Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Lake Food Web Ecology

  • Academic
  • Full time
  • Postdoctoral
  • Montreal, QC

Website University of Québec at Montréal

NSERC Lake Pulse Strategic Network

University of Québec at Montréal, Montréal, Canada

The NSERC Lake Pulse Strategic Network ( is looking to fill a new postdoctoral fellow (PDF) position based at the University of Québec at Montréal. The PDF will work towards integration of the plankton datasets and generation of food web structure and function from a survey of 690 lakes across Canada. Biogeographical variation in plankton food web structure and function across lakes from different ecozones and impacted by different anthropogenic stressors will be the focus. Datasets to be analysed consist of prokaryotic metagenomic and 16S rRNA datasets, as well as phytoplankton and zooplankton taxonomic and functional databases, complemented by a broad range of land use, physical and chemical environmental variables.

Candidates with strong statistical, numerical analyses and modelling capabilities are sought. Candidates should also have familiarity with lake food web ecology and limnology.

The PDF will be co-supervised by Dr. Beatrix Beisner (University of Québec at Montréal), Dr. Yannick Huot (University of Sherbrooke) and Dr. David Wash (Concordia University).

Anticipated start date (subject to finalized funding): September 1, 2019

Salary: $45 000 Cdn per year including benefits, renewable for a 2nd year based on progress and availability of project funds.

Qualifications: A PhD, earned ideally in the past two years (since 2017)

The ideal candidate will have good working knowledge of English and French.

Applications: Send a cover letter, a recent CV and contact information for at least two referees to Dr. Beatrix Beisner, Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM via email (

Closing date for applications is March 1, 2019.

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