Student Opportunity Announcements

PhD position in ecological genomics: molecular detection of aquatic invasive species

PhD position at McGill University (with West Coast DFO Research Placement)

We are seeking a highly-motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in applied evolutionary genetics / ecological genomics and aquatic ecosystems to conduct research on the application of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for early detection of aquatic invasive species.  This Ph.D. project is a collaborative one, involving researchers at McGill University and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and is part of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN). The successful candidate will develop an early detection method for aquatic invasive species that builds on validated DNA barcoding datasets. The method would enable rapid, simultaneous detection of a high number of potential invasive species. 

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Melania Cristescu (McGill University) and Dr. Cathryn Abbott (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and will also collaborate with other DFO and CAISN researchers. The successful candidate will also benefit from extensive research placement with the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo during the studentship. This position provides the opportunity to conduct research in invasion biology and will serve as an outstanding training ground for those interested in governmental, academic, or private-sector careers in biology and environmental science.

The preferred project start date is September 2014.  There are no project funds for international student fees hence Canadian citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents, and international students that hold scholarships will be considered.  Please send your CV and summary of research interests along with contact information for 2 references to Cathryn Abbott at