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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship -- Microbial Genomics @ Public Health Ontario -- Toronto, ON, Canada
    Submitted by Phil Goss; posted on Friday, September 04, 2020


    Organizational Overview:
    Great people, exceptional teams building a stronger Public Health Ontario.

    We are Public Health Ontario (PHO). We live our values as a shared promise to each other, our clients and our partners. We value credibility, innovation, responsiveness, collaboration, integrity and respect. With our partners in Ontario's health system, we monitor and address the needs of the population by providing the scientific evidence and expert guidance that shapes policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. With locations across Ontario, we are working to ensure that Ontario has the strongest public health system in the world so that every day Ontarians wake up in one of the safest places to live in the world.

    For more information about PHO, visit

    Position Summary:
    We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral fellow to contribute to an effort looking to integrate genomics/metagenomics and epidemiological/clinical data to enhance investigations of infectious diseases caused by bacterial organisms (e.g. Neisseria gonorrhoeae). This is a collaborative project involving medical/clinical microbiologists, and infectious disease and infection and prevention control specialists.


    Key Responsibilities:
    Under the direction of the principal investigator:
    • Performs integration of genomics/metagenomics and epidemiological/clinical data for infections caused by bacterial pathogens of public health relevance
    • Designs, executes, and conducts research
    • Analyzes and reports original research
    • Attends meetings and writes reports/manuscripts as required


    Knowledge and Skills:
    • Biology training and experience with contemporary experimental approaches, particularly knowledge of bioinformatics tools and the ability to analyze large-scale genomics datasets, including next-generation sequencing and genome-wide genotyping datasets
    • Demonstrated proficiency in programming in Perl and/or Python and shell scripting is essential.
    • Knowledge of theoretical population genetics and complex trait mapping is a plus.
    • Thorough understanding of molecular biology would be considered an asset.
    • Experience in transcriptomics would be a plus.
    Education and Experience:
    • PhD degree in microbiology, genetics, epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics or related field
    • Experience in bioinformatics
    • Experience working with complex samples and in a multidisciplinary team
    Attributes and Competencies:
    • Excellent oral and written (as demonstrated by publication record) communication skills to discuss results with medical and scientific professionals
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment, especially within a multi-disciplinary team


    Duration: Temporary – 12 month contract
    Hours of work: Full-Time


    Location: 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
    Department: Research and Development


    Compensation Group: Non-union


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    Posting Date: September 1, 2020
    Closing Date: September 15, 2020

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