There are many opportunities to become involved in the research that we undertake in this research lab and in collaborating labs. With interdisciplinary expertise spanning from ecology, evolution, physiology, developmental biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics, computational biology, mathematics, statistics and chemistry, Carleton University researchers are well positioned to make significant advances in drug discovery and systems biology.
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Please consider the following in preparing your application: Have in mind a topic that is of fundamental interest to both the lab and to yourself and read some relevant review publications. You should have strong academic skills, laboratory and/or computer programming experience and have some financial backing. In addition, there are many soft skills that will be considered: communication skills (oral & written proficiency of the english language), strength of character (determination, enthusiasm) and social competence.
Post Doctoral Fellows
There are many interesting projects available for PDFs, from solving pure computational biology problems to combining bioinformatics with experimental biochemistry. Here, you will further develop your skills and make yourself an even more attractive candidate for academic or industry positions.
If you are a foreign candidate, you must have english proficiency in both oral and written communication. You also need to be eligible for a work-permit in Canada, of which a prerequisite is a letter of offer from my lab. Inquire at your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate about the details and allow six months or more to get this organized.
Currently, we have no fully funded positions for PDFs. However, if you have an existing scholarship, you are more than welcome to apply. Otherwise, please consider applying for NSERC or CIHR PDF funding, for which I can certainly help you put together an application.
We have open positions for graduate students. If you are interested in joining the lab, then you must provide the following:
- CV (include professional objective and highlight of skills).
- 2 letters of reference + contact information.
- A single page proposal + literature references describing a research problem in the field of interest complemented by one or more sufficiently detailed approaches to the problem (include advantages and disadvantages of the approach).
- What funding you have secured or will apply for (NSERC, CIHR, OGS, CGS).
These materials should convince me that you will succeed in your graduate studies within the expected time frame. Since the number of positions is limited, you will have to compete with other potential students with your academic achievements, unless you have secured independent funding (scholarships, awards).
Please visit the School of Graduate Studies and Research for further information on applying to Carleton or the Joint Institute of Biology.
Senior undergraduate students may apply to work on a term project and/or year long research project (see research courses. Undergraduate summer students, who have applied or hold NSERC summer studentships (applications), work on projects that should be completed within 16 weeks (May to August). CO-OP students via the CWP Program, work 35 hours a week towards a project that delivers a foundation in bioinformatics research and development.
Students will be recruited according to the following requirements:
- CV (include your professional objective, highlight of skills, prior programming/lab experience).
- transcript (unofficial)
- 1 paragraph description of your interests.
Interested in getting paid to do research??? The Dumontier Lab participates in the Talent First Program. This program is available to domestic undergraduate students. Contact us if you are interested!
Letters of Reference
Please refer to this guide before asking Dr. Dumontier for letter of reference.