Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Department of Medical Genetics and BC Cancer
University of British Columbia
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 from basic science to medical applications.
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 www.bccancer.bc.ca.
We are seeking a translational scientist in immuno-oncology working in the areas of cancer immunology, immune-genetics/genomics and experimental immunotherapy. The candidate is expected to build an integrative research program 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 functional modeling of immune biology, cancer genome analysis and immunogenomic characterizations of clinical biopsy material, 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 on December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2020, or a date to be mutually agreed.
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