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  • Open until filled

    Noncoding RNA biology

    Summary of responsibilities

    The RNA and Noncoding Mechanisms of Disease Research Unit ( is seeking to recruit a candidate wishing to pursue graduate studies (M.Sc. or PhD) in the field of noncoding RNAs and genome regulation. The group is located at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and candidates can be affiliated to either University of Montréal or McGill University.

    The Sauvageau lab combines genetically engineered animal models and human cellular systems with functional genomics and CRISPR-based genome editing techniques to perturb lncRNA functions and characterize their role at a cellular and physiological level. We also aim to understand the molecular grammar that underlies lncRNA function and uncover novel noncoding RNA-based mechanisms. For this, we use a combination of biochemistry, high-throughput and computational approaches to identify RNA-interacting macromolecules and RNA domains that mediate their function. Our goal is to better understand the impact that lncRNAs and noncoding regions have on development and reveal novel RNA-based mechanisms that could lead to the generation of novel diagnostics and therapies. The team is multi-disciplinary and part of a network of labs investigating RNA in genome regulation.

    Required qualifications

    Strong academic record and pertinent experience in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and/or in bioinformatics (an asset).

    How to apply

    Please send your resume, grades and a cover letter explaining why you want to join the lab. Also include the names and contact information for two referees to the Research Unit Director [email protected]

  • Open until filled

    New call for the graduate program “RNA & Infection” through the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg, Germany

    HIRI is the first research institution worldwide to specifically investigate the role of RNA in infection processes. Our goal is to exploit the enormous potential of RNA as a diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic agent in the development of new strategies to combat infectious diseases.

    “RNA & Infection” PhD candidates will have the unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research at the intersection of RNA and infection biology. Working on a fully funded three-year research effort independent of any group or project, students will complete three lab rotations before selecting their advisor and thesis project. An interdisciplinary committee of international scientists will guide and support PhD candidates throughout their PhD. Structured mentoring and training including short courses in RNA and infection biology, hard and soft skill workshops and opportunities to present their work at international conferences will prepare students not only for their PhD work but also for successful careers in academia, industry, policy, and more.

    The program is taught in English and well supported by an integrated network of PhD students and supervisors. For further information about the program, please visit:

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