Research Associate

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Research Associate

A part time Research Associate position (32 hours/week) is available in the Plant Bioactive Compounds Research (Plant BioCoRe) group in Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of an extension subject to availability of funds and work performance. This position is expected to start August 1st, 2024 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

Our ultimate aim is to learn and translate natural metabolism into innovative biotechnologies to meet the ever-increasing demands of high-value chemicals. Our current projects involve discovering biosynthetic enzymes and pathways, generating alkaloid structural and functional diversities, and re-constituting natural product metabolism in synthetic biology chassis. This position is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of biocatalysis, with a specific focus on harnessing the catalytic power of plant-derived enzymes. We are currently seeking a highly motivated and innovative Research Associate to contribute to our cutting-edge research in plant-derived biocatalysis.

Applicants should be at the rank of a Research Associate (or equivalent). They must have experience in writing proposals, securing grants, managing budgets, driving results, taking quality publications from conception to completion, securing intellectual property, managing a patent portfolio, and establishing mutually-beneficial collaborations with academia, government agencies, and/or industry. As a future leader, they must have great technical and non-technical communication skills.

The Research Associate must hold a PhD in chemistry or related field. They will be working independently and in the team under the supervision of the line manager (Dr. Thu-Thuy Dang), and collaborating with colleagues from the group as well as other research groups. They will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, including experimental planning and execution, data collection and analysis, discussion and presentations in various meetings (lab meetings, conferences, workshops, etc.), report/publication writing, and related duties. The position holder is also expected to supervise, train, and advise students and other junior lab members, as well as deliver guest lectures. The post holder will be advised by the principal investigator, Dr. Thu-Thuy Dang, in regular one-to-one meetings and relevant discussion channels.

We support inclusivity and equity. We seek qualified applicants from all backgrounds (cultural, gender, racial, etc.) to ensure that our team gets the best talents and reflects the diversity and inclusion of our campus.

All qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application package in one continuous PDF or Word file by May 26, 2024 to and must include:
– Cover letter/ Research Statement
– CV
– the names of three referees who may be asked to submit letters of reference, when requested.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Thuy Dang at: [email protected] . All correspondence must indicate the competition title (Research Associate – CHEM) in the subject line of the e-mail. The expected salary amount for this 0.8FTE position is $55145.60.

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for interview.

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 will be given priority.

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