Pacific Salmon Foundation is funding a research position in Dr. Sherryl Bisgrove’s Lab, SFU
Location: Simon Fraser University
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:
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- 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