Research Associate
UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Vancouver, BC

Research Associate (RA) position is available at the University of British Columbia, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Centre for Blood Research. The Research Associate will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists to plan and conduct molecular therapeutics experiments and troubleshooting. The candidate will take a lead role in experimental design and will be responsible for carrying out polymerization reactions, including anionic, cationic, and radical polymerization reactions and conjugation reactions. The potential candidate will perform small molecules synthesis such as Iron chelators in addition to carbohydrate synthetic chemistry. The RA will play an important role in the project team including authoring grants and manuscripts, communicating with stakeholders and disseminating research findings. The candidate will also be responsible for effective and efficient management of multiple ongoing research projects.

Reports directly to the PI for queries.

- Participates in the management and intellectual direction of the overall research program
- Independently plans, designs, executes and troubleshoots experiments for multiple projects, conducts analysis and reports results.
- Conducts experiments which support projects related to radiolabelling experiments, cryopreservation, pharmacokinetic analysis, and animal experiments
- Mentors undergraduate and graduate students and work with postdoctoral fellows in the lab
- Assist in ethics protocols for radioactivity and biohazard including new procedures and renewals of existing protocols.
- Training of new laboratory personnel in basic and advanced techniques like NMR, HPLC, mass spectroscopy, GPC, TGA, DLS, DSC, zeta sizer, UV spectroscopy
- Generates reports to funding agencies and stakeholders, contributes to grant authorship to secure additional funds
- Prepares reports and presentations for lab meetings, conferences, granting agencies, and publications
- Performs literature reviews and assembles relevant literature in support of research projects and grants

Errors will impact subsequent work on this project.

The incumbent will receive supervision directly from the Principal Investigators as needed.

The incumbent will be required to supervise others involved in the research program.

The laboratory is situated at the Centre for Blood Research, with desk and bench space, computers, and secure entry. Surrounding, hazards are standard for a chemical and biological laboratory.

Ph.D degree in Organic Chemistry with 5+ years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Knowledge of laboratory safety practices and chemical biosafety standards are essential. Excellent leadership and organizational skills are required. Considerable experience with carbohydrate synthetic chemistry, cryopreservation protocols, animal experiments and radiolabeling is required. Previous experience with biological experiments including basic in vitro experiments will be an advantage. Experience in management of multiple projects with conflicting timelines and priorities, excellent time-management skills is an asset.

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.

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Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $56,732.00 /year


  • Doctoral Degree (Required)