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Rank/Title Research Associate
Department/ School/ Faculty University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Radiology
Location BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC


Job Description


A full-time Research Associate position is available in the Radiology Department at The University of British Columbia.

Position: The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the BC Cancer Research Centre are seeking a research associate. The research will take place in the laboratories of Dr. Rahmim (Quantitative Tomography; and Dr. Benard (, in close collaboration with other clinical research and imaging experts at UBC and BC Cancer Research Center.

With your interest in the subject of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry and molecular imaging, I believe that you will find this further training to be helpful to you. Your duties will include:

  • The development of novel radiotracers for cancer imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).
  • Research in the design and synthesis of imaging probes targeting biomarkers overexpressed in cancers.
  • The production and isolation of radioisotopes, peptide and multi-step organic synthesis, and radiolabeling small molecules, peptides and proteins with PET isotopes (C-11, F-18, Sc-44, Cu-61, Cu-64, Ga-68, Y-86, and Zr-89), and SPECT isotopes (Tc-99m and In-111).

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in medical physics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field. Prior experience in PET and/or SPECT imaging is a requirement. The candidate should have a strong interest and commitment to research. Creativity with an aim towards independent research as well as good communication skills are also emphasized. The initial appointment is for one year, which may be renewed based on performance and at least 5 years of postdoctoral research training at the highest international standards


exceptional communication and teaching skills; a demonstrated excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students; a proven record of excellence in teaching; expected to participate fully in graduate supervision;



a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience; demonstrated ability to establish a successful research program; is expected to develop innovative and internationally recognized research programs; expected to obtain external funding.



Part 3:  How to Apply

Required information on how to apply.

Anticipated Start Date The anticipated start date is December 15, 2019
Deadline Date for Application

“Closing date for all applications is December 1, 2019. Review of the applications will start from November 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Review of applications will begin (as above). To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date; or, Only completed applications will be considered by the search committee


Submittal of accompanying documents

List documents to be submitted: CV; reference letters or contact information for

References; evidence of teaching effectiveness; any other departmental specific information required.

Application directed to: Applications should be directed to Search Committee by email,
Final directions Visit posting at


Part 4:  Required statements

Required statements by UBC and Service Canada

Equity statement

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.


Immigration statement Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.