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Career Opportunities

August 5, 2020
Research Associate

Employer: Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Science, University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, BC
Closing Date: October 5, 2020

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Job Description

Deadline for Application Submission is September 5, 2020

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is seeking a highly qualified and motivated full time Research Associate to start on September 15 2020, under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Eltis. 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 elucidating bacterial catabolism of aromatic compounds and steroids, how pathways feed into central metabolism and how this metabolism is regulated models.

Salary: $59,302.80


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:

Microbiological and biochemical techniques:

  • Bacterial cell culture and harvesting, including high-throughput growth curves and biotransformation
  • Enzyme purification and steady-state enzyme kinetics
  • Molecular genetics including cloning and targeted gene deletion
  • Metabolite extraction and purification

Analytical techniques:

  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)

Computational techniques:

  • Metabolomics Bioinformatics (MassHunter Profinder, MassProfile Pro (or equivalent), flux analysis)
  • Computational modeling and analysis (R preferred)
  • Website design (HTML, Hugo, Academic, Netlify, Github)
  • Professional illustration (Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageJ)

Laboratory management:

  • Mentoring and leading graduate students
  • Grant and manuscript writing
  • Training the experimental and computational techniques above
  • Maintaining lab equipment including HPLCs and anaerobic gloveboxes

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


The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research in an independent manner, while managing key laboratory infrastructure including a state-of-the-art LC-MS. 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, and assist with the training and mentoring of postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. The LC-MS and data analysis can be operated remotely. Such remote operation means that up to 1.5 days per week on average can be spent off-campus.

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 September 15, 2020 for a period of 3 years. Possibility of extension.

Application Instructions

Deadline for interested individuals is August 29, 2020. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research interests, the names of three referees and copies of representative publications, to: micb.admin@ubc.ca

Related Links

Eltis Lab
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UBC

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