Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Molecular Geneticist

UBC’s Centre for Applied Neurogenetics ( located at the newly built Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, within the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Neurology and Department of Medical Genetics, is seeking a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow/Research scientist with a strong background in human genetics. The post-holder will join a multi-discipline team and contribute significantly to identify genetic variability that either causes or contributes to the onset of neurologic and neurodegenerative disease.

His/her role will involve working closely with bioinformatician, scientific and medical staff to elucidate the genetic architecture of these diseases (particularly Parkinson’s disease) using state-of-the-art approaches, which range from classical linkage, genome-wide genotyping, through next-generation sequencing, mainly exome and other targeted sequencing experiments (Farrer M. Nat. Rev. Genet. 2006; Farrer M. et al., Nat. Genet. 2008; Vilarino-Guell C. et al., Am. J. Hum. Genet. 2011). Results are used for diagnostic and therapeutic development in partnership with other academic groups and the Pharmaceutical industry (Lewis J. et al., Mol. Neurodegeneration 2008; Melrose H et al., Neurobio Dis. 2010). He/she may also participate in the supervision of interns and graduate students, as well as grant writing.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. specializing in human molecular genetics, with an aptitude for molecular biology, statistical genetics and/or bioinformatics. Experience with – or strong interest in – NGS applied to human disease is desired. He/she will have demonstrated research acumen and have a track record of successful publications, ideally in neurologic and/or neurodegenerative disease.

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 CV & three references to

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.