Postdoctoral research opportunity, Aquatic Microbial Ecology / Carbon Biogeochemistry

Start date: Winter – Spring 2019

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A postgraduate fellowship is available in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), to carry out research at the interface of aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, associated to the NSERC-funded Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems. The research project will focus on issues related to the assembly and functioning of freshwater aquatic bacterial communities and their links to environmental factors, and will take a whole network approach to reconstruct the taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional microbial successions that occur along the aquatic continuum, from soils to the sea through interconnected rivers and lakes.

The research may also explore the chemical succession that occurs in the molecular structure and reactivity of the dissolved organic carbon pool along this same aquatic continuum, with the ultimate objective of determining the connections and interactions that may exist between these two key components of all aquatic ecosystems. The project may involve highly spatially resolved sampling along the aquatic continuum and across gradients and ecotones, focusing on lakes and rivers in the boreal region of Québec, and will apply a combination of high-throughput sequencing and microarray technologies, metabolic and physiologic measurements of bacterial communities, and advanced analytical approaches to characterize the molecular composition of DOM.

We seek a highly motivated candidate who is ready to embrace a multidisciplinary challenge and to work in a highly collaborative team context. Our students and postdocs are part of a dynamic and culturally and scientifically diverse aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, microbial, plankton and ecosystem ecology. Those interested should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references to Paul del Giorgio (, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries for further information are welcome.