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Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Freshwater Invertebrate Biodiversity Genomics

Posted by rcasey   |   October 21, 2015

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Freshwater Invertebrate Biodiversity Genomics

Location: Canadian Rivers Institute, Fredericton

We seek a postdoctoral scientist with an interest in the application of biodiversity metabarcoding of invertebrates in freshwater ecosystem assessment.
This project is part of a larger federal government genomics initiative supporting genomics-based biomonitoring, focusing on developing models for cumulative effects of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystems . The focus will be on applying biodiversity information obtained through high-throughput DNA sequencing to study freshwater invertebrate biodiversity across disturbance gradients, with a focus on Atlantic Canadian rivers, but also including other freshwater ecosystems within Canada. This well-funded, highly interdisciplinary project will involve field work, DNA extraction, DNA library development, bioinformatics and statistical analysis, in collaboration with an interdepartmental team of government and university scientists.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of ecology, evolution, and/or systematics and will demonstrate analytical and/or bioinformatics skills. Experience in DNA extraction, primer design and the preparation of samples for HTS (Illumina) and knowledge of aquatic systems and community ecology are desirable. Candidates
should demonstrate a strong track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
This posting is anticipatory and candidate selection needs to progress rapidly for administrative reasons. The position is an NSERC Visiting Fellowship in a Government Laboratory (up to 3 years duration) starting no earlier than January 1, 2016, but interested and qualified candidates must be registered into the system by November 20, 2015, and final notification of the award must occur no later than January, 2016. Canadians are strongly encouraged to apply, although applications from international candidates will be considered until NSERC’s quota for international fellows has been reached; . For more information and to review eligibility criteria, see: NP/Laboratories-Laboratoires/index_eng.asp
To be considered for this position, please send your CV and brief email text explaining your interest and suitability to:
Dr Donald Baird
Canadian Rivers Institute
PO Box 4400
10 Bailey Drive
University of New Brunswick
New Brunswick, Canada. E3B 5A3.

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