Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship

What do you expect from a postdoc experience?

If you’d like to tackle big questions in biology in one of the top interdisciplinary research institutes in the world, you should apply for the Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Donnelly Centre in Toronto.

At the state-of-the-art Donnelly Centre, our researchers always seek new ways to explore global gene regulation and cell signal transduction using systems biology approaches, including functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and computational biology, in order to understand genetics of disease.

Our ideal candidate is a highly qualified graduate (2 years or less post PhD) in the fields of molecular biology, genetics and genomics. Applications should be addressed to one or two primary faculty members in the Donnelly Centre whose interests match their own:


Dr. Charles H. BestDr. Charles H. Best, whose discovery of insulin made life with diabetes possible Brenda AndrewsGary BaderBenjamin Blencowe,

Charles BooneAmy Caudy Andrew Fraser,     

Jack GreenblattTimothy Hughes,

Philip KimHenry KrauseJason Moffat,

Quaid Morris, Hannes RöstFrederick RothWilliam

Ryu,   Sachdev SidhuMikko Taipale  and  Zhaolei Zhang.


Award value:

Available funding varies annually, in prior years approximately $40,000 per year was awarded.  The successful applicant will be supported for up to two years.


Application requirements:

Upon agreement of sponsorship, the applicant must send:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One page statement of research interests
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference to their sponsoring faculty mentor.


The deadline for applications is  August 7, 2018.

Questions about this award may be sent to: Include "Charles H. Best Fellowship" in the e-mail title.

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Learn more about current Charles H. Best Fellows

The award was established in 2001 as a tribute to Dr. Charles H. Best who, along with Dr. Frederick Banting, co-discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921. Best went on to head the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, the oldest medical research institution in Canada.