Professor Wilf Jefferies at the University of British Columbia is seeking an outstanding Neuro-Immunologist for a Research Associate position. This is an unique position, which presents an opportunity to experience collaborative research with leading industry and academic experts. Under the direction of Dr. Wilf Jefferies at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, the Research Associate will design and oversee the research the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines for EYAM, as well as design and oversee the research for setting up models with which to test novel drugs for the treatment of neuro-inflammatory conditions for MYND. This is a lab-based and advisory position that will help validate vaccine and drug candidates candidates for clinical development. The Research Associate will act as a mentor for junior scientists and postdoctoral fellows, working collaboratively with the Research and Development teams at EYAM and MYND and the academic research teams at UBC.
Located at the University of British Columbia Point Gray campus, you will be embedded in the highly innovative and interdisciplinary research environment spanning UBC and associated hospitals, and the companies, Eyam Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics and MYND Life Sciences. Vancouver repeatedly ranks among the most livable places in the world and combines excellence in research with high quality of life. Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development are provided.
Professional Development Opportunities
The Research Associate is expected to work independently under the direction of Dr. Jefferies who will be available to provide consultation on unusual problems and project developments. They will have the opportunity to supervise graduate and undergraduate students, gain leadership experience in collaborative projects and contribute to grant applications.
The incumbent will be part of a dynamic team of experimental scientists, where they will work with basic scientists, pathologists, academics and industry partners. They will have direct access to state-of-the-art cell culturing facilities, mass-spectrometry, next-generation sequencing, flow cytometry, and advanced imaging and computing infrastructure.
Qualifications and Experience
• PhD in Immunology, Neuroimmunology, Cell Biology or other related fields with experience in neuro-immunological assays in an academic or industry laboratory environment
• 1+ years of postdoctoral (or equivalent) independent research experience
• Working experience in biosafety containment level CL2 laboratories
• Working knowledge and experience with mouse models of disease
• Working knowledge and experience of cell-culturing, flow-cytometry, tetramer assays, molecular techniques and animal tissue and serum extraction
• Self-motivated and works independently
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively
• Excellent documentation and organizational skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
In addition, the applicant should have the following competencies:
• Qualitative research expertise
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing (in English). Strong record of developing conventional and innovative knowledge translation outputs directed at scientific experts and lay audiences
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities
• Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a letter of application that highlights their experience, detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications. Application materials should be submitted to the UBC Careers portal at https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Vancouver-Campus/Research-Associate---Neuro-Immunologist_JR16197. We will only be in contact with applicants invited for an interview but we thank you in advance for you time put into your application.
The appointment will initially be one year with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, extendable depending on funding availability.
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 Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Salary: $66,924 per year