Ph.D. Position & M.Sc. Position in Bioinformatics, Zoé Joly-Lopez Laboratory, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Chemistry Department

Earliest starting date: Summer/Fall 2023, flexible date, Closing date: Accepting applications until filled. We are seeking a Ph.D. or an M.Sc. student with strong background and interest in bioinformatics to work on the evolution and regulation of noncoding DNA.

Project Description: Our group seeks to understand functional aspects of noncoding elements on a genome-wide level, and to build upon evolutionary-based computational methods to investigate the evolution and roles of noncoding sequences.

The applicant will be working on one of three ongoing projects as part our the tier II Canada Research Chair program: i) understand the contribution of distal cis-regulatory elements to a plant’s ability to respond to environmental stressors; ii) characterize the contribution of cis-regulatory elements derived from transposable elements in plants; iii) study the evolution of regulatory elements in the context of polyploidy.


The applicant must have completed an undergraduate or second-cycle degree in the areas of bioinformatics, computer sciences, genetics, or molecular biology.

The ideal candidate will have experience with computational methods (good knowledge of scripting and running packages in Python, R; good familiarity with Unix-based pipelines and computing clusters; interest in machine learning, and comparative/population genetics). Experience in analyzing genomic data is a plus.

Equal opportunity employer:

UQAM is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. We aim to have a dynamic diverse lab, which is essential to tackle scientific questions from different creative angles.

Contact and applications:

Prospective students are requested to send the following information: (1) Letter of interest; (2) CV; (3) Unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information of two references to whom I can ask for letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted at

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