Position Title:  Senior Research Associate Position – Project Leader For Research and Development

Department: Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine

Supervisor:  Dr. Leah Cowen


A Senior Research Associate position is available in the Cowen laboratory in the area of fungal genomics, fungal pathogenesis, antifungal drug resistance, and antifungal drug development. Key duties include:

  • Management of multiple active research projects such as functional and chemical genomic analysis of circuitry governing fungal drug resistance, morphogenesis, and virulence by supervising progress of trainees, assisting with preparation of manuscripts reporting on results from these programs, and assisting with preparation of grant progress reports.
  • Contributing directly to research programs by assisting with experiments focused on dissecting mechanisms of fungal drug resistance, morphogenesis, and virulence.
  • Coordinating collaborations with academic researchers by managing email communications to follow up on results from collaborative experiments.
  • Assisting with writing grants to secure continued support for active research programs to CIHR, NIH, and other funding agencies, by generating figures for preliminary data, and assisting with literature reviews.
  • Providing financial management oversight of active research projects by monitoring expenses relative to grant budgets.
  • Providing direction to junior researchers and mentoring trainees.


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in the area of fungal pathogenesis, fungal molecular and cellular biology, and chemical biology screening. Experience working with Candida albicans, fungal morphogenesis, and antifungal drug resistance is also required. The candidate must have a strong publication record with senior author papers in internationally competitive, peer-reviewed journals in the relevant area of research; experience presenting research findings at conferences/seminars; and a track record of teaching and mentorship. The candidate must be able to independently prepare and write-up research for publication, assist with grant writing and project management, and engage in mentorship for trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level. The incumbent is expected to be able to multi-task and manage independent research problems, as well as work on collaborative research projects involving other groups. The candidate must also have previous experience in providing direction to junior researchers.

The position is available from July 1 2016 at a salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience, in the range of $65,000 - $70,000 (grant funded by CIHR).

Please submit CV with names of three references to Leah Cowen, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics by Friday, April 8, 2016.

Email: leah.cowen@utoronto.ca

Priority will be given to candidates eligible to work in Canada.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within 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 the further diversification of ideas.