The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Position Identification:

Position Classification:                    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Employee Group:                            Faculty (Non-Faculty Association)

Faculty:                                           Medicine

Department:                                   Medical Genetics

Division:                                         Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Status of Position:                          Full-time; Grant funded

Preferred start date:                       ASAP

Duration:                                        Minimum 2 years

 Job Summary:

The candidate would work within a dynamic and vibrant lab with a proven track record of outstanding achievements and contributions in translational biomedical research. This position allows the candidate to contribute bold and innovative research that can be translated to new approaches to treatments for patients.

 This position’s primary focus in the lab will be to lead and to participate in projects based on candidate’s desire concentrated on investigating genetics of Huntington disease, molecular mechanisms of Huntington disease pathogenesis and development of novel therapeutics. Using the wide network of connections and collaborations of the principal investigator, and extensive biomedical resources at the institution, candidates will be able to build on the existing research of the lab to quickly start up their own research projects.

 The position will provide a unique opportunity for mentoring trainees, supervising technicians and interacting with industry. This is an excellent platform to receive outstanding training to gain the important skills for a successful medical research career in academia or industry.

 This full-time grant funded position with the University of British Columbia, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, allows the candidate to flourish under the guidance of an experienced mentor who is the most cited author in the field of Huntington Disease.

Organizational Status:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a leadership role in the Hayden lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Michael Hayden who is the primary investigator of the laboratory.

Work Performed:

  • Management and supervision of technicians;
  • May be involved in recruitment and training of technicians;
  • Performing regular reviews of the relevant literature;
  • Planning and designing of experiments;
  • Analyzing, interpreting and compiling data in study reports, presenting results, and participating in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and grant application packages;
  • Updating Dr. Hayden and the group on the status of projects during lab meetings, in email correspondence and phone conferences;
  • Managing projects with key academic and industry partners.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the biosciences
  • At least 4 years experience in laboratory research
  • Experience in cell biology with an emphasis on neurobiology
  • Extensive knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics
  • Experience with disease model systems a plus
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline oriented environment with minimal supervision
  • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skill and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.


  • Works independently under direction of PI, Dr. Michael Hayden
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with Industry partners and other researchers at UBC and globally


  • Assists and oversees research assistants and students as required
  • Assists and provides guidelines to other research members, as required

 How to Apply

Exceptional candidates should submit a cover letter outlining your research interests and fit with the laboratory’s research, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference.

 Please send all applications electronically to Dawn Ng at No phone calls please.

 Due to the number of resumes we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone, or provide the status of the competition. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 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.


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Postdoctoral Research Fellow