Research Associate – Kobor Lab

Position Identification:

Position Classification:         Research Associate – Kobor Lab
Employee Group:                  Faculty (Non Faculty Association)
Faculty:                                   Medicine
Department:                          Medical Genetics
Division:                                  Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Status of Position:                 Full-time; Grant funded


Job Summary

In this position, the candidate’s primary responsibility is to lead research projects that focus on utilizing a combination of cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry techniques to study how epigenetic modifications underlie the differences in transcription regulation as a measure of early life experiences. The candidate will manage multiple collaborative projects; analyze generated data; communicate with collaborators on a regular basis regarding project progress and results; and write manuscripts and grants related to these projects.

In addition, the position will lead, instruct and supervise technicians and mentor graduate students.

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

The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) is a UBC senate-approved centre and has been a world leader in genetic medicine for more than two decades. The CMMT has 10 investigators who have expertise in the discovery of genetics and epigenetics of disease, biostatistical and computational approaches to disease analysis in genetic medicine, and modelling of genetic disease in organisms from yeast and worms to mice. CMMT is a highly collegial environment in which groups share ideas and resources, and be able to develop multi-disciplinary collaborations addressing many genetic diseases, including neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases, among others.


Organizational Status

This position will play a leadership role in the Kobor lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Michael Kobor who is the primary investigator of the laboratory. The position will directly supervise several graduate students and staff, and interact with collaborators on a regular basis.


Work Performed

  • Performing regular reviews of the relevant literature, and writing review articles if a gap in the literature is noted
  • Planning and designing of projects and experiments in partnership with collaborators, trainees, and staff
  • Training new trainees and staff in the lab, as well as occasional training of visiting trainees
  • Analyzing data, incorporating epigenetic and genetic data with collaborator-provided metadata to answer specific research questions
  • Advising and mentoring trainees to assist with data analysis, writing, and other required skills
  • Developing novel methods to analyze data when required
  • Presenting results to collaborators and the broader scientific community
  • Writing and submitting scientific manuscripts and grant applications
  • Management of multiple interdisciplinary collaborations with academic institutions and industry, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Participating as project leader in numerous collaborative projects in meetings and phone conferences
  • Updating Dr. Kobor and the group on the status of projects during lab meetings, in email correspondence and phone conferences


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the biosciences
  • At least 10 years’ experience in laboratory research
  • Extensive experience (>5 years) in epigenetics, data analysis, and paper and grant writing
  • Extensive knowledge of Molecular Biology, biochemistry, genetics, and epigenetics
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and databases
  • 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.



  • Works independently under direction of PI, Dr. Michael Kobor.


  • 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.

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