BIOSCAN – Postdoctoral Position at York University

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
June 12, 2023
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Come Join The Clare Lab: Postdoctoral Position In Biodiversity Science!

We are advertising an exciting postdoctoral position to join a vibrant team at York University in Toronto. The Clare Lab uses DNA based tools to address questions in ecology. We have worked all over the world on the impact of landscape change on feeding ecology and species interactions and have a history of innovation in metabarcoding and eDNA techniques.

Learn about the Clare lab here: https: // www.

No species is an island. Every individual is host to microbes, parasites, viruses and DNA traces of what they have eaten. Together these mixed DNA sources are an individual's “symbiome”. This successful candidate will help us develop new protocols required to analyse the symbiome of important forest pests and solitary bees and will work with PhD and MSc students on a variety of ecological systems to refine the lab methods used to identify the many interactions made by a single individual. The Clare Lab has pioneered the use of DNA metabarcoding to identify species interactions and this position will help advance these methods.

The research project is funded in collaboration with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and BIOSCAN Canada, a large consortium of biodiversity scientists collaborating across disciplines from Social Sciences to Evolution and Ecology to Machine Learning. The successful applicant will have considerable opportunity for creativity and career development and will be part of a large research team both nationally and internationally. More information on BIOSCAN can be found here. https: //

Applicants should have experience in DNA metabarcoding, and this may include the analysis of microbiome, plant material, fungal communities, or mixed insect samples. The candidate will need excellent lab skills, in DNA extraction and PCR, and the analysis of high throughput sequencing data (e.g., DADA2, QIIME etc.) would be an asset. R-based statistical ability or high-performance computing skills are desirable. Ideally, the candidate would also engage in field work, have the ability to identify insects and have a valid driver's licence.

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) to [email protected]. Outline your experience in metabarcoding and specific labs skills and provide details of two reference.

Review of applications will start immediately. With the position to start as soon as possible.

Salary is competitive.

York University is situated on the edge of Toronto and is a vibrant campus connected by the subway to central Toronto. https: // www.


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