Research Assistant Opportunity at the Laboratory of Functional Genomics and Noncoding RNA, Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM)

The laboratory of Functional Genomics and Noncoding RNA at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is looking for a highly motivated and resourceful individual for a full-time position as Research Assistant to start in mid-December 2017 to January 2018. The candidate will be part of a team studying noncoding regions of the genome to uncover new functional elements and understand how they contribute to human diseases. We are particularly interested in long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and cis regulatory modules and use genome editing, genomics, molecular and bioinformatics approaches to characterize their function. The candidate will play a central role in the laboratory and help maintain a nurturing and stimulating environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Under the direction of Dr. Martin Sauvageau, the candidate will work on projects conducted by his group, help coordinate the day-to-day operations of the laboratory and the training of new lab members. The candidate will be expected to implement current technologies in ongoing research projects, adapt the technologies to new applications and ensure the quality of the data being produced. Additional tasks will be to carry out primary cell cultures, CRISPR and sequencing-based assays, harvest tissues from animal models, help prepare samples for functional genomics assays, help identify and implement new approaches for solving relevant biological problems.

Required Qualifications:

  • MSc or PhD in the life sciences with a minimum of three years’ related experience
  • Strong molecular biology background
  • Experience with mouse experimental work and primary cell culture
  • Understanding and experience with genomic technologies and next generation sequencing technologies
  • Capability to perform complex biochemical experiments and to archive the experimental work
  • Experience with RNA biology techniques and bioinformatic analyses is a plus
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to multitask, set priorities, and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills who excels at completing projects in an independent manner and is eager to acquire new knowledge and skills on a regular basis.
  • Fluency in English (writing and speaking)
  • Fluency in French is a plus

How to apply:

Please submit a statement letter explaining why you’re interested in our work, a detailed CV and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to:

Dr. Martin Sauvageau

Director of the Functional Genomics and Noncoding RNA research unit

The applications will be examined as they are received, until the position is filled. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

About IRCM

The Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is an independent non-profit research institution with a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team of scientists working on a wide range of basic and clinical research subjects. Located in downtown Montreal, it is affiliated with the Université de Montréal and associated with McGill University. The institute represents an excellent working environment, both in terms of the diversity of subjects and systems studied. The modern infrastructure of the IRCM houses state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities for a variety of applications in functional genomics, proteomics, imaging, flow cytometry, molecular biology and bioinformatics.