stakeholders, analyze data and experimental results, perform statistical analyses, prepare reports and figures and disseminate research findings. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a climate of rapidly evolving information, goals and questions, and the RA will be expected to respond quickly and adapt to changing needs and short timelines.

 

Salary: $ 100,000.00 for 1 FTE

 

Requirements: 

  • Ph.D. degree in Microbiology with 7+ years of relevant postdoctoral and professional experience in virology research
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of viral infections, cell biology (e.g. viral entry, protein trafficking), anti-viral screening methods, and inhibitors of viral infection (e.g. small molecules, protein-based inhibitors, peptides)
  • Extensive experience with handling RG2 and RG3 viruses in BSL-2, BSL-3 work environment
  • Extensive experience with experimental design and interpretation and data analysis
  • Knowledge of biochemical and cell-based assays and other laboratory methods for antiviral screening strategies (e.g. immunofluorescence, high-throughput screening, cell culture, infection assays, kinetic assays, polymerase chain reaction, next-generation sequencing)
  • Demonstrated high-quality publication record in virology and excellent writing and communication skills 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects with conflicting timelines and priorities, and excellent time-management skills
  • Demonstrated experience writing grant applications
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Experience performing bioinformatics and statistical analysis and familiarity with relevant computer programs required for data analysis
  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills 

 

Duties May Include: 

  • Conducts experiments with RG2 and RG3 viruses in Biosafety Level-2 and Biosafety Level-3 work environment
  • Provides, scientific expertise, direction, feedback and support to study team members including virology training to trainees and students
  • Contributes to planning, design, interpretation, analysis and publication of anti-viral research studies related to SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging viruses
  • Participates in the intellectual direction and management of studies relating to SARS-CoV-2 and other human enveloped viruses and liaises with investigators and collaborators to ensure that research goals are met
  • Writes high-quality manuscripts for publication; including planning, organization, data analysis, preparing figures, performing literature searches
  • Supports coordination and management of multiple study site data and information
  • Analyzes and performs statistical analysis of data generated by high-content screening, PCR, immunofluorescence, biochemical assays, next-generation sequencing and other laboratory experiments
  • Conceptualizes and drafts manuscripts for SARS-CoV-2  and other virus research grants, coordinating and compiling data from multiple study sites and critically evaluating data and research findings
  • Supports design, critical evaluation and editing of research reviews, editorials, grants and publications generated by study team members
  • Conducts analysis of study data, reports results to team members 
  • Conducts literature searches and assembles relevant literature in support of research projects and grants and keeps team up to date on pertinent findings related to various study initiatives
  • Helps to write and generate reports to funding agencies and stakeholders and contributes to grant applications to secure additional funds 
  • Prepares reports, presentations and figures for collaborator meetings, conferences and publications
  • Attends and participates in regular team meetings
  • Contributes to writing, coordination and preparation of figures and other materials for grant applications
  • Provides other support to Principal Investigator and collaborators as needed
  • Responds to rapidly developing and changing directions of SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging virus research ensuring various elements are supported


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 February 1st 2022 for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension for one year. 


How to Apply

Deadline for Interested individuals is November 15th 2021.  Applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees to: micb.admin@ubc.ca.
 



RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

Coombs Lab, Gold Lab


Departments

Gold | Department of Microbiology & Immunology | Faculty of Science (Michael Gold)

Coombs | Department of Mathematics | Faculty of Science (Daniel Coombs)

 

Posting End Date

November 18, 2021


Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.


The Department of Microbiology & Immunology, joint with the Department of Mathematics, at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus invites applications for a full time 36-month appointment as a Research Associate in “Quantitative Imaging of Immuno-receptor Organization and Signaling”. Possible renewal is subject to funding availability and job performance.  The anticipated start date is April 1, 2022.


The Research Associate will develop and carry out research projects that span mathematics, immunology, and cell biology as part of a collaborative research program with Dr. Michael Gold (Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology) and Dr. Daniel Coombs (Dept. of Mathematics). The position is intended for a Research Associate with an interest in developing their own projects related to mathematical analysis of immune cell signaling. Current joint projects focus on the nanoscale spatial organization and lateral mobility of the B cell receptor and other membrane proteins that control B cell activation. We seek to understand how receptor organization and signaling output is controlled by cytoskeleton dynamics, membrane domains, and receptor crosstalk. For an overview of our previous work, see publications from the Coombs group (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=Ji9E9MQAAAAJ&hl=en) and Gold lab (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=96zjvmEAAAAJ&hl=en).


Applicants must have a PhD in immunology or cell biology or a closely related field (e.g. biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology) with a minimum of 5 years of post-doctoral research experience at the level of highest international standards, as evidenced by a strong record of research accomplishments and publications. Applicants must have a broad knowledge of modern immunology and cell biology as well as a strong background in dSTORM and STED super-resolution microscopy, confocal and TIRF microscopy, live-cell imaging, the use of Image J and MatLab for quantitative image analysis, and experience working with primary and cultured immune cells. Experience writing scripts for quantitative image analysis would be an asset. Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to develop and lead research projects, work effectively and independently, and execute research ideas to successful completion,and must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.


Specific responsibilities include developing, managing, and conducting high-quality research projects related to “Quantitative Imaging of Immuno-receptor Organization and Signaling”; working collaboratively to develop new experimental approaches and computational analyses; taking a lead role in preparing manuscripts; contributing to the writing and preparation of grant applications; disseminating research findings via publications and conference presentations; mentoring graduate students and directing undergraduate research projects; and being an active participant in the research-related activities of the Gold and Coombs groups.


Applicants must submit the following: (1) A cover letter that describes how your research interests and previous research experience fit with the position, and which provides specific details about how you meet the requirements outlined above, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 2-3 references. All applications must be submitted online at micb.admin@ubc.ca.


Review of applications will commence: November 19, 2021.


We provide a supportive and highly interactive environment with strong mentoring as well as opportunities for intellectual and professional growth, innovation, project leadership, and collaboration. Wet-lab work will be carried out in the UBC Life Sciences Institute (LSI) (http://www.lsi.ubc.ca), which houses 85 laboratories carrying out cell and molecular biology research in a highly collaborative setting. Excellent facilities for super-resolution microscopy, single-particle tracking, and real-time imaging are available in the LSI, along with access to advanced facilities for genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, animal models, bioinformatics, and advanced computing. The successful applicant will also be a member of the mathematical biology group at UBC (https://www.math.ubc.ca/research/research-topics/mathematical-biology), one of Canada’s largest and most established math biology groups, as well as the UBC Institute of Applied Mathematics (https://www.iam.ubc.ca). Further information on the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Department of Mathematics is available at http://www.microbiology.ubc.ca and http://www.math.ubc.ca, respectively.


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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.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.