Employment Opportunities


Pacific Salmon Foundation is funding a research position in Dr. Sherryl Bisgrove’s Lab, SFU

Location: Simon Fraser University

Closing Date: 21-Jan-2021
Date Posted: 22-Dec-20

The Pacific Salmon Foundation is funding a research position in Dr. Sherryl Bisgrove’s lab at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. The successful applicant will conduct experiments aimed at understanding the temperature-tolerances of habitat-forming seaweeds; establish methods for preparing and maintaining propagules for long-term storage; and coordinate a consortium of stakeholders interested in developing and maintaining a biobank for marine macrophytes.

The project is concerned with mitigating the effects of climate change on habitat-forming seaweeds in the Salish Sea. The long-term goals of this project are:

  1. Characterize potential differences in thermal tolerance between different populations with the intent of identifying heat-tolerant genotypes that
    could be targeted in conservation and restoration efforts, and
  2. Establish a facility to preserve existing genetic diversity of marine macrophytes akin to the seed banks used to preserve biodiversity of land plants. The biobank project has been highlighted in this article:


Ideal Qualifications:

  • PhD in phycology, algal physiology, or near-shore ecology.
  • Accomplished in lab tasks including culturing, microscopy, making media, managing inventory.
  • Experienced in field work, especially inter- and sub-tidal; able to traverse hazardous terrain; carry heavy
    equipment; comfortable around and in water, ideally be a strong swimmer, diving skills extra bonus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, especially for the purpose of building partnerships and
    performing outreach activities.

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Completed PhD within the last 5 years.
  • Background in relevant discipline such as marine biology, ecology, plant physiology, population genetics,
  • Two-year minimum commitment.
  • Lab and field activities will be conducted on-site in Burnaby and surrounding areas; some computer
    work can be done remotely.
  • Willing to help secure funding and communicate with stakeholders.

Application closure date: We will start reviewing applications on 2020 December 15, continuing until the successful candidate has been identified.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Position length: Two years pending annual review; possibly longer if funding permits.

Salary: Based on projected funding, salary will be ~$45,000 to $55,000.

For queries or to send application materials, contact:
Dr Sherryl Bisgrove
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia