McGill University
Job Location: 
Montreal, Quebec
Job Description: 

We seek an experienced Bioinformatician for a short-term (1 year) posting in a multidisciplinary team of biologists, plant genomicists, and bioinformaticians. The team aims to characterize functional non-coding regions of agronomic importance in mustard family plants using comparative genomics, population genomics, and experimental techniques.

The candidate will be responsible for managing and developing a number of high-performance servers and will be involved in high-throughput sequencing analyses of plant tissue. A large part of the role will involve assembly of plant genomes using existing tools as well as the development of new tools for both Illumina and Pacific Biosciences short/long read data. Other tasks will include the integration of comparative with population genomics resources and the reconstruction of ancestral genome sequences.

Apply: The position is funded for one year. Salary is commensurate with training and experience. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names of two references before August 29, 2014.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold an MSc or PhD in Biology with extensive demonstrable experience in sequence analyses and genome assembly of plants. However, candidates with other qualifications, but who demonstrate experience in the above fields will be considered.

Experience: Candidates should have proven research experience and a strong publication record. Solid analytical, computing, and statistical skills are required and the candidates should be comfortable working in a UNIX/linux environment. FORTRAN, C or C++, a scripting language (e.g., Perl), and a statistical environment (e.g., R) will be useful particularly as applied to the analysis of large Illumina, 454 and Pacific Biosciences datasets.

Contact Information: 

Dr. Thomas Bureau,
Department of Biology,
McGill University,
1205 Docteur Penfield Ave,
Room N4/1,
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA, H3A 1B1; Office: (514) 398-6472;
Fax: (514) 398-5069;