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Postdoctoral Fellowship – in vivo microscopy and tools for image-guided biopsy, Canada

The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab (OCIL) at the BC Cancer Research Institute (BCCRI) in Vancouver, Canada, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow. The OCIL develops and validates non-invasive high-resolution optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Our research includes all aspects of optical imaging and spectroscopy for the in vivo, ex vivo, and in silica evaluation of tissues from sites including lung, cervix, oral cavity, skin and colon. Further information is available online (http://www.biophotonics.bccrc.ca).

We are seeking a qualified individual to lead a funded research project to develop image-guided biopsy tools for the lung. Primary responsibilities include design, development, and validation of catheters for image-guided biopsy; development of combined OCT and fluorescence systems; ex vivo and in vivo studies; pilot study design and execution; and the publication of scientific results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research group including biomedical engineers, imaging scientists, and clinicians.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biomedical/electrical/mechanical/optical engineering, biological or physical sciences, or a related field. The candidate should have hands-on experience in OCT, in vivo microscopy, or medical imaging, and a solid understanding of at least two of the following: biomedical optics, fiber-optics, dual-clad fibers and/or photonic crystal fibers, micro-optics, image processing, catheter fabrication. Familiarity with MATLAB and C/C++ language programming is desirable. Excellent communication skills and proficient English language skills are required.

The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of physicians, cancer biologists, chemists, and optical engineers. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively and independently while assisting MASc and PhD candidates in our laboratory. This position offers significant opportunity for interaction in a multidisciplinary environment at the interface between biomedical optics and clinical practice. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record in biomedical research and candidates should have more than a casual interest in publishing.

This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of extension for a second year, based on performance and funding sources.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Pierre Lane, Senior Scientist at the BCCRCI and Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, UBC.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

The application deadline is Aug 1, 2022, but it will be extended if a suitable candidate has not been found.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Rebecca White (rebecca.white@bccrc.ca) with “OCT PDF” in the subject line.

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-56304 during correspondence about this position.

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.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC Vancouver
UBC is home to over 900 postdocs spanning all faculties and units across two campuses and a variety of affiliated hospitals, research centres, and sites, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and contribute in one’s own way. UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) is committed to supporting the lives and career aspirations of our Postdocs, with the goal of enriching their experience at UBC and preparing them for the future. In addition to providing support and advocacy for all postdocs, the PDFO is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities that foster the development of soft skills needed in today’s professional environments, helping them secure future careers in their chosen fields.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

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