1 MSc and 1 PhD In Conifer Genomics and Physiology – Open Immediately

The Ensminger Lab in the University of Toronto’s Department of Biology seeks MSc and PhD student candidates to join an exciting large scale research project on climate adaptation in conifers. As climate change is impacting forest health and productivity, this project is using genomic tools combined with experiments testing the resistance of trees to heat, cold and drought stress. Expected results will help select and plant trees that will be healthy in new climates in Canada.


The successful candidates will work in the project “CoAdapTree” and investigate the function of genes involved in climate adaptation. A combination of phenotyping and RNASequencing approaches will be used to validate climate relevant candidate genes and their contribution to cold hardiness, drought hardiness and heat stress responses. Candidates are expected to work in an interdisciplinary research project with collaborators at the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, British Columbia.


Candidates should have a background in plant biology or physiology, molecular biology or a related discipline and should have strong quantitative and writing skills. Experience or an interest in learning programming languages such as Python, and Rcran tools for the analysis of large data sets is required.


Please send your application electronically as a single PDF to Ingo Ensminger (ingo.ensminger@utoronto.ca). Use the words “Grad Students Conifer Genomics” in the subject line of your email. Please include a cover letter with a brief statement of your research interest (max. 1 page), your CV, and contacts of two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Possible starting dates are between April 2017 and September 2017).

For more information on the project please contact Ingo Ensminger (ingo.ensminger@utoronto.ca, +1 905 569 4599) or check http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/ensminger/.