McMaster University

Population Genomics

Scope of Search

Career Opportunities

Posting Date: May 31, 2016

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job Description:

Dr. Sonia Anand of Population Genomics Program is looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work with her and other team members on a birth cohort consortium project with a focus on understanding the role of maternal and early childhood diet in development of Metabolic Syndrome and related traits among children. The project also aims to identify maternal and early life biomarkers which predict the risk of Metabolic Syndrome and its consequences in children. Specifically the role of the incumbent will be to help determine the impact of maternal dietary patterns and metabolome on newborn anthropometric characteristics including birthweight, birth length, waist circumference and skinfold thickness.


    1. The successful candidate will have completed their doctorate degree or expect to complete it in the next 6 months.
    2. The ideal candidate will have basic life science/biology/engineering training and have demonstrated expertise in dietary/nutritional data analysis/interpretation. Familiarity with biomarker identification using metabolomics will be an asset.
    3. The candidate will also have demonstrated a strong statistical understanding, especially as it relates to working with large datasets dietary intake, physical measures, health behaviors and lab analysis.
    4. Knowledge of and experience working with various statistical analysis programs such as SAS and R is required

Qualified and Interested Candidates should email a complete application consisting of the following to

    1. Cover letter
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
    3. Statement of Current and Prospective research interests

We appreciate everyone’s interest; however,

only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Posting Date: September 23, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow Position at McMaster University’s Population Genomics Program

The Population Genomics Program within the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, is seeking postdoctoral fellows interested in inherited susceptibility to common diseases, gene-environment interactions, and DNA Methylation.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Molecular Biology, (Bio) Statistics, Bioinformatics, or Computer Sciences.  Demonstrated previous experience working with large population based datasets which include genomics data is required. Excellent programming (excellent R skills would be essential; SAS would be an asset) skills are required. The applicant must have excellent oral and written English skills and be able to work independently.

The appointment will be for 1-2 years dependent on the candidate’s goals, qualifications, fit and productivity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

McMaster University is recognized and internationally ranked research and educational institution, and the Dept of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics is particularly renowned with a vibrant series of rounds and other educational opportunities.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, along with a letter expressing why they are interested in this position, copies of all their transcripts copies of up to 3 publications on which they have been an author (first or co-author), as well the names and contact information for three references by email to:

Dr. Sonia Anand

Population Genomics Program
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1