Postdoctoral Fellow


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Principal Investigator

Poul Sorensen



The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow position, available immediately, in the area of stress signaling and mRNA translation in neurodegenerative diseases, in the group of Professor Poul Sorensen at The British Columbia Cancer Research in Vancouver. The Sorensen laboratory studies mRNA translation and stress signaling in the context of neoplastic diseases (e.g., Leprivier et al., 2013). Recently, the team has found that many of the same pathways are deregulated in neurodegenerative diseases. The project aim is to study the role of oxidative stress and other stress pathways in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, with the goal of developing novel therapies in these diseases. The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of resources and benefit from existing collaborations with neurobiologists and cancer researchers and industry partners. The applicants are encouraged to consult recent publications from the group in this area (Jan et al., 2017, and Rotblat et al., 2014). 

The incumbent will work under minimum supervision with a wide range of responsibilities, including execution of the above-mentioned types of experiments, also ultimately assisting in the training of graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The applicant will assist the principal investigator in design and execution of assays probing neuronal function in cultures and in vivo, as well as writing research funding applications and publications.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a multiyear appointment, and depending on successful progress of the research it may be renewed for additional years. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will be evaluated until a suitable candidate is found. Applications, including curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, should be sent to:

Sogol Tahmasbi
Manager, Human Resources & Administration
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1L3
Tel. (604) 675-8014


The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, biochemistry, or cell biology. Strong experimental background and familiarity with cellular and animal models of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease and/or Parkinson’s disease, are highly desired.