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Research Associate (Biosynthetic)

This will be a one-year full-time position starting in October 2019. It will involve investigation of biosynthetic pathways. Specifically, the work will involve the following:

Generation of in-frame deletion mutants in non-model natural product producers

Purification and structure elucidation of natural product metabolites and shunt products

Biochemical and X-ray crystallographic investigation of biosynthetic enzymes


Minimum requirements

  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology
  • At least three years of postdoctoral experience in natural products biosynthesis
  • Experience in microbial biology and genetic manipulation of bacteria
  • Experience in purification and structural characterization of organic molecules using mass spectrometry and NMR
  • Experience with molecular biology, purification of recombinant enzymes, and biochemical assays
  • A strong publication record
  • Excellent communication and analytical abilities; ability to independently execute experiments and to mentor younger scientists


Anticipated start date

October 2019


How to apply

Please either email your CV, a statement of research interests, names and contact information for three referees, and copies of three research publications to Dr. Katherine Ryan at ksryan@chem.ubc.ca

Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


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.