Postdoctoral Fellwo in Computational Biology and AI

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Job Type:
  • Postdoctoral
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Postdoctoral Fellwo in Computational Biology and AI

There are two openings for postdoctoral fellows (junior or senior) in the area of Computational Biology and Machine Learning in the COMBINE Lab. The projects are related to precision medicine and regulatory genomics in cancer and COVID-19, and involves collaborations with McGill Goodman Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Quebec COVID-19 biobank and Mila (Quebec AI Institute). This posting is related to application of machine learning (deep learning and probabilistic graphical models) in computational biology (see the other posting for the position in regulatory systems genomics).


  • Develop and implement novel machine learning algorithms for omics data analysis with applications in pharmacogenomics, regulatory genomics, network biology, etc.
  • Analyze publicly available and in-house datasets containing DNA-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq and clinical data
  • Collaborate with wet-lab researchers and machine learning experts on the project
  • Write scholarly articles and present the results of the project in scientific conferences


1) A PhD degree in a related field (genetics, computational biology, computer science, machine learning, engineering, etc.) 2) Strong proven background (published work in peer-reviewed journals) in computational biology, machine learning, and omics data analysis 3) Proficiency in different areas of machine learning including deep learning and/or probabilistic graphical models 5) Strong programming skills (particularly in python) 6) At least two first-authored English papers (or three if co-first authors) with submitted, accepted or published status in peer-reviewed journals 7) Good spoken and written communication skills in English

  • How to Apply

    Interested applicants should submit 1) CV, 2) a letter of interest, 3) a research proposal and 4) a one-page summary of their most relevant publication, and 5) contact information for three references to Amin Emad ( THe subject line of the email should read ‘‘Postdoctoral Application: General Computational Biology / AI’’. In the letter of interest, make sure to discuss how your background fits with the requirements of the position. The start date can be as early as Oct. 2020 and positions will remain open until filled. Please note that there is a separate postdoctoral opening in the area of Regulatory Systems Genomics (if interested see the details of the job in the other posting).