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Career Opportunities

August 12, 2021
Post-Doctoral Research Position in Marine Chemosymbiosis

Employer: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Biology
Location: St. John's, NL
Closing Date: January 1, 2022

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Job Description

Postdoc description and duties:

Funding is available to support a postdoctoral fellow to advance research on the biology of chemosymbiotic bivalves. The project will focus on the family Thyasiridae, which contains species that host extracellular, sulfur-oxidizing bacteria on their gills, and species that are asymbiotic. Both symbiotic and asymbiotic species co-occur in the fjord of Bonne Bay, Newfoundland (Canada), where they can be sampled and maintained in aquaria for experimental manipulation. Thyasirids are an excellent taxon for addressing questions around the evolution, ecology and dynamics of symbiosis.

I seek self-motivated and organized applicants with a strong academic background and interest in animal-microbial symbiosis and excellent writing and communication skills; experience working on genomics, transcriptomics, and/or confocal microscopy of animal-microbial symbioses would be ideal. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with high quality genomic data on host and symbionts acquired through the Moore-Sanger Aquatic genomics hub for molluscs (https://www.sanger.ac.uk/collaboration/aquatic-symbiosis-genomics-project/), as well as access to live specimens and flow-through aquaria at the Bonne Bay Marine Station (https://www.mun.ca/bonnebay/). The postdoc will be hosted in the lab of Dr. Suzanne Dufour (https://www.mun.ca/faculty/sdufour/), in the new Core Sciences Building (https://www.mun.ca/csf/) at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. The successful candidate will be working in a collaborative environment and helping to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Application Instructions


The postdoc position is initially for one year, and renewable for another year based on performance. The start date is flexible, but would ideally be between September and December 2021.

I strongly encourage candidates of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity to apply. Please contact sdufour@mun.ca with inquiries and expressions of interest.

Application Contacts

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada A1B 3X7

Phone: (709) 864-8155

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