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  • 25 Jan 2023 17:06 | Anonymous
    Professor or Associate Professor, Tenured

    About the Position

    The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science seeks applications from outstanding scientists for an NSERC Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Plant Synthetic Biology.

    Consistent with the gender equity goals of the Canada Research Chairs Program and the Department of Biological Sciences, this position is targeted to individuals who self-identify as women. The successful candidate will apply molecular and/or genetic engineering approaches to enhance crop value, select or develop new strains/products, and/or address environmental concerns. The ideal candidate will be interested in developing collaborations with local Niagara agricultural industries and taking advantage of existing research and development support through Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and the Brock–Niagara Validation, Prototyping, and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI). There will be opportunities to collaborate with plant biologists in Biological Sciences as well as colleagues in the departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, and elsewhere. Brock University is located a short drive from a cluster of research universities in southern Ontario.

    The home department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic department within the Faculty of Mathematics and Science (see brocku.ca/mathematics- science/biology/). The department enjoys large and growing undergraduate and graduate student populations as well as active, diverse, and collaborative research faculty. Biological Sciences offers BSc, MSc, and PhD programs in Biological Sciences and in Biotechnology. Cross-appointments to other departments are also possible, including contributing to graduate programs currently being developed in the new Yousef Haj-Ahmad Department of Engineering.

    The candidate’s laboratories are expected to be in the Cairns’ Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, which includes a 2,500 square foot shared main wet lab with 600 square feet of shared HQP office space. There is an adjacent 2,000 square foot phytotron and an additional 1,000 square feet of ancillary research space that houses plant tissue culture facilities. Additional laboratory space may also be available as needed. Mass spectrometry and next-generation sequencing capabilities are available on campus.

     

    About Brock University

    Brock University is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work in St. Catharines and the Niagara region. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement.

    Established in 1964 and located in one of the most historic parts of Canada, the Niagara Region, Brock University is one of Canada’s top post-secondary institutions. Brock serves its community as a cultural, academic, and recreational centre, bringing excellent facilities to the people who created the University all those years ago. Brock is committed to building the Niagara community and to fostering an environment that serves its students and their neighbours. With a student population of almost 19,000, approximately 1,500 faculty and staff including over 600 faculty members, and a network of over 100,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative comprehensive institution. Brock has six teaching Faculties offering a wide range of programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. It also features one of Canada’s most diversified co-operative programs and a range of experiential, service, and creative learning opportunities. Brock is committed to fostering excellence in academic programs, research, creativity, and community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship. With world-class facilities, providing over $11 million in awards programs to current and prospective students, ranked #2 in Canada for overall student satisfaction and #1 in Canada for mental health services, at Brock University, student success and the student experience are at their core.

    Brock University is committed to building inclusivity and equity through understanding and respect for diverse identities. These commitments are reflected in our approaches to teaching and learning, scholarly and creative work, administration and service provision, and community engagement. Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in the recognition that the strongest research, scholarship, and creative activity and the best research training environment require engagement of scholars from diverse backgrounds.

    Consistent with Brock University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, in recognition of the underrepresentation of members of the federally designated groups in the Canada Research Chairs program, and pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this position will be filled by a candidate who self-identifies as a woman. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. To ensure accurate data regarding Brock’s Canada Research Chair program, all applicants are requested to respond to the voluntary self-identification questions presented in the online application system.

    Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences shall be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of applicants.

    The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program

    The successful candidate will be eligible to hold a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be supported to prepare a nomination to the next available deadline for the Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program.

    The Canada Research Chairs program recognizes outstanding scholars at all career stages and is a key mechanism for Canadian universities to attract and retain the best talent from around the world to achieve excellence in research and research training. Canada Research Chairs advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields through their scholarly research, teaching, and supervision.

    Tier 1 Chairs are tenable for seven years and renewable once for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. To meet the criteria of the program, individuals must demonstrate substantial accomplishments that have had major impact in their discipline at the international level. They also should have superior records of supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and are expected to attract and retain future researchers.

    Nominations for Canada Research Chairs are subject to review and final approval through the CRC Program. Benefits associated with Chair appointments include teaching release and start-up research funds. A separate application may be made to the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) for research infrastructure needs. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at the following website: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca. For more information about Brock’s CRC program, please contact Matthew Rätsep <mratsep@brocku.ca>.

    Application Process and Timelines

    Candidates are invited to submit an application that includes the following:

    ·       A letter of interest (suggested 2 pages) outlining:

    ·       Your qualifications for a successful Tier 1 Chair nomination funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; and

    ·       The fit of your profile and expertise with one or more of the identified research areas.

    ·       A description of your research plan (suggested 2–3 pages), including:

    ·       Your vision for the future research program as a Tier 1 CRC at Brock;

    ·       Novel opportunities for training highly qualified personnel; and

    ·       The potential for the Chair to enhance the scholarly leadership and innovation capacity of the Department, Faculty, and University in strategic areas.

    ·       An updated and complete curriculum vitae.

    ·       Up to six representative recent publications.

    ·       A statement of teaching philosophy, mentorship philosophy, interests related to departmental programs, and strategies to support diverse students (suggested 2 pages).

    ·       A statement of strengths and experiences in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in science through research, curriculum, community outreach, and student support (suggested 1 page).

    ·       The names and contact information of three referees who could provide confidential letters of assessment that speak to the candidates’ suitability to hold a faculty position and Tier 1 CRC at Brock University.

    Please apply online using the “Apply” button. A single PDF document containing all application elements is preferred. (Note: File maximum of 5MB per attachment upload.)

    Review of applications will begin May 1, 2023.

    The effective date for the academic appointment may be as early as January 1, 2024, but is negotiable with the Faculty Dean. The appointment is subject to budgetary approval.

    It is expected that this search will lead to a nomination in April 2024, for which a decision from the CRC Program is anticipated in October 2024, which is the earliest date when the CRC position can begin.

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Fiona Hunter, Chair of Biological Sciences <fhunter@brocku.ca> or Dr. Jeff Stuart <jstuart@brocku.ca>, Chair of the CRC recruitment committee.

    Initial posting date: January 19, 2023.

     

    Applications should be submitted electronically through the Brock Careers website at the following link:

     

    https://brocku.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/brocku_careers/job/NSERC-Tier-1-Canada-Research-Chair-in-Plant-Synthetic-Biology---Professor-or-Associate-Professor--Tenured_JR-1013949

     

    Our Commitment

    Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. LGBTQ is an umbrella category and shall be read to include two-spirited people. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.

     

    Brock University recently paused its COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirement although this decision is subject to change on short notice should the public health situation require it. If the University once again requires all employees working on campus and/or in-person with other employees, students, or members of the public to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. Those who meet specific and limited medical or human rights accommodation criteria may be required to participate in rapid antigen testing and enhanced screening protocols.

     

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

     

    We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employment Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/policies/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/Employment-Accommodation-Policy.pdf. Please advise: talent@brocku.ca  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

     

    We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

     

    At this time, initial interviews will be conducted virtually.

     

    Learn more about Brock University by visiting www.brocku.ca

  • 19 Jan 2023 14:16 | Anonymous

    Department:

    Department of Biology

    Opportunity type:

    Academic (full-time)

    Position title:

    Assistant Professor - Department of Biology

    Classification:

    Assistant professor

    Supervisor's title:

    Department Head

    Posted date:

    January 10, 2023

    Closing date:

    February 17, 2023

    Anticipated start date:

    July 1, 2023

    Position description

    The Department of Biology at Mount Allison University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the biology of plants or other primary producers. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor and is expected to commence on July 1, 2023, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research.  We welcome candidates who use tools from genetics, bioinformatics, physiology, or other areas to study terrestrial or aquatic primary producers.  The successful candidate will contribute to both introductory and upper year Biology courses within their areas of competence. Candidates must provide evidence of ability to work in a collegial and student-centred environment. We seek applicants who value equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicants must submit a 1-page statement describing their past contributions to, and future goals for, equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching and research.

    The successful candidate is expected to launch an active and externally funded research program that integrates participation by undergraduate research students. The Biology Department has an intensive research-based undergraduate Honours program, and a graduate program at the M.Sc. level. Faculty have access to a range of internal and external funding opportunities. Mount Allison is surrounded by rich coastal and terrestrial habitats, major rivers and lakes, salt and freshwater marshes, Acadian forest, peatlands, the Bay of Fundy, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty across Biology and cognate departments. Department members also benefit from strong collaborations with government agencies and local stewardship groups. Facilities on campus include a temperature and light controlled glasshouse, controlled environment chambers, two aquatics facilities with both fresh and saltwater capacity, a digital microscopy facility with fluorescent and SEM imaging, an environmental analysis and stable isotope laboratory, communal molecular biology equipment, communal cell culture, and Biosafety Level 2 facilities. More information about the department may be found at www.mta.ca/biology/.

    Complete applications will include: 1) a cover letter; 2) up-to-date curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum 2 pages); 4) statement of research plans (maximum 2-3 pages); 5) statement of equity, diversity, and inclusion (as outlined above, maximum 1 page); and 6) the names and contact information of three references. Applications are being managed through Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo?job-306-24129
    and should be submitted to that site, not by email. Questions should be directed to:

    Dr. Diana Hamilton
    Chair of the Search Committee
    Department of Biology
    Mount Allison University
    dhamilton@mta.ca

    Review of applications will begin on February 17, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Mount Allison acknowledges, honours, and respects that the land named Sackville, NB is part of the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People who are the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our University is built and confirms its commitment to strengthening relationships with all Indigenous people. Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and members of all other equity seeking groups. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their cover letter.

  • 17 Jan 2023 16:15 | Anonymous
    Competition No. - A108447555

    Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

    Location

    This role is in-person at University of Alberta, North Campus Edmonton.

    Working for the Department/Faculty Summary

    Faculty of Medicine. The position is supervised by Dr. Marianna Kulka in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. The research is part of the drug delivery and transfection

    project at the Nanotechnology Research Centre and is in collaboration with Dr. Wei Xiao at the University of Saskatchewan.

    Position Summary

    The successful candidate will work with Dr. Marianna Kulka and Dr. Xiao to develop biopolymer and lipid nanoparticles for the delivery of DNA to protoplasts. The efficacy of using several polymer and lipid designs for efficient transfection without loss in viability will be investigated. The position provides opportunities to work on interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with synthetic organic chemists, chemical engineers and cell biologists at the Nanotechnology Research Centre. The successful candidate for this position needs to be an enthusiastic and passionate researcher and capable of self-directed problem-solving.

    This is a 3-year position with potential for renewal. Salary is $48,000 per annum.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.

    • Ability to multitask when required and outstanding time management skills.

    • Ability to work safely, effectively and independently in a lab environment.

    How to Apply

    Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including cover letter, cv, transcript and the names and contact for three references can be submitted to Marianna.Kulka@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca or wei.xiao@usask.ca with the subject line, “PDF opportunity.”

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent

    residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents

    cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is

    committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications

    from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit

    persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any

    sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute

    to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

     
  • 11 Jan 2023 16:10 | Anonymous

    The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) is a rapidly expanding Institute based at the University of Saskatchewan. Our Vision is a world where everyone has access to safe and nutritious food.  This is a bold vision, one that we will strive to achieve through investing in out talent. In line with our Mission, we will work with our employees, partners and stakeholders to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food.

    We are guided by our Values of: Innovation. Excellence. Collaboration. Integrity. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

    PRIMARY PURPOSE

    As a research scientist you are critical to advancing sustainable food security by working collaboratively with cross-functional teams to improve crops grown in western Canada as well as those important for food security throughout the world by developing and deploying state-of-the-art quantitative-genetic models and methods for the analysis of phenotypic and genomic data to improve genetic gain in plant breeding programs. 

    NATURE OF WORK

    As a research scientist you will report to the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and work with computer scientists, plant breeders and other geneticists to deliver superior products to our customers by accelerating genetic gain. This position will work closely with our technology platforms which include the Omics and Precision Agriculture Lab (OPAL), Data Management and Analytics (DMA), Engineering Biology, Cell Biology, and Plant Growth Facilities.

    Your success requires you understand the interconnectedness of GIFS and the impact that changes and operations have on all the platforms, programs, clients, and the reputation of GIFS. Key characteristics of the role include a strong commitment to safety, support of change management, and leadership through exemplification of GIFS values. Other characteristics include well-developed organizational and project management skills, the ability to establish and maintain relationships as well as to influence others while implementing difficult and challenging decisions. Agility, speed, and focus are essential to achieving milestones, deliverables, and outcomes.

    This is a complex, high-volume position requiring the ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Working with competing deadlines, shifting priorities, and good judgement is the norm. Problems encountered can be complex and require collaboration, analysis, research, and planning to resolve. The standard for the quality of work and timely completion of projects is high. Considerable discretion is required as the position is privy to and works with confidential proprietary information.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • Use state-of-the-art quantitative genetic models to use genomic and phenotypic data to improve genetic gain in plant breeding programs
      • Recommend and deploy statistical analyses for Genomic Selection
      • Develop and code software that uses algorithms incorporating environmental, spatial and as genetic data to identify superior genotypes
      • Develop customized analyses for visualization of data and results
    • Collaborate with software architects to implement your analyses into systems and pipelines
    • Collaborate with Plant Breeders of multiple crops across several geographies to develop breeding programs that accelerate genetic gain
    • Provide expertise to collaborations with external partners.
    • Stay current with the relevant scientific literature and implement new methods and analyses as appropriate
    • Publishing in the scientific literature is encouraged
    • Build and nurture positive and collaborative relationships with people at all levels in multiple organizations, while also contributing to the culture of GIFS.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Ph.D. in Quantitative Genetics, Plant Breeding, Animal Breeding, Statistics, or a related field.
    • Detailed knowledge of quantitative-genetic and statistical theory and an interest in applying this knowledge to real-world problems in plant breeding.
    • Knowledge and experience in statistical analysis methods, including mixed linear models, Bayesian models, dimension reduction techniques, and machine/deep learning methods.
    • Proficiency in computing including R, Python, or related programming and analysis tools.  Knowledge of programming languages such as C, or C++.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage and manipulate large data sets.
    • Interest in working with seed businesses. 

    SKILLS

    • A proven leader and innovative problem solver capable of overcoming challenging and complex issues in a fast-paced environment and growing market.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey complex technical ideas to non-specialist audiences.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively within a high achieving team environment.
    • Sound judgment, discretion, diplomacy, and professional integrity.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships that support exceptional collaboration.
    • Ability to gather, analyze, and present information with attention to detail.
    • Ability to work effectively in a diverse working environment.

    Department: Global Inst for Food Security
    Status:
    Permanent
    Employment Group:
    Research Associates - PSAC
    Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
    1.0
    Salary:
    The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
    Posted Date:
    6/13/2022
    Closing Date:
    2/24/2023
    Number of Openings:
    1
    Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask's Alternative Workspace Guidelines

    See the full posting & Apply here: https://usask.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/14/home/requisition/8483?c=usask&_ga=2.3598384.1880631585.1652109410-847580155.1617914519

  • 11 Jan 2023 16:08 | Anonymous

    The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) is a rapidly expanding Institute based at the University of Saskatchewan. Our Vision is a world where everyone has access to safe and nutritious food. This is a bold vision, one that we will strive to achieve through investing in out talent. In line with our Mission, we will work with our employees, partners, and stakeholders to discover, develop, and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food.

    We are guided by our Values of: Innovation. Excellence. Collaboration. Integrity. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

    PRIMARY PURPOSE
    As a Research Technician you provide plant growth, shoot and root phenotyping, molecular biology, and plant cell, tissue, and organ imaging as part of the Root-Soil- Microbial Interactions (RSMI) research group led by Professor Leon Kochian, Associate Director and Canada Excellence Research Chair.

    NATURE OF WORK
    Reporting to Professor Kochian, you will be key member of RSMI and the broader GIFS team supporting and advancing research.

    You will be part of the GIFS team and your work is planned and conducted in close coordination with postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, other research technicians and visiting scientists.  

    You understand the values, culture, challenges, and operational needs of GIFS. You understand the interconnectedness of GIFS and the impact changes and operations have on all the platforms, programs, clients, and overall reputation of GIFS. You demonstrate a strong safety acumen. You develop and maintain strong long-lasting relationships. 

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • Lead by example.
    • Growing plants in different growth media, including in vitro (in gel plates and cylinders), and in hydroponic media and soil, using imaging platforms to image root systems in 2- and 3-dimensions
    • Imaging and post-processing analysis of root system architecture to quantify root traits that describe root growth, topology, and architecture
    • Plant DNA/RNA isolation, qRT-PCR assays, gene cloning and plant transformation 


    QUALIFICATIONS

    • A Master’s degree in plant molecular biology, cell imaging biology, plant biology or agricultural biology or a combination of a bachelor’s degree in a comparable field and at least two years of professional experience in plant molecular research are preferred. 
    • Prior experience or coursework in plant molecular biology and cell imaging biology along with basic molecular lab tasks such as plant nucleic acids isolation, DNA/RNA electrophoresis, primer design, qRT-PCR assays, restriction enzyme use, gene cloning is needed and experience in operating epifluorescence, fluorescence stereo and/or confocal microscopes is desirable.


    SKILLS

    • Highly motivated with a keen attention to detail, willingness to learn and the proven ability to work in a fast paced, team-oriented, multidisciplinary research environment.
    • Sound judgment, discretion, diplomacy, and professional integrity.
    • Ability to be effective in interactions with colleagues, leaders, and scientists. 
    • A skilled communicator, both written and verbal, with the ability to establish and maintain effective, respectful relationships to ensure a culture of collaboration. 
    • A track record of delivering superior results and developing respect in previous organizations via a collaborative and team based working styles and a demonstrated ability to deliver quality results while meeting timelines.
    • A deep commitment to enacting equity, diversity, inclusion.
    • Effective organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated statistical skills.
    • Proficiency with MS Office applications (particularly Word and Excel).
    Department: Global Institute for Food Security  
    Status:
    Term 2 years
    Employment Group:
    Research Positions - Non-union
    Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
    1.0
    Salary:
    The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
    Salary Phase/Band:
    Not Applicable
    Posted Date:
    12/19/2022
    Closing Date:
    1/30/2023
    Number of Openings:
    1
    Work Location: On Campus


    Read the full posting & Apply here: https://usask.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/14/home/requisition/10298?c=usask


  • 09 Jan 2023 10:31 | Anonymous

    The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University is offering a PhD project on the application of remote sensing technologies for assessing the state of boreal forest structure and dynamics near Kluane Lake, Yukon. For decades, Canada lynx and their prey have been studied intensively in the Kluane region, and the new project extends this work into the realm of vegetation and snow dynamics in this rapidly-changing northern landscape. Using a recently-acquired unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with LiDAR, multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal and RGB cameras, and combined with archived satellite data for the region, we will investigate: 1) patterns of forest productivity, regeneration, and phenology across space and time; 2) sources of forest heterogeneity and resiliency to climate change; 3) spatial mapping of a herbivore energy landscape; and 4) snow condition variation and its implications on forest structure and wildlife habitat availability. In addition, this project provides several opportunities and potential collaborations related to: 4) validating new remote sensing tools for forest health and snow condition assessment; 5) forecasting future boreal forest dynamics under climate change; and 6) relating forest characteristics to the movements and habitat selection of Canada lynx and snowshoe hares that are radio-collared on site. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

    Successful candidates MUST have an MSc in Ecology, Remote Sensing, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong field and quantitative skills, GIS and related analysis, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable skills include experience in drone operation and working in remote field conditions.

    To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (dennismurray@trentu.ca).

    For additional details, see www.dennismurray.ca.

    The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

  • 09 Jan 2023 10:30 | Anonymous

    The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University, in collaboration with the Lithops Research and Conservation Foundation, is offering a unique PhD project on the eco-evolutionary and conservation dynamics of Lithops spp., a genus of small succulent plants occurring across desert landscapes in southern Africa. In the wild, Lithops are susceptible to human collection, habitat loss and climate change, and currently there are important knowledge gaps related to Lithops phylogeny and ecology that are impacting rigorous conservation status assessment and protection. The project will involve several critical facets, first consisting of Lithops genome sequencing to support re-assessment of genus phylogeny and evolutionary linkages. Once species/subspecies status is better established, the project may undertake a variety of directions involving fieldwork, including: 1) Using hyperspectral imaging to assess plant health and composition in relation to local environmental conditions; 2) Remote sensing to determine habitat suitability needs and potential for recolonization; 3) Population and meta-population viability analysis to assess scenarios for long-term persistence; and 4) Species distribution modeling to better understand potential responses of populations to climate change. The model for fieldwork will be L. schwantesii, which is among the most widespread and best-studied Lithops species in Namibia. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

    Successful candidates MUST have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong lab and field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. Additional desirable qualifications include DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, remote sensing and GIS analysis, and working in remote field conditions. 

    To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (dennismurray@trentu.ca).

    For additional details, see www.dennismurray.ca and www.lithopsfoundation.com.

    The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

  • 21 Dec 2022 13:00 | Anonymous

    A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on the molecular biology of the plant-pathogen (Plasmodiophora brassicae) interaction resulting in clubroot disease in canola. The current project will utilize various molecular, cellular, and biochemical techniques to Investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of clubroot resistance/ susceptibility in Arabidopsis and to identify molecular targets associated with host resistance/susceptibility. The candidate will use acquired knowledge to explore novel strategies for creating resistant canola varieties, such us CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing. The successful candidate will have a background in plant pathology and an excellent knowledge of molecular biology and functional genomics for gene function validation as well as a basic understanding of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. Excellent organizational, written/verbal communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential.

    The Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Department of Biology is located in a modern collaborative research building with state-of-the-art laboratory and greenhouse facilities, and access to both Confocal and Electron Microscopy. Saskatoon is home to a dynamic plant biology research community. In addition to research groups in Biology and the College of Agriculture and Bioresources the U of S campus is home to the Global Institute of Food Security, AAFC and NRC-Saskatoon. The position is available immediately. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications, including cover letter, cv, transcript and the names and contact for three references can be submitted to yangdou.wei@usask.ca with the subject line, “PDF opportunity.” The University of Saskatchewan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

  • 23 Nov 2022 12:49 | Anonymous

    A graduate student position is available immediately in the in the laboratory of Dr. Gale Bozzo. The Bozzo lab (https://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/gbozzo) in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our lab as a graduate student. This project is available to those interested in MSc or PhD studies.

    Our team is focused on biochemical, biotechnological and plant production strategies aimed at altering the content of specialized metabolites (i.e., flavonols) in plants as a strategy to improve resistance to environmental stresses that are exacerbated by climate change. The incumbent student will investigate the biochemical and molecular determinants of flavonol degradation in both model plant organisms and economically relevant agricultural crops. Students will receive training in biochemistry, comparative genomics, single molecule discovery, protein purification, analytical chemistry (e.g., HPLC), and related areas. The position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a BSc or MSc in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant sciences or a related field.

    Applicants having prior laboratory experience and strong knowledge transfer skills are encouraged to apply. The incumbent student will be offered a full stipend to cover tuition and living expenses that are commensurate with graduate study at the U of G. The preferred starting date is January 2023, but strong candidates who expect to be available in May or September 2023 are encouraged to apply

    Interested applicants should send the following to Dr. Gale Bozzo (gbozzo@uoguelph.ca):

    1)    a CV

    2)    unofficial academic transcripts

    3)    a cover letter (one page maximum) outlining why you are you are interested in the abovementioned project, and your career goals

    4)    names and contact information for at least 2 referees


    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply
  • 23 Nov 2022 12:46 | Anonymous

    A graduate student position is available immediately in the in the laboratory of Dr. Gale Bozzo. The Bozzo lab (https://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/gbozzo) in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team to investigate novel antioxidant application strategies for the postharvest preservation of  perishable fruits and vegetables, including emerging Ontario crops.

    This project is in partnership with Mushrooms Canada, Berry Growers of Ontario, and Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, with co-funding supplied by NSERC and OMAFRA. The incumbent will receive training in postharvest solutions, including cold storage management of fruits and vegetables, food quality analysis, statistical analysis, analytical chemistry, and related areas. The position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a BSc or MSc degree in biology, plant science, plant agriculture, food science or a related field.

    Applicants having prior laboratory experience and strong knowledge transfer skills are encouraged to apply. The incumbent student will be offered a full stipend to cover tuition and living expenses that are commensurate with graduate study at the U of G.

    The preferred starting date is January 2023, but strong candidates who expect to be available in May or September 2023 are encouraged to apply.

    Interested applicants should send the following to Dr. Gale Bozzo (gbozzo@uoguelph.ca)

    1)    a CV

    2)    unofficial academic transcripts

    3)    a cover letter (one page maximum) outlining why you are you are interested in the abovementioned project, and your career goals

    4)    names and contact information for at least 2 referees

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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