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Animal Research Assistant/Technician 3 - Non Union

Position Start: 
June 1, 2017
Application Deadline: 
April 26, 2017

The laboratory of Dr. Brett Finlay in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is looking for an Animal Technician with experience in mouse handling, and experimental testing, with an emphasis on characterizing models of malnutrition, asthma, and enteric diseases.This position requires a significant amount of independence. Problem solving is required in consultation with supervisor and other lab members.  Animal handling must be performed with a high degree of care. Receives instruction and training during orientation, and will work closely with other lab members and supervisor regarding animal experiments.

Duties will include mouse handling, running models of malnutrition, environmental enteropathy, various asthma models, and infection models using E.coli and Salmonella. This will include measuring various phenotypes (weight gain, growth, overt symptoms), euthanasia, and sample collecting for further analysis. Duties also include tissue sampling. The incumbent willl also work to develop protocols and ensure proper certification for the models. 

The applicant should hold an Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or graduation from a technical college or institute. Those with education up to PhD level will also be considered. Experience and comfortable with handling live animals (mice), infection models, tissue sampling, and other murine models would be an asset.  Ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment. Must have strong organizational skills so that multiple models can be run simultaneously.

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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.

Scientific Technician Position in Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry

Position Start: 
January 1, 2017
Application Deadline: 
December 7, 2016

The Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia seeks an experienced, well-trained, and highly motivated scientist interested in joining a set of projects focused on the design, testing, and implementation of new protocols for performing biochemical assays followed by mass spectrometric analyses. The employee will apply these tools in experiments that are aimed at the study of protein-protein interactions and pathogen-host interactions. This will include developing new standard operating procedures and participating in the design and execution of biochemical experiments using a downstream quantitative mass spectrometry readout to probe host-pathogen interactions. Responsibilities will also include the operation and maintenance of precision equipment as well as robotics and high-throughput proteomics instrumentation, as part of this work involves the operation of a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry fee-for-service facility. Additionally, the applicant will be involved in extracting and analyzing proteins from honey bee samples. Finally, the employee will be required to solve problems independently, integrate effectively within a larger team, and innovate new approaches as required. 

A more detailed description of the position may be found at The University of British Columbia’s Human Resources job portal, found here: 

Further requirements are:

  • The successful applicant must have a university degree or equivalent with direct experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and mass spectrometry. Minimum of three years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Required skills include a demonstrated knowledge of each of peptide mass spectrometry, quantitative proteomics (both label and label-free methods), mammalian cell culture, general molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (including DNA/RNA/protein fractionation and purification methods).
  • Requires experience and knowledge of experimental design for proteomics, protein extraction from tissues (particularly hard tissues of insects), protein digestion and derivatization methods, techniques for minimizing dust and polymer contamination. Experience in analyzing and interpreting proteomic data using the MaxQuant suite of software is essential.
  • Desired skills:  Highly effective oral and written communication and presentation skills. Problem solving skills. The ability to manage multiple projects and keep accurate records. Outstanding interpersonal and team skills. A positive and enthusiastic attitude towards work and team building.

 The position is available for an initial period of two years with a possibility for extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience but will be in the range of $42,634 and $45,000. The total compensation package includes extended medical and dental benefits, disability and life insurance, and pension.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and your resumé through the Human Resources Careers Portal, found here: 

Closing date is Dec 4, 2016.

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

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