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February 8, 2023 / University of British Columbia - Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program, at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invite applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track).

For more than fifty years, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) has played an active and important role at UBC and in the greater scientific community. The Department is located at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI), which is home to approximately 90 research laboratories from 15 Departments organized into nine research clusters, fostering a strong foundation for innovation and collaboration. All members of the Department maintain active, well-funded research programs that encompass many areas of modern biochemistry, molecular and structural biology. The Department hosts an active Graduate program with more than 90 students and offers over 15 undergraduate courses and laboratory courses for honours, major and minor Undergraduate programs.

The Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program is an interdisciplinary program at UBC with over 35 investigators from diverse backgrounds in medicine and the natural, applied, and social sciences. The program takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to investigate aging with research spanning the biology of aging, age-associated diseases, the social and environmental determinants of aging, and interventions to promote healthy aging. The Program provides a rich and collegial environment for investigators and their trainees, with many opportunities for collaboration.

Reporting to the Head of the UBC Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. and have training in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or a related discipline including, but not limited to, lipid biochemistry, nanomedicines/therapeutics, hematology, omics disciplines, or computational biology. The appointee will be expected to participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching activities of the Department, as well as provide mentorship and training to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate learners. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program related to the molecular biology of aging and/or aging clocks, and will be an Investigator in the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A complete application package includes:

1. A letter of interest consisting of the following sections:
• Research Program (maximum three pages):
o Context
o Methodology
o Engagement with research users and communication of results
o Description of training strategies
• References – Attach a list of all references cited in the proposed research program (maximum two-pages)
2. A full curriculum vitae
3. Teaching interests (maximum one page)
4. A brief statement (1-2 pages) that describes any current or planned engagements and contributions made to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic (research/scholarship, teaching/learning), professional (non-academic or clinical work), or community (local, national, international community-based) contexts.
5. Provide the names of three references. Please confirm with these people that they may be asked to provide a letter on your behalf.

Applications should be directed to:
Zaira Khan
Director of Administration, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Subject Line: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Aging and Aging Clocks

Should you have any queries around this position, please contact, Human Resources Manager.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2023 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. Please contact Mark Mendoza via email at

To learn more about UBC’s Center for Workplace Accessibility, visit the website here

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty – comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 10,000 clinical faculty members – is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Our faculty members supervise and mentor over 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 post-doctoral fellows. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

The UBC Vancouver Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of thexʷm əθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The City of Vancouver is located on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territory.

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 of Canada will be given priority.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 31/03/2023

Applications should be directed to:

Zaira Khan
Director of Administration, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Subject Line: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Aging and Aging Clocks

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