Research assistant (Bioinformatics)

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Job Type:
  • Programmer/Developer
Degree Level Required:
Masters, PhD
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Research assistant (Bioinformatics)

The RNA zipcode project is a genomics and bioinformatics project supported by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and AmorChem. It aims to identify mechanisms of RNA subcellular localization and exploit them to allow for the precise delivery of therapeutic molecules. The project is a tight collaboration between three teams: Eric Lécuyer (IRCM; molecular biology and genomics), Mathieu Blanchette (McGill; bioinformatics and machine learning), and Jérôme Waldispühl (McGill; RNA bioinformatics). It involves the development and integration of several bioinformatics and machine learning approaches, and their application to large in-house genomics data sets. The project has a strong potential for the creation of a spin-off company in the near future.


  • Develop industry-level bioinformatics and machine learning software platform based on prototypes developed by researchers
  • Integrate multiple software components into a robust bioinformatics/machine-learning pipeline
  • Interact with other bioinformatics and molecular biology team members to fine-tune components
  • Perform bioinformatics analyses on large in-house and public data
  • Participate to the redaction of scientific papers or reports to the funding agencies and partners


  • Hold a Masters degree or above in bioinformatics, computer science, software engineering, or related fields
  • Strong bioinformatics and machine learning skills, especially in the context of large genomics data
  • Experience in software development
  • Assets: Understanding of RNA molecular biology; Experience in deep-learning and