MSc position on the effects of cryopreservation of sperm for the maintenance of endangered Atlantic salmon populations

MSc position on the effects of cryopreservation of sperm for the maintenance of endangered Atlantic salmon populations

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are looking for a MSc graduate student interested in working on conservation of endangered Atlantic salmon populations. The project involves research examining the potential effects cryopreservation of gametes may have on the fitness and genetics of young produced to support conservation breeding efforts. Specifically, this project will evaluate fertilization success, offspring survival and performance, and possible epigenetic effects of sperm cryopreservation. This project will occur in collaboration with Dr. Trevor Pitcher (https://pitcherlab.ca/).

The student will be based out of Dr. Laura Weir’s lab at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Weir’s broader research programme examines various aspects of the evolution of sexually-selected traits such as behaviour, morphology and sperm characteristics, within and among different mating systems in fishes. We ask fundamental evolutionary and applied approaches, and do so in a collaborative environment, with a team of undergraduate and graduate students who interact regularly with students across a variety of disciplines within the Biology Department, including those who study fish physiology and behavioural ecology.

Location: Saint Mary’s University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city of over 400,000 people and home to five universities with a vibrant student community. In addition to being a vibrant urban center, the city is surrounded by easily accessible wilderness areas, and is a hub city in the Atlantic provinces with direct connections to other cities in Eastern Canada and the Northeast United States.

Start date: September 2021

Funding: Minimum stipend of $19,000/year. Students will be encouraged to apply for external scholarships. This position is open to Canadian or international students, but tuition costs are high for non-Canadians so additional funding is required.

To apply: If interested, please send a CV, transcript, and a short cover letter describing your interest and experience: laura.weir@smu.ca. Deadline for applications is July 19, 2021 but applications will be reviewed as they are received. Students will be required to travel from Halifax to an on-site location during Fall 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022.

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