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Graduate Student Positions

 

Funded Ph.D./M.Sc. positions in sea lamprey chemosensory communication -

CHEMORECEPTOR ACTIVATION AND MOTOR BEHAVIOR

 

** immediate start**
We are recruiting for 2 graduate student positions to work in the field of
environmental physiology, in particular chemosensory systems.
 
The goal of the proposed research is to provide new biological tools for sea
lamprey population management by establishing which molecules are the most
effective at activating skin chemosensory cells and inducing motor behavior
The use of pheromones and chemical repellents are among the most promising
strategies for managing sea lamprey populations. While these methods rely on
olfactory stimuli, lampreys also possess solitary chemosensory cells. Selective
aversive or attractive agonists may act synergistically with molecules stimulating
the olfactory system to maximize lamprey attraction or deterrence while minimally
irritating non-target species.
 
Applicants should have a strong interest and a prior degree in biological sciences
or related disciplines. This project requires strong organizational skills, and
experience or a strong interest in neurophysiology, sensory physiology as well as
behavioural ecology. Applicants should have past research experience,
evidence of strong writing and the ability to work independently as well as being
part of a research team.
 
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Barbara Zielinski as soon as possible
(zielin1@uwindsor.ca). Please include a cover letter outlining your career goals,
relevant experience (especially research experience); your CV; your academic
transcripts; contact information for three academic or professional referees. The
applicant must also meet the minimal requirements for admission into the
Graduate School at the University of Windsor's GLIER (Great Lakes Institute for
Environmental Research).

 

New Collaborative Project on Integrated Human-Natural Systems in Ontario Agricultural Headwaters: Two M.Sc. Positions at the University of Windsor.  Posted Feb. 14, 2017

The Land and Waters Lab invites applications for two M.Sc. positions to participate in an exciting new collaborative research project to study how climate, land use, and agricultural land management in Southern Ontario have changed over decadal timescales, and the resultant effects on water quality of headwater sentinel streams. The students will have access to unique information about agricultural land management and headwater stream dynamics across the Province. The research approach will require a combination of spatial analysis, agronomic and economic data analysis, and hydrological and biogeochemical simulation modelling. A fieldwork component would be valuable, but is not required. Students are expected to integrate their own ideas into their work.
The positions are fully funded, and will involve working in collaboration with scientists at the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) and government scientists at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Applicants should have some specialization in physical or human geography, agricultural engineering, or a related field.
For further information regarding these positions or to submit an application, please contact Christopher Wellen (below). In your application email, please include:

  •  Why you are interested in the position, and how it fits into your overall career aspirations;
  •  A curriculum vitae;
  •  Copy of your transcripts;
  •  Contact information for up to 3 references.

Christopher Wellen
Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research
University of Windsor
Christopher.wellen@uwindsor.ca

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled, though the students will start in either September 2017 or if possible May 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Funded Ph.D./M.Sc. positions: Evolutionary genetics of early life history variation in salmon (immediate start)
We are recruiting for several graduate positions working on an exciting and ambitious project in the field of evolutionary biology. If successful, this work will represent substantial progress in our understanding of the processes of local variability and adaptation. Candidates will use molecular, population, and quantitative genetic methods combined with breeding experiments and fieldwork to characterize the magnitude and nature of genetic, epigenetic, GxE interactions and environmental effects on early life history trait variation using Pacific salmon as our model species.
The successful candidates will have the opportunity for fieldwork at our research partner's site in British Columbia (Yellow Island Aquaculture) and within the Great Lakes ecosystem. This project's lab component will give the students unprecedented hands-on access to a genomics facility with a comprehensiveness rare in a mid-size university. The successful candidates will be supervised by Dr. Daniel Heath at the Great lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) at the University of Windsor.
Applicants should have a strong interest and a prior degree in evolutionary biology, molecular biology or related disciplines. This particular project will require a great deal of precision and organizational skills. Applicants should have extensive past research experience, evidence of strong writing and quantitative skills and the ability to work independently.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Heath as soon as possible for admission to the Winter session of 2017. To apply, please e-mail Dr. Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, career goals, relevant experience and why you are applying for this position; (2) your CV; (3) academic transcripts; and (4) contact information for at least three professional references. The student must also meet the minimum requirements for admission into the Graduate School at GLIER. For more information about the Heath lab, please visit www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/heath-research-group.  -- posted January 2017
Funded Ph.D./M.Sc. position: Gene expression and physiology of reintroduced Atlantic salmon (immediate start)
We are recruiting for a Ph.D. or M.Sc. position focussing on the gene expression and physiology of Atlantic salmon reintroduced to Lake Ontario. The successful candidate(s) will use these measures to quantify performance differences among strains, release times, and rearing treatments. We are also recruiting an M.Sc. to work on the application of environmental DNA detection and characterization using NextGen sequencing in Atlantic salmon. These project will build on our previous work examining in-stream mortality of introduced Atlantic salmon and will contribute to the development of best practices for hatchery rearing, release timing and strain and site selection to support the restoration of this commercially and ecologically critical species across Canada.
The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to experience different subdisciplines and lab environments in conservation biology and as part of a larger team project, they will work closely with scientists from government, academia, industry and NGOs.
Applicants should have a strong interest and a prior degree in conservation biology, ecology, molecular biology or related discipline. Applicants should have extensive past research experience, evidence of strong writing and quantitative skills and the ability to work independently.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Heath as soon as possible for admission to the Winter session of 2017. To apply, please email Dr. Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, career goals, relevant experience and why you are applying for this position; (2) your CV; (3) academic transcripts; and (4) contact information for at least three professional references. The student must also meet the minimum requirements for admission into the Graduate School at GLIER (www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/doctor-of-philosophy-phd-degree). For more information about the Heath and Neff labs, please visit www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/heath-research-group and publish.uwo.ca/~bneff/. -- posted January 2017
Funded Ph.D./M.Sc. position: Competition with and predation of reintroduced Atlantic salmon (immediate start)
The Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) at the University of Windsor is recruiting for a Ph.D. position focussing on resource competition with and predation of Atlantic salmon reintroduced to Lake Ontario. The successful candidate will analyze the diet of re-instroduced Atlantic salmon, salmonid competitors, and potential predators using genetic analysis of stomach contents and stable isotope analysis of body composition. This project will build on our previous work examining in-stream mortality of introduced Atlantic salmon and will contribute to the development of best practices for hatchery rearing, release timing and strain and site selection to support the restoration of this commercially and ecologically critical species across Canada.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to experience two different subdisciplines and lab environments in conservation biology, being co-supervised by Dr. Aaron Fisk and Dr. Daniel Heath at GLIER. As part of a larger team project, they will work closely with scientists from government, academia, industry and NGOs.
Applicants should have a strong interest and a prior degree in conservation biology, ecology, molecular biology or related discipline. Applicants should have extensive past research experience, evidence of strong writing and quantitative skills and the ability to work independently.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Heath as soon as possible for admission to the Winter session of 2017; fieldwork could start as early as spring 2017. To apply, please email Dr. Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, career goals, relevant experience and why you are applying for this position; (2) your CV; (3) academic transcripts; and (4) contact information for at least three professional references. The student must also meet the minimum requirements for admission into the Graduate School at GLIER (www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/doctor-of-philosophy-phd-degree). For more information about the Heath and Fisk labs, please visit www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/heath-research-group and www.fisklab.com.  -- posted January 2017

 

Funded Ph.D. position in Hydrodynamic Modelling of Microbial Distribution in the Great Lakes Region (for immediate start)

This PhD position in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering aims to develop and apply hydrodynamic modelling framework for microbial source tracking, real-time prediction tool for beach closures and an early warning system for enhanced monitoring and treatment in the Great Lakes Region.  Hydrodynamic models with the capability to track pathogen mobilization and transport can complement genomics-based microbial source tracking and monitoring tools for cost-effective management of recreational water quality. The extensive spatial and temporal microbial composition and abundance data generated over two seasons in complementary projects will be used for developing and testing a nearshore modelling framework as a real-time prediction tool for beach closures and an early warning system for enhanced monitoring and treatment. The work will be done in collaboration with the Integrated Modeling Division of Environment Canada (EC) and will involve modification and application of existing Environment Canada (EC) 3D hydrodynamic and other ecological models.

The student will be advised by Dr. Rajesh Seth in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in collaboration with the Integrated Modeling Division of Environment Canada.  The project is part of a larger collaborative project (with multiple students) on microbial community characterization, source tracking and remediation through meta-genomics headed by Dr. Heath. Apart from GLIER, the project involves collaboration with multiple government agencies and industrial partners. 

A Master of Applied Science/ Engineering (thesis based) degree in Environmental/ Civil Engineering or related field is required.  Candidates with research background in watershed/ hydrodynamic modelling will be preferred.  The successful candidate will start immediately. While the position comes with a stipend, please note there is no extra funding for international student fees. Please send your CV and summary of research interests along with contact information for two references to Dr. Rajesh Seth (rseth@uwindsor.ca) as soon as possible.
-- Posted November 16, 2015

 


 

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