PhD Student Position Available on Marine Intertidal Ecology – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Multistress effects on key species, biodiversity and functioning of intertidal communities


Marine coasts are at threat and are changing. Different natural and human disturbances and stressors alter the abundance of multiple marine organisms with unknown consequences for coastal biodiversity and marine ecosystem functioning. We look for a PhD student to join our newly funded project that aims to evaluate the cumulative effects of natural and human stressors on dominant foundation species (macroalgae and grazers) in the intertidal zones of the St Lawrence estuary in Canada.

The project will involve field sampling (observations and manipulation) as well as laboratory essays.

Required skills

The candidate must have a MSc in biology, marine science, environmental science or another closely related field. The candidate’s past achievements and experience must demonstrate that they have a strong aptitude for research. They must also possess strong skills in organization, communication, and scientific writing, and a good knowledge in statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be located at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada. Knowledge of French is advantageous but not obligatory.

Interested persons are kindly requested to submit their candidacy (by email only) to: The email must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum of two pages) signed by the applicant and explaining the reasons that motivate their application to this position;
  • A curriculum vitae containing all relevant information for this application (including the contact information of two persons who can act as references).

Application deadline: April 15, 2018 starting date: June 1st, 2018 (or September 1st, 2018)

We will communicate only with candidates selected for an interview.
The selection process will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada Web :