We are pleased to open the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science. This Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide salary support for up to two years for an early career investigator pursuing research in the areas of statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology. We seek to support research projects that deepen our understanding of genomic epidemiology of infectious disease, using genomics for pathogen surveillance or host-virus genetic interaction.
The Fellowship offers two-year salary support for up to $50,000 per year for postdoctoral fellows undertaking full-time research. Candidates are responsible for selecting, contacting, and securing the commitment of two mentors to jointly supervise them in their project.
November 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
Read all requirements and then submit a completed Application Form.
Applicants must be undertaking full-time research during the term of the postdoctoral fellowship at a CANSSI Ontario member university or any of their affiliated research institutes.
Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD in the fields of statistics, computational biology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computer science, epidemiology, engineering, mathematics, genomics or other related quantitative fields between January 1, 2019, and January 1, 2022. The window of eligibility could be extended by a cumulative maximum of three years if the applicant had their career interrupted for extenuating circumstances, such as parental leave, illness, health-related family responsibilities, mandatory military service, disruptions due to war, civil conflicts and/or natural disasters in the country of residence, socio-economic reasons/lack of research opportunities, etc. It will only be extended by the duration of the eligible delay(s)/interruption(s).
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign citizens are eligible to apply provided that their proposed host institution is a CANSSI Ontario member university or any of their affiliated research institutes.
All applications in the areas of statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology, developing new methodology or using existing methodology in innovative ways, may be considered. However, research projects in genomic epidemiology of infectious disease, using genomics for pathogen surveillance or host -virus genetic interaction are of particular interest. Funding eligibility of submissions will be assessed on the basis of scientific excellence and innovation by an adjudication panel.
Applicants are responsible for finding, contacting, and securing the commitment of two (2) mentors to jointly supervise them for the duration of the fellowship.
The two proposed supervisors must be from different academic divisions at a CANSSI Ontario member university or at their affiliated research institutes, where at least one is a faculty member with a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, computational biology, genomics, or computer science. The second supervisor can be from any other field. The expertise provided by the two supervisors should complement each other and provide the applicant with a broad perspective.
Both proposed supervisors must provide, in writing, their commitment to supervise and to guide the research work of the candidate. Only PDF files will be accepted, with a maximum size of 2 MB per file.
Applicants must assemble all of the following materials and documents and enter or upload them to the application form.
Applicants will need to provide the contact information of their two (2) proposed supervisors. Each supervisor will be contacted to complete and submit their letter of support online. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application is complete and submitted online by the competition deadline.
Upon receipt of all materials and documents, including both letters of support from the two (2) proposed supervisors, an acknowledgement of receipt and completion will be emailed to the applicant.
Application form opens: September 15, 2021.
Application form closes: November 30, 2021.
Application evaluated: December 2021.
Candidates and their mentors are notified (by email) of the decision: January 2021.
Release of final results: February 2021.
Only candidates who accept the offer will be posted on the CANSSI Ontario and Ontario Genomics websites.
Applications will be evaluated and an awardee will be selected by the fellowship adjudication panel.
Funding decisions will be disclosed to each applicant and their supervisors by email. The name of the successful applicant will be publicly announced on the CANSSI Ontario and Ontario Genomics websites.