RNA Innovation – NSERC CREATE Program

Gain real-world, hands-on research experience.

Not sure what to do with your BSc degree? Add value to your degree and become a part of the emerging RNA industry! RNA Innovation is the ideal program for students that desire real-world, hands-on experience during their research program.

Now accepting applications for Sept 2020 start. Apply by April 1, 2020!

To learn more, visit: RNAInnovation.ca

Research Excellence

RNA Innovation is a unique partnership between two leading RNA research institutions (University of Lethbridge, Université de Sherbrooke) and industry collaborators, providing trainees with an exceptional learning experience during their graduate studies program.

This NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program aims to produce highly qualified personnel with skills in advanced RNA research, scientific leadership, and industry experience.

The NSERC CREATE RNA Innovation Program supports trainees in:

  • Emerging RNA research and product development.
  • Adding value to their degree through on-site training.
  • Developing skills in management, leadership, communication and ethics.
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Facilitating access to leading industry collaborations.

Industry Experience

The major advantage of RNA Innovation is the access to industry collaborations. Each trainee cohort will work together with an industry partner to solve a research and development (R&D) problem as part of the deepYellow Challenge. Together, trainees will learn to apply their research training, work as a team, and develop a final product.

Trainees will also receive funding for on-site industry training and project development through the Twinning Program. All participants will be matched with a specific internship, receive mentorship and a personalized networking experience. This program provides on-site training and fosters connections to future employers.

Professional Skills

In addition to academic and research skills, trainees will develop skills in management, leadership, communication, teaching, integrity and ethics through complementary workshops and courses.

Participation in the deepYellow challenge will encourage development of project management and entrepreneurial skills. Additional workshops providing some theoretical foundation in management will supplement the trainee’s learning experience.

All trainees will be required to participate in a new graduate level Scientific Leadership course. Modules will include professional communication, integrity & ethics, and leadership with respect to gender and minority representation.

Highly Qualified Personnel

Graduates of the RNA Innovation program will be uniquely trained, “job-ready” with knowledge of applied and basic research, and possess a diverse set of leadership skills. This multidisciplinary background will make them ideally suited to careers in a multitude of biotechnology fields.

RNA Innovation is the ideal program for students that desire real-world, hands-on experience during their research program. Funding is available for graduate students (MSc and PhD) and post-doctoral fellows.


RNA Innovation is an intensive two-year program and requires commitment from the trainee and support from their supervisor. All RNA Innovation commitments are in addition to any graduate program thesis requirements.

For more information, please visit our website: RNAInnovation.ca

How to Apply

Applications for the RNA Innovation program are open until April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm MST. Students currently enrolled or accepted into graduate studies are encouraged to apply. Students accepted into RNA Innovation can commence their studies in September 2020.

Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their last two years of undergraduate studies, although applicants with a lower GPA are still encouraged to apply if they have sufficient research and/or industry experience.

Application requirements:

  • Completion of application form (available online).
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable).
  • Reference letters from 3 academic or industry referees.

For full application details, please visit our website: RNAInnovation.ca

Supporting institutions:

University of Lethbridge and Université de Sherbrooke

University of Lethbridge
Université de Sherbrooke


Cell Biologist | Department of Biology | Dalhousie University

The Department of Biology at Dalhousie University invites applications for a full-time probationary tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cell Biology beginning as early as July 2020. This search is restricted to candidates who self-identify within particular equity-seeking groups (see below).

We seek a dynamic researcher working in the areas of cell structure and function and/or cell signaling and other mechanisms by which cells respond to changes in their environment. We are especially interested in scholars who will create synergies with existing strengths in our diverse department (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/biology.html). Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience and demonstrated excellence in research potential. The candidate must also demonstrate clear potential for excellence in teaching and interest in incorporating innovative, effective evidence-based approaches to teaching in their classroom. The successful candidate will be expected to 1) develop an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, 2) supervise honors students and graduate students at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels, 3) participate in team teaching of large introductory courses in cell biology and genetics as well as develop and teach an upper-level/graduate course and 4) contribute positively to an inclusive, dynamic and diverse department.

Applications must include a one-page cover letter summarizing the application, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests and research plan (maximum three pages), description of teaching philosophy and interests (maximum three pages), and names and contact information of three referees. All correspondence will be acknowledged. Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2020 and can be submitted at http://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/2588.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: women, racially visible persons, Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, or persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. (See www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid for definitions of these groups.) All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Department Chair – Department of Biology – University of Western Ontario Faculty of science

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The University of Western Ontario
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Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.  Applications from external and internal candidates, who must hold at least the rank of Associate Professor with tenure or its international equivalent, will be considered.  A record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision, and research in Biology is required, as well as some administrative experience. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Biology, or related discipline, and a strong record of research productivity in the form of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals, awards, invited talks and other scholarly achievements.  The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the direction of the Department, demonstrated leadership ability and integrity, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to be a strong advocate for the Department. The successful candidate will be energetic and able to recognize, take, and create opportunities.  They must have the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships both within Science and across the Western community, as well as in the Canadian Biology community.

The Chair will consult with the Dean on Departmental budgetary requirements and administer the Departmental budget.  The Chair will also be expected to develop and facilitate the implementation of a Departmental academic, research and administrative plan that will aim to position the Department within the top tier of Canadian Biology departments.  Furthermore, the Chair will be a part of the Faculty of Science leadership team and as such, will help develop a new academic plan for the Faculty of Science.  These plans must be consistent with one another, as well as with the strategic plans of the University. The Chair will develop and implement a strategy for mentoring, developing, and supporting Departmental faculty and staff across career stages, with a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Department of Biology has a broad range of interests, with recognized expertise in insect biology, evolutionary and ecological genetics, animal physiology and behaviour, locomotion and migration, vertebrate developmental biology, plant stress biology, soil-microbe interactions, and fungal biodiversity. The Department and Western have built world-class, unique research facilities including the Advanced Facility for Avian Research, the Biotron Centre for Experimental Climate Change Research, the Environmental Sciences Western Field Station, the London Regional Genomics Centre, the Brain and Mind Institute and specialized facilities for imaging and microscopy.  The Department also has strong connections with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses. Further information about Western can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/.

Candidates should submit, electronically, a complete application package, that includes a curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the department, one-page teaching and research statements, and contact details of at least three referees. Candidates should also provide a cover letter explaining how their expertise and proposed research fit this position.

Please ensure that the Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form available at https://www.uwo.ca//facultyrelations/pdf/full-time-application-form.pdf is completed and included in your application submission.

External candidates will be appointed with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor as appropriate. The Chair appointment is normally a (renewable) five-year term. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment is anticipated to commence on July 1, 2020.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Matt Davison
Dean of Science
North Campus Building
The University of Western Ontario


Reference Job ID: DOB2020


Considerations of applications will begin on March 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Brenda Hutcheson at blhutche@uwo.ca.


Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean, The University of Western Ontario

North Campus Building, Room 240, London, Ontario   CANADA N6A 5B7

PH: (519) 661 3040  F: (519) 661-3703 www.uwo.ca/sci/