Req ID:27498

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science

Department: Cell and Systems Biology

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Research Associate (Limited Term) for a 1 year appointment. The anticipated start date is January 2, 2023 The Desveaux and Guttman labs work with plants and their bacterial and fungal pathogens to identify the genetic basis of plant pathogen resistance.

The candidate is expected to independently carry out and conduct a scientific research project on the evolution of bacterial pathogen virulence and host specificity and must have experience in plant-microbe interactions. In particular, the candidate must have extensive experience working with plant pathogenic bacteria and plant immunity. They should also have experience with plant genetic screens, genomic analyses, and genome engineering.

They will assist in the training and informal supervision of the undergraduate and graduate students studying and performing research in the Guttman and Desveaux laboratories, assist Drs. Guttman and Desveaux in the preparation of scientific manuscripts, presentations, and research grants, and assist with the scientific upkeep of the Guttman and Desveaux laboratories.

Applicants should apply online at the link below and include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and three reference names with their contact addresses and phone numbers. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to David Guttman at


Education – PhD in Plant Molecular Biology or Plant-Microbe Interactions

Experience – 8 to 10 years of experience in research on plant-microbe interactions and plant immunity, specifically focusing on effector-triggered immunity, as well as gene expression, functional studies and hormone responses of pathogen-infected crop plants. A strong background in genetics and molecular biology is required.

Skills – Maintain precise research records and logs. Good interpersonal skills; able to work cooperatively and productively in a large research group. Excellent communication skills. Outstanding record of peer-reviewed publicaitons. 

Other –Experience working with a variety of crop plants, including exploring the plant pathogen responses of crop plants. Strong background in molecular biology techniques including cloning, transformation, DNA and RNA extraction, PCR

Closing Date: 01/06/2023,11:59PM 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: Research Administration & Teaching

Note: This is a 1 year term position. 

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

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

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