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Research Associate – Novel Lipids

The candidate will be responsible for designing and executing the synthesis of novel lipids for the formulation of therapeutic nucleic acids in lipid nanoparticulate (LNP) form.  In the process, the person must be able to interact effectively with experts in biological, microfluidic, and formulation science.

The candidate must: have a Ph.D. in chemistry with specialization in organic synthesis, provide evidence of productivity in research, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

The candidate must have extensive experience in the chemical synthesis of unnatural lipids of the type currently used in LNP formulations of siRNA and other nucleic acids. Experience in synthetic heterocyclic chemistry, organometallic and coordination chemistry, peptide synthesis, and handling anionic phosphorus compounds (phosphates, phosphonates, phosphinates) is highly desirable. Excellent knowledge of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques and separation methods is a must.

The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2021.

The closing date for all applications is February 19, 2021. Review of the applications will start on February 19, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send applications via email to hrfacilities@chem.ubc.ca with the phrase “Research Associate – Novel Lipids (2021)” in the subject line.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.