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October 11, 2017



We are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, located amongst others at Laval University, and the Laurentian Forestry Centre, working in a collaborative environment on plant functional genomics in NSERC funded projects.

We have 1 PhD student position on applied functional genomics in deciduous trees (poplars).

The prospective candidate will be working closely with researchers at Laval University (UL) and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS)/Laurentian Centre in Québec. The student will be carrying out most of the work at UL’s Institute for Integrative and Systems Biology (IBIS); some work will also be carried out at the CFS. The student will also be involved in our collaboration with The University of British Columbia and partner labs in the US.

The thesis project will involve the following research:

  • Develop protocols for introducing "elite" poplars into tissue culture
  • Introduce and study loss-of-function variants in different genetic background through precise modifications
  • Investigate the achieved genomic alterations on chromosomal level and on protein level through DNA genotyping/sequencing and proteomic analyses, respectively.
  • Investigate CRISPR/Cas9 technology’s reliability through tests in pedigreed families, perform transcriptome, metabolome analysis and other forms of phenotyping for stress related compounds and the targeted phenotype traits
  • Monitor phenology as an indicator of adaptation to detect any (unwanted) changes.
  • Undergraduate in Biology, Biochemistry or Forestry
  • Profound knowledge of Molecular Biology
  • Exposure to Genetics and Genomics during Master studies
  • Experience with plant tissue culture; gene cloning techniques
  • Experience and/or interest to use functional validation tools such as RNAi or CRISPR/Cas9 technology in the study systems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English or French or both
To all prospective candidates: Please review ULs and the Faculty's policy on the eligibility criteria to be admissible to a PhD program (https://www2.ulaval.ca/en/future-students/admission.html) prior to sending your application for this PhD position.

Salary: Compensation for 4 years (PhD program) will be provided, but prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to actively search for additional funds (scholarships) to support their PhD studies.

Expected starting date: January 2018 or April 2018

Valuing diversity, Université Laval encourages all qualified individuals to apply – particularly women, visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities – but priority will be given to residents of Québec and Canadian permanent residents/citizens.

Priority will have to be given to bilingual students (French/English), or students who have sufficient proficiency in the respective second language.

Applicants should send, by e-mail or post, their letter of intent, their curriculum vitae, and the names of two or three potential references (e.g., BSc, MSc supervisors) to:

Dr. Ilga Porth, Assist. Professor in Functional Genomics
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt
Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique
Pavillon Charles-Eugène-Marchand
1030, Avenue de la Médecine
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
Université Laval
Phone : (418) 656-2131
Email : ilga.porth@sbf.ulaval.ca

Dr. Armand Séguin, Adjunct Professor in Biotechnology
Chercheur scientifique, génomique forestière
Centre de foresterie des Laurentides
1055, rue Du P.E.P.S.
Québec, Québec, G1V 4C7
Phone : (418) 648-5832
Email : armand.seguin@canada.ca

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