If you are interested in joining the lab submit a CV, a short (one-two-page) description of research interests and experience, and contact information for at least two references to careers (at) hancocklab (dot) com  We look forward to hearing from you!

We wish to express our thanks to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Current Positions Available

Postdoctoral Fellow/Computational Biology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is seeking a highly qualified and motivated full-time Bioinformaticist to start as soon as possible. The successful candidate will join the Hancock research group and will perform algorithmic and statistical analyses on genomic and transcriptome sequencing data sets. The primary project for this position will be identifying endotype specific drug targets in sepsis and other side projects may involve other sepsis projects, human vaccine responses, bacterial studies and novel peptide therapeutics that target inflammation. This position involves running genome sequencing data analysis pipelines, testing and maintenance of existing sequence-analysis pipelines, automation of routine programming and data-analysis tasks and workflows, managing and processing genomic data, interpretation of results and, where necessary, contributing to the development of software implementing novel algorithms and statistical models. The successful candidate will provide consultation to researchers on study design, analysis and statistical methods.

Qualifications and experience: recent completion (< 3years) of a PhD in a biological science discipline (Biology/Immunology/Biochemistry/Cell Biology). Track record of publishing in top-level, peer-reviewed journals. Demonstrated expertise in bacterial genetics, immunology and cell biology. Demonstrated experience in analyzing transcriptomic data sets. Demonstrated ability to work productively in a collaborative research team. Additional experience required:

  • Experience in working with next generation sequencing data and related analysis tools and workflows
  • 2+yrs experience working in a research or corporate environment
  • Strong knowledge of Unix/Linux operating system
  • Considerable programming/scripting skills in R and Python
  • Familiarity with human genome databases (Ensembl, UCSC genome browser, NCBI)
  • Familiarity with parallel computing environments (Linux clusters, SunGridEngine, etc
  • Experience with bioinformatics tools such as Bioconductor considered an asset
  • Experience in development of algorithms/machine learning/statistical models for bioinformatics considered an asset
  • Experience with RNA-Seq data analysis an asset
  • Experience with data sets from human biological samples an asset

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To Apply: Submit a CV, a short (one-two-page) description of research interests and experience, and contact information for at least two references by e-mail to:

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages 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.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue a graduate or undergraduate research program. Our faculty is internationally recognized for contributions in microbiology, molecular biology and immunology.