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Post-doc Opportunity: Freshwater biodiversity monitoring using metabarcoding (DFO Canada: BC)

Posted by Michelle Gray   |   September 16, 2015

Freshwater biodiversity monitoring using metabarcoding - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow with an interest in applied ecological and evolutionary genomics and aquatic ecosystems to lead a project investigating the use of
metabarcoding to measure responses of freshwater plankton communities to land-use disturbances.

This project is part of a larger federal government genomics initiative aimed at enabling genomics-based biomonitoring and a better understanding of the effects of land-use related stressors on Canadian biodiversity and ecosystems. The focus will be on using next generation sequencing to estimate zooplankton and/or phytoplankton biodiversity across a disturbance gradient in two Canadian freshwater ecosystems important for salmon: the Fraser River Delta (Sockeye salmon) and the Prince Edward Island river system (Atlantic salmon). This will be done to meet two main objectives: (1) develop a metabarcoding-based biomonitoring tool for freshwater, salmon-bearing systems on both coasts of Canada; and (2) to apply this tool across a land-use disturbance gradient to understand relationships between multiple stressors and biological communities that support salmon via food web interactions.

This highly interdisciplinary project will involve field work, high throughput DNA sequencing (metabarcoding), and extensive bioinformatic and statistical analyses on large datasets.

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 the preparation of samples for NGS (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 as soon as possible for administrative reasons. The position is an NSERC Visiting Fellowship (up to 3 yr duration) starting no earlier than April 1, 2016, but interested and qualified candidates must be registered into the system by November 1, 2015, and final notification of award must occur no later than January, 2016. Applications from international candidates will be accepted until NSERC’s quota for international fellows has been reached; hence Canadians are also strongly encouraged to apply. For more information and to review eligibility criteria, click here:

To be considered for this position, please send your CV and brief email text explaining your interest and suitability to:

Dr. Cathryn Abbott
Research Scientist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
Nanaimo BC
 

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