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MSc and PhD Studies in XiaLab

  • XiaLab is recruiting PhD and MSc students interested in:
    • molecular biology and evolution involving genome replication, transcription and translation
    • biomedical and biopharmaceutical sciences involving protein interactions
    • molecular phylogenetics (of deep phylogenies)
    • Phylogeography and DNA barcoding
    • bioinformatics: algorithms and software development
    • mathematical modelling in biology: how natural selection increases efficiencies of biological processes
    • microbial genomics: why different prokaryotes often do things differently, and how phages and plasmids adapt to their hosts and become specilized.
  • Graduate students in Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, will have a salary of $19,500/year which is made of research assistantship from my research grant and teaching assistantship from the department. You need to let the departmental office know on time that you want TAship, otherwise you will not get TAship and your salary will be only about half.
  • All applicants will be ranked based on research experience, solid reference letters, grades and, in particular, your writing skill in English. Those ranked high will be offerred admission first.
  • If you already know how to use my program DAMBE, you get extra points in the ranking. DAMBE is used extensively not only in my research, but also in my teaching. If you intend to join my lab as a MSc or PhD student, then you need to know DAMBE well to serve as a teaching assistant for my courses. Most applicants are enthusiatic DAMBE users when they apply.
  • Demonstrate your writing skills by sending me a piece of your English writing that you are very pleased with, on any genre/style. It has to be uniquely yours.
  • Formal application should be submitted to our grad office which will contact me once all required documents have been received.
  • Local info:
    1. Our Biology Department
    2. University of Ottawa
    3. Ottawa: the Canadian capital.

Canadian and permanent residents:

Canadians or permanent residents with a GPA > 8/10 typically will get a tuition waiver in addition to some scholarships on top of the annual salary. Those top-ranked ones will have a chance to compete for the prestigious NSERC graduate scholarship or OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship).

Applicants from Latin America

The University of Ottawa is a member of the CALDO Consortium and has a number of agreements with sponsoring agencies in eight countries in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay). These agreements allow students in these countries to apply for funding to cover their tuition and living expenses during their graduate studies at uOttawa.

Type of studyCountry and sponsoring agency
PhD scholarships  Brazil (CNPq)
Masters scholarships  Chile (CONICYT)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Colombia (COLCIENCIAS)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Colombia (COLFUTURO)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Ecuador (SENESCYT)
PhD scholarship (and maybe MSs) Mexico (CONACYT)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Paraguay (BECAL)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Peru (PRONABEC)
PhD scholarships  Uruguay (ANII)

Applicants from other countries

Our university offers a limited number of international scholarships to reduce tuition for outstanding foreign students. If you speak French and choose the language of communication in French when submitting your application, then you have a good chance to get one, otherwise the chance is dismally low (unless you are super good). I generally do not accept international students who do not get such a tuition fee waiver because the salary would be insufficient to cover both foreign student tuition and living expenses.

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