Research Associate – Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Position Identification:

Position Classification:   Research Associate

Employee Group:           Faculty

Faculty:                          Medicine

Department:                   Medical Genetics

Division:                         Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Status of Position:          Full-time; Grant funded

Preferred start date:      Feb 1, 2015 or ASAP


Job Summary:

This position’s primary purpose in the lab will be to lead the neuropathology core. The position will instruct and supervise neuropathology core technicians and provide support to members of the laboratory including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.


Organizational Status:

This position will play a leadership role in the Hayden Laboratory, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Michael Hayden who is the primary investigator of the laboratory. The position will directly supervise several technicians and provide support to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.


Work Performed:

  • Management and supervision of neuropathology core technicians;
  • Planning and designing of projects and experiments related to neuropathology;
  • Analyzing, interpreting and compiling data for study reports;
  • Preparation and publication of manuscripts for scientific journals;
  • Updating Dr. Hayden and the group on the status of projects during lab meetings, in email correspondence and phone conferences;
  • Performing other related duties, such as immunohistochemistry, histopathology; stereology an asset,
  • Familiarity with murine tissues; human tissues an asset
  • Troubleshooting immunohistochal techniques, developing and implementing novel protocols related to neuropathology.
  • Experience with cryostat and vibratome an asset
  • Imaging experience including confocal microscopy; electron microscopy an asset
  • Managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Under supervision of Tissue Bank Director, collects and stores human tissues, maintains tissue bank and database


Exercising Judgment/Impact of Decisions:

The employee will regularly make decisions that will have impact on the work performed by technicians and students. The employee will instruct technicians on the experiments that have to be performed to ensure deadlines are met and milestones for different projects are reached on time. This level of decision making will be left to the employee. Incompetence or incorrect decisions could jeopardize research progress, collaborations, finances and employee safety, and adversely impact future project objectives and personnel.

Progress of the team will be brought to the attention of Dr Hayden and the group by the employee during weekly lab meetings. Repeated inappropriate judgment will result in intervention by Dr. Hayden.



This position works independently and provides reports to Dr. Michael Hayden at weekly lab meetings and bi-weekly reports


Working conditions:

Position is based at the CMMT and the laboratory of Dr. Michael Hayden in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, which is a state of the art research facility with all required safety precautions already in place.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the biosciences
  • At least 4 years related postdoctoral experience
  • Experience in mentoring and supervising students and technicians
  • Knowledge of mouse brain anatomy; familiarity with peripheral tissues such as heart, stomach, muscle)
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and databases
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline oriented environment with minimal supervision
  • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skill and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail require.
  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.


How to Apply

Exceptional candidates should submit a cover letter outlining your research interests and fit with the laboratory’s research, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference.

Please send all applications electronically to Dawn Ng at .

Due to the number of resumes we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone, or provide the status of the competition. No phone calls, please.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.