Assistant Research Professor in Computational Biology

University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine University Health Center
Montreal, QC, Canada
Job Type:
  • Investigator
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Assistant Research Professor in Computational Biology

CHUSJ Research Centre and UdeM are committed to developing world-class expertise in this field. The researcher will also become a member of the IVADO (the Institute for Data Valorisation) data science community. The IVADO aims to bring together industry professionals and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, operational research and artificial intelligence. IVADO members provide data management methods and inform decision making for optimal resource use. In essence, the IVADO creates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaborations between the specialists, partners, researchers and students in its network.

The new principal investigator will play a pivotal role in complementing the research strengths of the CHUSJ Research Centre. The selected candidate will also be expected to join the newly formed Centre for Integrated Pediatric Clinical Genomics and contribute to its mission. Moreover, the candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other research groups within the network of the Faculty of medicine and IVADO. Montreal has one of the largest artificial intelligence communities in North America and it is a vibrant, international and welcoming city full of “joie de vivre”, with great food, diverse and creative musical and cultural scenes, and inspiring outdoors.

Specifically, outstanding applications are sought in the areas of:
•Computational biology with expertise in statistical machine-learning models for analysis big data.
•Development of fast and accurate optimization algorithms in different areas applied to biology and medicine including genomic and epigenomic data.
•Development of innovative approaches to analyze large-scale diverse data and high-throughput functional screens and/or use of state-of-the-art technologies to investigate the functional consequences of genomic variation in relevant models.

Such expertise will complement existing expertise within the CHUSJ Research Centre and the Faculty of Medicine, UdeM and markedly improve our understanding of biological processes underlying disease predisposition and prognosis, accelerating the identification of biomarkers for disease risk prediction models, and the development of novel strategies for prevention and treatment.


The candidate would have the opportunity to develop collaborations within the Department of Biochemistry and molecular medicine, with researchers in other departments of the Faculty of Medicine and research centers of affiliated hospitals.. As a member of the Department of Biochemistry and molecular medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, but based at the CHUSJ Research Center, the selected candidate will be expected to:
• Develop an independent research program in the area of computational biology to develop applications in biology and medicine;
• Be involved in teaching and supervising graduate students in the Bioinformatics program. Teaching at UdeM is in French*; non-French speakers will be required to be sufficiently proficient to teach in French after a period of three years.
• Actively contribute to the academic life of both the faculty and the research center;
• Participate in Faculty of Medicine research and CHUSJ outreach and dissemination activities, notably through publication of research results in scientific journals and through presentations at scientific conferences and as part of knowledge transfer and exchange opportunities in medical practice settings.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree, with postdoctoral experience and a strong publication record. Candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, internationally recognized, externally funded research program and contribute to teaching as well as to some administrative and academic activities at CHUSJ and UdeM.

  • How to Apply

    Interested candidates should send their C.V., a letter of intent, describing their goals, research interests, a detailed statement of research interests (3-page limit), copies of up to three significant publications, and along with three letters of recommendation by email no later than November 9th 2018 to: Janetta Bijl CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center Email:

Additional Information

Posting no. MED 09-18/11

Posting period Applications received by November 9th 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

Remuneration Université de Montréal offers a competitive salary along with a full range of benefits.

Start date To be discussed with the candidate