Postdoctoral Fellowship – Plant and Soil Ecology, ALGOMA UNIVERSITY

Summary: The Plant and Soil Ecology Lab at Algoma University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, is currently seeking an exceptional postdoctoral fellow to begin on October 1st, 2023 (negotiable). The research will center around an NSERC-funded project conducted in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Mayor at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The primary objective of the project is to elucidate the impact of climate change factors on plant-soil biotic interactions following wildfire, with direct implications for boreal forest community assembly, key soil processes, ecological succession, and tree migration. Special emphasis will be placed on mycorrhizal symbioses, including both ecto- and endomycorrhizas The project entails replicated permanent plots situated in diverse forest types within the vicinity of Pukaskwa National Park, renowned as one of Canada’s most iconic parks. The appointed postdoc will be provided with all necessary resources to conduct field work, as well as access to state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouse, and growth chamber facilities. Available facilities include a molecular lab equipped with second-generation sequencing instruments and a Level 2 microbiology lab.

The postdoc should have:

  • a Ph.D. in microbial ecology or similar.
  • a strong background in experimental design and statistics;
  • experience in setting up greenhouse and/or field experiments;
  • expertise in molecular techniques;
  • excellent oral communication skills and a strong publication record;
  • the capacity to work independently and in a team.

The lab is located on the Sault Ste. Marie campus in the new Biosciences and Technology Convergence Centre. The Ontario Forestry Research Institute is located within walking distance, 15 minutes away. 

Funding is available for two years. Salary: $50,000, including benefits.

Please submit your application by email (cover letter and CV) including the names of three referees and sent to Dr. Pedro M. Antunes no later than September 7th, 2023.

About Algoma University

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma University’s campus is situated at the center of the Great Lakes bordering Michigan, USA. The surrounding nature is stunning, and the city offers a welcoming, peaceful and active living environment to its residents. Due to its smaller size, the University prides itself on its unique ability to offer graduate (M.Sc.) and undergraduate students an individualized and personalized education.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  Algoma University encourages applications from all qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

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