Research Associate (Limited Term)

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview:

The Donnelly Centre in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto invites applications for the position of Research Associate (Limited Term) to support designing and performing research towards developing CRISPR based tools for functional genomics applications. The candidate will use and develop CRISPR-based tools to establish novel functional genomics strategies. This project involves conceiving and performing original research towards developing novel genome engineering tools. The candidate will be responsible for carrying out independent research consistent with the goals of the program and for providing day-to-day direction to a team of researchers, including students and technicians. The candidate will liaise with collaborators and assist in the compilation, analysis and reporting of research findings to researchers within and outside of the program. The incumbent will be performing experiments requiring extensive experience in RNA biology including alternative splicing assays, high-throughput screening and sequencing, CRISPR technology, biochemistry, tissue culture, neuroscience, and molecular cloning, as evident by publications in top-tier journals.


Ph.D. in Life Sciences with 4-6 years postdoctoral experience. Experience in genome engineering, high-throughput sequencing, molecular cloning, neuroscience and tissue culture is expected. The incumbent will be required to present his/her work to the Principal Investigator and other members of the research team and have experience in preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-review publications/journals. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work independently and direct projects and have a publication record in the field of RNA biology, CRISPR technologies and genome engineering. The candidate will be responsible for leading a team of 2-4 people and should have some previous supervisory experience. This project will require experience in interdisciplinary methodologies including molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and neurosciences. The project will also require experience with building and supervising a small team towards further developing CRISPR-based genome engineering tools.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Using and developing CRISPR-based tools for functional genomics applications.
  • Designing, planning and executing research projects.
  • Working with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams.
  • Co-ordinating with other project leaders, PIs and collaborators.
  • Conducting data analysis and reporting.
  • Ensuring project goals are met within the context of the larger program.
  • Designing, planning, analyzing and executing experiments relevant to the project.
  • Preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-review publications/journals.
  • Presenting findings at local, national and international conferences.

Beyond these responsibilities, the individual is expected to participate in the preparation of grant applications and research supervision of two or more students or other trainees. Accordingly, the successful candidate will have demonstrated success in competitive fellowship applications and contributions to funded grants. At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall research and teaching missions of the host lab. The candidate will be expected to perform research with a high degree of independence and will design, direct, execute, analyze and present in written and oral forms novel investigative studies that build on and/or take advantage of the resources and expertise within the host lab as well as candidate’s academic expertise. As such, the successful candidate will have delivered talks at major international conferences and have first-author publications in top-tier journals.

Employee Group: Research Associate (Limited Term)

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: $44,209 (minimum) to $82,891 (maximum)

Benefits: a detailed overview of benefits for research associates may be found at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity with its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.

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

All applicants are required to submit their applications on the following site:

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $44,209.00 to $82,891.00 /year


  • postdoctoral: 4 years (Required)