Omics Data Science Initiative 2019 Graduate Scholarships: now closed

Multi-omics (genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic) data is playing an increasingly important role as a basis for improving health and predicting pathologies years in advance and is driving the development of novel computational methods for the storage and analysis of such data. SFU's Omics Data Science Initiative (ODSI) responds to these growing needs with a focus on applications in public health microbiology and precision medicine. ODSI provides a centralized collaborative platform to support researchers and students through shared facilities, advance knowledge mobilization, and technology transfer, and facilitate cross-sector collaborations with external partners. OSDI faculty members have disciplinary expertise in Computing Science, Health Sciences, Genomics, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Statistics, Mathematics, and Communications. Institute researchers have close regional collaborations with the BC Genome Science Centre, the Vancouver Prostate Centre, the University of British Columbia, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, among others.

To support graduate students, the Initiative offers six merit-based scholarships for graduate students valued at $6500, to be awarded in the spring, summer or fall 2019. Scholarship holders will receive state-of-the-art interdisciplinary supervision from ODSI faculty members and will participate in the knowledge translation activities and external collaborations of ODSI. Eligible students must be registered full-time in a Master’s or Doctoral program at SFU and must normally have a first-class (≥ 3.50) grade point average. Applications will be ranked according to the excellence of the applicant and the merit of the research project. Note that the research needs to fall within the scope of ODSI, i.e. it must make use of data science for genomics or other omics, with applications in public health microbiology or precision medicine.

Applications must include the following attachments:

  • undergraduate (and, if available, graduate) transcripts;
  • up-to-date CV;
  • one-page description of the research project;
  • a short reference letter from the Senior Supervisor.

Please submit your application, with an indication of the preferred semester for the scholarship, to The application deadline is Sunday, December 16, 2018 at midnight. You can also apply through SFU's Graduate Awards Application System (

PhD Fellowship: EpiGenOmics of Developmental Trajectories (EGODT)

A PhD fellowship is available within the EGODT lab based at SFU and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute to work on a funded project focussing on the analysis of multi-omics data to profile the epigenomic effects of stress. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Provencal and Dr. Sara Mostafavi from the University of British Columbia. We have been funded to examine genome-wide patterns of DNA methylation, gene expression and chromatin interaction changes induced by glucocorticoids in a human neuronal progenitor cell line. The project will also integrate these omics data to create a poly-epigenetic score of glucocorticoid-exposure using gene-co-regulation networks to create a comprehensive epigenetic biomarker of stress exposure.

This opportunity is for an individual with a masters degree in bioinformatics and must normally have a first-class (≥ 3.50) grade point average. Previous experience working with genome-wide data and computational modelling as well as publication from his/her previous research work is highly desirable. 

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr. Nadine Provencal, email 

Applications will be reviewed starting January 1st 2019 and will remain open until the position is filled. The successful candidate will need to apply to the graduate study program at the Faculty of Health Sciences, upcoming deadline January 15th ( or to the Bioinformatics program, upcoming deadline January 30th ( We will acknowledge your application by email and will contact you by email to inform you of the results of shortlisting. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to start in the summer as a research assistant before starting the official degree in Fall 2019. 

Please send a letter of intent, your full CV and the names of two referees to Dr. Nadine Provencal at