Research Associate

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Job Type:
  • Faculty (One year contract, possibility of renewal)
Degree Level Required:
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Research Associate

Develop and apply computational methods to study the role and impact of transposable elements in cancer. The candidate will analyze cancer genomics and epigenomics datasets including data from the International Cancer Genomics Consortium (ICGC), the Cancer Collaboratory and various initiatives lead by Terry Fox Research Institute. As well as analyze the transposable element insertions and CNVs enrichment in various cancers and their relationship and impact of the genome. A component of the project will be to develop new analytical methods as needed.


  • Analyze cancer genomics and epigenomics datasets; the transposable element insertions and CNV’s enrichment in various cancers, as well as their relationship
  • Develop bioinformatics solutions for the analysis of complex genomic datasets
  • Update and extend bioinformatics tools and software methods used or developed in the Bourque Lab
  • Provide reports, analysis results and descriptions of methods used
  • Contribute to problem-solving discussions
  • Lecture in bioinformatics training workshops organized by the Centre
  • Contribute to lab publications as well as grant applications and manuscripts
  • Prepare summary reports, abstracts, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Contribute to the supervision of students


PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Computer Science or related field and five (5) years of research experience in bioinformatics, high-throughput sequencing, cancer, crop genomics and epigenomics

  • Demonstrate advanced Perl and/or Python programming skills; R programming skills for biostatistics; skills for developing bioinformatics tools; wet lab skills and analysis skills for omics data
  • Experience in various high-performance computing (HPC) clusters
  • Experience in Sanger sequencing and high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technology
  • Experience in analyzing cancer viral etiology through HTS technology
  • Experience in analyzing (germline and somatic) structural variants
  • How to Apply

    Please submit your CV and Cover Letter to Dr. Guillaume Bourque;

Additional Information

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

“All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.”