Research Associate (Limited Term)- Protein Design (1 Year Term)

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Research Associate (Limited Term)- Protein Design (1 Year Term)

Date Posted: 02/16/2021
Req ID:2802
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The research associate will work with the Michael Garton research group, where the candidate will lead research on designing proteins that impart human cells with novel function. The candidate will be responsible for developing high throughput screening protocols to identify candidate designs, together with subsequent validation assays. The candidate should have extensive experience on (a) mammalian cell and molecular biology (b) protein characterization; (c) providing research support and mentorship to other research group members.


• PhD in molecular/cell biology (or related) with a minimum of 10 years of research and work experience in molecular and cell biology.
• Experienced with protein expression and purification, protein-protein interactions, Western blot and ELISA.
• Experienced with PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR,
• Experienced with Flow cytometry and familiarity with FACS cell sorting
• Strong skills in fluorescent microscopy and confocal microscopy
• Good programming ability with Python, Matlab, R or similar language(s).
• Experience working in a multidisciplinary team on industrial collaborative research.
• Demonstrated leadership and team management abilities as candidate will be responsible for coordinating several concurrent research projects with multiple personnel including students and trainees.
• Experience working with students and trainees in both theoretical and experimental techniques, providing research project support and trouble-shooting experiments for students and trainees.
• Strong communication skills and experience preparing manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed scientific journals and research proposals to granting agencies and prospective industry partners.

• Serve as sub-group leader within the GartonLab on protein design -related research topics.
• Develop proposals for extramural funding.
• Interact with external partners to understand of their technical requirements and effectively translate these requirements into research projects.
• Attends meetings and present research.
• Deliver high-quality protein designs
• Plan and execute experiments for synthetic proteins screening and characterization
• Purchase, maintain, and organize research laboratory equipment.
• Provides functional and administrative supervision over graduate students and post-docs.
• Lead and document weekly team conference calls to coordinate R&D activities and achieve project targets.

Closing Date: 02/24/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $45,491 - $85,295
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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

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Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 2/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time