Research Opportunities

Grant-Funded Research Associate Position

Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus

A grant-funded full-time research associate position with a focus on craniofacial research is available beginning May 1, 2024 for 2 years with the possibility of extension. The position requires expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, and animal work as well as significant experience with research management. Prior experience in craniofacial research is a strong asset.

Required scientific background:

  • A PhD degree in life sciences (e.g. biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, or other closely-related discipline).
  • Proficiency with the following techniques is essential:
    – Embryological techniques including isolation of discrete structures such as developing teeth
    – Culture of primary cells and organoids (cartilage microtissues)
    – Microsurgery for tissue transplantation or creation of injury models (periodontal injury)
    – Histological techniques including tissue embedding and sectioning (paraffin blocks), histology and immunocytochemistry, image acquisition and interpretation
    – Micro-computed tomography (scan acquisition and data analysis)
    – Methods for studying gene expression (e.g. RNA isolation, RNAscope, isolation of samples for RNAseq/scRNAseq).
  • Experience with mouse work, including complex breeding schemes involving transgenic mouse strains, is essential. Preference will be given to applicants experienced with in vivo murine disease models as well as experience working with embryos.
  • Experience working with training/mentoring students is a strong asset. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in research on congenital disorders, in particular craniofacial development, as well as collaborative research projects.
  • Experience with lab organization and management.

Additional requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience in setting and achieving goals.
  • Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ability to arrange and present data using computer software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong verbal and written English communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience with organization of research networks.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The expected pay range for this position is $5,577–$7,000 per month.

Forward a letter of application (including the names and addresses of three referees) and CV by April 24, 2024 to:

Angela Tether, UBC Faculty of Dentistry


Note: Please state your current citizenship status in your cover letter. Due to the large number of applications received, we regret that we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions or provide the status of competitions; only those applicants being interviewed will be contacted.

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 of Canada will be given priority.

Posted March 19, 2024.