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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0000890 Date posted 08/01/2018

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

Job Description Summary

As part of a joint collaborative initiative, STEMCELL Technologies Inc. based in Vancouver, BC and the Hospital for Sick Children based in Toronto, ON are currently seeking a passionate post-doctoral fellow for a fixed term 2-year fellowship. This opportunity is a MITACS sponsored postdoctoral award that supports a specific project involving primary human airway epithelial cell cultures grown at an air liquid interface. During this fellowship, the successful incumbent will spend time in the laboratories of STEMCELL in Vancouver, BC under the direction of Dr. Juan Hou, and conduct research at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Theo Moraes whose research team focuses on understanding respiratory epithelial cell biology to ultimately improve clinical outcomes in children.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Culture primary airway epithelial cells at air liquid interface

  • Expand, passage and stock primary cells

  • Perform functional assays on primary cells

  • Work with RSV (expand, quantify, stock)

  • Design and manage data collection

  • Ensure data integrity

  • Prepare and assist with grant and ethics applications

  • Interpretation of data in line with current literature

  • Perform statistical analysis in conjunction with statistical support

  • Identify and explore new research questions that arise during this work

  • Knowledge Translation

  • Disseminate research findings through high impact peer-reviewed publications and research abstracts/proceedings

  • Teaching & Leadership: i) propose research projects for postgraduate students; ii) mentor trainees; iii) assist with leading and maintaining a harmonious research team; iv) and provide regular performance feedback and conduct performance reviews

  • Administration: participate in lab meetings


  • Completed PhD with strong background and publication record in epithelial cell biology and/or respiratory virus biology

  • Experience with air liquid interface culture is an asset

  • Excellent problem-solving, time management, written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of an inter-professional team

Qualified Candidates should apply with a statement of research interest, curriculum vitae and the contact details for 3 referees (as an attachment).

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

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