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Research Associate Position – Luminescent Materials

The laboratory of Dr. W. Russ Algar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is looking for a part-time (0.75 FTE) Research Associate to fill a position starting May 1, 2020. The lab is located in a well-equipped research facility that provides a stimulating multidisciplinary research environment.

The position is focused on the development of luminescent materials for applications in bioanalysis and imaging. The candidate will be responsible for designing, conducting, and analyzing experiments, including the functionalization and bioconjugation of luminescent materials, characterization of these materials, and utilization of these materials in assays, as sensors, and for cellular or other imaging and analyses. The candidate will also write draft text and proofread research manuscripts, and will be expected to collaborate with other researchers and learn new skills as needed.

Qualified applicants must have completed a Ph.D. and have at least four years of postdoctoral experience with specialization in bioanalytical chemistry. The successful candidate will also have experience, as demonstrated by a track record of peer-reviewed publications, in the following areas and methods: semiconductor quantum dots, semiconducting polymer dots, luminescent lanthanide complexes, intercalating dyes, surface functionalization and bioconjugation of quantum dots, labeling peptides and oligonucleotides with fluorescent dyes and luminescent lanthanide complexes, size exclusion chromatography, affinity chromatography, fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime measurements, time-gated luminescence measurements, immunoassays, tetrameric antibody complexes, FRET probes and sensors, and cell culture.  

How to Apply:

Applicants should send by email to hrfacilities@chem.ubc.ca and include a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Cover Letter that addresses their motivation for the position and relevant work experience and achievements. Please include “Research Associate – Luminescent Materials” in the email subject line. Incorrectly addressed applications will not be considered. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada. The closing date for all applications is April 14, 2020. Only qualified applicants 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.



Research Associate Position - 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, 2020.

How to Apply:

The closing date for all applications is March 31st, 2020. Review of the applications will start on March 2nd, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be directed by e-mail to Prof. Marco A. Ciufolini, ciufi@chem.ubc.ca

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