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Currently The Donnelly Centre houses 36 principal investigators and a scientific community of 600 postdoctoral fellows and research technicians. The Donnelly centre also provides hands on training for undergraduates and graduates in a research tower that is an ode to the potential of the post genomic era

Recruiting the world's best researchers is critical to the Centre's success.


The Taipale lab is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow (start date October 1, 2015) ►►|


Applications for postdoctoral positions are handled on a case-by-case basis. Recent or future graduates with skills, experience, and publications are particularly encouraged to apply to individual labs. Staff: Applications from accomplished researchers with relevant expertise are always welcomed. For available positions see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program on the home page.

If you'd like to tackle big questions in biology in one of the top inter-disciplinary institutes in the world, you should apply for the Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Donnelly Centre in Toronto.

At the state-of-the-art Donnelly Centre, our researchers always seek new ways to study gene regulation, signal transduction, development, systems biology, proteomics, computational biology and functional genomics.

Our ideal candidate is a highly qualified graduate (2 years or less postgraduate) in the field of molecular, genetic and genomic research. Send your application to one or two primary faculty members in the Donnelly Centre (Andrews, Bader, Blencowe, Boone, Caudy, Emili, Fraser, Greenblatt, Hughes, Kim, Krause, Moffat, Morris, Roth, Ryu, Sidhu, Taipale, Zhang), whose interests match their own. Once you've arranged sponsorship with a faculty member, you must then send them a curriculum vitae, a one page statement of research interests, transcripts, and three letters of reference. The deadline for applications is September 25, 2015. We will support the successful applicant for up to two years with a generous stipend.  For additional information please visit The Dr. Charles H. Best Foundation. Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


Our Building:
20,550 square metres of intelligent architecture to provide a great work environment:

• Welcoming lounge spaces and communal kitchens encourage informal collaboration
• A bamboo garden in the foyer to ignite the human spirit
• Large open hallways to encourage interaction between scientists
• Our 10 storey glass structure is designed to offer you natural light
• The building boosts environmentally green technology
• We offer modern state of the art laboratories
• Internationally award winning architecture
• Designed to create an interdisciplinary and collaborative work environment
• Located in the University of Toronto in the core of Toronto’s Discovery District


Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. For available opportunities, see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program on the home page.



“We’re just constantly searching for people who are thinking the right way,” says Dr. Andrews, referring again to the Centre’s open-ended, interdisciplinary approach. “Having this type of space is a good way to attract them and keep them here.”

The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (Donnelly Centre) is intended to encourage outstanding minds to go to and stay in Canada.

Faculty members have come from universities in the US and Europe because of the building’s open, fluid environment, which encourages new ways of approaching biological problems by stimulating unconventional interactions among disciplines.


The University of Toronto:

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

Link: www.utoronto.ca

Research Achievements

• Developed first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant and artificial pancreas
• Isolated gene that allows plants to grow in salt water
• Developed the chemical laser
• Developed the anti-blackout suit, later adapted to create the astronaut space suit
• Created the infant cereal Pablum
• Discovered insullin

Of note:

• Ten Nobel Laureates were based at U of T at significant points in their careers.
• Over the last two decades, our professors have received almost a quarter of all national awards although they represent just under seven per cent of Canada's university professors
• More than half of full-time undergraduates are women
• U of T has over 6,000 international students, just under ten per cent of our student population

The City of Toronto:

The Donnelly Centre is located in Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant
academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.

• Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and Canada’s largest. It is home to over 100 cultures and almost 5 million people.
• Other kinds of expression in the city include a major film and jazz festival, the third largest live theatre centre in the English-speaking world and without exaggeration, a couple of thousand ethnic restaurants
• It is also home to four major sport teams, which include hockey’s Maple Leafs, basketball’s Raptor’s



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