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Research Scientist, Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology

Date Posted: 20 Apr 2018 (Show details)

Institution: Canadian Museum of Nature
Location: Gatineau, Québec
Closing date: 27 May 2018

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on fish; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the Museum’s Fish Collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Zoology Section, which includes a team of eighteen research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory and cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada. More information is available at


  • vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology;
  • Bilingual, English and French;
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Candidates will have up to 10 years of work experience.
  • Trained and experienced in scientific research that advances knowledge of the natural history of fish species in Canada (we emphasize collection-based research with competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenies and taxonomy).
  • Possess a strong publication record, use up-to-date technology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada. Field experience in the Canadian Arctic is an asset.
  • Experience working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects, have an established network of collaborators, with demonstrated experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects, in presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public, and in team leadership.
  • Experience working in a museum context is an asset. 

To Apply

Send you application to competition [at] mus-nature [dot] ca. The application should include:

  • Competetion number: NO.2090-CMN-18-OC-014;
  • Cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN fish collection, and the fieldwork this research may include;
  • Curriculum vita;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon at 613-364-4066 or by e-mail at jmgagnon [at] nature [dot] ca.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process. The Museum supports employment equity.

Postdoctoral Position in Fish Evolutionary Bioinformatics

Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 (Show details)

Institution: University of Konstanz
Location: Kostanz, Germany
Closing date: 1 May 2018

A three year postdoctoral position working with Axel Meyer in the Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Konstanz in Germany is available immediately. Funding available through a grant of the German Science Foundation.

The project focuses on empirical and conceptual issues regarding species delimitation and hybridization in East African Rift Lake cichlid fishes. The research will center around the use of whole genome level data to resolve species boundaries in rapidly diversifying cichlid lineages in Lakes Victoria, Malawi, and Tanganyika. The work will make use of previously sequenced high-quality genomes as well as de novo sequencing of cichlid genomes to generate marker sets and guidelines within modern analytical frameworks for genomically diagnosing species. The funding period would be for three years and salary will be determined based on the German salary scheme TV-L E13 (annual before-tax salary is about 68,000 Euros, or about 83,000 USD).

The Evolutionary Biology group in Konstanz is composed of ~20 postdoc and graduate students. The collaborative research environment in the lab is highly integrative, very international, and operates fully in English. Therefore, the ability to speak German would be a plus, but is not essential. 

Konstanz is a very beautiful and pleasant place to live as it borders the third largest lake in Central Europe and lies at the foothills of the Alps. The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer and is rated as one of the best universities in Germany.


PhD in biology and/or bioinformatics. Skills we would like you to have: understanding of phylogenetic methodology, knowledge of wet-bench molecular techniques would be a plus, proven familiarity with high-throughput sequencing analyses, facility with one or more programming languages (such as Python, Perl, or R), and at least three peer-reviewed publications. 

To Apply:

Applications should be sent to Axel Meyer (axel [dot] meyer [at] uni-konstanz [dot] de) and include (1) a cover letter explaining your background and motivation, (2) a CV, and (3) email addresses of two references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position filled asap. The starting date is flexible.

Graduate Research Assistant in Marine Molecular Ecology

Date Posted: 13 Jan 2018 (Show details)

Institution: Old Dominion University
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, and the Phillippines
Closing date: Review of applications will begin in February, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a "Doctoral Research-Extensive" state university, has an opening for a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant in marine molecular ecology. This position involves participation in an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and species-level changes in marine biodiversity over the past century of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the Philippines. Additional information on the Philippine PIRE Project can be found at Information on the lead PI, Kent Carpenter, can be found at

The successful candidate will be expected to live in the Philippines during summer sessions to conduct research in the field and laboratory in a collaborative, multinational setting. The appointment will begin in the summer or fall semester of 2018. 


Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the time of employment, and demonstrate interest or experience in molecular ecology, population genomics, marine phylogeography, or a closely related field. Competitive applicants will have some experience conducting molecular ecology research in the field and/or laboratory; AAUS Scientific Diver certification is desired. Underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send an email to Kristene Parsons (kparsons [at] odu [dot] edu) that includes:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position, prior research, and future career goals;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of your college transcript(s);
  • The names, telephone numbers, and addresses (postal and email) of three references. 

Review of applications will begin in February, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. 

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