U. de Sherbrooke: Tenure Track, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases




The Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke (http://www.usherbrooke.ca/dep-microbiologie/) invites applications for a tenure-track Faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in virology. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and applicants review of the applications will begin on April 1st, 2024.


We seek a scientist with expertise in virology, RNA biology of viral pathogens, delivery of therapeutic RNAs, host-pathogen interactions or vaccine development using RNA technologies are particularly encouraged to apply. Other research programs will be considered, as long as they are complementary to the strengths of the Department and Institution. A broad range of  methodological approaches will be considered, including but not limited to: bioinformatics,  computational biology including artificial intelligence, strcutral biology, functional genomics, imaging, transcriptomics and proteomics). Candidates must hold a PhD and/or MD degree and at least two years of postdoctoral training with an excellent publication record.


The successful candidate will join 22 clinical and fundamental microbiologists at the department of microbiology, as well as an internationally recognized group of more than 10 RNA biologists working in Sherbrooke. The candidate will also join an emerging research team working on the microbiome/virome and antimicrobial resistance. The research facility will be part of a brand new building: the precision health and translational research pavilion. Being located on the health campus, next to the university hospital and clinical research center, our research environment is ideal to conduct projects involving clinical samples and patients. Our researchers have access to multiple technological platforms in RNomics, sequencing, digital PCR, mass spectrometry, microscopy and imaging, as well as state-of-the-art animal facilities. The Université de Sherbrooke has also built a critical mass of expertise in RNA biology (small RNAs, telomerase, splicing) and cancer (colorectal, breast and ovarian), leading to the development of a dynamic academic and technical infrastructure (e.g. RiboClub, www.riboclub.org, a RNomics platform, https://rnomics.med.usherbrooke.ca, and a Cancer research axis, http://cr.chus.qc.ca/axes/cancer/). Candidates whose research program involves pathogens will have access to a state-of-the-art BSL-3 facility to be built in a new research building. The successful applicant will be given generous startup funds and offered a mentoring program to connect them to both local, national and international resources. Possibilities of creating collaborations across the faculty and university also exist since research projects in virology are also conducted in the Department of Biochemistry (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/dep-biochimie/) and Biology (Faculty of Sciences, https://www.usherbrooke.ca/biologie/). Further potential research links could involve animal models and/or patient cohorts linked to clinical research at the Center for Research on Aging (CdRV).



The successful candidate is expected to maintain a competitive externally funded research program and participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching.  Candidate should have working knowledge of French or commitment to learn French within the first 5 years of their appointment.


The Université de Sherbrooke is a leading francophone institution recognized for the quality of training and innovation. The University has more than 40 000 students from 97 countries and employs over 6 000 people. The city of Sherbrooke is renowned for its excellent school system, quality of life, and access to exceptional outdoor activities. The Université de Sherbrooke firmly supports equity, inclusion and diversity and encourages women, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities to apply.


To apply, please send:

  • Your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • The date of your highest or more relevant degree earned and the name of the degree-granting institution
  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests and future plans (2 pages maximum)
  • The names and contact information for three references.


The applications and documents should be sent to the search committee: microbio-conf-med@USherbrooke.ca.


**Please indicate this reference number in your submission: UdeS-106.