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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

February 24, 2020
Graduate Position in Agricultural Soil Microbial Ecology

Employer: Western University, Department of Biology
Location: London, ON
Closing Date: July 2, 2020

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Job Description

Application deadline: June 30th 2020, or until the position is filled

An MSc or PhD position is available to investigate soil microbiomes associated with ginseng replant disease at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Ginseng is the most valuable cash crop grown in Ontario, Canada, but suffers from replant disease, a type of root rot, when ginseng is re-seeded on land previously used for a crop of ginseng. A collaborative group is investigating environmental pathology of this disease from multiple perspectives, including specific pathogens, soil biogeochemistry, and the role of co-existing microorganisms. Specific projects in the Tai lab include investigating protist, nematode, or viral communities associated with the development of replant disease.

Applicants chosen for the position will be guaranteed stipend funding for the typical duration of their degree (2 years for an MSc, 4 years for a PhD), but should be competitive for external funding opportunities and will be expected to apply for internal and external funding.

Applicants should have at minimum a BSc degree in Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics or equivalent. Experience in basic microbiology, environmental microbiology/microbial ecology, molecular biology, agriculture, and/or bioinformatics is preferred, especially DNA/RNA extraction techniques, PCR, and working with UNIX, R and/or Python. Field experience working in soil or agricultural environments is also an asset.

These positions will be under the supervision of Dr. Vera Tai but will be part of a larger collaboration with researchers at Western University, University of Guelph, and the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs. The Tai lab has broad ranging interests in the ecology and evolution of microorganisms, with a focus on using genomic and metagenomic tools and developing complementary field and lab techniques. Applicants chosen for the position can expect opportunities for agricultural field research, travel to national and international conferences, supportive mentorship, and encouragement to develop other career-related skills. Please visit publish.uwo.ca/~vtai4 for more information about the Tai lab.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should send an e-mail to vtai4@uwo.ca including:

  1. a cover letter explaining your motivation, skills and experience for this position
  2. your CV, including contact information for 2 references
  3. your university transcript (unofficial is fine)

Application deadline: June 30th 2020, or until the position is filled.

Application Contacts

Vera Tai, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Biology and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 5B7

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86209

Related Links

Tai Lab

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CSM-SCM Secretariat
17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel: (613) 421-7229

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