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The mission of the Hof group is to prepare students to make critical contributions to chemical and biomedical science, while creating an atmosphere that the students and supervisor can enjoy every day.

The University of Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. UVic is small but powerful… we consistently rate in the top 3-4 most impactful Canadian research schools, and top 100-150 in the world, by modern ranking systems (like the Leiden ranking) that factor in size of institution. The 2017 proportionate impact ranking (jpg) has UVic as the second-most impactful school in Canadian science.

Greater Victoria (population 345,000) offers unparalleled natural beauty that makes it one of the most desirable places to live in North America. Ocean, lake, rainforest, and mountain recreation areas are all located within the city and a short distance from the University. The city is young and vibrant, unlike its outdated reputation as a retirement capital (although the weather is still excellent).

Hof trainees have gone on to careers in pharma (Vertex, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Paraza Pharma, Centre for Drug Research and Development), biotechnology (Zymeworks, Seattle Genetics, Aurora Biomed, Genome BC Proteomics Centre), government (BC Ministry of Health, Alberta Health, NIH Institute for Cancer Research), and academia (in Canada and India). Undergraduates have gone on to careers in pharma, biotech, government, medicine, pharmacy, and have earned admission to top international graduate schools (Berkeley, Scripps, Imperial College London, Uppsala) and every major University in Canada.

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We are currently seeking a Post-doctoral fellow to join our team of chemists and biochemists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria starting Spring 2020.

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Our interdisciplinary team is exploring the creation of cancer therapeutics against novel epigenetic drug targets. We have exciting preliminary data and are now carrying out medicinal chemistry optimization of multiple lead series. This project is funded by AstraZeneca, and will involve close collaboration with AstraZeneca scientists. The position is funded for one year with an option to extend for a second year. The successful applicant will be an experienced synthetic organic chemist, and will have demonstrated the ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented chemistry and biochemistry lab environment. The ideal applicant will be 0-2 years from date of Ph.D., will have excellent English skills, and will meet the following scientific criteria.

Established, expert-level skills:

– Multi-step synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds

– NMR, Mass Spec, HPLC, LC-MS, Flash/Combiflash chromatography—operation and data analysis

– Team-based project planning, collaborative research, and communication

Ability to develop the following skills:

– Bio-analytical chemistry, including simple fluorescence-based assays

– Writing experimental protocols and reports

This position requires a high level of intellectual creativity and excellent interpersonal skills. Aspects of the job will include: supervision of undergraduate researchers, close interactions with chemistry graduate students and undergraduates, and communication with our collaborators located at AstraZeneca and at multiple other institutions. Salary will be commensurate with level of experience.

We highly value researchers from diverse backgrounds, and we encourage applications from members of under-represented groups. Applications (including a cover letter, complete CV, and contact information for three references) should be sent by email to Professor Fraser Hof at The search will remain open until filled.


Students interested in both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are always encouraged to apply. Contact Fraser directly—send him an email telling him what part of the program you’d like to work on. You should also contact our graduate secretary for formal information about how to apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UVic.

You can find general information about grad studies at UVic, graduate programs, and admission requirements at the department web page.