Postdoctoral Fellow, Biofluid Diagnostics & Clinical Mass Spectrometry

Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the lab of Dr. Mari DeMarco in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia ( The successful applicant will design biofluid diagnostics for protein biomarkers using mass spectrometry and will have the opportunity (progress dependent) to investigate deployment of the assay in patient care.

The primary focus of the lab concerns blood and cerebrospinal fluid markers of neurodegeneration (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal degeneration, Parkinson's disease dementia, etc); however, the post-doctoral fellow may also have the opportunity to participate in other biomarker projects as the lab routinely engages in helping solve urgent diagnostic challenges across a variety of medical disciplines.

The candidate will be based at St Paul’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of British Columbia located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The candidate will work in a collaborative clinical research environment, and will interact regularly with clinicians, biostatisticians and other collaborators.

About the DeMarco Lab

Combining protein biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and laboratory medicine, the DeMarco Lab develops new biofluid tests for immediate use in patient care. The group works collaboratively with health care providers and patients to design, develop and implement biofluid diagnostics to fill unmet needs in medicine.

Why apply for this position?

You want to apply your analytical chemistry and/or protein biochemistry expertise to solve real-world problems in medicine. You want to create diagnostic tools to help improve patient care.

Qualifications & Skills

  • A PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field
  • Documented (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, thesis, etc.) hands-on experience in liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry or protein biochemistry
  • A proven scientific track record with first author publications in reputable journals
  • The candidate must display strong interpersonal skills and be effective communicating and working in a team environment

Duration of appointment and salary

The initial appointment will be for 1 year (per University policy post-docotoral appointments are granted for a maximum of 1 year at a time with the possibility of renewal). It is anticipated that this appointment will be extended for an additional 2 years should the candidate be a good fit for the position. Competitive salary rates and benefits offered, commensurate with candidate’s experience.

To apply

Submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references, as a single PDF document, to     

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-55436 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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