Postdoctoral/Research Associate position--protein expression

John Smit j at
Wed Nov 17 13:25:33 EST 1999

A Postdoctoral or Research Associate position is available immediately. The
position involves participation in multiple projects, funded by industrial
contracts and competitive research grants, to produce recombinant proteins
using a new protein expression system based on the Caulobacter crescentus
secreted S-layer protein.  The candidates must have a strong background in
microbial molecular biology and an interest in working at the juncture
between basic aspects of protein secretion and membrane structure/function
and the needs of a commercial venture.  The current projects involve
subunit vaccine development (various projects in humans, fish and large
animal diseases) and industrial enzyme production.  The fusion protein
expression system is being developed as a flexible, low cost and effective
vehicle for production of recombinant proteins.  There are numerous protein
expression and diagnostics development projects currently underway and the
successful applicant would have opportunity to be involved with aspects of
all projects, as well as work directed to understanding detailed aspects of
the protein secretion system.  There is a possibility that this technology
will be transferred out of the University of British Columbia as a company,
so there is potential for the job to evolve to a Senior Scientist level
industrial position and for you to have a share in a new commercial
venture.  Top postdoctoral salaries will be paid, especially for those who
have already had significant relevant postdoctoral experience in a previous
position.  Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate that they
can immediately begin moderately complex cloning manipulations. Experienced
candidates would be appointed at the Research Associate level.

The University of British Columbia is one of the premier research
institutions in Canada and so offers an exciting and diverse research
climate.  The campus is located on Point Grey, one of the most scenic areas
in Vancouver, British Columbia.  This is your opportunity to live in one of
the most beautiful cities in North America.

To apply send resume and names of references to: Dr. John Smit, by e-mail
(jsmit at or by mail (Department of Microbiology &
Immunology, University of British Columbia, #300 - 6174 University
Boulevard, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z3  CANADA).

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