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PhD aiming at building statistical models to identify relationships between rare genomic variations cognition and behavior

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Mapping the cognitive genome. Ph.D. in psychiatric genomics

The laboratory of Sébastien Jacquemont is working with several international consortia on projects mapping the relationship between genomic variants, cognition, behavior and brain structure.

We are recruiting a talented Ph.D. student with a background in genomics and bioinformatics.


The ideal candidate holds a Master in either computational biology, genomics, statistics or machine learning. They should have knowledge in coding using either R, Python, Matlab, etc.

Nature of the research

We aim at building statistical models to identify relationships between rare genomic variations cognition and behavior.
To this mean, the student will use general population and psychiatric cohorts with genomic and cognitive data. This mega-dataset includes between 200000 and 800000 individuals depending on the available genetic data. Depending on interest and background, the student will analyse single nucleotide variants or structural variants on exome, whole genome sequencing and genotyping data. Collaborations with other students in the lab will allow to perform analyses across modalities.


The lab and the research center offer a stimulating and international environment. The close collaboration with other labs will allow students to gain expertise in several disciplines such as genomics, neuroimaging and psychiatry.
Students will attend summer schools on specific topics as well as train in collaborating laboratories abroad to gain additional expertise. They are expected to present their research at international conferences.
Positions are available now and will remain open during the next year. They are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Candidates should send curriculum vitae and recommendation to:
Sébastien Jacquemont
Associate Professor, University of Montreal
Canada Research Chair

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