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The following positions are currently available in the Parkinson Lab:

  1. Post Doctoral Fellow/Programmer
  2. Graduate Students

Post Doctoral Fellow/Programmer in Computational Systems Biology

Posted - April 2017

The Parkinson lab is currently seeking a talented and motivated computational scientist / programmer with experience in C++, java and/or python and an interest in modeling (spatio-temporal models). The project focuses on extending our current Cell++ cell simulation framework to develop new models of cell signalling pathways implicated in immune developmental responses. Proposed duties include:

The individual will join an established team of computational biologists with interests in exploring the organization and evolution of biological systems in the context of human disease. The Parkinson lab is situated within the Hospital for Sick Children, recognized as one of the world's foremost paediatric academic health-care institutions. Affiliated with the University of Toronto and with an annual research budget of almost $150 million, the research institute at SickKids is one of the largest in Canada, employing over 1200 research staff pioneering many aspects of both basic and clinical science. Our lab is located on the top floor of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning in close proximity to the University of Toronto (to which we are affiliated) and the other major research hospitals in Toronto.


The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology with a strong background in programming. The applicant should be familiar with C/C++, Java and/or Python. Strong verbal and written skills and the ability to work effectively within a Team environment are also essential. We are particularly interested in self-motivated individuals who are interested in providing their own creativity and scope to the project.

The position is available for 18 months in the first instance with further possibilities of extension available. To apply please send resume and contact details to John Parkinson -

Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students who are considering joining the Parkinson lab need to first be accepted into the graduate program in either the Department of Biochemistry or Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Candidates should be aware that the research undertaken in the Parkinson lab is predominantly computationally based. Although we have limited access to wet lab space, students will be expected to have a strong interest in applying computational approaches to understanding biological problems. While experience of programming (particularly in Python, C or Java) and/or training in Bioinformatics or related discipline would be advantageous, we would be happy to consider those coming from a more biologically oriented background.

A guide providing some useful tips for graduate students is provided on our local wiki.

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