A postdoctoral research fellow position to study gene regulation is available in the in the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The goal of this project is to learn how regulatory DNA sequences encode for gene expression. We develop new computational and experimental tools to learn how regulatory DNA functions, and how this function changes with genetic variation.
As a mixed computational / experimental group, we offer many opportunities for unique training.
The Faculties of Medicine and Applied Science have partnered to create the SBME, a new flagship entity at UBC, and a top strategic priority for the University and both Faculties.
The SBME is a nucleus for education and training, research, and innovation in biomedical engineering, creating new knowledge, new academic and training programs, and fostering translation and innovation.
UBC SBME students will distinguish themselves by a deep education in biology, deconstructed using engineering science and design, and applied to the solution of real-world biomedical challenges.
Our SBME faculty conduct research that advances our fundamental understanding of human biology, and yields technologies and therapies that advance our health and wellbeing.
An end goal of our research is to understand how DNA sequences encode gene regulatory programs. For instance, distal enhancers regulate the expression of nearby genes by virtue of the sequence of their DNA, which is read out by proteins termed transcription factors.
Much of our experimental work aims to create ideal datasets for learning how the cell goes from DNA sequence to gene regulation.
We use Machine Learning to learn this relationship, and the underlying biological mechanisms. The responsibilities of this position, to be determne by the Supervisor, are flexible and will depend on the skills and researchinterests of the successful applicant.
In particular, responsibilities need not include both computational and experimental components.
Specific tasks may include :
Start date, stipend, and location
The start date is immediate but flexible; funding has already been received and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The position is full-time for one year with the possibility of extension. The funding package consists of a stipend and benefits.
How to Apply
Candidates should provide a CV, contact information of 3 references, and a cover letter describing past achievements and future research interests.
Candidates with computational experience should also include a sample of code they have written a link to their GitHub page).
In addition to applying through the UBC Faculty Careers website, applications can also be emailed to Dr. Carl de Boer (
This posting is for the campus.
Please refer to reference number EU-54339 during correspondence about this position.
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