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MSc and PhD Opportunities in Ecotoxicology

Lethbridge, Alberta

Two positions are available working with Dr. Steve Wiseman with a start date of September 2021 or Jan 2022. A PhD position is available to investigate effects of microplastic associated chemicals on fishes, and a MSc position is available to investigate impacts of coal mining related contaminants on fishes. For further details on the positions see the attached link in "more information on position". Interested individuals should contact Dr. Wiseman at with a complete academic CV.

Golder Associates: Environmental Scientist

Vancouver, British Columbia

Golder is looking for someone with a few years of previous experience in toxicology, aquatic science, etc. While our team is mostly located in Vancouver, this position can be based in other Canadian cities in our network of offices (post covid, once we no longer need to work from home).

Lecturer, First Year and Advanced Chemistry, Definite Term, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a full-time definite term Lecturer position in Chemistry. The successful candidate will teach five lecture courses over three terms per year predominantly in introductory first year chemistry with some opportunities to teach upper year courses.   In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will have a substantial role in advising students and in further developing the Chemistry undergraduate program.

Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research

Stonewall, Manitoba

Seeking a Research Scientist to conduct original research on ecosystem services and biodiversity. A goal of the position is to help assess efficacy of our conservation activities and their value to society. For more information see more information on position below.

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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

Position and Application Details
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 in link.

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