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 PhD in bioinformatics @ U. Laval

At the Université Laval (Québec, Canada), we are seeking a PhD student with strong background and interest in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics to work on the regulation of
(and by) non-coding DNA using ultra high throughput sequencing data. The computational biology laboratory, headed by Professor Arnaud Droit, is developing new computational
biology tools for the next-generation sequencing data analysis. The candidate will be jointly supervised by Professors Arnaud Droit (computational biologist) and Lajmi
Lakhal-Chaieb (biostatician) and will work in collaboration with experimental biologists who will test hypotheses generated from the computational analyses back in the lab.
The position involves the development of R / Bioconductor packages for the analysis of high-throughput data, including computational algorithms development and
implementation of creative solutions for large volume data management and processing.

The successful candidate is expected to develop novel statistical algorithms relevant to the analysis of high throughput assays and to implement them into software programs
that are reusable, computationally efficient and effective.

The successful candidate will be awarded a competitive scholarship for a period of three years starting September 2012.


• A M.Sc. degree (or higher) in bioinformatics/statistics/computer science/applied mathematics or related field is required.
• Knowledge of R and C/C++ is a must.
• Must be organized and detail-oriented
• Good oral and written communication skills.

Interested graduate students must contact Arnaud Droit ( and Lajmi Lakhal-Chaieb ( as soon as possible.