Current Opportunities

COERD is comprised of a diverse group of faculty members, clinicians, staff and students. We offer challenging and dynamic collaboration and training opportunities.  We have links to many academic units, including the Division of Respiratory Medicine, the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, Immunity and Infection Research Centre at Jack Bell Research Centre and the School of Population and Public Health.

Post-Doctoral Research Position in Immunology & Human Exposure to Pollutants

We are actively looking for a highly motivated individual that is dedicated to understanding how the environment that we live in impacts our health. We are focused on understanding how the air we breathe impacts immune responses and modulates gene expression in, and function of, our airways. The selected candidate will be involved in research studies focused on human exposure to pollutants (diesel exhaust, phthalates, allergens), studying the associations between exposure, lung responses and health outcomes.

Key Responsibilities
• Interpret data from human exposures/immunological studies and conduct statistical analysis
• Write scientific publications and present results at international conferences
• Support research grant writing to obtain competitive funding for the lab
• Be involved in the supervision of research projects
• Provide support to other researchers, masters and PhD students
• Participate in tasks that ensure that the lab functions smoothly

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications
• PhD degree in any of the following fields: biomedical or respiratory sciences, immunology or
biostatistics with a minimum of 2 years of experience
• Advanced knowledge of respiratory biology or immunology and ideally statistical treatment of
data, preferably using mixed effects models
• Data analysis experience and/or expertise in R or python a strong asset.
• Knowledge of human environmental / occupational exposures to pollutants is an asset.
• Expertise in the analysis of biological samples using techniques such as ELISAs, western blotting, cell culture, RT-PCR or ‘Omics technologies.
• Significant record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Experience in project and grant writing is an asset
• Rigor, motivation, scientific creativity and originality, writing skills, conciseness, sense of priority and ability to work in a team
Positions open: 1 position
Term: 1-year fixed-term contract with likelihood of renewal to 2-3 years, full-time
Entry date: Negotiable
Salary: $45,000 – Selected candidate will be highly encouraged to apply for their own funding through different fellowship opportunities.

Please apply to the position via email, complete with your cover letter and curriculum vitae, to Dr. Christopher Carlsten:

PhD/Masters student in Immunology & Human exposure to Pollutants

Are you interested in understanding how environmental exposures like air pollution impact human health? Do you want to join a highly motivated research team that uses state-of-the-art scientific tools to drive policy changes that protect all of society? Dr. Christopher Carlsten and his team is looking for highly motivated graduate students. Currently, our team is focusing on understanding the impact of traffic-related air pollution and other environmental pollutants on individuals living with disease like asthma and COPD. Trainees who thrive in our group are individuals passionate about making scientific discoveries while simultaneously trying to appreciate how their scientific work translate to solve real world issues.

Selection criteria:
• Experience in molecular biology techniques
• 80% (B+) or higher undergraduate Grade Point Average
• Undergraduate degree in biology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology or similar, is an asset
• Knowledge in biosciences such as molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or health biosciences is a strong asset
• Highly motivated person with strong interest in translational research
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Must demonstrate being able to work both independently and in team to achieve self-
defined goals

Dr. Carlsten and his team have strong track record of supervising and mentoring trainees at various levels to launch into a diverse career paths. Trainees will receive a monthly stipend in accordance with the university graduate studies requirements.  However, they will be highly encouraged to apply for their own funding through different scholarship opportunities.

Please apply to the position via email, complete with your cover letter and curriculum vitae, to Dr. Christopher Carlsten:



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