We have several open Ph.D. and M.Sc. positions in Derda Lab. Students with major or specialization in one of the following areas–chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics and related areas–are strongly encouraged to apply. See below for program and admissions requirements and further information.
If you have already submitted your application to the Graduate program: Please contact ratmir ( at ) ualberta. ca to schedule a meeting in person or via Skype.
If you have not yet applied to the Graduate program: You have to be admitted to the Graduate program before you can join our lab. You are not required to be a chemistry major to apply to the program or pursue research in our lab, but you have to have sufficient exposure to chemistry courses in your undergraduate degree. You application will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee of Chemistry Department. Please review the application process at
If you are already in the process of compiling your application and require additional information about our research group, please contact ratmir ( at ) ualberta. ca with specific questions about our research group and research opportunities. To facilitate our pre-admission communication, please write a brief statement describing a potential project and area of the Derda Lab that you would be interested to work in. I encourage you to read our research description and current publication list to identify the area of research that might be of interest to you. Unfortunately, I will not be able to reply to mass-emails that target multiple research group.
We have several open positions in Derda Lab for candidates who hold Ph.D. in chemical biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry or related fields and who are interested in pursing post-doctoral work in genetically-encoded chemistry, reaction discovery, small-molecule genetic selection technology and cancer biology. Please see further information before sending the inquiry.
I will not be able to reply to mass-emails that target multiple research groups. General inquiries about broadly-defined positions in Chemistry/Biology or “Interface of Chemistry and Biology” that are not tailored to research in Derda Lab will not be considered.
To facilitate our initial communication, I encourage the prospective Postdoctoral candidates to provide the following documents in their first inquiry:
1. A brief statement–half-page to one page attachment, with figures or illustrations if possible–describing a potential project and area of the Derda Lab that you would be interested to work in. I encourage you to read our research description and current publication list to identify the area of research that might be of interest to you.
2. Names and contact of the three referees who will write reference letters for you. One of the referees has to be your PhD supervisor. Please arrange for the letter from your PhD advisor to arrive to ratmir ( at ) ualberta. ca directly prior to or shortly after your application.
3. If you have already completed one post-dosctoral training and you are seeking a second postdoctoral training, please provide a statement describing the need for a second post-doctoral training. Please arrange for you current supervisor to send a reference letter to ratmir ( at ) ualberta. ca directly. You application will be considered only after I receive this reference letter.
4. List of funding opportunities you will apply for to fund your postdoctoral position in Derda Lab. Please carefully consider the eligibility requirements and note that many of them are not available for second postdoctoral training.
5. Career goal (what do you plan to do once you complete post-doctoral training in our group).
Undergraduate researcher and summer researcher positions are available in Derda Lab for students with major or specialization in one of the following areas–chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics and related areas. Please see below for more information:
We are looking for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a long-term research in our group, working on independent projects and publishing your project in peer-reviewed journals as a lead author. We are less likely to accept students who are looking only for a short-term, 2-4 month summer rotation in our lab. In your initial inquiry, please specify clearly whether you are looking for short-term or long-term opportunity.
1. Before applying, please identify the funding opportunities that you will be eligible to apply for (AIHS, URI, NSERC USRA, other) to sustain your long-term research in the lab. If you plan to join Derda Lab to pursue Chem401-403, Bio400 and other research-for-credit courses, I still encourage you to identify the fellowships that will allow you to continue the research in the lab once the course is complete.
2. From the research description and publication list, identify the area of research that is of interest to you and write a 0.5-page proposal describing a potential project that you would be interested to work on. While your future project in the lab might or might not be similar to the proposed project, this proposal will help me assess your writing skills, scientific background and overall motivation to do research in our lab.
3. E-mail the proposal, your transcript, CV if you have one, and a brief description of your goals after completion of the B.Sc. degree. In your e-mail, indicate the time you will be available for one-on-one interview.