• Competitive funding opportunities are available for Undergraduate, MSc, PhD, and post-doctoral positions. Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in their last two years of undergraduate studies, although applicants with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply if they have sufficient research and/or industry experience.
  • Applications are now open for September 2021 program start (see below). For more information on our next intake please contact the program coordinator, Laura Keffer-Wilkes.
  • This opportunity is open to Canadian and international students. RNA Innovation supports efforts to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM and thereby encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

Trainee Applications

Please submit the program application form, along with two (2) reference letters, and transcripts to no later than April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Application (English)

Application (French)

Current Trainee Openings

Please note: these are just to highlight specific trainee position openings and are not an exhaustive list.

Make sure you reach out to RNA Innovation faculty for more available positions!

Positions available at Université de Sherbrooke

Undergraduate, Master and Ph. D. positions with Dr. Sherif Abou Elela

Département de microbiologie et d’infectiologie
Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé
Université de Sherbrooke


  • Ribosome biogenesis and functional diversity
  • Introns mediated regulation of splicing and nutrients sensing
  • Cancer RNomics and noncoding RNA

Research Interest:

The long-term goal of the Abou Elela lab is to develop and exploit a comprehensive molecular understanding of the mechanism governing RNA metabolism and its contribution to cancer biology. The lab studies introns function,  alternative splicing and ribosome biogenesis in yeast and link them to key features of cancer cells like proliferation, cell survival and resistance to starvation. Hence while this research provides useful knowledge, it may also lead to important relief for many individuals and reduce healthcare costs.


Transcriptomics – genomics –  bioinformatics – yeast genetics – single molecule analysis –  system biology – High-contents screens

Salary: According the U de Sherbrooke levels

Special Conditions: Canadian or permanent resident

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Positions available at University of Lethbridge

Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Nehal Thakor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Lethbridge

Open position: One opening for the postdoctoral fellow in the area of cellular and molecular biology is available in the Thakor Research Group at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

The project to be completed falls under the general theme of cellular and molecular biology, with applications to human health, which builds on the expertise in the Thakor lab. In broad terms, the aim of the project to be explored by the postdoctoral fellow is to investigate the regulation of protein synthesis in stress and oncogenesis.

The project is focused on studying the mechanistic details of the non-canonical translation initiation. The candidate will utilize various in vitro and in cellulo experimental setup.  Previous research experience in the field of biochemistry and/or molecular biology is required. Key technical skills required are mammalian tissue culture, RNA structure-function analysis, protein expression and purification, Western blot, RNAseq & qRT-PCR, and gene expression. Skills in RNA genomics and bioinformatics will be an asset.   

The ideal candidate is motivated, creative researcher looking for a stimulating work environment, and careful mentorship. Strong communication skills and a good work ethic are essential. Preference will be given to the candidates who are eligible to apply for NSERC and CIHR postdoctoral fellowships. The selected candidate will also apply for the RNA Innovation opportunity (

The postdoctoral fellow will take up a position at the University of Lethbridge (UofL). The UofL provides a dynamic research environment with groups working on biochemistry, biological sciences, neuroscience, and other areas of basic sciences. Thakor lab’s affiliations with various institutes including the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Canadian Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and Southern Alberta Genome Science Centre as well as the Department of Biological Sciences will provide integrated and collaborative research and training opportunities. The Thakor lab has established various collaborations in and outside of Canada, providing access to research facilities and scientific expertise beyond the University of Lethbridge.

The UofL is located in Lethbridge, which is the largest city in southern Alberta, Canada, populated by about 100,000 people. It is favorably situated within driving distance of many attractive destinations, including the Rocky Mountains, Waterton Lakes National Park, the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and ski resorts including Castle Mountain, Fernie, BC, and Whitefish, Montana, USA.

Please send a letter of motivation, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to We thank all interested candidates; however, we will contact selected candidates only.

For further details, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Nehal Thakor at

Undergraduate Opportunities

The RNA Innovation Undergraduate Research Award aims to encourage students to undertake RNA-related research projects and advance their training at the University of Lethbridge or the Université de Sherbrooke. Students will receive the chance to learn more about the RNA Innovation training program and meet with current trainees and participate in program events.

The RNA Innovation Undergraduate Research Award is valued at $1125/semester.

Applications are now open! All application documentation is due no later than April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

More details on the award and how to apply can be found here.