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Research Associate (Limited Term)- 1 Year Term

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Date Posted: 01/26/2023
Req ID:29445
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Dept of Chemical Eng.& Applied Chemistry
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Research Associate position in the area of metabolic engineering, systems microbiology, enzyme screening and engineering is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. This position is a part of collaborative research project within BioZone at University of Toronto.


The position requires a PhD in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry with 2-3 years of experience in microbiology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biochemical engineering or related discipline. The initial appointment term is for a year with the possibility of longer term extension. University of Toronto is a highly competitive employer and compensation will be commensurate with experience of the candidate. Interested candidates should submit their CV with at least two references.

Preference given to candidates with experience with:

Strong background in microbial fermentation and physiology
Understanding of fermentation kinetics
Strong knowledge of synthetic biology, molecular biology including CRISPR-Cas based methods, promoter libraries
Metabolic engineering of E. coli, S. cerevisiae, and non-conventional yeasts
Experience with Fe oxidizing microbes such as Acidithiobacillus
Experience working at different fermentation scales in lab (shake-flask to 100 L)


Conceive hypothesis, design experimental plans and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
Review scientific literature, execute research projects and report on their progress through oral and written reports and scientific journal articles
Communicate effectively orally and in writing
Present research at local, national and international meetings
Interface with industry partners and vendors effectively
Maintain strain and plasmid databases as appropriate
Coordinate research projects and meetings as appropriate
Responsible for calibration and routine maintenance of specific equipment and training other researchers and provide technical support for these equipment
Responsible for developing written protocols and training researchers on the latest on molecular biology techniques including gene assembly, primer design, plasmid constructs, CRISPR based genetic engineering, and directed evolution
Responsible for developing new techniques and methods and training other researchers in these techniques
Assist the PI in preparing manuscripts and proposals
Perform other additional duties to enable the safe and efficient operation of the lab

Note: This is a 12-month term position with the possibility of renewal.

Closing Date: 02/03/2023,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 — Research Associates (Limited Term): $47,287 – $88,663
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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

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Opportunities for MASc, MEng, and PhD students

BioZone’s research is aimed directly at creating a world where:

  • everything we throw into our compost bins is converted efficiently into energy
  • algae are farmed to produce clean, renewable food and energy
  • natural enzymes are harnessed to convert crop residues into useful materials
  • computers are used to design living cells that make green consumer products and cheap and effective pharmaceuticals
  • bacteria are trained to clean up chemical pollutants in contaminated groundwater
  • damaged tissue in sick or injured people can be repaired using engineered cells
  • foods are enhanced with micronutrients to alleviate malnutrition around the world

Do you what to help? Ideal candidates will have a background in chemical engineering or applied microbiology, or both, have a practical, and a hands-on approach to research.

If you have applied to, or been accepted in, the University of Toronto’s MASc or MEng programs, and fit the description above, contact a BioZone Professor and find out if this is the opportunity for you.

Interested industrial partners, please contact BioZone, at for more information.

New industrial partners are welcomed

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