Assistant Professor – Computational Biology

The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research invites applications for a tenure-stream position in computational biology or bioinformatics. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence on Sept 1, 2017.


The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.  S/he will also be cross-appointed to the Department of Molecular Genetics.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter.  Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral training in computational sciences (computational biology, bioinformatics or quantitative biology). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


We seek an emerging researcher with an exceptional research record, as evidenced by research publications in top journals, scientific presentations, and letters of reference, and excellent teaching credentials. The successful candidate is expected to pursue innovative research in computational biology at the highest international level; to establish a strong, externally funded research program; to have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; and to participate actively in the Donnelly Centre and Department of Molecular Genetics. The candidate will participate in the Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics (QBMG) and the Computational Biology in Molecular Genetics (CBMG) Ph.D. tracks, offered through the Department of Molecular Genetics.   The QBMG track trains students, who initially specialized in computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics or other quantitative disciplines, with a foundation in modern biology.  The CBMG provides students who have been primarily trained in biology with an immersive computational biology curriculum.

State-of-the-art research space will be provided in the Donnelly Centre, which is in the heart of downtown Toronto on the University of Toronto campus. The Donnelly Centre is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Toronto with the mandate to create a research environment that encourages integration of biology, computer science, engineering and chemistry, and that spans leading areas of biomedical research (  The Department of Molecular Genetics ( holds a leadership position in Canada and internationally as a premier venue for biomedical and life sciences research and education. Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live, and a major centre for advanced computer, medical and biological technologies.  The University of Toronto has one of the most concentrated biomedical research communities in the world, including 10 academic hospitals/research institutes that are all fully affiliated with the University. This community attracts more than $800M in annual research investment.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at  Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes (in order): 1) a one-page summary that includes education/training history, citations of the applicant’s most important publications (up to five), and a 350-word abstract of their research plan; 2) a cover letter; 3) a curriculum vitae; 4) a statement of current and long-term research interests (three to five pages); and 5) a statement of teaching interests (one page). Submission guidelines can be found at 


Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Ms. Sylvie Besnard at

Deadline for applications (including reference letters): January 9, 2017.


For more information about the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, please visit


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.