Research Assistant in the Human Retrovirology Research Unit

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Founded in 1967, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is a non-profit organization that conducts basic and clinical biomedical research while training the next generation of scientists in an innovative environment. With approximately 425 employees and trainees, the Institute includes more than 35 laboratories conducting high-impact research in the fields of infectious diseases, immunology, cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, systems biology, and medicinal chemistry. The IRCM also operates specialized research clinics in long COVID, immunology, hypertension, nutrition, and diabetes.

The Human Retrovirology Research Unit has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant who is to contribute to research projects in humanized mice 

The aims of these studies are to further our understanding of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and host interactions which govern HIV persistence and to discover novel approaches to develop therapeutic interventions towards an HIV cure. Our research focus will be on characterizing the role of HIV accessory proteins Vpr, Vpu and Nef in the establishment and maintenance of HIV persistence and on testing candidate molecules to control or eliminate long-lasting HIV reservoirs during antiretroviral therapy.  Our research program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Job summary 

  • Be part of a team consisting of research associates, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students and contributes to research efforts as prioritized by the Director or immediate supervisor;
  • Performs standard techniques including survival bleeding, necropsy, and processing tissues for live cells in humanized mice that are infected or not with HIV;
  • Generates virus stocks by cell transfection and carry out a variety of biochemical and cell biology techniques;

Qualifications and skills required

  • B.Sc or M.Sc in Virology, Immunology , Biochemistry or Molecular and Cellular Biology. Candidates holding a PhD degree in these fields may also be considered;
  • Previous hands-on experience working with mice is favored; 
  • Practical knowledge in molecular and cellular biology is an asset;
  • Be able to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Be at ease at handling live mice, infectious viruses (HIV or SARS-CoV-2) and developing skills to operate in a Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory;
  • Possesses superb organization and communication (in French and English).

Working conditions 

  • 12 months contact with possibility of renewal 
  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Work-life balance 
  • Participation in the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (RREGOP)
  • Group insurance plans and employee assistance program (EAP)

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