Graduate position in fish conservation genomics – McGill University – MacDonald Campus


The fish population and conservation genomics (FPCG) lab in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University is seeking applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD/MSc in population genomics, comparative phylogenomics, and transcriptomics of local and/or Arctic fish species. The work will consist of performing extensive population RAD and/or RNA sequencing surveys. Although fieldwork experience is not required, a strong potential exists for students to participate in sample collections in Arctic coastal and offshore marine environments, as well as in more local areas (St. Lawrence River and Lac Saint-Pierre).


Candidates should have an academic background in ecology, evolution, genetics and/or bioinformatics and be an independent learner with a strong work ethic. A working proficiency in the R script writing language would be an asset, as would familiarity with Linux/Unix based high performance computing clusters (HPCC) and the use of bioinformatics packages (e.g., SOAP, Geneious, CLC genomics workbench and GATK among others). The successful candidate should also have strong lab and interpersonal skills allowing them to work well in a laboratory setting and in a group.

The Department

Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary department based out of McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Québec, Canada ( McGill University offers competitive graduate scholarships, including tuition waivers, and visa differential waivers (for international students that qualify) for applicants based on grades and research experience (please see the sites listed below for more information).

Although funds are available to support a PhD student, the eventual hire is expected to apply for either national/provincial support and/or institutional internal graduate scholarships.  Application To apply, please send a current c.v., unofficial copies of academic transcripts (including undergraduate marks), brief description of your research interests (~ 1 page Max), and contact information for 2-3 referees. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before May 5th. Electronic applications (PDF only please) can be sent to:


Denis Roy
Assistant Professor
Macdonald-Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9
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