The thymus is the only organ capable of generating conventional T cells. However, it is devoid of progenitor cells, which makes it continuously dependent on bone marrow seeding. Dr. Rafei's laboratory has discovered a new function for interleukin-21 in thymopoiesis. It is however still unclear whether this cytokine acts primarily on the thymus, on the bone marrow or on both compartments simultaneously. Using a variety of advanced techniques such as bone marrow transplantation, guided intra-thymic cell delivery, flow-cytometry and KO animal models, the candidate will benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, have access to state-of-the-art platforms and work in a stimulating research environment.
• Possess a degree in a biomedical field (preferably in immunology) with an excellent academic record (a minimum cumulative grade of 3.5/4.0 or the equivalent)
• Most recent transcripts
• A detailed CV describing the expertise of the candidate
• A cover letter describing the research interests of the candidate
• Contact information for three recent referees
• Must be eligible to apply for external funding (FRQS, NSERC, or CIHR)
Interested candidates must send their full application package by email to: email@example.com. There is no formal deadline. However, the position will remain available until filled. Only candidates with excellent applications will be contacted.