Posting end date: February 11, 2022
The Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, invites applications for a Research Associate in the Altshuler Lab. This is a one-year term appointment.
Description: the Research Associate will be involved with using 3D motion tracking to investigate optic flow processing during flight in birds and training new graduate students in analyzing complex locomotory behaviours.
- Provide leadership, strategic direction, and translational research pertaining to animal locomotory behaviour in programmed virtual reality environments.
- Investigation into how optic flow is used to control different locomotor behaviours in a variety of avian species.
- Investigation into neurophysiology of optic flow encoding.
- Develop open-source software to collect, wrangle, and/or analyze data that pertain to 3D motion tracking, optic flow encoding, or animal visual guidance strategy
- Plan, perform and coordinate experiments/studies pertaining to the above.
- Foster research collaborations and work jointly with academic, industry, and other partners.
- Scientifically document lab experiments, data analysis, interpretations.
- Train and mentor junior research trainees.
- Write manuscripts, present results at internal and external meetings.
- Identify funding opportunities and write provincial and national grant proposals with supervisor as a co-applicant.
Qualifications: the candidate should have a solid scientific and technical background with excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. In addition, the candidate will be highly motivated, willing to learn, and comfortable with responsibility.
- Ph.D. in biomechanics, animal motion, or related field
- Minimum 5 years of previous postdoctoral research experience in animal locomotion.
- Excellent research funding history in provincial, national, or international competitions.
- Applicants with experience and a strong track record in using machine vision systems and/or high-speed videography to track animal locomotory behaviors in 3D within panoramic virtual reality environments are especially encouraged to apply.
- A proven track record with a minimum of 8 first author publications in reputable journals in biology.
- Experience with authoring peer-reviewed, open-source software applications for scientific research and statistical analysis.
- Proficiency in statistical analysis of complex locomotion or optic flow encoding.
- Experience with performing statistical analyses of data from multiple species, with implementation of phylogenetic comparative analyses as appropriate.
- Experience with scientific writing. The candidate must excel in both written and oral communication. Previous experience with grant writing will be considered an asset.
- Social and networking skills are desirable.
Applicants should apply online at https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Vancouver-Campus/Research-Associate---Complex-Locomotion_JR5843
Apply with a single PDF document containing a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Any questions regarding this position should be addressed to Dr. Douglas Altshuler at email@example.com.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The Department of Zoology at The University of British Columbia invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Developmental Biology. This is a tenure track position, with initial appointment to be made at the Assistant Professor level, beginning no earlier than July 1, 2022. We seek an outstanding applicant with an innovative research program using cellular, genetic, and/or genomic approaches to address fundamental mechanisms of animal development. Applicants studying traditional or non-traditional model systems are encouraged to apply.
The position requires a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience, and an exceptional research track record. Responsibilities include establishing and conducting an internationally competitive and externally funded research program, excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students, and participating on service committees for the department, university, and academic/scientific community.
The successful applicant will become a member of the Department of Zoology (www.zoology.ubc.ca) and a member of the Life Sciences Institute (http://lsi.ubc.ca). The Zoology Department includes more than 38 principal investigators and promotes integrative research in biology. Its faculty and students pursue cutting edge questions in Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics, Evolution, Ecology, and Cell and Developmental Biology. Specializations range from the organismal to the molecular level. The Life Sciences Institute is a world-class, highly interactive, multidisciplinary institute, comprising over 80 labs pursuing fundamental biological mechanisms underlying health and disease. Labs are loosely organized into collaborative research groups, including Cell and Developmental Biology, Diabetes, Cardiovascular, and Neuroscience, and LSI members have access to a variety of core facilities to support work on protein structure, bioinformatics, imaging, single cell flow analytics, and more.
Applicants should submit:
- Cover letter (up to 2 pages) that outlines:
- Your research vision and accomplishment
- How your expertise, scholarship and planned research will integrate with the Department of Zoology and the LSI.
- How you have displayed leadership through existing or proposed research, teaching, service, community engagement, outreach, contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, or other relevant activities.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Statement (up to 2 pages) describing your current and proposed research program.
- Statement (up to 1 page) of teaching interests and accomplishments, addressing how you will teach core undergraduate courses in the UBC Biology program.
- Statement (up to 1 page) identifying your past contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, along with your ability to work with a culturally diverse student body (giving specific examples where possible), as well as your philosophy of and potential future contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Up to 3 representative publications.
- Names and contact information for 3 referees.
Applications must be entered as a single pdf in the above order addressed to Dr. Vanessa Auld at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19919. Review of applications will begin on November 19th, 2021.
The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC embraces innovation and challenges to the status quo. UBC is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the university’s academic and work life, recognizing that significant work remains to be accomplished. For example, UBC's vision is to be a world leader in the implementation of Indigenous people's human rights and is guided in a mission of reconciliation as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is firmly committed to recruiting Indigenous faculty, students, and staff as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan. As one of the world's leading universities, UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however members of marginalized groups, and Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.