Recruitment for PhD Student and Post Doctoral Fellow for 2021

QE3 Research Group welcomes applications for a PhD Student and Postdoctoral Fellow to begin 2021 on “Interactions between Food Web Complexity and Microplastic Pollution in Freshwater Lakes.”

Project Description. Many freshwater organisms are known to assimilate microplastics – an emerging global pollutant. Few studies have investigated the movement of microplastics in aquatic food webs, but transfer of plastics between trophic levels likely occurs. Microplastics are known to elicit sublethal effects through physical and chemical mechanisms, but effects on higher levels of biological organization are poorly understood. This project examines how the fate and effects of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems are potentially modulated by food web complexity. Manipulation experiments to test this hypothesis will be conducted at a new outdoor research facility designed for experimental ecotoxicology located at the Queen’s University Biological Station.

Academic Environment. The successful applicants will join the QE3 Research Group directed by Dr. Diane Orihel, Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Aquatic Ecotoxicology. Applicants can be affiliated with either the Department of Biology or School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, one of Canada’s top universities.

Funding. This research project is funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant. Guaranteed stipend for PhD students is $24,800 CAD per year. Salary support for PDF is at least $45,000 CAD per year. Applicants are expected to apply for eligible scholarships and fellowships. Positions must be taken up in 2021, but the exact start date is flexible.

Essential Qualifications
1. For the PhD Position, the applicant must have a MSc in Ecology, Limnology, or Ecotoxicology; For the PDF Position, the applicant must have a PhD in Ecology, Limnology, or Ecotoxicology;
2. Experience in designing and conducting field experiments;
3. Advanced quantitative and statistical skills;
4. Track record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Application Process
To apply for a position, please send the following to Dr. Orihel by Oct. 1, 2020
via email (to: diane.orihel@queensu.ca; exact subject: “QE3 PhD Position 2021” or “QE3 PDF Position 2021”):
(a) Cover letter: stating the position you are applying for (PhD or PDF), explaining why you are interested in this project and our research lab, describing how you meet each essential qualification, plus anything else you wish to share;
(b) Curriculum vitae;
(c) Transcript (most advanced university degree only);
(d) Contact information for three references (must include affiliations with official work email addresses);
(e) PDFs of your scientific publications (accepted or published in peer-reviewed journals).
Incomplete applications will not be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The QE3 Research Group strives to be an equitable, diverse, and inclusive research community where everyone is welcomed, supported, and empowered to grow to their fullest potential. We encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other equity-seeking persons.

You are welcome to download our poster and share it on your networks: qe3precruitment2021.pdf

Recruitment for Graduate Students for 2020

We are recruiting 2 graduate students (Master’s or PhD) to begin September 2020 for the following projects:
1. Fate and effects of microplastics in freshwaters ecosystems.
2. Impacts of oil-related contaminants on behaviour of aquatic animals.
Both projects involve manipulative experiments in aquatic mesocosms and/or whole lakes based at renowned field stations, and are part of larger, collaborative research programs.

Graduate school: student will enrol in a graduate program at Queen’s University in the Department of Biology or School of Environmental Studies.
Requirements: post-secondary degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field; knowledge of ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, and/or animal behaviour; experience or interest in sampling fish and/or amphibians; experience or interest in the design and execution of field studies; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and strong quantitative and communication skills.

To apply for a position, please send the following to Dr. Orihel by Nov. 1, 2019
via email (To: diane.orihel@queensu.ca; Subject: “Graduate Application 2020”): (i) cover letter stating your research interests and how they align with our research group, your reasons for pursing a graduate degree, and your qualifications as they relate to the position; (ii) your curriculum vitae; (iii) unofficial university transcripts; and (iv) contact information for 3 references. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

You are welcome to download our poster and share it on your networks: QE3GradRecruitmentAd2020.pdf (280KB)

Two summer jobs for undergraduates in the QE3 Lab

The Queen’s Experimental Ecology and Ecotoxicology (QE3) Lab is looking for two Queen’s undergraduate students who are interested in working in a research position for the summer, funded through the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).
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The successful SWEP students will assist with the set-up of the QE3 Living Laboratory – a new outdoor aquatic laboratory facility at the Queen’s University Biology Station. The SWEP students will be involved in testing lab equipment and monitoring water quality parameters in outdoor aquatic tanks (i.e. mesocosms), caring for fish and amphibians housed in mesocosms, monitoring ambient weather, building simple structures for scientific studies (e.g. partitions, exclosure cages, etc.), and identifying and documenting safety concerns. The students will be required to keep detailed records and produce written reports detailing their suggested methods for running future experiments at QE3.

These positions are based at the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS) which is located approximately 50km north of Kingston. Accommodations and meals at the station will be covered by the QE3 Lab.

Apply online through the Queen’s MyCareer site.

Applications close on February 8th.

Required Qualifications:
• Enrolled in a life or physical science degree, including, but not limited to: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies.
• Ability to be outside for extended periods of time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions (including hot/cold temperatures, wind, rain).
• Ability to use basic tools and troubleshoot issues with equipment.
• Willingness to live and work in a remote field station for up to 4 months.
• Ability to do limited amounts of heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs), hike over uneven, outdoor terrain, and possess a strong swimming ability.
• Ability to occasionally work irregular hours.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Exceptionally organized, and proficient at keeping detailed, thorough notes in a lab notebook.
• Experience using MS Word, MS Excel.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally is an asset.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing is an asset.
• Experience working with water quality testing is an asset.
• Experience assisting with a research project is an asset.
• Possess or ability to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator license with experience operating small boats and motors is an asset.

UPDATE: Thank you to all the candidates who applied; we have hired two students who will start in May.

Graduate student positions in QE3 Research Group

PhD in Behavioural Ecotoxicology

• Student will enroll in the PhD program in the Department of Biology
• Student will conduct research on the effects of petrochemicals on behaviour of aquatic vertebrates
• Research will be based at a new outdoor ecotoxicological facility at the Queen’s University Biological Station
• Assets: knowledge of animal behaviour, aquatic ecology, and/or ecotoxicology; training in statistics; scientific writing skills
• Guaranteed stipend: $24,300/yr

MES in Contaminant Biogeochemistry

• Student will enroll in the 20-month Master’s of Environmental Studies program (6 courses and a report)
• Student will analyze an existing data set on the environmental fate of a contaminant in freshwater lakes
• Assets: interest in environmental chemistry, limnology, and/or ecotoxicology; training in statistics; scientific writing skills
• Guaranteed stipend: $14,000/yr

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To apply for a position, please send the following to Dr. Diane Orihel by January 15, 2019:
(i) cover letter stating your research interests and how they align with the mission of our research group, your reasons for pursing a graduate degree, and your qualifications as they relate to the position;
(ii) curriculum vitae;
(iii) university transcripts; and
(iv) names/contact information for 3 references.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.