Assistant or Associate Professor in RNA biology - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Posted on December 15,

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the Université de Montréal invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are looking for an ambitious individual who stands out in the field of RNA biology and intends to develop a strong research program with the goal of gaining a deep mechanistic understanding of biological processes through structural, integrative, genomic, and/or quantitative approaches. The successful candidate will consolidate the research axes of the department, as well as those of the basic science sector of the Faculty of Medicine. We also invite applications from specialists who combine basic research with aspects of RNA-oriented translational research.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicineof the Faculty of Medicine includes 30 regular professors and over 60 clinical or adjunct professors. As part of a vibrant research environment, research teams address fundamental biomedical research questions in close connection with translational and clinical research conducted in the Faculty of medicine network of affiliated hospital research centers and institutes. The professor will join the Center for Biomedical Innovation, which brings together more than 50 researchers from the five basic science departments of the Faculty of Medicine on the main campus of the Université de Montréal. This new center covers a wide range of research fields, including structural and quantitative biology, host-pathogen-environment interactions, as well as research in neuroscience at both the cellular and system levels, and provides exceptional support through its scientific platforms maintained by highly qualified research personnel. We are particularly interested in attracting colleagues who share our commitment to teaching, mentoring, and fostering a collaborative research environment that embraces both excellence and diversity.

The City of Montreal is a rich environment for sciences and post-secondary education with a strong tradition in RNA research. The candidate will have exceptional opportunities to collaborate with high-calibre scientists on campus and in our affiliated research centers and institutes. The scientific environment of the Université de Montréal offers a rich variety of expertise in RNA biology and the possibility of joining several inter- institutional RNA networks, including the Montreal RNA Club, the RiboClub and RNA Canada. The candidate will also benefit from the high-profile environment in artificial intelligence research established at the Université de Montréal, notably in machine learning and deep learning, through interactions with scientists at Mila and IVADO institutes.

As a professor, you will have the opportunity through your teaching and research activities to contribute to the excellence and visibility of the Faculty of Medicine/ Center for Biomedical Innovation/Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. As such, we expect that you will:

  • Obtain independent funding from federal granting agencies and maintain an active and productive research program;
  • Contribute to the department's teaching mission at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Supervise graduate students and postdoctoral trainees;
  • Develop a network of national and international collaborations;
  • Contribute to the academic life of the Faculty of Medicine/Center for Biomedical Innovation/Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

To succeed in this role, you will need to:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry (or equivalent) and demonstrate significant post-doctoral or independent scientist experience and productivity in the field of RNA biology;
  • Have outstanding experience in this field, which involves the use of advanced scientific methods through structural, integrative, genomic, and/or quantitative approaches;
  • Have teaching and training experience (commensurate to the career stage)
  • Have the ability and great interest to work in a team environment;
  • Have an adequate knowledge of the French written and spoken language or a strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required, in accordance to Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.


How to submit your application

Applications should include a cover letter outlining your interests and career goals, a curriculum vitae, a three-page description of the proposed research program as well as copies of three relevant publications. Name and contact information for three references are also required. Your application must be emailed at the latest on January 20, 2023 to [email protected] and be addressed to:

Pascale Legault, PhD
Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Université de Montréal
P.O. Box 6128, Station Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec), CANADA, H3C 3J7
Site Web :

Additional information about the position
Reference number:      MED 11-22/06
Application deadline:  Until January 20 th2023, inclusively
Salary:                         Université de Montréal offers competitive salaries and a full range of benefits
Starting date:              As of June 1st, 2023 

Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access
Employment Program (EAEP), UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic
minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will –confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the
specific needs of people with disabilities who request it.
UdeM embraces a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that goes beyond applicable laws, and therefore encourages all qualified individuals to apply, regardless of their characteristics. However, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. In order to measure the impact of its equity, diversity and inclusion actions, UdeM is collecting data on applicants.  identifying themselves with one of the groups targeted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, namely women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities, ethnic minorities and people with limitations. To this end, we thank you for completing this self-identification questionnaire. The information you provide through this form is strictly confidential and will be shared only with those responsible for the UdeM EAEP. If you wish, you may also indicate that you  belong to one of the targeted groups in your cover letter, which will be reviewed by the selection committee and the assembly of peers.
Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.