Research Associate - Limited Term (1 year)

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Research Associate - Limited Term (1 year)

Date Posted: 06/08/2021
Req ID:4906
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Department of Molecular Genetics
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)



The Department of Molecular Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto invites applications for the position of Research Associate (Limited Term) to lead/design research projects in the area of antifungal drug resistance and antifungal drug development. The core project is a partnership with Bright Angel Therapeutics, a company focused on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of drug-resistant and life-threatening fungal infections.


Candidates require a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience with demonstrated academic and research expertise in the field of microbiology, molecular biology, and antifungal drug discovery. The incumbent will lead and conduct research pertaining to projects in the lab focused on discovery and development of novel antifungals. Experience working with Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus fumigatus, and antifungal drug resistance is a strong asset. Candidates must have demonstrated experience with antifungal susceptibility testing, mammalian cell culture, cytotoxicity testing, microscopy, chemical genetic analyses to identify the compound targets, and biochemical assays of target engagement. Candidates will have experience preparing manuscripts for submission to peer review publications/journals, and assisting with preparing research proposals to be submitted to granting agencies. Must have experience presenting findings at team meetings and conferences. Candidates must have experience designing, planning, and executing experiments and research. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills is required, and candidate must be able to work positively with others in a large multi-collaborative laboratory.


  • Designing, planning and executing research projects.
  • Leading the whole cell antifungal activity testing and mammalian cytotoxicity testing of candidate antifungal compounds.
  • Contributing directly to research programs focused on identifying the targets of antifungal compounds. Relevant assays include chemical genomic profiling involving genome and barcode sequencing, mutant construction and phenotypic characterization, and fluorescence polarization assays of ligand binding to targets with lysates and purified proteins.
  • Contributing to research programs focused on dissecting mechanisms of fungal drug resistance,. Relevant assays include but are not limited to: cloning, PCR, qRT-PCR, electrophoretic analysis, protein and enzyme assays, microbial transformations, drug resistance testing, replicating yeast mutant libraries, and monitoring compound intracellular accumulation.
  • Reading published papers relevant to the experiments being performed and adapting procedures accordingly.
  • Liaising with collaborators and industry partners and assisting in the compilation, analysis and reporting of research findings.
  • Preparing manuscripts for submission to peer review publications/journals when relevant.
  • Presenting findings at local, national and international conferences when relevant.
  • Assisting with research proposals to be submitted to granting agencies.
  • Assisting with general laboratory biosafety and maintenance, including inventories, equipment repair, ordering, and shipping reagents.

Beyond these responsibilities, the individual may be expected to participate in the preparation of grant applications and progress reports. At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall research and teaching missions of the lab.

This is a one year term position

Closing Date: 06/15/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $46,355 - $86,916
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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

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

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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 6/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time