Research Associate – Centre for Applied Neurogenetics

Location: UBC Campus/UBC Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Category: Research Associate, Centre for Applied Neurogenetics

Department: Medical Genetics

Duration: 1 year with the possibility of extension

Type: Full-time; grant funded

Overview: The department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia seeks applications for a Research Associate to investigate the neurobiology of disease.



UBC’s Centre for Applied Neurogenetics within the Faculty of Medicine seeks a Research Associate to help define the genetic etiology of neurologic and neurodegenerative disease. The position is for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

The successful candidate will formulate, design and lead research programs, generate proposals for external support from appropriate granting agencies, and be responsible for the training and supervision of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates in all aspects of their research. Proven leadership, mentoring, review and grant writing are essential.

Candidates are expected to think creatively in the design and execution of the research projects, and maximize the resources available.



The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics or a related field.

Strong background in human genetics and is desired. Applicants will have at least five years post-doctoral training and have demonstrated their research acumen with a strong track record of high profile international journal publication in the field of population and familial genetics applied to neurologic and/or neurodegenerative diseases.

In addition, the successful candidate must have:

  • Expertise in bioinformatics and statistical analysis of complex traits. Familiarity with genotype imputation, principle component analysis, classical linkage, association, loss of heterozygosity and copy number analyses of pedigree and population structures.
  • Experience in working with large, complex datasets.
  • Proficiency in next-generation and Sanger sequencing instrumentation, genotyping and gene expression analyses.
  • Proven project management, supervision and mentorship of laboratory staff. Experience providing hands-on assistance to trainees.
  • Excellent communication skills including invited oral presentation at international conferences
  • The ability to thrive in a high pressure, fast-paced and demanding team environment
  • Drive and enthusiasm, to both lead and work as a member of a team
  • Creativity, initiative and good judgment.



The successful applicant will be directly responsible for errors in their work, for reporting problems and mistakes in a timely way, and for correcting those errors. Aspects of the research will be jointly reviewed by other Research Associates and Dr. Farrer.



If interested, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information three (3) referees to by midnight on February 10, 2016.

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. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.