Career Opportunities

Category: Fellows Students Date Posted: 04-Jan-2019 End Date: 25-Jan-2019 ID: 1294
Post Doctoral Fellow
Contact/Scientist: Dr. M. Brand
Program: Regenerative Medicine

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The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa. With more than 1,700 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $100 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. We are investigating virtually every major disease and condition, with a focus on answering important health questions and translating our findings into benefits for patients and society.
Brief Job Description:
A 3-year postdoctoral fellowship is available to examine epigenetic changes in response to alpha-radiation in the blood of humans chronically exposed to radon. This study is part of a project aimed at understanding the effects of radon exposure on cancer susceptibility in Canada.  The project will be performed in collaboration between Dr. Richard Richardson’s lab at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in Chalk River (, and Dr. Marjorie Brand’s lab at the Sprott Center for Stem Cell Research at the OHRI ( The postdoctoral fellow will be based mostly at the OHRI with frequent visits to the CNL.

The Sprott Center is a premier research center in Canada. Located at the OHRI, the Center offers outstanding on-site core facilities (CyTOF, 10x Chromium, Nanopore RNA sequencing, mass spectrometry, microscopy) ( for advanced molecular and cellular studies. Advanced computational biology support is provided both on-site through the Ottawa Bioinformatics Core and through internal and external collaborations. 

Requirements (Education/Experience):
We are seeking a highly motivated, self-driven individual, interested in developing and managing a research project on epigenetic modifications (particularly DNA methylation) in blood cells of human donors chronically exposed to radon.  Candidates should be near completion or being within two years of completing a PhD in cellular and molecular biology or a similar area.

Candidates should have at least one first (or co-first) author manuscript, published or under consideration at an international scientific journal. Previous experience studying DNA methylation (wet lab and computational) would be an asset. Candidates must be a Canadian citizen or be a permanent resident and have lived in Canada for at least 5 years.

Comments to applicant:
Interested individuals should send a full CV with a 1-page paragraph describing their motivation to join the lab as well their future career goals. Applications should be sent as a single pdf by email to Sandy Martino at

We thank all applicants for their interest.  However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.  The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.