Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Sarcoma Biology

The Nielsen lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our sarcoma research program. The focus of our group is on sarcomas that predominantly affect adolescents and young adults, and bear known molecular driver mutations that are often chromosomal translocations resulting in fusion oncoproteins.

Our multi-pronged program seeks to understand the effects these driver mutations have on the epigenome and chromatin structure, what and how therapeutic dependencies arise due to these driver mutations, how biomolecular condensates act as an effector mechanism for sarcoma biology, how genetically engineered mouse models can identify sarcoma cells of origin, and how this research can be used to determine which clinical trial concepts should be prioritized in an effort to find cures for these sarcomas. More details can be found here:

This funded position with the University of British Columbia will be held at the Jack Bell Research Centre and will report directly to Dr. Torsten Nielsen. In addition to working with our team of research technologists and graduate students, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with a larger multi-disciplinary team and gain access to extensive biomedical resources and equipment through our wide network of local and international collaborations.

Expected tasks and responsibilities:

  • Lead a sarcoma research project and contribute to its strategic direction
  • Participate in other projects in the sarcoma program
  • Regular monitoring of relevant literature
  • Design, perform, analyze and report experiments
  • Documentation of experiments, results, data analysis and interpretation
  • Contribute to scientific presentations, publications, grant reports and applications
  • Assist and guide graduate students

Qualifications and requirements

  • PhD in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology or similar discipline
  • Candidate must have experience in and in-depth knowledge of cancer research
  • Relevant background includes sarcomas, molecular oncogenesis, epigenetics, proteomics, targeted therapy
  • Proven research track record and productivity, including a minimum of 2 first author publications in reputable, Pubmed-indexed journals
  • Demonstrable ability to think and work independently and actively determine research direction
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills (mother tongue, TOEFL 100 or IELTS 7)

How to apply

Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to submit:

  • A cover letter outlining how your research interests and potential ideas fit with our research program. Please do not simply send a description of your past research: customize the letter for this specific opportunity.
  • CV
  • Names of 3 referees

Please send the documents in PDF format to

Include “Postdoc application” and your name in the subject line.

Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to confirm receipt and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The anticipated starting date for this position will be September 1, 2021.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-54934 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

This position will be supervised by

Learn about our faculties, research, and more than 300 programs in our 2021 Graduate Viewbook!