We seek three motivated individuals to undertake large-scale fisheries genomics PhD projects on each of three focal arctic marine species – Arctic char, Arctic cod, and Northern shrimp. Each student will help to assemble and analyze large panels of SNPs from wild caught individuals from the Lower Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic and deploy a range of statistical and spatial approaches to help define demographically independent stocks and understand the potential consequences of a dramatically changing Canadian Arctic on marine biodiversity. Candidates will be part of a team of researchers seeking to contribute to a community- and science-based Nunavut sustainable fisheries.

Biology, Queen’s University is dynamic and collaborative department with 36 tenured or tenure-track faculty, well-equipped molecular and microscopy facilities, multiple well attended seminar series, and one of the best field stations in Canada (http://biology.queensu.ca/).

Queen’s University is located in the centre of the small, historic city of Kingston, Ontario, on the northern shores of Lake Ontario.

Education requirements:

  • M.Sc. in biology or related discipline with knowledge of genetics, genomics, and/or bioinformatics OR B.Sc. with first class standing with similar background will also be considered.

Required background/experience:

  • familiarity with theory and applications in evolutionary and population genetics/genomics
  • background in statistics and data analysis
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • outstanding academic track record

Additional desirable experience:

  • experience with ddRAD-Seq or Genotyping-by-Sequencing methods
  • familiarity with GIS analytical tools
  • experience with some Next Gen Sequencing data analysis and tools (e.g. common NGS manipulation tools and standardized NGS data formats – e.g. SAM/BAM, VCF, genome assembly – e.g. ALLPATHS, SOAPdenovo) beneficial
  • programming experience with Unix/Linux, Perl or Python, and R or Matlab an asset

Note that we provide training opportunities for these should that be necessary.

Duration: Stipend support for 4 years


Department of Biology, Biosciences Complex, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Interested applicants should contact Stephen Lougheed (steve.lougheed@queensu.ca) directly. Please include 1) your CV that highlights the relevant skills, 2) a one-paragraph summary of your career goals and why you would like to undertake a PhD at Queen’s, 3) names of three references and their contact information. Start dates: January through September 2016.


Dr. Stephen C. Lougheed
Baillie Family Chair in Conservation Biology
Director, Queen’s University Biological Station
Professor, Biology & Environmental Studies
Queen’s University, Kingston ON Canada
K7L 3N6

URL: http://sclougheed.ca
email: steve.lougheed@queensu.ca