Research Associate Position in the Natural History of Soft Bodied Meiofauna

Posting Open Date/Time
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 10:41 am
Posting Close Date/Time
Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 12:00 am
Desired Start Date
Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Job End Date
Full/Part Time
12-month Full-Time
Number of Openings

A twelve-month, full-time Research Associate position is available in the Botany Department at The University of British Columbia.  This position will provide group support for projects that examine the diversity and evolutionary history of soft bodied meiofauna, especially rhabdocoels, using high-resolution microscopy and genetic/genomic techniques.


The successful applicant must have a PhD in a relevant field and at least 5 years of postdoctoral research at the highest international standards relating to comparative anatomy, evolutionary biology, systematics, molecular phylogenetics and high-resolution microscopy of marine soft bodied meiofauna. The applicant must have extensive knowledge of the natural history of coastal environments in the Pacific Northwest and demonstrated skills in the extraction of soft bodied meiofauna from field samples, DNA barcoding, bioinformatics, molecular phylogenetics, scientific illustration and building manuscripts for publication in top-level scientific journals in the field.


Research will be conducted within the framework of the Tula Foundation’s Hakai Institute.  Additional responsibilities include the presentation of research findings at conferences, continued publication of research, and assistance with the day-to-day training of other research personnel.


To apply, please send a concise statement of research interests, CV and the names/emails of three references as a single PDF to Brian Leander ( Closing date for applications is May 20, 2021 in anticipation of filling the position on September 1, 2021.


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.