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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

December 30, 2022
Research Associate in Microbial Ecology

Employer: University of Guelph, Ontario Agricultural College, Department of Food Science, CRIFS
Location: Guelph, ON
Closing Date: February 28, 2023

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Job Description

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until the position is filled.

Principal supervisor : Gisèle LaPointe

Qualifications :

  • MSc or PhD in Microbiology, Bioinformatics or a related field (with experience);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team

You will join the dairy microbiology and gut ecology group funded by NSERC and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Experience in qPCR and some bioinformatics is required, while an understanding of microbial ecosystems would be an advantage. You will contribute to projects based on the analysis of food and fecal samples, including microbial plating, DNA, RNA, protein and metabolite isolation from pure and mixed communities of microbes, as well as preparing libraries for sequencing and analyzing the data using multivariate statistics and bioinformatics. Microbial isolates will be identified, subtyped and whole genome sequencing carried out with selected representatives. The research program will interface with related disciplines such as food science, molecular biology and genetics, as well as animal and nutritional sciences. Approaches included are classic microbiology, metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to understand the impact of microbial interactions on dairy product quality and gastrointestinal function.

The contract will be for one year, with renewal conditional on performance and continued funding availability.


  • You will work closely with the principal investigator, postdoctoral scientists, graduate and undergraduate students in planning and carrying out research protocols in the defined research areas.
  • You will assist with other research activities including: coordination and operation of the research program, undergraduate and graduate student training;
  • You will carry out duties related to managing inventories, biosafety, ethics submissions, as well as preparation of reports for research documentation and collaborate on writing manuscripts for publication.

Conditions: The position is available immediately (start date negotiable).

Salary: Negotiable, commensurate with experience (funding has been secured for competitive salaries)

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until the position is filled. Only those selected for interview will be notified.

Application Instructions

Please contact Gisèle LaPointe (glapoint@uoguelph.ca) to submit a cover letter, current CV and the names of three individuals who are willing to provide letters of reference (reference letters are not required at this stage, but will be requested for those selected to be interviewed). The cover letter should describe your research background, long-term career goals, and their fit with the focus of this proposal. Your CV should include your education, awards, publications, conference abstracts, and technical experience.

Application Contacts

Gisèle LaPointe


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