Description: Join an amazing interdisciplinary team at the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area (https://www.iisd.org/ela/) for a unique opportunity to study the effects of microplastics on freshwater biofilm community structure and functions. Investigate changes in benthic environment, including microbial community composition, decomposition rates, periphytic primary production, and community metabolism that result from microplastic additions. Collaborate with a creative group of ecologists, limnologists, chemists, ecotoxicologists, and mathematicians. More about the larger pELAstics project here (https://rochmanlab.com/the-pelastic-project/). 

Details: You will join the Wetland Ecology research lab of Dr. Rebecca Rooney at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Biology and receive a minimum stipend of $25,000/y. You will begin in September 2021 or sooner.

Requirements: Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills; BSc. or MSc. in Biology, Env. Science or related field; experience or interest in carbon and oxygen flux measurements, field ecology, ecosystem ecology, molecular ecology; bioinformatics, algae and bacterial communities; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Domestic (Canadian) students are given priority consideration due to grant funding. Under our lab equity, diversity and inclusion plan, priority consideration is also given to candidates from an under represented group.

Instructions: Email rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, Subject: Microplastics 2021; 1) cover letter stating your research interests and how they align with the Rooney Lab’s research program and your reasons for pursuing a grad degree; 2) a short CV noting your cumulative average and your average for the last 2 y of your last degree; 3) unofficial university transcripts; and 4) contact info for 3 references.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Position open until filled.