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Employment & Training Opportunities with the HRG

If you would like to explore working in our research lab as a volunteer, work study or graduate student, please contact Dr. Daniel Heath to discuss the possibilities. We would be happy to give you a tour of the lab and answer any questions you might have.

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