Tuesday, January 21, 2020

BIOSCAN - new video

In case you did not come across the new version of the BIOSCAN video - really worth watching!

BIOSCAN is iBOL's new seven-year, $180 million global research program that aims to revolutionize our understanding of biodiversity and our capacity to manage it. Involving scientists, research organizations, and citizens, BIOSCAN will explore three major research themes: Species Discovery, Species Interactions, Species Dynamics.

iBOL (International Barcode of Life Consortium) involves researchers in 30+ nations who share a mission to transform biodiversity science through DNA-based approaches with DNA barcoding at its core. iBOL works in partnership with academic, government, and private sector organizations.

Monday, January 6, 2020

PostDoc Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics

A position to work at McGill partly in collaboration with our lab:

Preferred Disciplines: Biology, Bioinformatics (Postdoc position)
Project length: 2 years, renewable for 3rd year 
Approx. start date: February 15, 2020
McGill University, Montreal, QC

Summary of Project:
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be 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. The research will involve developing and implementing bioinformatic tools for analysing metabarcoding, metagenomics and transcriptomics data sets and assessing biodiversity trends for broad taxonomic groups (bacterial, phytoplankton, zooplankton). The fellow will compare biodiversity estimates obtained from traditional sampling techniques with estimates based on refined metabarcoding approaches to describe the biodiversity of contaminated aquatic habitats. The project involves the biodiversity group at McGill University and collaborators from the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), University of Guelph, University of Quebec at Montreal and University of Montreal.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives: 1) Develop sensitive metabarcoding bioinformatics protocols to describing aquatic communities; 2) Investigate the impact of multiple stressors on complex aquatic communities. 

Methodology: 1) Use high-throughput sequencing to develop metabarcoding and metagenomics protocols for describing aquatic communities in complex environmental samples; 2) Validate protocols; 3) Apply protocols on highly replicated field experiments.

Expertise and Skills Needed:
Experience with next generation sequencing or large sequence data and related bioinformatics / computational / programming skills is required. Familiarity with one or more of the following would be an advantage: genomics, transcriptomics, phylogenetic analyses, genome evolution / programming language (R/Unix/Python or Perl). Experience working with aquatic organisms would be an asset. The candidate should have a PhD in evolution / genetics / computational biology, a good publication record and the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, short statements of research interests, and 3 representative publications to melania.cristescu@mcgill.caThe application deadline is January 31, 2020.

McGill University is strongly committed to diversity and equity within its community. McGill University is among Canada’s leading research-intensive universities with students from over 140 countries. The university is located in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city with great cultural and linguistic diversity.