Faculty Opportunities

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW OPPORTUNITY

The department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support a two-year funded project focused on the renewal of our undergraduate laboratory courses. Specifically this project (PUREs for CUREs) involves thecreation, implementation and assessment of fourth year level Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs; Auchincloss LCet al.CBE Life Sci Educ. 13(1):29-40). This project will leverage teaching materials and associated capstone activities from an existing fourth year CURE in molecular microbiology as a platform to build an expanded suite of CUREs in a variety of disciplines including immunology, biotechnology, and environmental microbiology.  The project will take place in four phases involving planning, course design, implementation, assessment over 2019-2021.  We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in laboratory instruction, mentorship in undergraduate research, curriculum and course design, innovative teaching pedagogy, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) education research. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Responsibilities would include teaching an undergraduate CURE laboratory, consultation and management of the PUREs for CUREs project, and working with faculty to design, implement and evaluate project outcomes with the goal of publishing in a leading educational research journal.

Candidates must have a PhD in microbiology, immunology, or a related molecular or cellular life science; the ability to develop and direct laboratory activities in the areas of molecular microbiology and relevant teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Experiences teaching in an undergraduate laboratory setting and SoTL research would be assets.

Applicants should provide: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae that describes previous research and teaching experience, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) list of references. To apply, please follow the link PDF Teaching opportunity_Pure for CUREs-M&Iand upload your application package. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2019 or until the position(s) have been filled.  

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 B.C. 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. We welcome all candidates; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a leader in research and teaching in these fields with 32 faculty members, 125 students in our undergraduate specializations, 90 graduate students, and a total enrolment of over 4000 students in the courses that we teach. The goals of our undergraduate teaching program are to employ innovative and effective teaching approaches that foster conceptual learning and creative problem solving, and to support a highly engaged community of students who have multiple opportunities for enhanced educational experiences.

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

DESCRIPTION: 

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology seeks a highly qualified full time Research Associate to start on August 1, 2019 under the supervision of Drs. Michael Gold (UBC Microbiology & Immunology) and Daniel Coombs (UBC Mathematics). The position is fully grant-funded and will consist of leading projects related to the role of B cell receptor (BCR) mobility and spatial organization in B cell activation, writing manuscripts and grant applications, developing mathematical analyses for super-resolution microscopy data, training lab members in the methodologies listed below. 

Salary: $60,000 per year

REQUIRMENTS: 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in immunology or cell biology, at least four years of postdoctoral experience, a strong knowledge of B cell biology, lymphocyte signaling, and cytoskeleton and membrane biology; extensive experience in advanced light microscopy techniques; strong background in computational image analysis; and a track record of publications in these areas. Applicants should be experienced in allof the following:

B cell biology:

  • Isolating mouse B cells and studying their activation in vitro
  • Tissue culture, cell transfection and lentiviral-mediated gene transfer
  • Signal transduction assays
  • Flow cytometry

Microscopy:

  • Confocal fluorescence microscopy including real-time imaging
  • TIRF microscopy
  • Single particle tracking (SPT)
  • STED and dSTORM super-resolution microscopy

Computational techniques and software programs:

  • Analysis and modeling of SPT and super-resolution microscopy data using MATLAB 
  • Image analysis using ImageJ, Fiji
  • Adobe Illustrator, reference manager programs, GraphPad, statistical analysis packages

Project management:

  • Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate directed studies students
  • Project development and coordination, grant writing

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a necessity as well as the ability to work in a team environment. 

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE: 

As a member of both the Gold lab and the Coombs lab, the successful candidate will carry out research in an independent manner; presentdata at lab meetings and at regular meetings with their supervisors; prepare data for publication; attend weekly lab meetings as well as seminars relevant to their research; provide training and mentorship to other lab members; and complete all required UBC Safety and ethics courses applicable to their work.

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 B.C. 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.

DURATION: 

The position will begin August 1, 2019 for a period of 3 years. Possibility of extension.   

TO APPLY:

The deadline for Interested individuals is July 15, 2019.  Applicants should send  their curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research interests, the names of three referees and copies of representative publications, to: micb.recruitment@ubc.ca