Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship

About

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.

Contacts 

Ann Meyer
Advisor, Sector Innovation & Programs
Ontario Genomics 

Telephone: 416-673-6587  

Email: ameyer@ontariogenomics.ca 

 

Esther Berzunza
Program Manager
CANSSI Ontario 

Telephone: 416-689-7271  

Email: esther.berzunza@utoronto.ca 
 

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.

 

  1. Summary of Proposed Research Project Length: up to 6 letter-sized pages. 2.54 cm (1 inch) top, bottom, left, and right margins. 12-point Times New Roman, black font. Single-spaced. No condensed type or spacing. Single PDF file.

    Content:. Using the following headings, describe the proposed research in enough detail to allow informed assessment by the adjudication committee members. This summary should be written in general scientific language.

    Proposed research background:. Present, concisely, your project’s general objective(s) and its specific aims. Highlighting how your objective pertains to genomic epidemiology of infectious disease, using genomics for pathogen surveillance or host -virus genetic interaction, if applicable. Include the scientific background, significance, originality, and anticipated contribution to the advancement of knowledge; in other words, state what is the research problem, why this is an important research question, and why you are undertaking this project to address it.

    Methodology:. Describe and justify, for each of your project’s specific aims, your choice of specific instruments, strategies, key activities, expected outcomes, and timelines, including, for example, methodological approaches and procedures for data collection. For a statistical research project, for example, provide an outline of the proposed theoretical and computational approaches and any specific techniques required to develop and evaluate proposed new analytic methods, including critical features in the design of simulation studies and in the application of the methods to available or anticipated study data. In other words, state why your proposed methodology is ideal to achieve each of your project’s specific aims. Include any ethical considerations, such as the requirement for Research Ethics Board approval.

    Supervisors and Roles:. Describe how this project fits with ongoing work by the proposed supervisors and the roles of any collaborators in the project. Provide the rationale for selecting your proposed host institution and supervisors. Describe how the expertise of your two proposed supervisors complement each other and how, together, they will provide the right combination for the success of your research project and training.

    Candidate:. Describe your role in the project and how it will prepare you for career goals in the fields of genetic epidemiology or statistical genetics. Explain the relationship and relevance of the proposed research to your long-term research goals. Describe how the proposed project relates to experiences and insights gained from earlier research experience.

 

  1. Academic CV

    Length: up to 4 letter-sized pages. 2.54 cm (1 inch) top, bottom, left, and right margins. 12-point Times New Roman, black font. Single-spaced. No condensed type or spacing. Single PDF file.

    The CV should include the following headings, as applicable:
    • Name and Affiliation
    • Work Experience
    • Academic and Training Background
    • Significant Accomplishments (in point form, indicate which are considered the applicant’s three to five most significant accomplishments, such as leadership roles, research achievements, applications of their research, influence on policy and practice, etc.)
    • Selected Recognitions and Awards
    • Selected Research Outputs (provide a link, where available), including, but not limited to:
    • Selected peer-reviewed publications and preprints
    • Selected datasets, software and research materials
    • Selected inventions, patents and commercial activity
    • Selected Research Funding

 

  • Letters of Support from Proposed Supervisors

    Each applicant is responsible for contacting their proposed supervisors and ensuring that they each will provide a letter of support. This document must be on the institution's letterhead and signed by the supervisor. Letters must not exceed a maximum of two pages. A link will be emailed to each proposed supervisor from the on-line application portal for them to upload their letter as a single PDF.

    Each letter must include,
    • a brief paragraph summarizing the supervisor’s research;
    • a description of the fit between the supervisor’s and applicant’s research interests and how the applicant’s proposed research will complement the supervisor’s ongoing research aims;
    • a clear commitment from the supervisor to support the applicant’s research and professional development. This includes mentorship, collaboration, access to resources, and development of leadership potential.

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.