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MSc - Modelling Aquatic Invasive Species (Funded)

Location: University of Alberta and BC Ministry of Environment

Supervisor(s): Dr. Mark Lewis (UAlberta) and Dr. Matthias Herborg (BC Ministry of Environment)

Project Descrition: We are looking for an MSc student to model the spread risk of freshwater aquatic invasive species in British Columbia. The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative modeling, programming skills, a strong interest in freshwater ecology, and the ability to work closely with others. Support will be through the NSERC Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network II (CAISN). Results will be applied directly to government planning and policy. 

Contact: Interested candidates please email Mark Lewis with a CV and statement of interest by March 31, 2014
PhD - Applied evolutionary genetics/ecological genomics

Location: McGill University, with West Coast Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans Placement)

Project Description:  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 by March 14, 2014.
PhD/Postdoctoral Fellow - Invasion Ecology
Location: GEOMAR-Helmholtz - Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeta Briski

Full Description: Click here
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Comparative transcriptomics and proteomics of successful and unsuccessful aquatic invasive species

Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor

Project Description: We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral Fellow (PDF) interested in applications of advanced molecular biology to the study of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The position is part of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN), composed of 30 faculty nationwide from 12 partner universities and six federal laboratories; funding will cover a competitive salary for one year, renewable for a second year.  Techniques to be used will include massively parallel (NextGen) sequencing of cDNA coupled with micro-fluidics, quantitative real-time PCR to quantify genome-level gene transcription in invasive populations.  The goal is to identify genes that are correlated with the successful invasion and spread of AIS. The PDF will also explore the role and function of the identified genes using proteomic methods to quantify final protein concentrations in targeted species for quantitative comparisons between successful and unsuccessful AIS. This work will rely on recently acquired genomics and proteomics infrastructure and equipment in the Environmental Genomics Facility at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor.
Join us at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research for an outstanding interdisciplinary PDF experience, where you will be mentored by our team of internationally renowned researchers and have unmatched hands-on access to cutting edge genomics and proteomics facilities. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and names of three references.

All enquiries should be directed to Hugh MacIsaac, CAISN Director via email.
Postdoctoral fellow (PDF) - Invasion Ecology
Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

Supervisors: Drs. Aaron Fisk and Daniel Heath

Learn more here.
Postdoctoral Opportunity in Marine Invasion Ecology

Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC


We are anticipating securing funding to support a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia via the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program (for program details/eligibility please see:  This position will be available to a highly qualified scientist interested in evaluating methods to minimize the risk of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and pest movements with shellfish transfers on Canada's west coast.  In British Columbia, the lack of shellfish processing facilities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island has prompted concerns about the potential movement of invasive European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) to processing facilities in the Strait of Georgia where this species does not exist.  A previous project confirmed a potential risk of moving not only Green Crab but a suite of AIS, potential pests, and native species.  The successful candidate will conduct research to evaluate potential control points where management actions could be implemented to reduce the risk of unintentional introductions.  Specific mitigation methods and their relative and overall efficacy will be evaluated using both field and laboratory experiments and a risk analysis will be used to determine the most effective and efficient mitigation measures to inform management and policy development related to shellfish movements in British Columbia.


Interested applicants with a background in marine or invasion biology or ecology are encouraged to apply.  Field experience is an asset, but not essential. We anticipate final funding approval in Spring 2015 and the position would be available shortly after this.  Although the starting date is negotiable we anticipate field experiments to start during the summer of 2015. 


To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, university transcripts and contact information for three references to:



Dr. Thomas Therriault


Research Scientist

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Pacific Biological Station

3190 Hammond Bay Road

Nanaimo, BC  V9T 6N7


Office: (250) 756-7394

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