Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Molecular Microbiology)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Molecular Microbiology)

Dr. Xiaonan Lu’s Food Safety & Health Engineering Laboratory at UBC invites applications for one Postdoctoral Fellowship position, with an anticipated start date of September 1st, 2019. The position is located in the Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH) program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Vancouver campus) ( The successful candidate will execute research exploring Campylobacter pathogenesis and ecology, Campylobacter next generation sequencing, and Campylobacter-gut microbiome interaction. In addition, the candidate will have a chance to conduct research work of evaluating the effect of food diet on Campylobacter-associated gut dysfunction. The aforementioned research topics are currently supported by several Canadian funding agencies. The candidate will work closely with Dr. Xiaonan Lu (Associate Professor in Food Science) and graduate students, and will be involved in collaborative work with different research laboratories on UBC Vancouver campus, BC Children Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. The appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of extension for two additional years.

Candidates must have a PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field, and preference will be given to those with experience with molecular microbiology, bacterial pathogenesis and gut microbiome. Candidates with demonstrated contributions relating to genome sequencing, transcriptomics, and/or molecular manipulation (e.g., cloning, generation of knockouts, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates are responsible for training graduate students for the basic molecular techniques, such as PCR, qPCR, DNA/RNA extraction, RNA-seq, whole genome sequencing, etc. as well as basic bioinformatics tools.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Xiaonan Lu, Food, Nutrition and Health Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z4; or electronically (e-applications are encouraged) to

The application deadline is July 1st, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Only those asked for an interview will be contacted.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We 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. Although Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority, international applications are welcomed.