Post-Doctoral Researcher position, University of Toronto – Mississauga

Prof. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab ( is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Urban Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The successful candidate will examine how urbanization influences adaptive and non-adaptive evolution in plants or plant-animal interactions. We presently use several systems to study urban evolution (Trifolium repensImpatiens capensisBrassica rapa) and there is opportunity to use these systems or to develop a new system, depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to integrate experiments, genomic and modeling approaches. This project is ideally suited to individuals seeking to perform productive cutting-edge research while connecting with a global network of collaborators and the public. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in plant evolutionary biology or plant-animal interactions; previous work in urban systems is not a requirement.

To learn more about the Johnson Lab’s research on urban evolutionary ecology please see:

Johnson, M. T. J., and J. Munshi-South. 2017. The evolution of life in urban environments. Science 358: DOI: 10.1126/science.aam1832.

Thompson, K. A., M. Renaudin, and M. T. J. Johnson. 2016. Urbanization drives the evolution of parallel clines in plant populations. Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. B 283:20162180.

Johnson, M. T. J., K. A. Thompson, and H. S. Saini. 2015. Plant evolution in the urban jungle. Am. J. Bot. 102:1951-1953.

In addition to being a part of the EvoEco Lab, the post-doctoral researcher will be a member of the new Centre for Urban Environments (,  the Department of Biology (, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (

The UTM campus has excellent facilities for research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), housing, and 225 acres of fields, forests, many trails and a wild salmon/trout river for recreation. Toronto and Mississauga are world-class cities that are interconnected and culturally diverse. They boast an abundance of restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Starting salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Sept. 1, 2018

Duration: 1- 3 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence Dec. 6. Please send applications to

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) CV, iii) PDFs of top three publications, and iv) contact information for three references.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. The position will will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Marc T. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Urban Environments (CUE)
Associate Professor
Depts. of Biology & EEB
University of Toronto – Mississauga