Assistant Professor in Computational Protein Biochemistry – Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Department of Biochemistry invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in “Computational Protein Biochemistry”. The Department of Biochemistry offers undergraduate degree programs in both Biochemistry and Nutrition, as well as a robust graduate program. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to Biochemistry teaching for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The strategic focus of the Department of Biochemistry is on biochemistry and nutrition in health and disease. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program that should incorporate a translational approach toward addressing protein biochemistry problems related to human health and chronic disease that includes computational and ideally also wet-laboratory approaches.

Applicants should have a strong background in protein biochemistry, with a Ph.D. in biochemistry or a closely related field, at least two years post-doctoral experience and an established track record of research in the area of computational protein biochemistry.

Interested applicants should submit

  1. a cover letter
  2. a full CV
  3. a summary of proposed research (no more than three pages)
  4. a description of teaching and mentoring philosophy (no more than two pages), and
  5. a list of at least three referees with complete contact information.

Memorial University has an established policy for spousal appointments, so if this is of interest to the candidate, please indicate so in the cover letter.  Gaps in career history/research history can exist for any number of reasons (i.e.: family responsibilities, sick leave, settlement, etc…). Candidates are invited to explain any gaps and this information will be taken into consideration during the application process.  Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment.  If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process, please contact equity@mun.ca directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.  Similarly, candidates selected for interviewing will be invited to indicate any accommodation arrangements needed regarding the interview process.

Current research in the Department of Biochemistry employs a wide variety of experimental approaches from biochemical to pre-clinical to clinical models. The Department is renewing its faculty complement and moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in summer of 2021. Memorial University has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. There are extensive opportunities for local collaborations across many disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, humanities and social sciences, kinesiology, and ocean sciences. The successful applicant is encouraged to strengthen and expand departmental ties with other disciplines (locally, nationally, and internationally) through collaborations in both research and teaching. The Department is committed to increasing diversity and to support this goal the Department provides a team approach to mentorship and many additional supports for new academic staff.

All parts of the applications should be submitted as a single pdf document to Dr. Mark D. Berry, Head of Department, at biochem@mun.ca by no later than August 15, 2021, using the subject heading “Computational Protein Biochemistry tenure-track position”. We thank all interested applicants, but only those selected for interview will be contacted further.

The position is subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

As part of the commitment of the Department of Biochemistry to equity, diversity and inclusion, the hiring committee is implementing best practices to reduce unconscious bias and to ensure that initial shortlisting of candidates includes those from underrepresented target groups at the level they exist in the applicant pool according to Statistics Canada.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact equity@mun.ca.

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.  Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a safe friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.

CSMB advocacy update

 

On Friday, June 25, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, in partnership with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience welcomed former Minister of Science and current Member of Parliament, Dr. Kirsty Duncan to an event on Science and Government 101. During the session, Dr. Duncan stressed the need for scientists and researchers to get involved, with a unified voice, in advocating to government on how scientific evidence matters. As said best by Dr. Duncan, “We can’t continue on two separate tracks… where science doesn’t know politics, and politics doesn’t know science”. Heeding her advice, the CSMB is planning for future engagement with government officials, especially in light of a potential Fall 2021 election.

Further details will follow once the timing of the election is clear, but we will be supporting Members with their election engagement through the preparation and sharing of template tweets and social media advice, one-page documents with election priorities, and support for Members looking to reach out to their local candidates.

In the meantime, if you were looking to engage with your local Member of Parliament over the summer and would like some support, please reach out to Kristina Proulx from Temple Scott Associates at kproulx@tsa.ca and she will try her best to coordinate a meeting on your behalf.

 

The CSMB wins Research Canada’s Organization Leadership in Advocacy Award

Press release by Research Canada
OTTAWA, June 9, 2021 – Research Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 Individual and Organization Leadership in Advocacy Awardees: Dr. Aubie Angel, the founding and current President of Friends of CIHR (FCIHR), a professor at the University of Manitoba and President and Board Chair of the Diabetes Research and Treatment Centre, and the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, a professional association of active researchers and students in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.

The Research Canada Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes outstanding champions of health research and health innovation. Recognition of Canadian health research—the kind that attracts the necessary public and political support—often comes from the dedicated and tireless efforts of health research advocates who educate policymakers, the media and the public about the social and economic benefits of health research and its promise of future cures and, importantly, a better quality of life for all Canadians. This year’s winners exemplify this. + + +

Postdoctoral Fellow Position – University of Manitoba

POSITION OVERVIEW:

University of ManitobaThe postdoctoral fellow will work in a multidisciplinary team investigating epigenetic processes in normal and cancer cell states. The projects investigate the genomic landscape of histone modifications and chromatin modifying enzymes (protein arginine methyltransferases 1/5, DOTL1) in active and repressed states. The project will be done jointly with the Lakowski Lab in the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba. This position will initially be for 1 year, and based on performance, be expended for several more years.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • Strong background in epigenomic research with expertise in the chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay and ChIP-Seq.
  • Experience with gene editing (CRISPR-Cas9), chromatin accessibility assays and HiC assays are a plus.

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

The Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics is located on the Bannatyne Campus, the main medical and health sciences campus of the University of Manitoba. The department is home to biochemistry, molecular biological sciences, and medical genetics expertise, practiced in an intellectually enriching research and teaching environment in the Max Rady College of Medicine and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The Davie lab explores the role of chromatin modifiers in regulating gene expression. His research group has a long-term interest in the chromatin structure/function, epigenetic regulation, nuclear matrix, nuclear organization, chromatin modifying enzymes including histone deacetylases, kinases, methyltransferases, and histone modifications.

HOW TO APPLY? Interested applicants should send their applications as one single .pdf file to Dr Jim Davie (Jim.davie@umanitoba.ca), with the following information:

  • The subject of the email should be “Postdoc EpigenBMG”
  • Two-page CV
  • Publication List
  • One page Research Summary

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