Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Genetics

UBC’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, within the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Scientist to help define the genetic etiology of autoimmune, neurologic and neurodegenerative disease, with primary interest on multiple sclerosis.

Current studies focus on the identification and validation of genetic factors involved in the onset and progression of disease through classic genetics analysis and the application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies (Vilarino-Guell C. et al. Hum Mol Genet. 2014; Traboulsee A.L. et al., Neurogenetics 2014). The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. specializing in human molecular genetics, population genetics and characterization of Mendelian forms of disease. The applicant is expected to have an aptitude for molecular biology, statistical genetics and/or bioinformatics. Must have experience with Sanger sequencing, Sequenom, TaqMan and microsatellite genotyping, and a strong interest in NGS applied to human disease is desired. In addition, basic knowledge of unix operating system is advantageous. He/she will have demonstrated research acumen and have a track record of successful publications, ideally in neurologic and/or neurodegenerative disease. In addition he/she will be expected to participate in the supervision of interns and graduate students, as well as grant and manuscript writing.

For its beauty and amenities Vancouver is consistently ranked within the top 5 cities to live in the world. The University of British Columbia is ranked 22nd in Life Science, in which neuroscience is strength. The successful applicant would become part of an expanding program at the cutting edge of applied research for brain disorders.

Please submit your CV and 3 references to by midnight on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.