MSc or PhD positions are available to investigate microbial interactions of 
lower aquatic food webs at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.  
Specific projects include examining the diets of zooplankton, parasites of 
zooplankton, and the ecological role of heterotrophic or mixotrophic protists.

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 B.Sc degree in Biology, Microbiology, 
Bioinformatics or equivalent.  Experience in basic microbiology, environmental 
microbiology/microbial ecology, molecular biology, aquatic biology, and/or 
bioinformatics is preferred, especially DNA/RNA extraction techniques, PCR, and 
working with UNIX, R and/or Python.  Field experience working in aquatic 
environments is also an asset.

These positions will be under the supervision of Dr. Vera Tai.  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 aquatic field research, travel to national and international conferences, 
supportive mentorship, and encouragement to develop other career-related 
skills.  Please visit<> for 
more information about the Tai lab.

Interested applicants should send an e-mail to<> including:

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

Application deadline:  June 30th 2018, or until position is filled

These positions are available only to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents 
of Canada.

Vera Tai, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Biology and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 5B7
tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 86209

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