The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Research Associate - Lorincz Lab

The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Vancouver, Canada

The Department of Medical Genetics at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time Research Associate position in the Lorincz Laboratory located in the Life Sciences Institute. The candidate must have strong understanding of genetics and molecular biological techniques, coupled with demonstrated bioinformatic skills. Experience in analyses of ChIP-seq and RNA-seq data would be an asset.


Project involves the study of the influence of specific histone modifications and enzymes that deposit these marks on expression of genes and retroelements in the germline and in early mouse development. Involves isolation of mouse germ cells and early mouse embryos as well as Embryonic Stem Cells culture systems and CRISPR-based genetic engineering. Conduct genome-wide analyses of epigenetic marks (ChIP-seq, whole-genome bisulphite sequencing, etc) and gene expression (RNA-seq) using high-throughput sequencing methods optimized for small amounts of starting material. Conduct bioinformatic analyses of data generated and write manuscripts describing results.


The Research Associate reports to Dr. Lorincz, the principal investigator, but is expected to operate independently on a daily basis. Results are reviewed and additional experiments outlined on a weekly basis. The Research Associate regularly interacts with members of the Lorincz lab regarding data generation and Bioinformatic pipelines and will be expected to interact with members from collaborating research labs. The Research Associate attends weekly meetings of all laboratory workers and presents results of the week’s work.


PhD in Genetics or related discipline with a proven track record in working with mouse models. Experience in germ cell and early mouse embryo isolation preferred.

Experience working with mouse Embryonic Stem Cells and differentiation systems along with CRISPR-based genetic engineering desirable.

At least 2 years of experience in the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data, including ChIP-seq and RNA-seq data from limiting numbers of cells.

Analyze next generation sequencing data, including whole genome, whole exome, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq data. Experience with various aligners (i.e BWA, TopHat, STAR) and ChIP-seq analysis tools (i.e FindPeaks, MACS, Broadpeaks) required.

Experience with various generic bioinformatics tools, including Samtools, UCSC genome browser, BLAT, clustalW, Circos, and ORFfinder recommended.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment.

Strong academic publication record in the field of epigenetics.

Strong writing skills. RA will write manuscripts relating to work conducted with Dr. Lorincz.

Proven track record of supervising and mentoring junior lab personnel required (e.g. research assistants, graduate trainees)

Evidence of success in obtaining research grants or fellowship funding an asset


Mouse work requires strong attention to detail and animal husbandry techniques. The analyses performed require strong background in bioinformatics. Errors in wet lab or dry lab work will result in delayed output of dataset analyses.


After initial training the Research Associate is expected to perform wet lab and bioinformatic analyses with only general supervision. The Research Associate discusses results and plans for additional analyses with principal investigator on a daily or bi-weekly basis.


The Research Associate performs animal husbandry, molecular biology and bioinformatic analyses and teaches the application of these tools to other lab members, including graduate students and postdocs.

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application to:

An application package should include a cover letter, CV with evidence of educational background, professional experience, and names and contact information of three referees.

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-56338 during correspondence about this position.

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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Research Associate - Lorincz Lab