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Maîtrise ou Ph.D. en virologie

Supervision: Levon Abrahamyan

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Maîtrise ou PhD en virologie (sciences vétérinaires; M.Sc. ou Ph.D., option : microbiologie)
Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

Les candidats seront impliqués dans les recherches menées au Laboratoire de virologie moléculaire animale (LVMA) sous la supervision du Dr Levon Abrahamyan.

Description des tâches

Voici des exemples de sujets pour un projet de M.Sc. ou de Ph.D. :

  • Étude des mécanismes moléculaires des interactions virus-hôte; pathogenèse des virus responsables des infections porcines les plus couteuses pour l’industrie porcine (p.ex. : le Virus du Syndrome Reproductif et Respiratoire Porcin (VSRRP) et le Virus de la Diarrhée Épidémique Porcine (VDEP, un coronavirus porcin);
  • Développement de vaccins contre les virus animaux tels que le virus de la grippe porcine et le virus maladie aléoutienne du vison;
  • Étude des arbovirus (p. ex., Zika, dengue, etc.);
  • Étude des virus des abeilles.

Les candidats effectueront les expériences in vitro, ex vivo et in vivo pour caractériser la pathogenèse des virus cités. Ainsi, ils devront apprendre et utiliser diverses techniques de laboratoire telles que : la culture cellulaire, la production de virus, la biologie moléculaire, ELISA, le PCR traditionnel et qPCR, western blot, l’immunofluorescence, la synthèse de virus génétiquement modifiés et l’expression de protéines transitoires/stables en culture cellulaire, le séquençage du génome, protéomique, etc.

Date limite

L’affichage des postes prendra fin dès que des candidats hautement qualifiés seront sélectionnés. Toutefois, les candidatures tardives peuvent être acceptés car le laboratoire recrute régulièrement.

Détails supplémentaires

Le montant des bourses peut varier de 15 000 $ à 22 000 $ selon le diplôme obtenu et l’expérience professionnelle cumulée relative au projet. Bien que le laboratoire soit localisé dans un milieu francophone, la maitrise du français n’est pas obligatoire si le candidat parle couramment l’anglais.

Qualifications

Les candidats à la maitrise (M.Sc.) doivent posséder au moins un diplôme universitaire de premier cycle ou un équivalent, les candidats au doctorat (Ph.D.) doivent détenir un diplôme de M.Sc. ou équivalent jugé conforme selon les standards de l’Université de Montréal. Tous les diplômés ou équivalents doivent être spécialisés dans le ou les domaines suivants : microbiologie, immunologie, biologie cellulaire, biochimie, virologie ou autres domaines reliés. Un diplôme en médecine vétérinaire (tel que le DMV) sera considéré comme un atout.

Soumission de candidature

Envoyez à vet.virology.position@gmail.com:

  • votre C.V.
  • des copies de vos diplômes ou relevés de notes pertinents
  • une lettre de présentation détaillée
  • les coordonnées de vos anciens directeurs ou superviseurs qui pourraient rédiger les lettres de recommandation au Dr Levon Abrahamyan.

Type d'emploi

Temps Plein

Salaire

15 000,00$ à 23 000,00$ /année


MSc or PhD student positions in Virology (Veterinary Sciences, option - Microbiology)

Laboratory for Animal Molecular Virology (Laboratoire de virologie moléculaire animale – LVMA), Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada.

Skills

Candidate must be comfortable working with animal and human viruses. We are looking for highly motivated and creative students to join our research team.

To the candidates

  • Experience in mammalian cell culture and molecular biology is highly preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge in virology, RNA biology and biochemical techniques is preferred, but is not required.  Candidates for PhD program should have previous research experience in molecular or cell biology, medical or veterinary research.
  • Fluency in English or/and French (spoken and written) is required.
  • The University of Montreal is a francophone university, but English is also used in the laboratory as the medium of instruction.
  • Student should be able to work under pressure and meet important deadlines;
  • Good-planning, high-level of self-discipline, and autonomy are expected, especially for PhD candidates;
  • Because we have several ongoing pilot-projects, it is expected that student should be able to work on some side-projects, without affecting the dynamics of his/her main research project.

Job Description

Candidates will be involved in research projects of the Laboratory for Animal Molecular Virology under the supervision of Dr. Levon Abrahamyan.
The following are some examples of potential M.Sc. and Ph.D. research projects:

  • Studies on the pathogenesis of important animal nidoviruses (such as PRRSV and PEDV, a swine coronavirus) during the early steps of viral infection (virus binding, virus entry and uncoating)
  • The molecular mechanisms of virus-host interactions of important animal and human RNA viruses
  • Development of a universal vaccine against porcine influenza virus
  • Development of a vaccine against Aleutian Mink Disease virus (parvovirus)
  • Study of honeybees viruses.


The successful candidates will conduct a variety of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo experiments to study viral pathogenesis. Thus, they will have the opportunity to learn and apply different experimental techniques, including cell culture, virus production, ELISA, traditional PCR and qPCR, western blot, immunofluorescence, synthesis of genetically modified viruses and transient/stable expression of proteins in cell cultures, proteomics, etc.

We are seeking highly motivated and creative researchers to join our team. The successful candidates will enjoy working in a friendly, vibrant, and collaborative environment. Our lab has very welcoming atmosphere, because we are a multicultural and multi-language team.

Comments

I am expecting a full-time, hard-working student: someone who is a loyal, team-player, and goal-oriented. I am seeking an intelligent young colleague who understands that he/she can be successful and his/her success is also our success. Our Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is located in Saint-Hyacinthe, 60 km east of Montreal. As a student of our University, you will have certain social benefits (check the corresponding website of our University).

Deadline

Immediately. However, all late applications would be considered on a rolling basis because my lab is always looking for talented students.

How to apply

Please, send your CV, as well as contact information of your former or current supervisors, who are willing to write letters of recommendation. Please, send a detailed personal statement describing your goals and qualifications for the position, copies of your transcript of grades and diploma(s) to the following address: vet.virology.position@gmail.com.

Priority will be given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, to French and Belgian citizens.

Salary

Fellowships ranging from 15,000$ to 23,000$ will be offered to the applicants based on the diplomas and past lab experience. However, it is expected that students will apply for internal and external fellowships.