The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Assistant Professor, tenure track

Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Department of Medical Genetics, within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the BC Cancer Research Centre (BC Cancer) invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor,tenure track. The successful applicant will also hold a concurrent appointment as a Scientist at BC Cancer.

The UBC Department of Medical Genetics is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in basic and clinical research for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetic diseases. In partnership with affiliated hospitals and research institutes, the Department provides an engaging environment for our community of scholars and trainees actively working to advance translational research between basic science and medicine.

BC Cancer, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life for those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit

We are seeking a translational scientist in immuno-oncology working in the areas of immune-genetics/genomics and cancer immunology, emphasizing discovery and translation of immune biology into novel therapeutic approaches to maximize the clinical potential of modern cellular immunotherapies. The ultimate objective is to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients through collaborations with established, world-leading programs at the departments of Lymphoid Cancer Research, the Genome Sciences Centre and other research departments at BC Cancer and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  

Candidates for this position must hold a PhD or MD/PhD degree, awarded within the past 10 years, or equivalent, with postdoctoral research experience. The incumbent will show demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching activities of the Department of Medical Genetics in their field of expertise. In addition, the incumbent will have demonstrated research skills and excellence in the area of cancer immunology and a demonstrated understanding of genetics, genomics, immune biology, and immunotherapies. Experience with a wide array of experimental approaches including cancer genome analysis and immunogenomic characterizations of clinical biopsy material, functional modeling, clinical test development, and drug testing in vivo would be highly desirable. As a faculty member in the Department of Medical Genetics and a Scientist at BC Cancer, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong, externally-funded and internationally-competitive research program, supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, collaborate with other faculty members, actively participate in service to the Department, Research Center, University, and the  academic/scientific community.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed summary of research interests and impact of anticipated research program (maximum 5 pages), statement of teaching accomplishments and interests, and have at least 3 reference letters (one must not be a co-author) directed to:

Dr. Marco Marra, Professor and Head

Department of Medical Genetics

University of British Columbia

c/o Ada Tsui


Subject Line: MEDG BCC18-52

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2019, or a date to be mutually agreed.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and 3rd largest university in Canada with an economic impact of 12.5 billion to the provincial economy. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages 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. As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

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.


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Assistant Professor, tenure track