University of British Columbia, Dept of Medical Genetics

Position ID:UBC-MEDGEN-AP [#15297]
Position Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Department of Medical Genetics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3N1, Canada [map]
Subject Areas: Genomics / Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genetics, epigenomics
Appl Deadline:2019/11/28help popup finished (accepting applications 2019/10/28, finished 2020/05/31)
Position Description:    

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The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Medicine                 


Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) | University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Medical Genetics

The Department of Medical Genetics within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the BC Cancer Research Centre (BC Cancer) invite applications for a full time (1.0 FTE) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure track. The successful applicant will also hold a concurrent appointment as a Scientist at BC Cancer, Genome Sciences Centre (GSC).

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 eagerly working to advance translational research between basic science and medicine.

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

We are seeking an interdisciplinary researcher qualified to develop a research program in the fields of human genomics and computational biology, with a specific interest in developing novel algorithmic and machine learning approaches to study cancer biology and their application to precision medicine. The candidate will work closely with the cancer genomic programs existing at BC Cancer and will have the opportunity to develop and deploy integrative data analysis methods using large DNA sequence datasets of germline and somatic variations, epigenetic profiles, gene expression patterns and protein abundance measurements, with linkage to the clinical records and associated complex disease traits.

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. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity, and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. In addition, the incumbent will have demonstrated research skills and potential for excellence in the areas of machine learning and other advanced algorithmic approaches for application in cancer genomics, complex disease genomics, or genotype-phenotype linkage. As a faculty member within the Department of Medical Genetics and a Scientist at BC Cancer, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a vibrant, externally-funded and exceptional research program with international norms, supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, collaborate with other faculty members, and participate in service to the Department, Research Centre, 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 the anticipated research program (maximum five pages), statement of teaching accomplishments and interests, and have at least three reference letters directed to:

Dr. Marco Marra, Professor and Head

Department of Medical Genetics

University of British Columbia

c/o Ada Tsui


Subject Line: MEDG BML 19-37

Review of applications will begin on November, 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty — comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 9,000 clinical faculty members — is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

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 Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. |

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Contact: Ada Tsui
Email: email
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UBC Department of Medical Genetics
4500 Oak St. Room C201
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

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