Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics

And another one - this time a PostDoc position at McGill University. Not bad at all either :-)

We invite applicants for a two-year postdoctoral position in Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics at McGill University, Biology Department. 

The position will be funded by the WSP and the Mitacs Accelerate program. WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firmsm. It provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, with expertise ranging from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. The Biology department offers a highly collaborative environment and excellent ecological-genomics facilities and experimental stations .

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in developing tools for assessing biodiversity and will use next-generation sequencing of environmental samples collected from a diversity of impacted aquatic habitats (ponds, streams, lakes, rivers). The candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the WSP team of scientists and other industrial, governmental and academic partners. The candidate will compare results from traditional sampling techniques with biodiversity estimates based on refined metabarcoding approaches to describe the fish and invertebrate diversity within a diversity of impacted aquatic habitats. The candidate will be also involved in long-term and highly replicated laboratory and field experiments on the effect of multiple stressors on the structure and function of aquatic communities. 

Experience with next generation sequencing or sequence data and related bioinformatics / computational / programming skills is strongly desired. Familiarity with one or more of the following would be an advantage: genomics, phylogenetic analyses, genome evolution / programming language (R/Unix/Python or Perl). Experience working with aquatic organisms is an asset. The candidate should have a good publication record and the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment.

The position is for one year, but can be renewed for a second year and can begin as early as March 2016. Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief statement of research interest,

For more information and inquiries about the position please contact Melania Cristescu at

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