Assistant Professor position McGill, Biochemistry, Stem Cell Biology

McGill University’s Department of Biochemistry seeks to recruit an outstanding researcher as a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level. The Department of Biochemistry aims to strengthen its expertise in stem cell biology including – but not restricted to – computational biology, single cell technologies, cell fate mapping in animal models, and regenerative medicine. Ideally, the candidate should leverage relevant in vivo models or systems with functional genomics and computational approaches. Linkage of the proposed research program with cancer will be considered an asset.

The Department of Biochemistry is located at the heart of the University’s Life Science Complex, where over 200 biomedical researchers form a dynamic and highly collaborative research community. Research in the Department of Biochemistry is multidisciplinary, with specializations including the regulation of gene expression, protein structure and function, signal transduction within pathways critical to human health and disease, single molecular imaging, and many other areas central to biological sciences. Notably, many faculty are also affiliated with the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre (, which is physically linked to the Department. Both these units are situated within the School of Biomedical Sciences, providing a supportive and highly interdisciplinary research and teaching environment. It is expected that the candidate’s research program will strengthen existing programs in Biochemistry in stem cell biology using state-of-the art methodologies to understand normal and pathological processes. Ideally, the candidate should have a solid background in molecular biology, cancer genetics, and epigenomics. Faculty members also benefit from spectacular laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities with access to modern core facilities.

McGill University is located in central Montreal, which is one of North America’s most culturally diverse and lively cities, offering a high quality of life with affordable housing. McGill, the Department and the city of Montreal attract outstanding, highly motivated students.

The successful applicant will be provided with a competitive startup package to establish and carry out an independently-funded research program. If the successful candidate satisfies the specific eligibility conditions of the program, the candidate will have the opportunity to compete for a nomination to a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) which provides protected time for research within a full-time academic appointment.

Job Duties

The successful applicant will be expected to establish and carry out independently-funded research, which includes training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to its research activities, the Department of Biochemistry plays an important role in undergraduate and medical education, thus successful applicants will also be expected to teach at these levels. The selected candidate will be expected to participate in all aspects of McGill’s academic mission (i.e., teaching, supervision of graduate students and involvement in academic and administrative committees) and will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all these spheres.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Applicants should hold a Ph.D degree (or equivalent qualification) in biological or computer science, or in a related field, and have at least two years of postdoctoral research training. There is a strong collegial and support role within the department and across the units that make up the School of Biomedical Sciences, so collaborative experience is an asset. Functional knowledge of French, although not essential, will also be considered an asset. Candidates who do not satisfy the CRC eligibility criteria for a Tier 2 chair are nonetheless invited to apply for the position.

Faculty/Department/Unit: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Biochemistry
Job Type: Tenure-track
Rank: Assistant Professor
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posting Period: Please submit your application within 30 days of the publication of this advertisement.

Required Documents

The following supporting documents are required:

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information of three referees



McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email or phone at 514-398-2477.

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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