Research Associate – Rose Lab, Department of Medical Genetics

Position Identification:

Position Classification:   Research Associate

Employee Group:           Faculty

Faculty:                          Medicine

Department:                   Medical Genetics

Status of Position:          Part-time; Grant funded

Preferred start date:      January 1, 2016


Job Summary:

This position’s primary purpose in the lab will be to conduct genetic analysis of Caenorabditis strains. The position will supervise a technician.

This is a one-third time grant funded position with the University of British Columbia, Department of Medical Genetics, Point Grey Campus.


Organizational Status:

This position will play a leadership role in the Rose lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Ann Rose who is the primary investigator of the laboratory.


Work Performed:

  • Management and supervision of a part-time technician;
  • Performing regular reviews of the relevant literature;
  • Planning and designing of projects and single experiments;
  • Analyzing, interpreting and compiling data in study reports, presenting results, and participating in the preparation of scientific manuscripts;
  • Reporting findings at international conferences and in peer-reviewed publications;
  • Performing other related duties


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the biosciences
  • At least 4 years’ experience in the molecular genetics of elegans
  • Experience in mentoring and supervising students and technicians
  • Extensive knowledge of Molecular Biology, biochemistry and genetics
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and data bases
  • 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 required



  • Works independently under direction of PI


  • Assists and provides guidelines to a part-time technician as required



Study may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid out by the University and by regulatory authorities. An error within the realm of a research study may result in biased or incomplete data and skewed study results.

Errors made could influence the ability of the research team to meet critical deadlines, as well as compromise the results of research project, and therefore impact the credibility of the Principal Investigator. Poor decisions may be damaging to the reputation of the Principal Investigator, the School, and the University and could lead to incorrect or inappropriate policy recommendations being made.


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 Ann Rose at No phone calls please.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date:  December 18, 2015


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