University of Alberta

Research Associate

Department of Biochemistry

Competition No.  -    A115539606
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Research Associate (RA) will be working in the laboratory of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Joseph Casey in the Department of Biochemistry. In consultation with the PI, this role will involve oversight of day to day lab functioning.  The incumbent will be involved in the interaction of two overlapping research groups, the Membrane Protein Disease Research Group and the International Research Training Group in Membrane Biology.  Dr. Casey's lab also interacts with the Alberta Vision Net and will require the RA to attend group meetings and to interact as a discussant and potentially collaborator with individuals from about 18 different research groups.


  • Advises, trains and provides oversight of research personnel, including summer students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and research technicians
  • Responsible for the ordering of supplies, arranging for equipment maintenance and arranging lab activities, along   with the Lab Technician
  • Performs lab experiments
  • Works with a high degree of independence, but follows research plan developed by Dr. Casey
  • Writes first draft of manuscripts and provides assistance with grant application preparation
  • Prepares abstracts for submission and presentation at meetings and presents these research findings at meetings
  • Responsible for data collection and high level analysis of data


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology or related discipline
  • Extensive research background in membrane transport proteins, ideally with the SLC4 family
  • High level research skills - experimental design, analysis and trouble shooting
  • High level understanding of biochemistry, cell biology and physiology
  • Ability to carry out protein analysis, including SDS-poly acrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting and protein purification
  • Experience and skill with confocal microscopy, mammalian cell tissue culture and transfection
  • Molecular biology experience, including plasmid propagation, analysis and mutagenesis
  • Strong verbal and written science communication skills for effective manuscript writing, abstract writing and presenting to research groups
  • Supervisory experience is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of 1 year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $65,490.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.