Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Nitrogen Use Efficiency Physiology of Conifers at the University of Alberta

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating nitrogen use efficiency in white spruce.  The successful candidates will use ecophysiological approaches to identify and characterize determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in this conifer species, and to compare nitrogen use efficiency parameters amongst families.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  This project is part of Spruce Up, a large-scale genomics project funded by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, Genome BC, and Genome Alberta. Depending on the successful candidate’s background and interests, the incumbent may participate in related Spruce Up research activities, such as proteomic identification of proteins important for N remobilization in white spruce.

Successful candidates will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Janice Cooke (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta).  Depending on the scope of the successful candidate’s individual project within the larger project, they will actively collaborate with Dr. R. Glen Uhrig (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Benoit Rivard (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Nathalie Isabel (Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre) and/or Dr. Ingo Ensminger (Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga).

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in plant physiology, ecology, genetics, genomics or related discipline, and cannot have received this PhD prior to 2015.  Candidates with a background in plant physiology and who have strong skills in statistical analyses will be given priority.  Knowledge of nitrogen utilization (uptake, allocation, partitioning, remobilization, metabolism) will also be prioritized.  Experience in conducting plant experiments in growth chamber/greenhouse conditions and in the field is preferable.  The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues from universities, governments and other research organizations is essential.  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately.  As per Department of Biological Sciences policy, the initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon satisfactory performance. The salary range is $45000-$50000 per annum for Year 1, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to