Assisant Professor , Plant Molecular/Cellular Biology

Dr. Carl Douglas cdouglas at
Wed Oct 27 12:45:36 EST 1999

Please note the following position, which was advertised in Science and

The position is at the Assistant Professor level, and will be in the The
University of British Columbia Biotechnology Lab. Any individuals working in
the area of plant cell and molecular biology are urged to apply;
particularly those working on model plant systems. We will start to review
applications on Nov. 1, but would welcome and review additional applications
received after that.

The Biotechnology Lab houses many of UBC's top biomedical researchers. Its
members have reduced teaching loads, access to significant resources, and
generous lab space. Funding has just been secured for a new Biotechnology
Building in the centre of campus, which will house all Biotechnology
faculty. In addition,
the Biotechnology lab is a partner with the Vancouver-based Centre for
Integrated Genomics which brings significant infrastructure and expertise in
genomics research. Those recently hired in the Vancouver genome initiative
include Marco Marra, Francis Ouellette, and Steven Jones, previously engaged
in genome projects at Washington University, NIH, and the Sanger Center,
respectively. As well, a
significant new committment by the Canadian government to genomics research
is expected (see Nature Biotechnology October 1999 Volume 17 Number 10 p 950
"Giga-speed bioinformatics to power Genome Canada"). Members of the
Biotechnology lab will be well-postioned to take advantage of this expected
new funding.

Please send applications to Douglas Kilburn, Director, UBC Biotechnolgy Lab,
as indicated below.

Carl J. Douglas
Department of Botany
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone:(604) 822-3554
FAX: (604) 822-6089
email: cdouglas at


Biotechnology Laboratory

Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Biotechnology Laboratory invites applications for a tenure-track faculty
position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of plant molecular
and cellular biology.

The Biotechnology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary facility established
ten years ago at the University of British Columbia by Nobel Laureate
Michael Smith.  Its mandate is to foster the development of biotechnology
through an interactive approach to problems in human, animal, plant and
forest biotechnology, and in fermentation and process engineering.  The
Biotechnology Laboratory is also an active partner in a major new initiative
to develop genomic science in British Columbia.  There are currently ten
faculty members conducting research in the Biotechnology Laboratory with 52
graduate students drawn from ten different academic departments.  In
addition, the Biotechnology Laboratory has actively promoted plant
biotechnology on campus by the inclusion of three additional plant
scientists as associate members of the Laboratory.  The Biotechnology
Laboratory provides an exceptionally supportive environment for new faculty
and for the development of new research directions.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous research
program in plant molecular /cellular  biology.  We will consider applicants
in a broad range of areas including genomics, plant-microbe interactions,
development, plant biotechnology and molecular farming, metabolism,
physiology and plant signaling systems.  Investigators with experience in
model systems and an interest in applied aspects of plant biology are
encouraged to apply.  He/She will have cross appointments in Botany and
Agricultural Sciences and will be expected to participate in the education
of students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

There are many opportunities for collaboration with other members of the
Biotechnology Laboratory and with other units on campus.  Several Networks
of Centres of Excellence are represented at the University and a new Genome
Sequence Centre is starting operations in Vancouver.  The successful
applicant will assume a laboratory completely equipped for molecular
genetics and cell biology, will have access to state-of-the-art facilities
for a wide range of studies in biotechnology and will play an integral role
in maintaining and expanding the University’s strength in plant molecular

Screening of applicants will begin November 1, 1999, and continue until the
position is filled.  Candidates should provide a bibliography, a current
curriculum vitae, a description of proposed research and interests, and the
names and addresses of three references to:

Dr. Douglas G. Kilburn, Director
Biotechnology Laboratory
University of British Columbia
6174 University Blvd., Room 237
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z3

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  We
encourage all qualified persons to apply.  In accordance with Canadian
immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents.

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