The Meakins-Christie Laboratories is always looking for bright, motivated, and innovative people to join our research team. Therefore, we welcome with open arms people from all over the world – our diversity is one of our biggest strengths! Our philosophy is to offer an inviting and stimulating research environment in which the training of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other staff is one of our top priorities.
Our Training Program
To keep abreast of the latest research developments, Meakins-Christie faculty meet regularly to discuss individual research projects, new ideas, and potential collaborations. Various activities that are part our our structured training program are held throughout the year, including:
- weekly Research Seminars that consists of seminars given by local, national, and international guest speakers
- annual research day at which prizes are award to the best presenters
- weekly work-in-progress seminars at which students and fellows present their research projects and latest results
- workshops on various research topics
- Various courses organized by Meakins faculty are offered through McGill University and open for anyone to join
Our Social Activities
The Meakins promotes a welcoming and vibrant trainee environment. Various social events are organized by SPiRE (Students & Post-docs in Respiration). Weekly summer soccer games keep the competition friendly. Trainees are encouraged to participate on the RI-MUHC Trainee Council. In addition, Meakins trainees are able to participate on the RESP Program Management Committee, which makes decisions on the Program’s goals, recruitment objectives, and training activities.
How to Join our Team
Faculty at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories often have positions open for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Please send applications by email directly to the faculty member of interest. All applications should be completed on the appropriate application form (please do not send only your CV): PDF Application Form or the Graduate Trainee Application Form. Once a potential supervisor is identified, registration at the appropriate Department is done through McGill University. Faculty members hold primary appointments in several departments (Medicine, Pediatrics, Physiology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Biomedical Engineering) and are a mix of physician-scientists and PhDs with varied backgrounds including physiology, biochemistry, pathology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioengineering.
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Montreal: The Best Student City!
Without boasting too much, Montreal could easily be the best city for students. The cost of living is very low compared to other metropolitan Canadian cities: 18% cheaper than Toronto and almost 25% cheaper than Vancouver; and the streets are refreshingly safe. According to The Economist’s Safe Cities Report, Montreal ranks as one of the best places to live in the world. To brag a bit more, Canada ranks 2nd in the Best Country Ranking, 2nd in the Most Reputable Countries report and has one of the best Life Satisfaction scores of all countries. In addition, World University Rankings consistently place McGill University within the top 25 Universities globally (McGill is generally ranked #1 in Canada). So, it comes as no surprise that the annual QS Best Student Cities ranking named Montreal within the top 10 best cities to be a student between 2014-2016 (Montreal was the best student city in Canada) and within the top 5 in 2018. And in 2017, QS Best Student Cities ranking officially named Montreal as the world’s #1 student city!