March 27-31: Academic Career Week

Human Genetics Newsletter 2017-03-24

Getting ready to launch your academic career? Academic Career Week is designed to help.

See the Academic Career Week 2017 Roster below:

Strategies for a Successful Thesis DefenceMonday, March 27 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Brown 5001The Academic Interview & The Job TalkTuesday, March 28 | 12:30pm – 2:00 pm | Brown 5001(MAC) The Academic Interview & The Job TalkTuesday, March 28 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Mac Campus Faculty LoungeHow to Get Your Research OutWednesday, March 29 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 | Brown 5001Collaboration & The Dissertation: Getting the Most Out of Your SupervisorWednesday, March 29 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Brown 5001The Academic Dossier: Teaching & Research StatementsThursday, March 30 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Brown 3001Negotiating Your Job OfferThursday, March 30 |  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Brown 5001The Academic CV & Cover Letter PresentationFriday, March 31, 2017 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Brown 5001    


Please see details on how to register and panel details here:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Molner



McGill graduate students enrolled in an MSc/PhD program, who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status are eligible to apply for:

  • 3-12 months research stays at a non-Canadian Commonwealth institution as a part of their Master or PhD research;
  • Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The “Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World” program offers awards of $6000 to $8000 to help with travel and living expenses during the stay. Institutions at all commonwealth countries are eligible, including:

South Africa, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

Eligible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Genetic/genomic epidemiology
  • High-throughput experimental methods in biology associated with quantitative analysis of data
  • Bioinformatics and computational genomics

For further information and application instructions, consult the guidelines.

For more info contact:


McGill Global Health Workshop: Advanced Grantsmanship for Postdoctoral Fellows

McGill Global Health Programs is organizing a series of workshops targeted to McGill postdocs working in a global health field.

The first workshop will focus on Advanced Grantsmanship and will be held over two days on April 11 and 13, 2017 between 11:30AM and 4:30PM.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Additional information and the registration link can be found here:


Calling all graduate students: Be part of the Acfas Congress at McGill! May 8-12, 2017

More than 150 volunteers needed!

The annual congress of the Association francophone du savoir (Acfas) is the largest multidisciplinary research event in the Francophonie and McGill is proud to be hosting it this year. From May 8-12, some 6,000 participants from Quebec, Canada and abroad will descend on lower campus to take part in about 220 colloquia and hundreds of oral and poster presentations. Participants are primarily researchers, but also include graduate students and postdocs. In order to guarantee its success, we will need your help. In return, get a free pass to the Congress!

Click here to read more!

To participate, fill out this online form before March 31st.


March 23: 17th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference

The 17th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference (AMBGC) is a one-day conference for the students of the Department of Experimental Medicine. Students from other departments, as well as from neighbouring universities in Quebec and Ontario are also invited to participate. This conference has been running for 16 consecutive years, and has grown to be the second largest student-led conference in Canada, bringing together all fields of research covered in our academic division, such as Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Immunology, Development, Endocrinology, Cardiovascular System, Epidemiology, and Bioethics.

Conference Date: March 23, 2017

Conference Location: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal (1050 Sherbrooked St. W)

Abstract submission deadline for posters: March 06, 11:59pm.

Registration for conference: Free

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Keith Mostov, UCSF, San Fransico, CA

For further details, visit the Conference website


Graphos workshop: Writing and Publication

The upcomingGraphos workshops focused on writing and publication, are offered free of charge but requires registration:

Feb 21: Publishing and Peer Review

Mar 9: Strategies for Effective Outlining

Mar 21: Responding to Journal Reviewers: Getting through the R&R stage


Academic Job Search Boot Camp

Hitting the job market for faculty positions?

Applying for postdoctoral positions?

The Academic Job Search Boot Camp (offered in collaboration with the Experimental Medicine Graduate Student Society) is for those seeking information, tips and advice about either an academic PI position or a postdoctoral fellow position. These sessions will include a workshop by CaPS, and panels with academic PIs (who will also offer the perspective of faculty hiring committees).

Session 1: Academic Job Applications | March 2, 2017 | noon – 3:30 pm | EM1.3509, Glen site

(lunch will be provided to registered participants of session 1)

Session 2: Academic Job Interviews | March 16, 2017 | 3 – 5 pm | EM1.3509, Glen site

Session 2: Academic Job Interviews | March 31, 2017 | 3 – 5 pm | L7-140, MGH site

(coffee and snacks will be provided to registered participants of session 2)

Registration: click here (Please register for all the sessions that you plan to attend)

For more information visit


Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity in Panama

Do you want to gain work experience with the United Nations? Are you passionate about topics of safety and security in Latin America? Do you enjoy extensive research and analytical writing?

The United Nations Office of Safety and Security is seeking an intern for summer 2017 to work in its office located in Panama City. Applications must be returning to McGill in fall 2017, and possess intermediate to advanced language proficiency in Spanish.

For more information, please see the internship posting or visit our website:

For more info contact: Laura Di Maio (514-398-2916)


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: GPS Graduate Mobility Award 2016-17

The Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill who have been nominated by their academic unit and faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity. The mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis. A limited number of Awards are available each year on a competitive basis.

Deadline: Rolling Submission. Submit your request to the Department of Human Genetics.

For information regarding eligibility and how to apply, visit here.


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