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Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

***Deadline extended to January 22nd, 2021***

The Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia (www.chem.ubc.ca) is seeking a highly qualified new investigator for a full-time tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, at its Vancouver campus.  With over 60 faculty, over 230 graduate students and 60 dedicated staff members, UBC Chemistry is one of the world’s top Departments, boasting outstanding research infrastructure, well-equipped shops and services and an unparalleled location on Canada’s beautiful west coast.

We are seeking candidates of highly qualified scientific talent who have demonstrated success in the field of Experimental Physical Chemistry.  Research programs in the areas of physical chemistry applied to all areas of chemistry, including analytical, electrochemistry, environmental, energy transfer, nuclear, materials, interfacial phenomena, photonics, condensed-matter, organic, inorganic, and biological problems will be considered. The candidate should be proficient in experimental physical chemistry/chemical physics approaches.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related discipline and an excellent research track record.  Relevant postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program.  As a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the successful applicant will be expected to effectively supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate Chemistry courses, and actively participate in departmental activities. Leading candidates will complement and strengthen the Department and University’s expertise in research and education.

The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the Assistant Professor level. 

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

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. Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.  Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Applicants should upload a cover letter including a summary of research interests, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a detailed research proposal, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and a statement describing your past, present, and future contributions to EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) on campus or within your discipline.

Applicants should also provide contact information for three reference letter writers.

 

                                                  Apply here: https://xenon.chem.ubc.ca/chempostings/index.php/Applicant

Review of completed applications will begin on January 15th, 2021.

   Please contact:  chemsearch@chem.ubc.ca for general inquiries.

 

Application packages are not accepted via email. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Research Associate –  Red Blood Cell Modification

The laboratory of Dr. Stephen G. Withers in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is looking for a Research Associate to fill a position starting in the fall of 2021. The anticipated start date is August 20th, 2021. The lab is located in a well-equipped research facility that provides a stimulating international and multidisciplinary research environment.

The position is focused on discovery of novel glycoside hydrolases in metagenomic libraries for the modification of surface antigens on red blood cells and the engineering of those for higher affinities and efficacies. Another second focus of the position is on the development of microfluidic screening systems. A third focus is on the collaborative analysis of the immune tolerance of the converted red blood cells. The successful candidate is expected to have completed their PhD and at least five years of postdoctoral research experience. The successful candidate must have demonstrated research experience in both metagenomics and glycobiology. Specifically, the candidate must have demonstrated experience with (1) generation of metagenomic fosmid and small insert libraries; (2) functional metagenomic screening in plate-based and microfluidic systems; (3) metagenomic hit validation and CAZyme classification; (4) protein expression, purification and biochemical characterization of glycoside hydrolases, glycosyltransferases and deacetylases; (5) chemoenzymatic synthesis of complex oligosaccharides such as the A and B blood antigen substrates; (6) handling, modification and molecular typing of RBCs. Demonstrated experience must be documented with first-author publications in impact-factor (>4) journals. The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience in the preparation of research proposals for funding agencies and patent applications.

Applications should send by email to and include a Curriculum Vitae and a Letter of Motivation. Please include “Research Associate Position in RBC modification” in the email subject line; incorrectly addressed applications will not be considered. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is available starting fall 2021. Applications will be reviewed after February 4th, 2021 and the position will remain 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.