Research Associate - Bioactive Peptides

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada

Research Associate - Bioactive Peptides

ALES - Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science General

The Research Associate will be working in the laboratory of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Jianping Wu in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science to advance the Bioactive Peptide Research program. In consultation with the PI, this incumbent will involve oversight of day to day lab functioning. This position aims to understand the potential of food protein-derived bioactive peptides on chronic disease prevention and their mechanisms of action. The incumbent will work closely with the PI and his collaborators to demonstrate the potential uses of bioactive peptides as natural health products and functional foods for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases .  


Designs and performs high level, complex research activities under the direction of the PI

Plans research activities and sets research objectives in consultation with the PI

Works with a high degree of independence, and follows research directions developed by the PI

Develops and performs lab experiments, troubleshoots experimental protocols, and adjusts methodology to attain desired results

Contributes to the research program by investigating, and establishing new methods and experiments for program advancement

Writes first draft of manuscripts and provides assistance with grant application preparation

Prepares abstracts, research reports, and presentations under the direction of the PI

Present research results at laboratory meetings, scientific conferences and other related events

Provides guidance, training and oversight of research personnel, including summer students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists

Maintains laboratory instruments, and helps to foster a safe working environment


PhD degree in Biochemistry, Nutrition, Physiology, Food Science, or related fields

High-level research skills in experimental design, data analysis and troubleshooting

In-depth knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology, protein chemistry that can be applied for molecular mechanistic study of bioactive peptides in cells and animals

Extensive research knowledge in animal and cell models of metabolic syndrome and/or bone diseases

Experience and skills with animal study, cell tissue culture, protein and gene extraction, immunoblotting and PCR assays

Strong verbal and written skills for effective presentation and manuscript preparation

 In accordance with the  Trust/Research Academic staff agreement  this full time position has a term length of 2 years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at  Faculty & Staff Benefits   and an annual salary of $ 58,210.

How to Apply

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

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.

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 1196814.