Master’s student in the field of Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION

Workplace : CRIUGM

Number of positions to fill : 1

Shift : Day

Starting date in the job : As soon as possible.

Salary : Funding is available for 2 years at rates generally recommended in university programs. The selected candidate will also need to apply for external scholarships.

Employment status : Temporary full time

Duration : 2 years

DESCRIPTION

The laboratories of Oury Monchi (PCAN, at the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal) and Ziv Gan-Or (NAP-Med at The Neuro and McGill University) are looking for a master’s student with an interest in clinical research in neurological disorders, bioinformatics, genetics and behavior. The successful candidate will work on a project to characterize the genetic profile of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is associated with a significant presence of neuropsychiatric symptoms at different stages of the disease. These symptoms include depression, anxiety, apathy, psychosis, hallucinations, impulse control disorders and others. Yet very little is known about the genetic origins of the neuropsychiatric burden of PD. The project aims first to investigate the effect of several specific genetic mutations on neuropsychiatric symptoms as measured by the Mild Behavioral Impairment checklist and, second, to explore new associations between genotypes and these neuropsychiatric symptoms using molecular inverted probes.

The student will be enrolled in a Master’s program at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Oury Monchi and will be located mainly at the Research Centre of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). He/she will also work under the co-supervision of Ziv Gan-Or in the Neurogenomics and Precision Medicine laboratory at McGill University. Finally, the project will benefit from the collaboration of Zahinoor Ismail of the University of Calgary, who created with his collaborators the Mild Behavioral Impairment checklist.

Profile sought:
Person eligible for a graduate program at the Université de Montréal in a relevant field
Bachelor’s degree (1st university cycle) in biomedical sciences, genetics, bioinformatics or neuroscience.
Familiarity with R and Python required
Teamwork and excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Very Good level of English, basic knowledge of French

Duration and salary:
Funding is available for 2 years at rates generally recommended in university programs. The selected candidate will also need to apply for external scholarships.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter indicating your interests and research experience, as well as a CV and contact details of two references to oury.monchi@umontreal.ca

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

REQUIREMENTS

Level of study requested : University bachelor's degree

Written languages : French (functional or willing to learn), English (scientific reading/writing)

Spoken languages : French (functional or willing to learn), English (scientific)

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