Postdoctoral position in molecular identification ("DNA barcoding") of pathogens and disease vectors.

Outstanding applicants are sought for a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph, focusing on the development of molecular identification methodology (“DNA barcoding”) for a wide range of pathogens, parasites, and disease vectors. This will include both original research and participation in the assembly and coordination of large-scale international collaborations.

Experience is required in PCR, DNA sequencing, and related analytical approaches, as well as expertise in one or more of protists, nematodes, flatworms, or insect vectors. In addition, applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication skills in English as well as strong leadership qualities.

Salary and benefits will total $45,000 (CDN) per year, with a further $5,000 per year in individual research support. The successful candidate will have access to a high-throughput biodiversity genomics facility under the co-supervision of Ryan Gregory (Department of Integrative Biology) and Paul Hebert (Biodiversity Institute of Ontario). The position will be co-funded by the Ministry of Research and Innovation through the Ontario Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, Round 3.

Candidates must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Have completed their PhD no earlier than June 15, 2007.
  • Be available to begin work no later than Oct. 31, 2009.
  • Be eligible to work in Ontario, Canada.

Applicants should send a CV including a brief overview of experience and research interests to rgregory(at)

Review of applications will commence June 15, 2009.

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