Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Synthetic Biology and Molecular Medicine

Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Synthetic Biology and Molecular Medicine

Université de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

The Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of synthetic biology and molecular medicine.

The successful candidate will develop an innovative research program and pursue the engineering of novel biological systems at the cellular, tissue, and/or physiological levels for fundamental biochemical and molecular medicine discoveries. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to chemical biology, genetic networks and modeling, cell reprogramming, genetic circuit design, genome evolution, diagnostics, therapeutics, sensors, artificial life, and should relate to precision approaches in medicine.

We expect the successful candidate to attract external funding, provide research training for graduate and undergraduate students, and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the short term. The candidate will be required to teach in French at most two years after he or she takes office.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a postdoctoral training with interdisciplinary backgrounds in biochemistry, bioinformatics, and bioengineering. A strong publication record is also expected.

The department of biochemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke is an exciting place to be with a diverse group of faculty members working on fundamental aspects of protein structure/function and functional genomics, and deciphering how these are altered in human diseases.

Canada Research Chairs are established as part of a national strategy to foster research excellence. Please consult the website ( for full program information. Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging researchers, and the successful candidate must meet the requirements for the position of Tier 2 Chair as defined by the CRC program. Specifically, applicants must be less than 10 years from having earned their Ph.D. at the time of nomination.

Qualified applicants should submit a single application package which includes the following:
- A cover letter describing how the candidate’s research relates to the focus of this call for application, and how the candidate’s achievements conform to the Canada Research Chair program (1page max)
- A Curriculum Vitae (4 pages max.);
- A Statement of Research interests with a description of significant research accomplishments and a model-driven plan for future research (4 pages max.);
- Contact information for a minimum of three professional references.
Submit complete packages to the department chair:

Review of applications will begin on January 1st, 2019 and continue until February 1st, 2019. Our principal selection criterion will be scientific excellence.
Each application will be first evaluated by a departmental committee. The successful candidate will be invited to submit the application to the Université de Sherbrooke for a second round of selection (deadline 5 p.m. February 11, 2019). If successful, the candidate will be invited to go through the process of hiring at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and to complete an application for the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair program. The successful Chair recipient will be granted a tenure-track position in the department of Biochemistry.

Sherbrooke is a university town nestled in the beautiful Eastern Townships of the Canadian Province of Quebec, close to the US border and just a short drive away from Montreal and Quebec City. The Université de Sherbrooke provides an exceptional quality of work and life environment: the cost of living is low, with excellent access to outdoor activities.

Université de Sherbrooke values diversity, equality and employment equity in its community, and welcomes applications from all qualified persons, in particular women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, native people and disabled persons. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Synthetic Biology and Molecular Medicine