Opportunity (at UBC): Research Associate in Carbohydrate-Active Metalloenzymes

A position is available for a highly motivated and skilled Research Associate (RA, post-Ph.D.) to take a leading role in a project on the characterization of copper-containing enzymes in carbohydrate modification. The position will be held within the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), under the supervision of Prof. Harry Brumer.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry or a closely related discipline, and at least 5 years of experimental post-doctoral research experience.  Excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills in recombinant bacterial and yeast protein expression systems, protein purification, protein biochemistry, and enzyme kinetic and product analysis are required.  Candidates with specific experience in copper radical oxidases and lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases will be strongly favored.  The project will involve international collaboration with diverse groups of structural biologists and fungal enzymologists.  As such, excellent oral and written English communication skills, the proven ability to work as part of a team, and demonstrated project leadership capabilities including formal report writing are essential.

Qualified Applicants should submit a cover letter including contact information for three professional references, and a curriculum vitae including a list of publications (n.b. do not include reprints). Application materials should be combined into a single PDF document and be uploaded through the UBC Careers website.

The closing date for applications is July 31, 2020.  The position start date is November 1, 2020.  The appointment will initially be for one year with a minimum salary commensurate with the rank of Research Associate, plus benefits.

“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 of Canada will be given priority.