Job Reference No: RA_R00006_Evgin Lab_2022_11_10

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) is a state-of-the-art, large scale, high throughput, clinically accredited genomics and bioinformatics facility. If you have a PhD degree in a life sciences or quantitative discipline and experience with lab research, along with an interest in genomics and improving cancer care, you could become an integral member of our team.

The GSC's Evgin lab is seeking a Research Associate. The Evgin lab uses mouse models of cancer to investigate the in vivo interplay between the immune system and cancer. Specifically, the team is interested in how the function and plasticity chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells are regulated by the tumour microenvironment, and how to leverage combination therapy (including oncolytic viruses and vaccines) and CRISPR editing to overcome these challenges. We are looking for a motivated, creative, and meticulous individual who has a strong understanding of molecular biology and immunology to contribute to our research program.

This is your opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. As a Research Associate in the Evgin Lab, you will develop close relationships with world-renown computational and genome science technologists, cancer researchers and medical scientists. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.


  • Perform experiments that include basic molecular and biochemical bench-work, generate plasmids and produce retrovirus/lentivirus, and perform cell culture of mouse and human cells.
  • Follow detailed, time-sensitive and challenging protocols to generate lymphoma mouse models and adoptive transfer experiments.
  • Conduct flow-based immunologic phenotyping experiments and tumor measurements by a variety of in vivo and ex vivo approaches.
  • Maintain banks of cell lines, plasmids, viruses (etc).
  • Work with team members and collaborators regarding data generation and project coordination.
  • General laboratory management such as maintenance of supplies and inventory.
  • Contribute to scientific publications, patents, and funding proposals.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • PhD degree in a life sciences or quantitative discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A Minimum of three (3) years of recent related experience in a research laboratory.

Skills & Abilities

  • A strong background in molecular biology including DNA isolation/purification, construct design and cloning is required.
  • Experience working with primary immune cells and along with CRISPR-based genetic engineering is desirable.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and standard immunologic techniques is desirable.
  • Experience with retrovirus, lentivirus, VSV or vaccinia based viral vectors is desirable.
  • Experience with mouse handling and injections is helpful.
  • Outstanding organization skills, attention to detail, as well as the ability to maintain detailed documentation is required.
  • Experience using graphing programs such as Prism, Excel, etc.
  • Ability to collaborate proficiently and communicate effectively with colleagues and management teams.
  • Ability to contribute in a meaningful way to scientific discourse.
  • Ability to think critically and learn independently.

Apply Now!

Please submit a CV and a one-page cover letter highlighting relevant research experience, interests and goals to, using Job Reference Number RA_R00006_Evgin Lab_2022_11_10 in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

All jobs at the GSC are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flexible work options are available for some positions upon request and is subject to change in accordance with GSC’s Operational needs and PHSA’s Flexible Work Options Policy.

We believe that diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science.

We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

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


Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.

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