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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Opportunity in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM), and the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science (FoS), at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invite applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Synthetic Solutions for Bioactive Compounds. Tier 1 CRC nominees must be Professors or Associate Professors who are expected to be promoted to full Professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Nominations are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat, and appointment as a CRC is conditional upon their approval. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website www.chairs.gc.ca for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria. 

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and is a renowned global centre for teaching, learning and research. Since 1915, UBC has been opening doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world. Today, our students, faculty and staff come from around the world and our international research partnerships and publications help us collaborate on a global scale. UBC is proud to nurture and transform the lives of more than 65,000 students from Canada and 140+ countries around the world.

The UBC Vancouver Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of thexʷm əθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The City of Vancouver is located on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory.

For more than fifty years, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) has played an active and important role at UBC and in the greater scientific community. The Department is located at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) that is home to approximately 90 research laboratories from 15 Departments organized into nine research clusters, fostering a strong foundation for innovation and collaboration. All members of the Department maintain active, well-funded research programs that encompass many areas of modern biochemistry, molecular and structural biology. The Department hosts an active Graduate program with more than 90 students and offers over 15 undergraduate courses and laboratory courses for honours, major and minor Undergraduate programs.

The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, and is also expected to be affiliated with the BC Cancer Research Institute (BCCRI). As the home department of Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, BMB is held in high esteem across Canada for its high-quality research faculty and environment. The Department is home to many experts in their field including a Canada Excellence Research Chair, five other Canada Research Chairs, five members of the Royal Society of Canada, one Laureate of the Canada Medical Hall of Fame, and two members of the Order of British Columbia. BMB faculty have a strong record of publishing in top-tier journals and these achievements are reflected in a high rate of success at obtaining funding from Tri-Agencies and other sources. In the Faculty of Science, the Department of Chemistry is very highly regarded around the world for its high-quality research faculty and strong graduate program. The Department currently boasts four Canada Research Chairs and one CERC Chair (joint with Forestry and Chemical and Biological Engineering), eight members of the Royal Society of Canada, and three members of the Royal Society (UK). Faculty from both Departments consistently publish in top-tier journals and are among the most-cited researchers in the country.

Reporting to the Heads, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, the successful candidate will be expected to lead a strong, innovative, and internationally recognized research program in synthetic solutions for bioactive compounds, which will produce leading-edge results that can make a significant impact at the international level. As the Chair holder, the individual will be expected to pursue research questions related to catalytic methods development for the synthesis of complex natural and unnatural compounds of biological relevance. This should include translational innovative synthetic solutions to address emerging chemical biology questions in the fields of cancer therapies, inflammation and tuberculosis treatments. The successful candidate will also be expected to continue to participate in the teaching activities of the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, as well as provide mentorship and training to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate learners.

The successful candidate must hold both PhD in chemistry or biochemistry, and (a) be acknowledged by their peers as a world leader in the field, (b) have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in developing bioactive compounds or related fields, and (c) have a proven track record of leading an internationally recognized research program in devising synthetic solutions for bioactive compounds. At the rank of Professor, the successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in teaching, have received wide recognition in their sustained and productive scholarly activity, and have participated significantly in academic and professional affairs. At the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of successful teaching and ability to direct graduate students, evidence of sustained and productive scholarly activity, and must be willing to participate in the affairs of the Department and the University. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and, respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours. 

Inclusion, innovation, and collaboration have been identified as our key themes in UBC’s Strategic Plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. Additionally, an inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes.

We welcome colleagues with the experiences and skills to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process. To confidentially request disability-related accommodations or accessibility support, please contact The Centre for Workplace Accessibility (www.hr.ubc.ca/CWA) via email at workplace.accessibility@ubc.ca.

A complete application package includes:

1.  A letter of interest consisting of the following sections:

  • A statement by the candidate outlining their work as an internationally recognized, outstanding and innovative world-class researcher whose accomplishments have had a major impact in their field (maximum one-page)
  • Research Program (maximum six-pages):
    • Context
    • Methodology
    • Engagement with research users and communication of results
    • Description of training strategies
  • References - Attach a list of all references cited in the proposed research program (maximum two-pages)

2.   A full curriculum vitae

3.   Provide the names of four arm’s length references


Applications should be directed to:

Zaira Khan

Director of Administration, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Email: zaira.khan@ubc.ca    

Subject Line: CRC Tier 1 in Synthetic Solutions for Bioactive Compounds


Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2022, with the goal to enter the spring of 2023 national competition.


At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Dual-isotope Theranostic Peptides

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Perrin lab for work on dual-isotope theranostic peptides in a multidisciplinary collaboration that addresses imaging and cancer therapy. For prompt consideration, qualified applicants are preferred to have research skills in synthetic/bioorganic chemistry and have published work related to radiometallation and/or radiofluorination as well as in peptide synthesis or bioconjugation. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Eligible candidates will have received a PhD in Chemistry, or a related field, within the past five years.


Please submit a CV and list of publications along with a cover letter indicating motivation for study and background preparation.

Applications should be directed to: Dr. David M. Perrin, "> .

Successful applicants will be contacted for references and follow-up.

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.

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