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Job Title: Research assistant/Lab manager

Lab/Company name:Quandt Lab

Job description:

Seeking an organized and enthusiastic scientist interested to advance strategies to limit progression in MS. We are looking for a capable and enthusiastic team player to join our lab as a research assistant/lab manager at UBC. With expertise ranging from microscopy to preclinical models, we are in search of a candidate that brings a passion for science and the patience to train new team members to independent proficiency. With several funded projects, we are looking for a scientist with strong judgement and excellent time management skills who recognizes the importance of laboratory quality. Are you keen to be part of a growing team focused on understanding and limiting progression in MS? Ready to invest in impactful research to help end MS?


Contact Name: Jacqueline Quandt

Phone:604 827 0562

Multi Career-stage, Diversity Cluster Hire 

The Life Sciences Institute’s (LSI) recent designation as a Global Research Excellence Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC), prompted the launch of the Biological Resilience Initiative. This initiative signals a moment of renewal, a push into the future, and a chance to change the lens by which we view health and disease. In 4 billion years of evolution, all living organisms and communities have developed mechanisms to protect them from both internal and external threats. We call these protective mechanisms ‘resilience’. We are looking for individuals to join us in fulfilling our mission to elucidate the mechanisms underlying biological resilience at molecular, genetic, cellular and organismal levels. The LSI is conducting a multi career-stage, diversity-focused, cluster search at all ranks. We are looking for creative people who approach science differently to answer impactful questions, such as: 

  • Why do some people never gain weight, are protected from diabetes, and live longer? 
  • Can we learn to heal our bodies from animals that regenerate whole limbs? 
  • Why are some people more susceptible to one disease and protected from another? 
  • Can we use complex human tissues in the lab to understand human physiology and design new therapies? 
  • Can we push the limits of what microscopes can do, both in terms of resolution and speed? 
  • Can we push the limits of ‘omics technologists to the single-cell level, and beyond? 

Examples of relevant research areas include, but are not limited to:  

  • Resilience in metabolism and aging in emerging model systems 
  • Resilience in tissue regeneration in model systems 
  • Genetics of human health underlying resiliency to disease 
  • Resilience and disease modeled with human tissue models  
  • Imaging technologies that provide unprecedented insight in living systems 
  • Emerging single-cell metabolomics, proteomics, or genomics to uncover resilience 

The LSI is Canada’s largest Life Science-focused institute, with 85 labs across 4 Faculties and 9 Departments housed in 560,000 square-feet of modern space with state-of-the-art infrastructure and a growing culture of shared core facilities. In the past decade, LSI researchers have secured >$400M and trained >2000 of tomorrow’s science leaders. The LSI has re-organized into 20 Research Focus Teams, including ones dedicated to pre-clinical research in Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, COVID-19, Crohn’s and Colitis, Diabetes, Fertility, Lung Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity and Rare Diseases. The LSI is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, and diverse environment so that historically persistently, or systemically marginalized groups and individuals are treated equitably, feel respected, and belong. We welcome applications from scientists with an interest in promoting equity and inclusion among diverse scientists. 

UBC is a global hub for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities. 

Vancouver, Canada is consistently ranked among the best cities in the world to live in. 

We are looking early, mid, and advanced career candidates for the following faculty positions that are open to all applicants with a Ph.D, and/or M.D, or equivalent academic qualifications: 

Two established investigators for Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) – 100% salary from UBC (

Two emerging investigators for Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) – 100% salary from UBC  (

Two new full time, tenure-track Assistant Professors – 100% salary from UBC  

Successful candidates will be primarily housed within the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, the School of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Medical Genetics, or the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Some of the positions will hold cross-appointments within the Faculty of Science in the Department of Zoology or the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. An appropriate academic unit will be identified at the time the successful candidates are selected, contingent upon the candidates’ area of expertise. Appointments to the School of Biomedical Engineering require that Applicants must either be registered as a professional engineer (P.Eng.), or be eligible to register, with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). CRC Chairs are restricted to designated equity groups. See individual advertisements linked below for more information. 

View the full advertisement and application instructions for each type of position here: 

Tier 1 CRC Tier 2 CRC Assistant Professor (tenure track)

For queries, contact Aryannah Rollinson ( 

Job Title: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: Super-resolution microscopy of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern

Lab/Company name:Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia

Job description: Please refer to refence number PDFO-xxxx when applying for this positionA position for a postdoctoral fellow is available immediately in the Nabi ( and Jean ( labs in the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) of the University of British Columbia (UBC) located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The position is funded by CIHR Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network (CoVaRR-NET) and we are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in applying super-resolution microscopy to the study of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. The successful applicant is expected to work closely and collaboratively with Dr. Ivan R. Nabi (LSI, UBC), Dr. Francois Jean (LSI, UBC) and Dr. Ghassan Hamarneh (Computer Science, Simon Fraser University) (SFU) to apply various high-resolution microscopy approaches including laser scanning confocal, spinning disk confocal, single molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) and simulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy to cells and organoids infected with SARS-CoV-2 VoCs. Applicants who have completed a PhD degree within the past five years in cell biology/virology/molecular biology are encouraged to apply. The candidate is required to have extensive expertise in fluorescent microscopy and cell biology. Expertise in super-resolution microscopy, cell/organoid culture and viral infection and machine learning tools will be considered a plus. Previous background in virology is not essential, however, the fellow should be prepared to work with Risk Group 3 viruses within a P3 facility. Applicants will join a cross-disciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art CFI-funded infrastructure including the super-resolution microscopy core of the LSI IMAGING Facility (Nabi;, SARS-CoV-2 virus work in the P3 facility FINDER in the LSI (Jean; and computational analysis with the Medical Image Analysis Group at SFU (Hamarneh; The fellow will report directly to Dr. Nabi and is expected to interact closely with the Jean and Hamarneh labs and take a leadership role supervising students and technicians to ensure successful pursuit of this multi-disciplinary project. The position will provide a unique opportunity to receive outstanding training and gain important interdisciplinary skills to pursue a successful biomedical career in academia or industry. Interested candidates should email a brief cover letter outlining summary of prior research, statement of interest and relevant expertise, a CV including full publication list and names and names of those who will provide recommendations and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Position is available immediately and posting will stay open until filled.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.


Contact Name: Dr. Robert Nabi


Job Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

Lab/Company name:Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University

Job description:

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University invites applications from outstanding early career investigators for a full-time probationary faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Translational Neuroscience, with particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Candidates with expertise in the areas of brain imaging, computational neuroscience, and big data, as well as experience in both human and animal studies, are of particular interest.

Qualified applicants must have a PhD in Pharmacology, Physiology or a related field as well as an outstanding record of achievement in Neuroscience research and teaching. A strong record of peer-reviewed publications is expected, and success in obtaining peer-reviewed funding will be a clear asset. The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) establish and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program, 2) excel in teaching physiology or pharmacology at the undergraduate and graduate level, 3) supervise undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research trainees, and 4) demonstrate a potential for developing innovative approaches within a collaborative research environment. Salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is the largest basic medical science department in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Our Department is research-intensive, with a strong commitment to graduate, undergraduate, and professional education. Areas of research excellence include pharmacology and physiology of the cardiovascular, neural, musculoskeletal, reproductive and endocrine systems; developmental biology; stem cells and regenerative medicine; pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and drug safety; molecular oncology and chemotherapy. New recruits will have access to state-of-the-art research core facilities. For more information
about our department, please visit

Western is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has a long history of excellence in basic biomedical, applied and clinical research. Western has a full range of academic and professional programs for over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university campus is in London, with a metropolitan census of approximately 530,000, located midway between Toronto and Detroit. London boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music and sporting events and is located close to several lakes and facilities for outdoor activities ( Western’s Recruitment and Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families to the university and city.

The application should include: 1) a detailed Curriculum Vitae, 2) a brief statement of research and teaching accomplishments as well as future plans, 3) copies of representative publications, 4) the names of three referees and 5) the completed Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form

Please email the above materials as individual PDF attachments, in confidence to:
Dr. Frank Beier, Chair
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2021. Expected
start date is July 1, 2021 or as negotiated with the successful applicant.


Contact Name: Dr. Frank Beier


Job Title: Graduate Student positions available

Lab/Company name: Weber Lab, McGill University

Job description:

The Weber Lab at McGill University is actively recruiting talented graduate students to join our interdisciplinary team. We use quantitative live-cell imaging and physical modeling to understand how biological systems establish and dynamically regulate spatial organization. We are particularly interested in the nucleolus, a membraneless organelle that assembles through liquid-liquid phase separation.

We use the nematode C. elegans to investigate how organisms regulate the composition, morphology and material properties of the nucleolus in response to developmental and environmental conditions, and how these changes impact ribosome biogenesis and worm physiology.

MSc and PhD positions are available starting in January or September 2021. Students can enter through one of three graduate programs: Biology, Physics or Quantitative Life Sciences, depending on background and interests. If you are passionate about science and eager to address challenging problems at the interface of cell biology and physics, then please contact Steph Weber to discuss research opportunities.


Contact Name: Steph Weber



Job Title: University Assistant – Postdoctoral Researcher

Lab/Company name:Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Graz University of Technology, Leila Taher Lab

Job description:

A position for a postdoctoral researcher is available in Leila Taher’s group at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics ( at Graz University of Technology (Austria). We develop and apply regulatory genomics and systems biology approaches to analyze large genomic datasets. Our long-term goal is to gain novel insights into the mechanisms and evolution of differential gene expression.

Please note that, despite the focus of the institute, this is not a bioinformatics position.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply for this position, candidates should have:
• Completed doctoral studies or equivalent in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, or a similar field.
• Practical laboratory experience sequencing with Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
• Profound knowledge and practical laboratory experience in the field of molecular genetics (DNA extraction and amplification, library preparation, cloning, qRT-PCR, etc.).

In addition, the ideal candidate should:
• Be highly motivated to independently familiarize herself/himself with a topic and develop solutions.
• Be interested in multidisciplinary work.
• Have strong logical and analytical skills.
• Have strong organizational skills.
• Be creative, independent, and self-motivated.
• Have very good written and oral English.
• Have good interpersonal skills.
• Have experience in project management, including the preparation of research proposals.
• Didactic competence and teaching experience.

Ability and willingness to teach courses in the Biomedical Engineering Bachelor and Master programs. Experience with analytical and statistical interpretation of quantitative data as well as Machine Learning would be an additional advantage.

Biological nanopores are an exciting new class of biosensors, which found practical application is in single- molecule DNA sequencing and single-molecule analysis. The successful candidate will develop, engineer and re-design biological nanopores to identify and characterize regulatory elements as well as detect epigenetic modifications in eukaryotic genomes. Relevant literature includes:
• Wang et al. Single-molecule long-read sequencing reveals the chromatin basis of gene expression. 2019.
• Dhillon et al. Combinatorial analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae regulatory elements. 2019.

Initially, part of the work will be dedicated to setting-up the lab (purchasing equipment, developing, and implementing protocols for calibration, performance verification, and operating procedures, establishing a maintenance program, provide training for all operators).

Main responsibilities include:
• Establishing and implementing protocols to sequence eukaryotic genomes and characterize eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Designing and implementing protocols for sequencing eukaryotic genomes and characterizing eukaryotic epigenomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Developing, optimizing, and improving assays using the Oxford Nanopore MinION.
• Independently planning, executing and evaluating laboratory experiments in the field of gene regulation.
• Evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting sequencing data.
• Documenting, representing, and presenting results.
• Preparing scientific publications.
• Teaching.
• Acquisition of research projects and third-party funding.
• Training and further education (participation in conferences, continuing education, etc.).
• Administrative and organizational tasks in teaching and research.

What we offer:
The position is for a fixed term of six years and will be paid according to category B1 of the collective agreement for employees of Austrian universities. This currently
results in a monthly gross salary in the amount of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year), which may increase based on previous experience.

Leila Taher ( Reference number: 7200/20/042

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted by August 31st, 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Roderick Bloem, preferably by e-mail (, indicating the reference number “7200/20/042” in the subject of the e-mail and including in a single PDF file the following documents:
• A cover letter stating the candidate's motivation to apply and the reason(s) why she/he should be selected for the position.
• A CV.
• List of publications.
• Copies of certificates and transcripts.
• A research statement that outlines your interest in the topic.
• The contact information of two referees.

Please cc Leila Taher ( on your application.

Salary:Gross salary of € 3,889.50 (14 x per year) with possible increase based on experience

Contact Name: Leila Taher


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