PhD Position in Evolutionary Genomics, Canada

PhD Position in Evolutionary Genomics, Canada

Applications are sought from outstanding candidates for a PhD position in evolutionary genomics of antibiotic resistance. This work is part of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded study to investigate the persistence of resistance to fluoroquinolone antibiotics in Pseudomonas aueruginosa infections associated with cystic fibrosis. The project demands a combination of skills including genome resequencing and bioinformatics, experimental evolution, and molecular microbiology. Experience in at least one of these fields is an asset. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Rees Kassen ( ) in partnership with researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and will join a growing community of evolutionary biologists at the University of Ottawa ( ).

The University is also host to the 2012 meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution held in conjunction for the first time with the European Society of Evolutionary Biology.

Applications should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information (including e-mail) of at least two referees. All application materials must be submitted as a PDF in a single email to Rees Kassen (, to whom queries may also be addressed. The closing date for applications is March 10, 2009. It is anticipated that the successful candidate would take up the position as early as May 01, 2009 and no later than September 01, 2009.

Located at the confluence of English and French Canada, Ottawa is a vibrant national capital of approximately1 million inhabitants ( ). The city offers a wide range of cultural activities in the visual and performing arts, as well as easy access to green spaces and wilderness. The University of Ottawa is located next to the historic Rideau Canal, steps from Parliament and within easy access to a wide range of research facilities of interest to evolutionary biologists including the Canadian Museum of Nature,
the National Wildlife Research Center, Health Canada, and Environment Canada.


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