McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

Career opportunities - Casual Research Assistant

Position Title: Casual Research Assistant (Graduate Student)
Work Location: McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre (McGill University)
740 Ave.Dr.Penfield,
Montreal, Québec
H3A 0G1
Hours/Week: 10h/week
Start date:
End date:
March 1st, 2016
August 31st, 2016
Posted date: February 10th, 2016
Closing date: February 16th, 2016
Submit application: Dr. Hamed Najafabadi

The Computational and Statistical Genomics (CSG) lab at McGill is recruiting a research assistant who is interested in applying computational methods to solving problems related to functional genomics and regulation of gene expression. Successful applicants should have a B.Sc. in computer science or related areas, and have experience in applying computational methods to solving biological problems. Applicants with expertise in analysis of large-scale genomics data are particularly encouraged to apply.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • Downloading high-throughput sequencing data from public databases
  • Using and combining available bioinformatics tools, such as SRA Toolkit, SAMtools, BEDTools, and MACS to process data
    • NOTE: Knowledge of these tools is not a pre-requisite, but applicants with experience in using them are encouraged to apply.
  • Combining scripts that are written by group members, using shell scripts or similar, to process high-throughput sequencing data
  • Implementing these scripts into automatic pipelines, using shell scripts or similar

Education / Experience

  • Research Assistant – minimum requirement:   Master’s student
  • Completed a B.Sc. degree in computer science or related areas.

Other qualifying skills & abilities

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with Linux, computer programming, and web content development
  • Preferred experience with large-scale genomics data
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member in a multi-disciplinary environment
How to apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV and the contact information of at least one reference to Dr. Hamed Najafabadi
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