Rank: Research Associate
Title: Molecular Vaccinologist / Protein Chemistry
University: University of British Columbia
Department: Centre for Disease Control
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Term: Full-time; Up to 3 years, Grant funded
A Research Associate position is available at the Vaccine Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control ( UBC CDC ). The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team working to discover and design a molecular vaccine for Chlamydia trachomatis. The Research Associate will focus on designing and evaluating different molecular vaccine cocktails to screen for the one that gives best protection against Chlamydia infection and subsequent pathology in the genital tract. This is a collaborative project between the UBC CDC and the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Two years of the appointment will be held at the UBC CDC under the supervision of Dr. Robert Brunham and one year will be held at the Queensland University of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Peter Timms.
Qualifications & Skills:
- Clone Chlamydia genes into expression vectors
- Express and purify recombinant Chlamydia proteins
- Refold recombinant proteins into their native conformation
- Formulate vaccine cocktails containing different proteins and adjuvants
- Use system vaccinology approaches to evaluate immunogenicity
Ph.D degree in molecular biology, vaccinology, biochemistry or related field with relevant research experience. Documented proficiency to perform current molecular techniques such as gene cloning, protein expression, purification, refolding and use of high throughout biology assay to assess immunogenicity is required. Experience working in immunology research is an added advantage.
Other desired qualifications:
Ability to work independently in the design, execution and interpretation of experimental protocols. Excellent computer skills to perform bioinformatic analyses. Ability and desire to work in a team-oriented environment. Excellent written skills
Salary will reflect the UBC scale for Research Associates per annum plus benefits
The anticipate start date for the position is January 1, 2011; 1 year appointment with the possibility of an extension up to 3 years depending on performance.
Completed applications include: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of research interests and experience, not to exceed two pages; and (3) the names and contact information of three references. All files should be sent electronically to Dr. Karuna Karunakaran at the following address: email@example.com , subject line “Chlamydia Research Associate position.” Review of completed applications will begin December, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
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