PhD positions in Cancer Genomics

University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada
Job Type:
  • PhD
Degree Level Required:
Bachelor's, Masters
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PhD positions in Cancer Genomics

The Morrissy Lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, is recruiting talented young scientists with a keen interest in translational cancer research.

Successful candidates will be recent BSc / MSc graduates with a keen interest in tumor biology and evolution, and in performing computational analysis of data from cutting-edge experimental and sequencing efforts. The goal of genomic approaches (such as whole genome and RNA sequencing, single cell sequencing, etc) is to explore clinically relevant aspects of brain tumor biology using patient samples in a way that could lead to improvements in clinical outcomes, especially in the context of recurrent disease. Projects in the Morrissy lab are developed within a dynamic and collaborative environment with other researchers in the Charbonneau Cancer Institute, enabling access to state-of-the-art experimental approaches. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a supervised environment, while also becoming increasingly independent and self-directed as they gain experience.


  • Use computational genomics approaches to perform integrative analyses of cancer ‘omics’ data (genome / transcriptome / epigenome)
  • Use methods and strategies for quantifying and modeling genomic heterogeneity and its impact on tumor evolution using data from patient samples and pre-clinical models of disease
  • Work within an interdisciplinary environment to explore the molecular basis of therapeutic resistance in brain tumors


  • MSc or BSc degree in an appropriate discipline, e.g. bioinformatics, statistics, or in biological sciences with a substantial bioinformatics component
  • Knowledge of programming and scripting languages (e. g. Perl, R) is advantageous
  • A background in experimental research is desirable but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • How to Apply

    Interested and qualified applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing previous work, career goals, and proposed start date, (2) CV, and (3) two letters of reference to Dr. Morrissy.

Additional Information

Calgary is the nation’s most enterprising and livable cities, with a wonderful outdoor lifestyle enabled by easy access to the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events, and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. The University of Calgary is ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, inspiring and supporting discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. Researchers in the Clark H. Smith Brain Tumour Centre, part of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, are exploring fundamental and clinical research questions using advanced technologies, and with access to excellent core research facilities and platforms, such as state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics, genomics, next generation sequencing and bioinformatics platforms, a stem cell facility, tumor and tissue banks, oncology translational research facilities, and a drug discovery platform. Please visit our websites at and for more information.