Employment Opportunities


MSc positions in marine invertebrate ecology

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre & Thompson Rivers University

Date Posted: 07-Oct-21

The Gosselin lab at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for two MSc positions, with an intended start date of January 2022. Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of benthic marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP). Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms, crabs and hermit crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The two upcoming MSc projects will explore effects of climate change on intertidal invertebrates, examining tolerance thresholds of EBP invertebrates and chronic effects of warming conditions on EBP individuals. Both projects will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.

Field research work will be carried out during the spring and summer, primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound. Students will spend the rest of the year (Sept-April) on campus at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

We are seeking individuals with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a strong background in ecology and evolution. Prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques are not required but are considered assets. Any direct research experience you may have acquired, for example by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your bachelors degree or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada), will also be viewed favourably.

Stipends to support these MSc positions will be available through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology, Animal Biology, or a related field. The selected students will be admitted through the MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University .

Interested individuals should send a letter, describing academic interests and qualifications, and post-secondary transcripts via email, no later than 25 October 2021 to:

Dr Louis Gosselin
Department of Biological Sciences, TRU