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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

February 24, 2020
Graduate Position in Cyanobacteria Molecular Ecology

Employer: Western University, Department of Biology
Location: London, ON
Closing Date: July 2, 2020

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Job Description

Application deadline:June 30,2020

Cyanobacteria are one of the most significant primary producers in aquatic ecosystems. They are also potentially harmful as many species produce toxin-producing blooms particularly in freshwater lakes, and the frequency of these harmful blooms is increasing. The growth of cyanobacteria is regulated by the availability of nutrients, temperature, light quality, predation and other factors, but we do not sufficiently understand the relative significance of these factors or their interactions to predict the diversity, toxicity, and intensity of cyanobacterial blooms. One of the major challenges is the availability of tools to accurately quantify cyanobacterial diversity and abundance. With numerous genome sequences available for a wide diversity of cyanobacteria, these data can be harnessed to develop more accurate molecular tools for cyanobacteria ecology.

A MSc or PhD position is available to improve quantitative PCR methods based on genome data to assess the dynamics of cyanobacteria in freshwater environments. Applicants should have at minimum a BSc degree in Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics or equivalent. Experience or education in molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, environmental microbiology, and/or phytoplankton ecology, is preferred, especially DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, and working with UNIX, R and/or Python.

The applicant chosen for the position will be guaranteed stipend funding for the typical duration of their degree (2 years for an MSc; 4 years for a PhD), but should be competitive for external funding opportunities and will be expected to apply for internal and external funding.

This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Vera Tai (Assistant Professor at Western University) and Dr. Irena Creed (Adjunct Professor at Western University and Professor at the University of Saskatchewan). The Tai lab has broad ranging interests in the ecology and evolution of microorganisms, with a focus on using genomic and metagenomic tools and developing complementary field and lab techniques. The Creed lab is leading cyanobacteria research in Canada, Europe and Africa, using field, laboratory and computer (GIS/remote sensing) techniques. Applicants chosen for the position can expect opportunities for field research, travel to national and international conferences, supportive mentorship, and encouragement to develop other career-related skills. Please visit publish.uwo.ca/~vtai4 for more information about the Tai lab.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should send an e-mail to vtai4@uwo.ca including:

  1. a cover letter explaining your motivation, skills and experience for this position
  2. your CV, including contact information for 2 references
  3. your university transcript (unofficial is fine)

Application Contacts

Vera Tai, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Biology and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 5B7

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86209

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