POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - UBC Vancouver Characterization of viral translation mechanisms

Posted on November 18,

The University of British Columbia is a top-ranked international research university located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This project is supervised by Prof. Eric Jan in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Life Sciences Institute. We are interested in examining the mechanisms underlying novel internal ribosome entry site (IRES) translation in viral genomes. This project will also explore the origins of these IRESs using computational and biochemical approaches.  

The postdoctoral research fellow will be involved in using interdisciplinary approaches including biochemical, molecular and virological techniques to elucidate RNA structure/functions and using a novel RNA screening platform to identify RNA elements that interact with the translational machinery. The PDF will also have opportunities to apply these RNA mechanisms towards therapeutic mRNA approaches. Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, or a related field. Previous experience in RNA biochemistry, molecular biology, virology and/or evolution is desired. The PDF will be expected to have an enthusiastic and vigorous work ethic, and to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment as part of an active scientific research team. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for the prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UBC and for other Canadian or international scholarships. This position is intended to be a two-year term, with renewal after one year. We particularly encourage qualified applications from members of underrepresented groups and minorities.

To apply or request any further information, please send your CV (including scientific publications, posters and talks, and a brief research statement) and arrange for 2–3 references to be sent by email to Eric Jan ([email protected]). Please also indicate your legal status to work in Canada. The position is available starting as early as January 2022, and will close once filled.

The University of British Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.