Research Associate: Molecular Food Microbiology

Research Associate: Molecular Food Microbiology

Dr. Xiaonan Lu’s Food Safety Laboratory at UBC invites applications for a part time Research Associate position (75%) with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2019. The position is located in the Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH) program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Vancouver campus) (www.foodsafetyengineering.landfood.ubc.ca). The successful candidate will execute basic research exploring fundamental stress responses of leading foodborne pathogens (e.g., Salmonella and Campylobacter) and the roles of new/unknown genetic elements identified through genome sequencing. 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. The appointment will be for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

Candidates must have a PhD, preferably in molecular microbiology, and preference will be given to those with experience with molecular microbiology. 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, characterization of antibiotic resistance and bacterial stress/injury etc.

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 xiaonan.lu@ubc.ca.

The application deadline is July 31, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Only those asked for an interview will be contacted.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.