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Public Health Ontario is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work on bioinformatic solutions to metagenomic sequencing of syphilis genomes.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: PHO Corporate Office & Toronto Laboratory, 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Department: Employee, Third Party Grants

The Role:

Public Health Ontario is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work on bioinformatic solutions to metagenomic sequencing of syphilis (Treponema pallidum subsp pallidum) genomes. Interested candidates with a doctoral degree in any areas of biology relating to genomics, bioinformatics, and microbiology are encouraged to apply. This position offers and exciting opportunity to gain experience in genomic epidemiology within a public health setting.

Key Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will analyse sequence data generated using a variety of methods and the candidate must have experience processing high throughput or next generation sequence data
Collaborate closely with microbiologist(s) and the principal investigator (PI) to develop pipelines for genomic analysis of Treponema genomes
Organize regular meetings with the research team to share progress and insights, discuss findings, and refine the research objectives and methodologies
Data Management: Organize and maintain a comprehensive sequence database with associated metadata
Analyze and synthesize research findings from various sources to identify key trends, data types, emerging technologies, and gaps in the existing literature
Deadline Adherence: Meet project deadlines and milestones in a timely manner while maintaining the quality and accuracy of the work
Experience with python, SQL, a workflow language (snakemake or nextflow), and/or unix environment is preferred.


PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g., biology, microbiology, pathology, public health, computer science, or a related discipline).
Possibility of renewal contingent upon funding.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Please provide: (1) A cover letter outlining your relevant experiences that align with the specified qualifications, elucidating how these experiences have equipped you for success in this position, (2) a CV, and (3) two relevant publications.

Duration: Intern (Fixed Term) (Trainee), 12 month(s)
Hours of Work: Full time, 36.25 hours per week
Compensation Group: Individual Contributor
Posting Date: 01-18-2024
Closing Date: Until Filled

Please note: applications will be received no later than 11:59pm on the date preceding the closing date as indicated on the Job Requisition.

Note: Internal candidates will be considered first.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.

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Public Health Ontario
Closing date
February 18th, 2024
Posted on
January 18th, 2024 15:38
Last updated
January 18th, 2024 15:38