Postdoc Research Associate in RNA biology

Please refer to reference number PDFO-54342 when applying for this position.


A postdoc fellowship position is available in Dr. Xuesen Dong’s lab at Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), University of British Columbia. The VPC has a large number of multi-disciplinary research programs in basic, clinical, and translational cancer research. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. It is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Our research focuses are on the mechanisms of therapy-resistant prostate cancers and the development of therapeutics to manage the disease (representative publications PMID: 32634132, 30910347, 27180064, 31819165). Ongoing projects include

  1. deciphering cancer stem cell signal pathways in regulating neuroendocrine prostate cancers and
  2. alternative RNA regulates therapy-resistant prostate cancer progression.

We are looking for multiple candidates to expand the existing projects understanding how Lin28 regulates stem cell networks to counteract therapy-induced stress and applying computer-aided drug design to develop Lin28 inhibitors. Candidates with animal handling, lentivirual manipulations, or ChIP-seq backgrounds are welcome. 

Qualifications of candidates are:

  • Relevant Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Cell Biology.
  • Minimum of five years related laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated solid expertise with cell culture/transfection, western blotting, real-time PCR, and molecular cloning.
  • Experience with lentivirus manipulation and animal work will be considered an asset.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

To apply for this position, please forward a current CV and covering letter via e-mail with the subject line Postdoctoral Fellow, Dong Lab to 

NOTE: No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.


How to apply?

Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-54342.

Desired start date: 01 Jan 2023
Duration: Fixed term / Temporary
Contract Type: Full Time

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