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Program Manager | McGill Initiative for Computational Medicine (MiCM), McGill University


Under the direct supervision of the McGill Initiative for Computational Medicine (MiCM) leader, the incumbent will facilitate all administrative and scientific aspects of the initiative where he or she manages all aspects of the administrative activities of MiCM including: financial, scientific and operational. The incumbent will be actively involved in the various steps in the operation of the initiative, from executing the vision to the long-term planning and fostering of partnerships within the industry. He or she will also collaborate with senior management staff on special projects. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the implementation of MiCM research goals through team meetings, internal committees and research seminars and actively promote the vision and values of the initiative;
  • Outline administrative and operational objectives by analyzing all activities of MiCM including financial, scientific and aligning with strategic advice of the MiCM;
  • Plans the execution of administrative and operational objectives to implement the strategic advice of the MiCM leader to support the goals and priorities of the initiatives;
  • Manage administrative operations of MiCM project including scope, schedule, resources and stakeholders;
  • Set milestones for administrative operations, ensure timeliness and reports on status;
  • Advise and make recommendation on the development of administrative/operational policies and new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the unit;
  • Develop operating and other project-based budgets, manages expenditures, monitors progress, and ensures compliance with the University’s budget policies and financial procedures;
  • Advise and make recommendations on financial objectives;
  • Plan and organize end-to-end delivery of large conferences and symposia (including logistics, invitations, and all necessary equipment and material, developing the agenda and contacting speakers and presenters);
  • Perform post-meeting follow-up by driving the necessary actions to implement, research specific requests and follow up on decisions taken;
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, academic staff and governmental agency and industry personnel;
  • Compile and create a course catalogue for MiCM and recommends best vehicle to do so;
  • Works closely with a web developer and McGill Communication team in order to create and design the MiCM website.

Education/Experience: Undergraduate degree and three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities: Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, prioritize and organize work. Proven ability to draft correspondence, proofread text, edit documents and take accurate meeting minutes. Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and able to perform under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must be service-oriented, entrepreneurial and creative, and be able to liaise with all levels of staff, students, professors, and ability to work independently or with teams with minimum direction or supervision. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.    Experience working in an academic environment, preferably in a research intensive university is considered an asset. Experience as a project manager with a background in either science and/or computer science is considered an asset. Intermediate to advance MS Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook; candidate may be tested to assess skills). Excellent communication skills in French and English (read, written and spoken).

How to Apply: *Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.* Please submit your application online at Click on “APPLY NOW” and clearly indicate the reference number. Applications must be received no later than January 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics
Salary Range: (Grade 04) $50,300 - $62,900 (midpoint) - $81,800
Hours: 33.75 (may be required to work outside normal office hours depending on operational needs)
Duration: May 31, 2019
Reporting to: Associate Professor
Reference no.: MT0426

Location: Montreal, QC

Lab: Department of Human Genetics

Posted: 2018-01-16

Closing Date: 2018-01-25, 5:00pm EST



Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow in Epigenetics & Biochemistry | The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto


The laboratory of Dr. Eric Campos at the Hospital for Sick Children is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to study histone chaperones and how they help perpetuate epigenetic information. The position involves biochemical assays, protein engineering, and conventional biochemical purifications. Experience in protein chromatography and chromatin biology is considered a strong asset and will be prioritized. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, demonstrate critical thinking, and work well in a team. A strong publication record is also favorably viewed.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter stating your fit for this position, CV, and contact information for two referees that we can contact.

Located at the heart of the Discovery District in downtown Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children is composed of 225 principal investigators. The state-of-the-art Centre for Research & Learning offers some of the best technologies and facilities, and aims to improve child health through innovation (

The successful candidate will be involved in bench research, in a highly collaborative environment. Employment is a temporary, full-time (one year contract) role with a flexible start date (PhD candidates nearing graduation are encouraged to apply)

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: Campos Lab

Posted: 2018-01-04

Closing Date: not stated



Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow and Bioinformatics Research Associate | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

 Two funded positions are available in the De Carvalho Lab at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow and Bioinformatics Research Associate

The focus of the projects are in translational cancer epigenomics, with multiple projects available in Methylome profiling of cancer cells and circulating cell-free DNA ('liquid biopsy') for cancer classification, early detection and disease monitoring; Cancer Epigenetics therapy to target cancer stem cells and to increase anti-tumour immune response. The projects will include epigenomic approachers such as ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, CUT&RUN, RRBS, WGBS among others and functional approaches such as CRISPR screening.

The research will be conducted at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a research hospital affiliated to the University of Toronto, in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, cancer biology, epigenomics, genomics, or a related field;

  • Experience with epigenomics and transcriptomics data analysis from ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RRBS, WGBS, RNA-seq experiments;

  • Experience with large data-sets (e.g., ENCODE, TCGA, GTEx);

  • Experience with Machine Learning/Deep Learning applied to biology or oncology;

  • Proficiency in general-purpose programming language and scientific data processing ecosystems (e.g. R, R-studio);

  • Good publication record

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: De Carvalho Lab

Posted: 2018-01-03

Closing Date: not stated

Contact: Those interested in the position described should submit full CV and cover letter to Dr. Daniel D. De Carvalho:


Bioinformatician | BC Cancer Agency, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated bioinformatician, with excellent communication skills, to work on integrative and comprehensive analyses of cancer genome/transcriptome/epigenome sequence data. The successful applicant will have a proven track record of publications in scientific journals, be fluent in R and at least one of the following programming languages: Perl/Python/C++/Java, and is expected to have strong skills in the field of one or more of the following: genomics, cancer biology and statistics. Knowledge of and experience with large-scale cancer genome data sets (such as TCGA) is particularly desired. A PhD or equivalent is desirable, although qualified applicants with a research-based masters degree may be considered.

The successful applicant for this position will be based within the laboratory of Dr. Marco Marra in Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Marra is the director of the GSC, a world-class genome institute that generates sequence data for hundreds of cancer samples each year, and has state-of-the-art computational power, including a 8000 node computing cluster and >10 large CPU and RAM machines for data analysis. As such, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to mine large scale cancer genome data sets to address pertinent questions concerning cancer pathogenesis and treatment resistance in adults and children. 

The Marra Lab is a successful multi-disciplinary team of cancer researchers, and is filled with passionate and determined individuals who will provide the successful candidate with a stimulating and conducive environment to participate and grow as a scientist. The research in the lab is conducted in close collaboration with local and international scientists and clinicians, and thus will also provide the successful candidate with opportunities to learn from a large network of talented professionals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To survey the relevant literature to identify pertinent scientific questions to be addressed, and relevant techniques to employ for this purpose.

  • To apply state-of-the-art bioinformatics methods to the analysis of cancer sequence data.

  • To record all experiments in an accurate, timely and clearly presented manner, and use this to prepare data summaries and reports as and when required.

  • To contribute to the dissemination of scientific results by means of writing manuscripts for publication, and presenting at national and international meetings.

  • To liaise with scientific and clinical staff to maximize use and interpretation of genomic data to decipher cancer management strategies.

  • To provide expert bioinformatics and statistical support as directed by Dr. Marra.

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

Location: Vancouver, BC

Lab: Marra Lab

Posted: 2017-11-08

Closing Date: not stated



Technician, Postdocs, and Graduate Students | University of British Columbia

Our lab studies how transcription is maintained and altered over time using the model system of mouse embryonic stem cells. Our research combines cutting-edge technologies including CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing, genomics, and single molecule live-cell imaging to explore the mechanisms of transcriptional memory.

Location: Vancouver, BC

Lab: Teves Lab

Posted: 2017-10-27

Closing Date: not stated


Assistant Professor in Epigenetics of Chronic Childhood Disease | University of Manitoba

Applicants with strengths in epigenetics and childhood diseases, and expertise in bioinformatics are encouraged to apply to Position Number 24765. Candidates should hold an MD or PhD in a biological discipline with at least 3 years of relevant post-doctoral training. Candidates must show evidence of a history of research excellence, as evidenced by a strong publication record in high impact journals and the potential to secure competitive extramural peer reviewed grants; a history of mentoring; and a history of effective and productive collaboration. The position start date could be as early as February 15, 2018, or as negotiated.

Location: Winnipeg, MB

Department: Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Max Rady College of Medicine

Posted: 2017-10-24

Closing Date: not stated


PhD Student or Postdoctoral Researcher | McGill University

The candidate(s) will work on interdisciplinary projects on the role of diet in prostate cancer development. Projects will involve epigenomics, transcriptomics, and CRISPR screens articulated around multiple prostate cancer mouse models.

Location: Montreal, QC

Lab: Labbé Lab

Posted: 2017-10-24

Closing date: not stated



Postdoctoral Fellows | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University of Toronto

We seek postdoctoral fellows for several projects in computational genomics and machine learning. Selected projects include:

  1. Integrating epigenomic and sequence data to better understand human gene regulation.
  2. Creating models of transcription factor binding that allow us to predict the effects of perturbations.
  3. Developing deep learning techniques to find novel behavior in multiple functional genomics datasets.

We also welcome your project ideas! The project should concern mammalian epigenomics. Cancer relevance preferred.

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: Hoffman Lab

Posted: 2017-09-25

Closing Date: not stated



Computational Postdoc | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University of Toronto

A computational postdoc position in epigenetics / epigenomics is available.

The Lupien Lab offers a multi-disciplinary team setting. The lab brings together enthusiastic scientists with diverse backgrounds, providing a wide range of perspectives to each research project. Our research focuses on identifying the molecular biology underlying cancer initiation and progression by exploiting the power of functional epigenomics.

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: Lupien Lab

Posted: 2017-09-18

Closing Date: not stated