Fully-Funded M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Positions: Genomic Network for Fish Identification, Stress and Health


Join a revolution in freshwater fish conservation!

Our Canada-wide, multi-million-dollar program will be a game-changer for freshwater fish management and conservation. We are looking for science and social science graduate students to:

  • Get in on the ground floor in the rapidly growing area of environmental DNA research;
  • Be part of the largest aquatic eDNA experiment ever undertaken;
  • Develop the first universal transcriptional array for freshwater fish;
  • Be among the first to explore the potential ethical and legal challenges in aquatic genomics-based research.

Develop a professional network working side-by-side with our partners from academia, industry and government while you work in a state-of-the-art lab or do fieldwork in the most remote areas of Canada…or both!

Opportunities are available for positions in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick starting in 2020 to 2024. Canadian citizens and landed immigrants will be given first consideration.

GEN-FISH is a collaborative research project established by the University of Windsor and partners and funded by Genome Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

To find out what GEN-FISH can do for you, visit our website at www.gen-fish.ca or contact the GEN-FISH Research Coordinator at Sara.Jamieson@gen-fish.ca.



DEPARTMENT CHAIR – DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, Faculty of Science, The University of Western Ontario

Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.  Applications from external and internal candidates, who must hold at least the rank of Associate Professor with tenure or its international equivalent, will be considered.  A record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision, and research in Biology is required, as well as some administrative experience. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Biology, or related discipline, and a strong record of research productivity in the form of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals, awards, invited talks and other scholarly achievements.  The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the direction of the Department, demonstrated leadership ability and integrity, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to be a strong advocate for the Department. The successful candidate will be energetic and able to recognize, take, and create opportunities.  They must have the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships both within Science and across the Western community, as well as in the Canadian Biology community.

The Chair will consult with the Dean on Departmental budgetary requirements and administer the Departmental budget.  The Chair will also be expected to develop and facilitate the implementation of a Departmental academic, research and administrative plan that will aim to position the Department within the top tier of Canadian Biology departments.  Furthermore, the Chair will be a part of the Faculty of Science leadership team and as such, will help develop a new academic plan for the Faculty of Science.  These plans must be consistent with one another, as well as with the strategic plans of the University. The Chair will develop and implement a strategy for mentoring, developing, and supporting Departmental faculty and staff across career stages, with a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Department of Biology has a broad range of interests, with recognized expertise in insect biology, evolutionary and ecological genetics, animal physiology and behaviour, locomotion and migration, vertebrate developmental biology, plant stress biology, soil-microbe interactions, and fungal biodiversity. The Department and Western have built world-class, unique research facilities including the Advanced Facility for Avian Research, the Biotron Centre for Experimental Climate Change Research, the Environmental Sciences Western Field Station, the London Regional Genomics Centre, the Brain and Mind Institute and specialized facilities for imaging and microscopy.  The Department also has strong connections with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, [and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses. Further information about Western can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/.

Candidates should submit, electronically, a complete application package, that includes a curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the department, one-page teaching and research statements, and contact details of at least three referees. Candidates should also provide a cover letter explaining how their expertise and proposed research fit this position.

Please ensure that the Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form available at https://www.uwo.ca//facultyrelations/pdf/full-time-application-form.pdf is completed and included in your application submission.

External candidates will be appointed with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor as appropriate. The Chair appointment is normally a (renewable) five-year term. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment is anticipated to commence on July 1, 2020.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Matt Davison
Dean of Science
North Campus Building
The University of Western Ontario


Reference Job ID: DOB2020

Considerations of applications will begin on March 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Brenda Hutcheson at blhutche@uwo.ca.


Canadian Journal of Zoology seeking 4-6 new members for Editorial Advisory Board

The Canadian Journal of Zoology is a broad zoological journal which has been publishing International research for 90 years, is seeking 4-6 new members for our Editorial Advisory Board.  We are looking for colleagues who are willing to commit to up to a 5 year term and are especially keen to encourage academic colleagues at the Assistant Professor rank.  The principal duties of Board members will be to 1) assist the Co-editors in identifying potential reviewers and 2) help the Co-editors to make editorial decisions about manuscripts where reviews are contentious and or divided.  Our experience is that we would ask for assistance with 4-8 manuscripts per year at most.  Currently we have about 300 submissions in total per year.

While we will pay some attention to regional location, we are primarily interested in evidence of candidate’s scientific expertise. We currently feel that we could use additional expertise in the broad areas of population genetics, population and community ecology (especially for non-mammals), ornithology, entomology, marine mammal biology, physiology of fish and other ectotherms.

We ask you to submit a brief CV and statement of interest to either of the co-editors.  We would of course be happy to answer any questions or provide further information if necessary.

Kind regards,

Mark Brigham (mark.brigham@uregina.ca)

Helga Guderley (helga.guderley.1@ulaval.ca)


PhD opportunity in millennial dendrochronology to disentangle multiple drivers of forest productivity (eastern Canadian boreal forest)

PhD based at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) in collaboration with other research institutes

We are seeking an outstanding Ph D candidate to accomplish a thesis in dendrochronology on the drivers of forest productivity (temperature, precipitations, CO2, volcanoes, disturbances, etc.) during the last millennium in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), and the Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. The thesis will be part of a larger project with aims of using tree-ring metrics (width, density, stable isotopes) as well as ecophysiological modelling to disentangle the relative contributions of drivers on forest productivity.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing millennial tree ring series from subfossil stems preserved in lakes. A major challenge will be to produce long chronologies free of biases due to scaling problems (from samples to trees, to stands, to region).

The candidate will actively contribute to the fieldwork, as well as to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will benefit from the diversified expertise of our team in the fields of forest ecology, dendrochronology, statistical and process-based modeling of tree growth and analysis of various tree ring signals. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years.

We are looking for a passionate candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record as well as high analytical and problem solving skills. This person should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline and motivation within a multidisciplinary team. He /she must be willing to perform fieldwork in difficult conditions, possess a good team spirit and excellent writing skills.

The project will begin in May or September, 2020. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).


1 PhD and 3 Msc positions on quantitative genetic and reproductive strategies in natural systems at uOttawa

Multiple graduate student positions (Msc and PhD) available in Julien Martin lab’s at the University of Ottawa (https://juliengamartin.github.io). Enthusiastic graduate students will carry out research on reproductive strategies and life-history trade-offs using a quantitative genetic approach based on several long-term studies including the yellow-bellied marmots project in Colorado (>55 years of data) and the alpine swifts project in Switzerland (>25 years of data). For more details about the projects go to https://juliengamartin.github.io/opportunities/.

Financial support is available for 3 and 2 years for PhD and Msc respectively. Students are expected to complete a minimum of one teaching assistantship per year.

The ideal candidate should have:

– BSc or Msc. in biology.

– A strong interest for statistical analyses and R programming.

– The ability to work alone and in teams.

– The motivation for long field seasons.

Students that are interested should send a writing sample (thesis, paper or scientific article), a CV, a motivation letter, and the contact of two references to Dr. Martin (julien.martin@uottawa.ca). We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral position: Population genomics of the invasion of the Great Lakes by sea lamprey, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

POSITION START DATE: We’re targeting a start between March and July 2020, but we may be able to be flexible with start dates. Funding is for two years

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: We will begin review of applications 9 Feb 2020 and the position will remain open until filled

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are native to the Atlantic Ocean and invasive in the Great Lakes, where they cause significant damage to the ecosystem and fishery. The objectives of this project are to use whole genome re-sequencing data to 1) model the invasion history of the Great Lakes system and 2) search for signatures of selection in the freshwater populations.

Sea lamprey likely moved into Lake Erie and the upper Great Lakes following completion of the Welland Canal which allowed passage around Niagara Falls. Current population connectivity among the upper Great Lakes, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, and between the marine and invasive freshwater populations is not well characterized. Our goal is to use whole genome re-sequencing of individuals sampled across 20 sample sites within the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain, and along the Atlantic coast to model the demographics of the invasion history and gene flow within this system.

The primary management tool currently in use to control the invasive sea lamprey populations is lampricide treatment. The use of lampricides has reduced and held adult sea lamprey abundance to ~10% of that observed prior to the start of control efforts thus potentially exerting strong selection. We are in the position to test for the evolution of lampricide resistance at a suite of candidate genes associated with physiological and transcriptomic responses to experimental lampricide applications identified in ongoing related work. Given the very different environmental conditions experienced in marine and freshwater environments, we also may find evidence for selection associated with selection pressures other than lampricide applications (e.g., associated with osmoregulation and life history trait variation).

Please send any additional questions about the position to colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to model gene flow and the demography of the invasion at the best resolution our data affords, and to test for signatures of selection associated with candidate loci for lampricide resistance.

We also want to stress that the PDF will have the opportunity to develop and pursue other research questions of their own interests. You will be joining a well funded sea lamprey research program that is jointly led by Margaret Docker, Ken Jeffries, and myself Colin Garroway, and comprised of 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students, and 2 MSc students with additional students working on related questions in other species.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To contribute significantly to and lead experimental design, data interpretation, and statistical analysis related to the above described research objectives.

  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators and arranging travel to meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership, and involvement with professional bodies.

 QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (current or expected at commencement of contract) in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics.

  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and management skills

CONTACT: Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to:

Colin Garroway
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.


Regulatory Specialist (2 Year Term Position), Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The Tlicho People have strong, traditional ties to the land, water, and wildlife, so ensuring responsible use of land and water for the benefit of Tlicho People is of paramount importance.

The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for coordinating submissions made to the Board, managing public reviews, conducting environmental impact assessments, liaising with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders, managing various projects, and carrying out technical reviews.

If you have environmental and technical experience and are interested in joining a high-performing team in a fast-paced, progressive, and dynamic environment, we encourage you to apply.

The successful applicant will have a relevant degree and demonstrate the following competencies in their cover letter and resume:

  • strong technical writing ability;
  • strong written and oral communications skills;
  • project and time management skills;
  • cultural awareness; and
  • an understanding of relevant environmental legislation.

The starting salary for this position ranges from $83,007 to $89,324 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $10,000 per year in allowances. This is a two-year term position with the possibility of a further extension. Interested candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume by Sunday, January 19, 2020 to:

Attn: Allan Twissell at NorthWays Consulting
RE: WLWB Regulatory Specialist Competition
e-mail: northwayscareers@northwestel.net

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates may be considered on future competitions. Thank you for your interest in this competition.