The Gosselin lab ( at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position.  Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP). Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms and crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The upcoming MSc project will examine the mechanisms responsible for the high levels of mortality during the EBP.  The study will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.  Research work will be carried out primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre ( on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound.


We are seeking an individual with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a strong background in ecology and evolution.  Prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques are not required but are considered assets. Any direct research experience you may have acquired, for example by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your BSc or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada), is also viewed favourably. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology, Animal Biology, or a related field.

The research project will be supported by an NSERC Discovery grant. Stipends to support this MSc position will be provided through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships.   The student will be admitted to the Environmental Sciences MSc program at Thompson Rivers University (

Start date

The intended start date is January 2018.

Applications will accepted until the position is filled. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, describing academic interests and career aspiration, a CV listing qualifications, and transcripts via email to:

Dr Louis Gosselin
Department of Biological Sciences
Thompson Rivers University