Postdoctoral position UBC - Vancouver

University of British Columbia

  • Post Doctoral Position - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time


Development of rational therapeutics for SARS-CoV-2, and viral evolution under selective pressure of therapeutics

The University of British Columbia is a top-ranked international research university located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This interdisciplinary project is jointly supervised by Prof. Steven S. Plotkin in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Genome Sciences and Technology, Prof. Eric Jan in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Prof. Nobu Tokuriki in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. We are interested in the rational development of designed vaccine immunogens and antibody therapeutics that are robust to viral evolution. We will characterize the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, how it may circumvent the action of antibodies, and how to design therapeutics that prevent escape from neutralization. This project is part of a large, interdisciplinary collaboration of virologists, immunologists, structural and computational biologists to develop preemptive tests, vaccines, and therapies for future strains of SARS-CoV-2.

The postdoctoral research fellow will be involved in high-throughput biophysical assays to test the viability of candidate molecular therapeutics, pseudotyping assays to study viral evolution, and potentially BSL-3 studies of CoV-2 infection. They should hold a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, physical chemistry or a related field. Previous experience in virology and/or immunology is desired. The PDF will be expected to have an enthusiastic and vigorous work ethic, and to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment as part of an active scientific research team. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for the prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UBC. This position is intended to be a two-year term, with renewal after one year. We particularly encourage qualified applications from members of underrepresented groups and minorities.

To apply or request any further information, please send your CV (including scientific publications, posters and talks, and a brief research statement) and arrange for 2–3 references to be sent by email to Steven Plotkin (, Eric Jan (, and Nobu Tokuriki ( Please also indicate your legal status to work in Canada. The position is available starting as early as December 2021, and will close once filled.

The University of British Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

Education Requirement:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • virology
  • molecular virology
  • viral evolution
Main Campus - Vancouver
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z3
Eric Jan, PhD