MSc Opportunity in Fish Physiology (2021-2023) at UNB

University of New Brunswick

We seek an independent, motivated student for an MSc position at the University of New Brunswick to study how triploidy affects hypoxia tolerance and metabolism in fish, to be co-supervised by Dr. Tillmann Benfey (Fredericton campus) and James Kieffer (Saint John campus). Triploids are sterile and therefore have potential value in aquaculture, but they are rarely used because they are less robust than diploids when challenged aerobically. Both our labs study fish metabolism but from different perspectives, providing excellent training opportunities in basic and applied biology. While the principal study species would be brook trout, there would be opportunities to study Atlantic salmon, Arctic charr or zebrafish as well, using aquatic facilities at either campus. Applicants must have completed a BSc in Biology (or related field) and would ideally have some fish culture experience. Student funding is guaranteed for two years to cover all program fees plus an annual stipend of $13,500, for a total of approximately $22,000 per year. The position will begin in either May or September 2021, with the student officially registered on the Fredericton campus but undertaking research in our labs on both campuses.
Applications should include a brief statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and the name and email address of two referees who can comment on your suitability for graduate studies in this field. To apply, or for any questions, please contact either or both of us:
Dr. Tillmann Benfey
Dr. Jim Kieffer

Two MSc Opportunities in Aquatic Biodiversity Recovery within Killarney Wilderness Park at the Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (CFEU)

Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Research Topic: In recognition of the UN Decade of Restoration and the 50th anniversary of the publication of seminal papers on the effects of air pollution of wilderness lakes of Ontario, we are seeking two excellent candidates to conduct broad scale biodiversity (includes zooplankton, macrobenthos, fish) studies within Killarney Wilderness Park, to assess biological recovery in response to massive North American investments in pollution controls that began in the 1980s. More recent changes in climate, including brownification and arrival of warm water species, will make this a challenging but exciting project.
The project will build on long-term water quality monitoring data (>40 years), extensive previous biodiversity surveys, and access to paleolimnological reconstructions of pre-industrial conditions, but will also incorporate novel experimental work and data collections (tissue contaminants, stable isotopes, genomics, etc.).

 Ideal Candidate: Applicants should have a strong academic background in aquatic ecology with an interest in restoration ecology, aquatic community responses to environmental change and have good statistical skills. The project involves extensive fieldwork in rugged terrain (canoeing, camping, hiking, portaging, gillnet fish assessment, etc.).  A valid Ontario G driver’s license is required and successful candidates must be able to swim and successfully conduct training in wilderness first aid, and other safety courses. Good communication skills are needed to participate in public education sessions at the Park.

Competitive NSERC level remuneration, guaranteed GTA (>75% average), and access to several local scholarships are available. Positions will be supervised by Dr. John Gunn (CRC in Stressed Aquatic Ecosystems) at CFEU ( ), which is located within the award winning Living With Lakes Centre (, on the edge of Ramsey Lake in City of Greater Sudbury ( Please email a letter of interest, your CV, a copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) and the names of three references to<>. The positions will begin in May 2021.

Multiple PhD Opportunities Available - Ecotoxicology of Coal Mining Related Surface Waters

January 2021

University of Lethbridge

Leachate from coal mining landscapes in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta can be rich in selenium and often has high concentrations of major ions, especially calcium, resulting in extreme water hardness in aquatic systems receiving this leachate. As such, this leachate threatens the health of aquatic ecosystems. Effects of selenium on aquatic environments are well understood, yet viable methods to treat mine drainage and lessen effects of selenium on aquatic systems are scarce and expensive. Water hardness is known to influence the environmental impact of other ions but is just recently emerging as a threat to aquatic ecosystem health on its own.

Two PhD positions are available as part of this project, details of each position and application information can be found below.

MSc opportunity: Effects of microplastics on freshwater plankton food webs


IISD Experimental Lakes

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated MSc student to work on a project investigating how microplastics affect freshwater algae and zooplankton. The student will have an opportunity to develop research goals aligned with their interests and will collaborate with researchers and students from several universities and government agencies during the 2020 and 2021 field seasons as part of a larger mesocosm project at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA).

Senior Professorship in Water Governance and Policy

February 28, 2020

University of Waterloo

Applications are invited for a senior professor position as part of a strategic hiring initiative to strengthen interdisciplinary water research and education at the University of Waterloo. Check out the details of the position here.

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Arctic Climate Modelling Department of Environment and Geography, CHR Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, University of Manitoba (Position 25515)



Details of the position are available here.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Arctic Ice and Marine System Science Department of Environment and Geography, CHR Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, University of Manitoba (Position 25527)

University of Manitoba

Details of the position are available here.

Assistant Professor of Soil Science (Tenure Track)

January 1, 2020

University of Manitoba

The Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in any discipline of Soil Science. The position begins January 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The position will contribute to teaching, research, service and outreach functions grounded in the Department's pillars of sustainable food production systems, soil and environmental health, greenhouse gas and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and seasonally-frozen soils and environments.

PhD Opportunity at Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

A PhD student position in Oceanography is available at Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). The research will focus on sources of emerging contaminants to the habitat of endangered St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga. 


For further details about the position, including application instructions, click here.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Opportunity - Response and Recovery of Fish Exposed to Petroleum Products

Summer/Fall 2019

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Dr. Valerie Langlois is seeking a strong and independent post-doctoral fellow to study the responses (effects and
recovery) of fish exposed to conventional and unconventional oils using a transcriptomic approach.
The position would be supported by a research assistant and would require supervision of graduate
and undergraduate thesis students and leadership within the lab. The project funding is initially for
just over 1 year, but there is a possibility for up to a 3-year tenure. The successful candidate will
work in an extended research network comprising academia, Government of Canada, and industry.

More details available here.

PhD (or MSc) Opportunity - Autonomous Sensor Technology for Aquatic Monitoring

April/May 2019

University of Saskatchewan

This project will focus will be on calibration, validation and deployment of an autonomous sensor network in an oil sands Demonstration Pit Lake (DPL) that can track and relay information on key water quality characteristics in real-time, and on the incorporation of the gathered information into water management decisions and future water quality models. The Smart Water Extreme sensor hardware is manufactured by Libelium, Spain, and is equipped with multiple sensors that measure several water quality parameters in real time and relays information via 3G/4G networks for advanced water monitoring. The sensors will also be used to characterize contaminant release from DPL tailings over time.

More details available here.

PhD (or MSc) Opportunity - Novel Aquatic Toxicity Tests for Hazard Characterization

April/May 2019

University of Saskatchewan

This project will focus on the development of novel, site-relevant aquatic toxicity tests that will help the oil sands company track changes in the toxicity of DPL water to aquatic organisms over time. This will include development of water tests for high salinity/TDS and sediment tests suitable for unconsolidated substrate. It is important to develop tests that can track water toxicity irrespective of salinity and sediment tests that are appropriate for fine tailings. In addition, this project will develop and validate unique tests for native species and tests for potential polyacrylamide polymer toxicity.

More details available here.

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