Skip to main content

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Enzyme Engineering in Dr. David Kwan's Laboratory

Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology (CASB)

Concordia University

7141 Sherbrooke St. West

Montreal, QC, Canada

H4B 1R6


Salary: $40000 -$47500 (including benefits)

Duration:1 year(with possibility of renewal)



A talented scientist is needed in Dr. David Kwan’s research lab in the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology (CASB) at Concordia University for an enzyme engineering project in partnership with researchers at Academia Sinica (Taiwan). The project involvesthedirected evolution of bacterial glycosyltransferases as biocatalytic tools for the assembly of bioactive carbohydrate structures. The project is part of a larger program of research to study the role of these carbohydrate structures and the specificity of their interactions in signaling multiple cellular responses. The project will involve the generation of mutant libraries and high-throughput screening of mutant enzymes by fluorescence-activated cell-sorting and microtitre plate-based assays.


In addition to the project, the successful candidate will participate in student mentorship and management of the lab.



Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry or molecular biology (or a related discipline) with experience inenzymology, protein engineering, and/or high-throughput screening. Experience with protein-carbohydrate interactions or with carbohydrate-active enzymes will be valued.


Personal skills

- Fluency in spoken and written English, with a demonstrated aptitude for scientific communication(presentations and publications)

- A strong and independent work ethic

- Capacity for ingenuity and analytical thinking

- Proactiveness towards problem-solving

- Highly motivated and organized

- Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers.


Application materials

Please send an application package containing a cover letter including a short description of relevant expertise, an up-to-date CV, and the contact details of two references by email to Dr. David Kwan ( with the subject line “Enzyme engineering postdoc 2022”.


Concordia University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.

Back to top

© Concordia University