Factors mediating the energetic costs of immunity in crickets. Application deadline: 30 May 2019.

A PhD (or MSc) position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2019.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the energetic costs related to fighting disease and pathogens with specific emphasis on identifying how extrinsic (e.g. temperature, social environment) and intrinsic (e.g. sex, age, body condition) factors mediate the costs of immunity in crickets. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in Florida; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only as courses are taught in French), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT) upon arrival at UQAM.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca by 30 May 2019.