Career Opportunities


Position: Full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location: Fedida Laboratory, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia
Collaboration Partners: Prof. Konrad Walus (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Aspect Biosystems Ltd. IonsGate Preclinical Services

Applications are invited from outstanding individuals for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within the Fedida Laboratory in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. The advertised position is for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from a recognized institution and should understand and have demonstrated practical experience with microelectrode recording of action potentials, or voltage clamp of ion channel currents from cultured cells or acutely isolated primary cells.  As well, we are looking for applicants trained in protein expression and localization, particularly of ion channels, and cardiac cell biology and tissue engineering. Specific training, particularly on the microelectrode instruments, will be provided, but the individual will be expected to perform most tasks with a minimum of supervision.

The focus of this position is experimental so applicants with a strong record of experimental research will be prioritized. The applicant should have evidence of outstanding quality research publications and a proven track record of collaborative research, ideally interdisciplinary research.

Successful candidates will engage in an active collaboration between the Fedida Lab, The Walus Lab (UBC), Aspect Biosystems Ltd., and indirectly with IonsGate Preclinical Services. The research will involve the characterization and development of novel 3D Bioprinting technology, bioprinted materials, and tissue culture processes with a specific focus on enabling the development of next generation 3D cardiac tissue models. The successful candidate will be expected to:-

  • Perform and optimize electrophysiological characterization of changes in action potential shapes and ion channel function in 3D-printed cardiac cell structures.
  • Perform molecular biochemical characterization of ion channel expression in 3D cardiac tissues.
  • Maintain bioprinted cardiac tissues in appropriate cell culture conditions.
  • Interpret functional 3D cardiac tissue data in a relatively independent manner, present the data to UBC and Aspect researchers and contribute ideas to guide the further development of 3D tissues.

Aspect Biosystems Ltd. (www.aspectbiosystems.com) is an award winning Canadian startup developing state-of-the-art 3D bioprinting technology capable of creating living human tissues on demand. Aspect aims to drive a fundamental shift in the pharmaceutical industry by enabling the development of physiologically relevant human tissue models for pre-clinical drug discovery, moving away from the use of animals and de-risking experimental pharmaceuticals entering clinical trials. Aspect is a forward looking company, and envisions a future where our technology is used directly to save lives through the creation of personalized implantable tissue, and even functional organs.

Interested applicants should submit an application package that consists of a short biography and curriculum vitae, a statement of interest including research priorities, and evidence of their work to david.fedida@ubc.ca . A list of three references with contact information should also be included.

The start date of the appointment could be as early as June 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php. The closing date for the applications with be August 30 2018.

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 Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority

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Position: Instructor (Part time)

Location: University of British Columbia: Point Grey Campus

The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at The University of British Columbia invites applications for a limited term position at the rank of Instructor, part time in the area of Pharmacology commencing September 1, 2018. The appointment is for 8 months.
The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics is an amalgamation of three important and inter-related areas of medicine: anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics. We are committed to excellence in education, research and knowledge translation through creativity and dedication. We maintain our award-winning excellence in teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.

The successful candidate will be involved in preparation and instruction of in vivo and in vitro laboratory sessions, in addition to lectures in pharmacology and related topics. Additional related responsibilities will include marking of laboratory reports, exam invigilation, exam question setting and marking and curricular development. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department and the Faculty of Medicine.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Pharmacology or related discipline, have demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching and promise of educational leadership. Expertise in teaching “systems pharmacology” laboratories to undergraduate students is essential. Special attention will be given to candidates with teaching skills and expertise that are complementary to the Department’s existing strengths in education and educational leadership.

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three references, should be directed to:
Dr. David Fedida, Associate Head, Sections of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
c/o Allison Rintoul, Administrative Manager
Room 217 – 2176 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Email: allison.rintoul@ubc.ca

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2018.

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Position: Full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location: Fedida Laboratory, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellow positions under the supervision of Dr. David Fedida are currently available.  It is essential that applicants have an M.D. degree or Ph.D. in the physiology/pharmacology and/or biophysics of ion channels. The research positions require an understanding of, and demonstrated practical experience with voltage clamp of macroscopic or single channel currents from cultured cells, from acutely isolated cells or from Xenopus oocytes. Opportunities exist either to learn or to contribute to mathematical models of ion channel gating and/or voltage clamp fluorimetry. The projects will involve the molecular and electrophysiological characterization of structural changes in potassium channel function in a heterologous expression system and cell surface expression in the cardiac myocytes under a number of experimental conditions. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out electrophysiological experiments and data analysis on a day-to-day basis, in a relatively independent manner. He/She is also expected to present results at laboratory meetings, participate in journal club presentations, and prepare drafts of articles for publication. These are full-time positions, available now.  Please send your curriculum vitae together with at least 3 contacts for references to:

Cardiovascular Research Group
Attn. Dr. Fedida
Life Sciences Centre
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C.  V6T 1Z3
Canada
Email:  david.fedida@ubc.ca or eldstrom@mail.ubc.ca