The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Doctoral (PhD) student position in Cancer Progression

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Position

This position seeks a highly motivated, energetic, research-oriented individual with previous training in biomedical, cancer biology, or molecular biology.  We operate a dynamic research program at the interphase of cancer metastasis and drug discovery in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Applications are invited for training at the PhD level in state-of-the art in vivo and in vitro techniques to study cancer metastasis and validate candidate proteins for therapeutic targeting.

The Research Group

Our group seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer cell dissemination to identify and validate targets for therapeutic development.  We work as a cooperative team where individuals apply their skills to aid the progress of not only their projects but other team members as well. Cancer models used in the lab include both the chick embryo model and mouse model of metastasis. The lab also uses standard cell culture techniques for invasion, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, and advanced fluorescence microscopy. In addition, we work with clinical samples including patient plasma and tumor tissue. At the University of British Columbia we have access to a wide range of additional resources and cancer models to add to our studies as needed.

Your profile

The successful candidate must hold an MSc degree in a life sciences or biomedical field and have a good understanding of cancer biology. Previous experience with imaging is a strong asset. Preference will be given to individuals with published reports in peer-reviewed journals and those who have a history of obtaining internal or external scholarships/awards. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. It is essential that the candidate have a passion for research and a strong capacity to work in a team environment where team members work collaboratively.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter with a brief description of their research interests and experience in addition to a CV with contact details for three referees and academic transcripts. Use- PhD Position-Williams Lab- as the subject. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements as described on the Facultys website ( for graduate admission into the program. Only candidates who meet the requirements of the Faculty and the Profile requirements will be contacted. 


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Doctoral (PhD) student position in Cancer Progression