How to Apply 

Applicants interested in pursuing graduate or postdoctoral training in The Department of Molecular Oncology, please e-mail us directly at careersmolonc@bccrc.ca. Please include the following documents when applying:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Statement of your research interests and experience 
  • Transcripts 
  • Contact information for two or three references

Graduate Student Position

Two graduate student positions are available at the Department of Molecular Oncology, BC Cancer Research Centre for the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals for detection and radiotherapy of cancer. The graduate student candidates will register through the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program (www.iop.ca), University of British Columbia, and pursue either an MSc or PhD degree.

The student candidate will conduct research on the design and synthesis of imaging probes and radiotherapeutic agents targeting biomarkers overexpressed in cancers. Research activities will involve the production and isolation of radioisotopes, peptide and multi-step organic synthesis, and radiolabeling small molecules, peptides and antibodies with imaging or radiotherapeutic isotopes.

Qualified candidates should have a bachelor degree preferably in chemistry with interests in organic or medicinal chemistry. The ability to conduct research in a collaborative environment is required including good oral and written communication skills in English. For more information regarding application for the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program at the University of British Columbia, please check the following website: www.iop.ca

Before applying, interested student candidates should first contact:
Dr. Kuo-Shyan Lin
Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
E-mail: klin@bccrc.ca

Programmer, Image Processing, Microscopy - UBC Vancouver Research Lab

Application Deadline

COVID NOTE: UBC currently requires 20% of time to be spent in person, thus semi-remote.  Due to the physical site being a hospital facility, COVID vaccination is required.

JOB SUMMARY

A position is open immediately for a programmer to work with our interdisciplinary team of researchers and software developers at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA). We are seeking a passionate individual to join a team of biologists, engineers and data scientists currently developing state of the art methods for spatial imaging of RNA species in human cancers at single cell resolution. Studying tumours at the single cell level can reveal biological differences that may not be resolved when studying the tumour as a whole. The imaging methods being developed include the use of molecularly encoded super-resolution microscopy to detect single molecules of RNA in tissue specimens. The successful candidate will develop and support microscopy imaging pipelines and tools integrating super-resolution microscopy, fluidics and camera functions to facilitate sequential imaging of human cancers. The candidate will also work with biologists and data scientists to analyze images and identify RNA species.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

Working in a research project, both independently and reporting to the project lead in Molecular Oncology or designate, and in conjunction with investigators within the BCCA, UBC and internationally.

WORK PERFORMED

  • Development and maintenance of image analysis pipelines and tools
  • Support the development of microscopy systems through quantitative feedback and functional requirements definition
  • Assisting in generation and presentation of research results from microscopy system
  • Perform computational analysis of digital image files from the system
  • Documentation and training of microscope system to other users
  • Evaluate and develop machine learning techniques (Dimensionality reduction, Clustering, and Classification) and deep networks (CNNs and GCNs) for Image segmentation, Graph analysis, and Image classification 
  • Working with open source computer vision libraries in Python, Matlab, or C++

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR

Accountable for the operation of the microscopy system and downstream image analysis that will have significant research progress implications.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Supervision from Principal Investigator or designate. Results reviewed for achievement of overall objectives.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

May help to supervise undergraduate trainees and/or junior software technicians.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work/research experience in computer science, signal processing, image processing, and/or optics
  • Microscopy image processing experience
  • Programming in PythonStrong verbal/written communication skills
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork experience
  • Experience working in an academic research environment

Preferred

  • Microscopy engineering experience
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or computer science
  • Machining and design experience
  • Expertise in cellular biology and expression analysis
  • Experience in software engineering and design
  • Experience with scientific high performance computing environments and solutions
  • Special consideration will be given to those in research areas that involve computer vision or machine learning.

Research Grant Facilitator and writer

Job Summary

The post holder will support and work closely with Dr. Samuel Aparicio, leader of Molecular Oncology, UBC Nan and Lorraine Robertson Chair of Breast Cancer, in developing scientific proposals, assisting in manuscript development and review, coordinating international multi-PI research studies and interacting with funders and advocates in reporting the activities of the single cell biology and drug development program. Demonstrated experience in authoring manuscripts and preparing funding applications and reports, is a requirement for the role. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in biosciences and cancer research. Ability to articulate science clearly in a written form and a high degree of independence and self organization are core skills for this post.

The Research Grants Facilitator and Writer will provide strategic planning and support for the program in single cell biology and drug development led by Dr. Samuel Aparicio. The incumbent will identify and communicate research award and funding opportunities from Canadian and international government funding agencies, private foundations and industry, as well as provide proposal development support for the Aparicio program’s research grant applications and award nominations, including writing significant portions of research proposals and grant applications. The incumbent will establish and maintain relationships with key points of contact with internal and external research and award sponsors. The incumbent will develop strategic research support plans for the single cell biology program. The incumbent will also provide authoritative advice and understanding of the mandates, priorities, processes and policies of internal UBC and major Canadian and international government and private research funding sponsors.

Organizational Status

This position reports directly to Dr. Aparicio and works closely with the program team members and collaborators to ensure that the Research Grants Facilitator and Writer's activities are integrated into the effective operation of the single cell biology research program. The position communicates directly with UBC faculty and staff, BC Cancer Research Institute (BCRI) researchers and external research sponsor personnel.

Work Performed

Facilitation of Grant Application Process and Advising

  • Acts as a knowledge resource for Dr. Aparicio for research funding opportunities and actively seeks out and encourages applications for funding to improve the research program’s success in grants.
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with internal and external research sponsors in order to maintain current knowledge of the research award and funding landscape.
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with UBC and BCRI researchers, postdoctoral fellows, students and/or staff and maintain in-depth knowledge and understanding of their research within the single cell biology program.
  • Identify and disseminate information regarding various granting agencies requests for applications and research funding opportunities from various agencies to the research program. When requested, investigate potential funding opportunities on a specific topic or given area.
  • Provide authoritative advice to researchers and Dr. Aparicio on the eligibility criteria, deadlines, submission processes, budget requirements and other important details regarding internal and external research funding and award opportunities.
  • Ensure Dr. Aparicio is aware of, and address within the program’s funding applications, University and external agency policies and procedures.
  • Review research grant applications for key institutional requirements prior to the provision of Faculty­ level signatures.
  • Work with faculty in the development of research grant or award nomination proposals, which may include research team coordination; grant writing; copy editing; reviewing and providing feedback on proposal design and content; providing advice on grant budgets; assisting in the writing of letters of intent and proposal support letters; and assisting faculty to ensure that key components of grant applications are complete prior to submission.
  • Advise faculty and trainees within the single cell biology research program of research funding and award opportunities and research support services.
  • Identify potential funding opportunities to support identified research program strategic research plans.
  • Develop digital resources (e.g. budget templates, web content) to aid in the development of research proposals.
  • Develop, manage, collect, and coordinate relevant grant information, research budgets, statistics, and curriculum vitae.
  • Liaise effectively with UBC Office of Research Services, VP Research and Innovation, SPARC, research sponsor personnel, Research and Trust Accounting, University Industry Liaison Office, Institutional Programs Office, BCRI Office of Research Administration and Faculty and administrative staff on questions related to the acquisition and administration of research funding.
  • Manage and develop necessary agreements for the single cell biology research program in conjunction with the UBC Office of Research Services/University-Industry Liaison Office and BC Cancer Technology Development Office.
  • Respond to ongoing requests for regular reports by maintaining and updating information to ensure compliance with granting agencies and other external organizations.
  • Develop Research Ethics Board applications and amendments as required, and ensures compliance with Research Ethics Board guidelines.
  • Conduct regular literature reviews relating to research areas.  Contributes intellectual and scientific input to manuscripts for publications, provides scientific proofreading.

Facilitation of Research Knowledge Transfer and Exchange/Education

  • Develop and maintain a clear engagement and communication plan for both internal and external audiences.  This includes promotion and representation of the single cell biology research program through websites and social media platforms, and the development and facilitation of workshops, conferences, guest lecturers, etc.
  • Provide partners and Communications personnel with information on current research projects, recent grant awards and publications; ability to understand and effectively communicate complex scientific issues to the non-expert public, both verbally and in writing.
  • Develop and implement grant writing supports for the single cell biology research program (e.g. educational sessions and workshops on grant writing, open access, partnered research, award nomination, adopting researcher digital identifiers).

Strategic Planning

  • Monitor the research grant writing and research infrastructure support needs of the research program and, based on these needs, provide recommendation to Dr. Aparicio, on the ongoing requirements and possible avenues of research support.
  • In collaboration with Dr. Aparicio, plays a leadership role in identifying, developing, and applying for large and complex research grant funding from various funding agencies including provincial, federal and international programs.
  • Initiate and facilitate collaborations and initiatives between researchers, develop research partnerships, and identify funding opportunities.
  • Identify new translational pathways, such as commercial partnerships, licencing etc. for new technologies and encourage entrepreneurial activities as appropriate.

Supervision Received

The position works with a high degree of independence under the direction of Dr. Aparicio. Works independently in accordance with objectives established by the single cell biology research program.

Supervision Given

This position does not include supervision of other staff.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The work of the incumbent is vital to the success of the development and acquisition of research grants and awards in the single cell biology research program. The position has significant influence on the quality and effectiveness of research support services within the research program. Failure to accurately adhere to external granting agency and University research policies and procedures can result in the subsequent rejection of grant applications, the return of awarded funds, the loss of future funds and/or the inability to collect funds owed to the University, and researchers. The loss of future opportunities and funds would call into question the perceived level of research competence of the research program and investigators.

Minimum Qualifications

A post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation with a minimum of four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Otherwise, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is required with a minimum of six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a research environment with applied knowledge and demonstrated skill in successful research grant application development, facilitation, and administration (particularly in the health sciences) is preferred.
  • Strong understanding of the language and culture of the research community and research granting agencies.
  • Proven mastery of English grammar, punctuation, and scientific writing style is essential. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and to summarize relevant information in clear and succinct English, is essential.
  • High degree of analytical accuracy, sound judgment and the ability to work independently.
  • Superior communication skills (oral and written), excellent writing and copy-editing skills as well as experience in manuscript preparation are required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders who possess a wide range of education and expertise.  Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate tact, discretion, confidentiality, and good judgment in all matters.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in project management principles, accounting and fiscal management is preferable.
  • Very good knowledge of University policies and procedures related to research administration.
  • A broad knowledge of University structure and operations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and experience in research grant development, scientific technical writing, report writing and administration.
  • Excellent knowledge of policies and procedures of research funding sponsors and agencies.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and demonstrated ability to coordinate research teams.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, multitasking and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience in using a wide variety of word processing, spreadsheet, database and web applications essential; ability to learn/use sponsor grant application and reporting systems.
  • Strong presentation skills using PowerPoint and other multimedia.

This is a one year appointment and depending on funding and successful progress of the research it may be renewed for additional years.

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.

PDF (Molecular Biology), Single Cell Genomics, Aparicio lab

We are seeking a highly-motivated post-doctoral fellow (PDF) with strong leadership ability and expertise in single cell genomics and transcriptomics, and a strong background in molecular biology. The successful applicant will work full-time under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Aparicio. The position start date is flexible.

JOB SUMMARY

The Aparicio lab is developing new single cell genome and transcriptome methods for tracking clonal trajectories at single cell level in patient tissues and patient-derived xenografts (PDX). A PDF position is available in the Aparicio lab based at the BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver, Canada, collaborating on an exciting project mapping clonal dynamics in human cancers with new single cell methods. The post holder will have the opportunity to interact as part of the international CRUK Grand Challenge IMAXT project, bringing new measurement methods and computational techniques to the 3D reconstruction of tumours, and mapping drug sensitivity and drug combinations using sgRNA/CRISPR methods in vivo. The program works closely with the Shah computational biology program, based at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, on the development of new models for single cell data and cancer evolution. Some experience with bioinformatics approaches to biological data and familiarity with handling of genomics data will be an advantage. 

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a leadership role in the Aparicio lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Samuel Aparicio who is the primary investigator of the laboratory. More information on the lab, please visit https://aparicio.molonc.ca

WORK PERFORMED

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, and translational research pertaining to single cell genomics and transcriptomics, and CRISPR methods.
  • Design and implement research plan to investigate the clonal dynamics in human cancer through single cell methods.
  • Design and conduct animal experiments.
  • Conduct in vivo testing or characterization of drugs, small molecules, knockouts or antibodies in relevant PDX animal models.
  • Foster research collaborations and work jointly with academic, clinical, industry, and other partners.
  • Scientifically document lab experiments, data analysis, interpretations.
  • Write manuscripts, present results at internal and external meetings.
  • Identify funding opportunities and if required write or assist with grant proposals.
  • Lead and mentor junior trainees/students in the laboratory.

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR

This is a senior research position that plays a critical role in the development of this novel field. PDF is accountable for the quality and integrity of the research and data, including analyses and interpretation, as well as the effective and efficient management of research projects and deliverables. This position requires innovation, strategic planning, and adaptability. Incorrect decisions or actions may damage the reputation of the laboratory, lead to loss of credibility in this field, and be financially costly.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The PDF will work with a high degree of independence and set priorities under broad directives from Dr. Aparicio. The PDF will be expected to provide direction and mentoring in the laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Aparicio. This position will also provide the candidate with a high level of exposure to single cell genomics and translational research, as well as, providing opportunities to work collaboratively with industry partners and other researchers globally.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

The PDF will be expected to provide mentorship and guidance to undergraduate, graduate students and other research members as required.

QUALIFICATION

  • Ph.D. in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, or similar discipline.
  • The candidate should have a solid scientific and technical background with excellent written/oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record with a minimum of 2-3 first author publications in reputable journals.
  • Proficiency in cell biology, molecular biology, histology, genetics, genomics, next-generation sequencing and biochemistry techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience with cancer research.
  • Expertise and hands-on experience in animal studies, including all aspects of design, handling, breeding, tissue collection, histology, and analyses are essential.
  • Familiarity with testing/characterization of small molecule or drug in vivo is preferred.
  • Previous biochemical/cell biology and molecular biology experience with single cell genomics / transcriptomics, next generation sequencing, drugs screen and PDX modeling is an asset.
  • Experience with statistical analyses and scientific writing. Previous experience with grant writing is an asset.
  • Experience with bioinformatics approaches to biological data and familiarity with handling of genomics data is an asset.
  • Applicants with experience and a strong track record with large drug target screening, single cell methods, and PDX mouse models are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

To apply:  Please send the above documents to careersmolonc@bccrc.ca and put “PDF (Molecular Biology), Single Cell Genomics, Aparicio lab” and your family name in the subject line.

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 will be given priority. 

PDF (Bioinformatics), Next-Generating Sequencing, Aparicio lab

Job Summary

The candidate would work within a dynamic and vibrant lab with a proven track record of outstanding achievements and contributions in breast oncology research. This position allows the candidate to contribute bold and innovative research that can be translated to new understanding in the evolutionary processes that drive cancers.

This position's primary focus in the lab will be to lead and to participate in projects involving the investigation of functional genomics using sequencing and expression data for breast oncology and cancer evolution. 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 analysts 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 funded position with the University of British Columbia, at the BC Cancer Research Centre allows the candidate to flourish under the guidance of an experienced mentor

Organizational Status

The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a leadership role in the Aparicio lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Samuel Aparicio who is the primary investigator of the laboratory. More information on the lab, please visit https://aparicio.molonc.ca

Work Performed

  • Management and supervision of trainees;
  • May be involved in recruitment and training of trainees;
  • 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. Aparicio 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 computer science, bioinformatics or equivalent
  • At least 4 years experience in bioinformatics research
  • Experience in genomics and next-generation sequencing
  • Extensive knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics
  • Experience with cancer research 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.

Supervision Received 

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

Supervision Given

  • 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.

To apply:  Please send the above documents to careersmolonc@bccrc.ca and put “PDF (Bioinformatics), Next-Generating Sequencing, Aparicio lab” and your family name in the subject line.

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 will be given priority.

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