Dr. Derek Dee’s laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position to use advanced proteomics tools to characterize seed-storage proteins from legumes, focusing on pea proteins initially. The project will examine the composition and structure of pea proteins using LC-MS/MS and other biophysical tools, and how they relate to quality attributes of pea protein used in food. This project seeks to improve our basic understanding of legume proteins and enhance their use to meet the growing demand for sustainable, plant-based foods. This project involves a collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The position is located in the Food, Nutrition and Health program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Vancouver campus). The candidate will work within a dynamic research group with concurrent projects focused on legume protein structure-function relationships, amyloid fibrils, protein folding, and single-molecule biophysics. Candidates with an interest in applying concepts from basic protein science to better understand food proteins are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position is available immediately.


Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or similar, with experience in proteomics using LC-MS/MS, protein sample preparation (e.g., extraction, purification, buffer exchange), and characterization of protein structure and stability using various biochemical and biophysical assays (e.g., SDS-PAGE, CD, fluorescence, FTIR, calorimetry, light scattering, NMR, TEM, AFM, etc.). Experience with other approaches, such as bioinformatics and bioconjugate chemistry for labelling proteins would be an asset.

To be eligible a PDF must commence the appointment within five years of being awarded a PhD degree. 


The successful candidate will:

  • prepare protein samples and conduct biochemical and biophysical analysis
  • coordinate with the UBC Proteomics Facility to perform LC-MS/MS analysis
  • provide project management, and help write interim and final project reports for the funding agency
  • train and mentor students and other researchers
  • assist with grant proposals
  • prepare manuscripts and present results at conferences

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Derek Dee at derek.dee@ubc.ca. Only those asked for an interview will be contacted. Deadline on November 06, 2022

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-55541 during correspondence about this position. Please visit the researcher profile of the supervisor for this position to learn more about their research.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

About UBC
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Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC Vancouver
UBC is home to over 900 postdocs spanning all faculties and units across two campuses and a variety of affiliated hospitals, research centres, and sites, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and contribute in one’s own way. UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) is committed to supporting the lives and career aspirations of our Postdocs, with the goal of enriching their experience at UBC and preparing them for the future. In addition to providing support and advocacy for all postdocs, the PDFO is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities that foster the development of soft skills needed in today’s professional environments, helping them secure future careers in their chosen fields.

About UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems
UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems addresses critical global issues around human health and a sustainable food supply. The Faculty is ranked #1 in Canada in Agricultural Sciences and #3 in Food Science and Technology (ARWU, 2020). We educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society – those focused around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources. The Faculty fosters and supports research excellence, innovative active learning environments, strong community connections, and global and local collaborations.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

Dr. Derek Dee’s laboratory (https://www.landfood.ubc.ca/derek-dee/)

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