Post-Doc in psychiatric genomics, fully funded
Université de Montréal

Post-Doc in psychiatric genomics, fully funded

Canada 22 Apr 2021

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Our laboratories are recruiting a talented postdoctoral researcher with a background in genomics.

The laboratory of Sébastien Jacquemont is mapping the relationship between rare genomic variants, cognition, behaviour, and risk for neuropsychiatric conditions. This work is conducted within the new "Genome 2 Mental Health" Consortium funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

The laboratory of Guillaume Dumas is combining computational tools and multi-scale approaches for the study of mental function and dysfunction and the tailoring of optimal care to the individual patient, from genomes to smartphones.

Requirements:

The ideal candidate holds a Ph.D. in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, or equivalent and should have coding skills using either R, Python, or Matlab.

Nature of the research:

We aim to understand the relationship between rare genomic variants, cognitive and behavioural dimensions, and risk for psychiatric conditions.

Analyses will be performed on general population and psychiatric cohorts with cognitive, neuroimaging, and genomic data. This aggregate dataset of over 30 different international cohorts includes between 400000 and 800000 individuals. CNV data are called using genotyping array data. Exome and Whole-genome sequencing data are also available for a subset of the dataset (target: > 200000 individuals).

The successful candidate will investigate the relationship between the functional annotation of genes (e.g. the topological distribution of gene expression across the brain and their effects on neural, cognitive, and behavioural measures as well as risk for psychiatric disorders).

Collaborations with other students in the labs of Danilo Bzdok (https://danilobzdok.de/) and Guillaume Dumas (http://gdumas.fr/) will allow to perform analyses across modalities and use state-of-the-art computational methods.

Environment:

Our lab offers a stimulating and international environment. The project is conducted with large consortia (USA, Canada, and Europe). Students thus interact with international teams and can train in a collaborating laboratory abroad to gain additional expertise. They can attend summer schools on specific topics as well. They are expected to present their research at international conferences.

Positions are available now and will remain open during the next year.

Candidates should send curriculum vitae and recommendation to:

Sébastien Jacquemont
Associate Professor, University of Montreal
Canada Research Chair
sebastien.jacquemont@umontreal.ca
https://www.minds-genes.org/
http://gdumas.fr/
https://danilobzdok.de/
https://recherche.chusj.org/fr/accueil

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