M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. positions in Invertebrate Symbioses in the Proctor Lab, University of Alberta

I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” Projects are outlined here: https://hproctorlabuofa.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/summary-of-current-nserc-discovery-grant.pdf.

Students should have strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification. Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates. Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for the first 2.3 years of an M.Sc. program and the first 5 years of a Ph.D. program (or until thesis defense, whichever comes first), at the minimum rate of approximately $25,197 (M.Sc.) and $25,917 (Ph.D.) per year, subject to annual review of academic and teaching performance. For details on how to apply including minimum GPA and language requirements, see links at https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/. Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students start in September but I am open to January starts. Just be aware that finding rental housing in Edmonton is a bit more difficult in January (and it’s a lot colder than in September!).

If you are interested, please email me at hproctor@ualberta.ca. Include in your email a brief statement of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).