Research Associate – Hayden Lab

Position Identification:

Position Classification:                Research Associate – Hayden Lab

Employee Group:                          Faculty (Non Faculty Association)

Faculty:                                           Medicine

Department:                                  Medical Genetics

Division:                                         Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Status of Position:                        One year, full-time; term appointment, grant funded



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 and precision medicine. 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 participate in projects focused on investigating molecular mechanisms of Huntington disease pathogenesis as well as performing pharmacogenomic research to improve drug safety and effectiveness. The position will also instruct and supervise technicians and mentor trainees.


This is a full-time grant funded position with the University of British Columbia, Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics.


Organizational Status:

This position will play a leadership role in the Hayden and Ross labs, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Michael Hayden who is the primary investigator of the laboratory and Dr. Colin Ross. The position will directly supervise some technicians.


Work Performed:

  • Providing supervision and mentorship of laboratory staff and trainees
  • Performing regular reviews of the relevant literature;
  • Planning and designing of projects and experiments;
  • Analyzing, interpreting and compiling data in study reports, presenting results, and participating in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and grant application packages;
  • Collaborating with internal group leaders and external stakeholders to further research;
  • Management of multiple interdisciplinary collaborations with academic institutions and industry, locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Statistical and bioinformatic analyses on high throughput genomic data.
  • Integrate both in house and publically available genomic data
  • Bioinformatic analyses for the identification of genomic modifiers of Huntington disease as well as haplotype analyses for targeted gene silencing of mutant huntington.
  • Conducting computational analyses of pharmacogenomics data in order to identify genomic factors that contribute towards differential drug response.
  • Updating Dr. Hayden, Dr. Ross and the group on the status of projects during lab meetings, in email correspondence and phone conferences;
  • Performing other related duties.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the biosciences
  • At least 5 years of postdoctoral experience in studies related to biosciences
  • Extensive knowledge of neuroscience, pharmacogenomics, molecular biology, and genetics
  • Demonstrated experience/training in bioinformatic analyses of human genomic data
  • Proficiency in Unix and either R or Python languages
  • Experience in cell and molecular biology
  • Drive and enthusiasm, to both lead and work as a member of a team
  • Creativity, initiative and good judgment
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline oriented environment with minimal supervision
  • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills 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 PIs, Dr. Michael Hayden and Dr. Colin Ross.


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



  • Study may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid out by the University and by regulatory authorities
  • Study files must be kept secured to ensure that patient confidentiality is not compromised
  • An error within the realm of a research study may result in biased or incomplete data and skewed study results
  • Errors made could influence the ability of the research team to meet critical deadlines, as well as compromise the results of research project, and therefore impact the credibility of the Principal Investigator. Poor decisions may be damaging to the reputation of the Principal Investigator, the School, and the University and could lead to incorrect or inappropriate policy recommendations being made.


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.




UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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