Opportunity for one M.Sc. graduate student for May 2019 start date

We are seeking one enthusiastic M.Sc. student to join our lab to assist with the completion of a fully-funded project. The project is supported by a Research Manitoba New Investigator Operating Grant and will investigate parental effects and transgenerational acclimation of elevated CO2 exposure on Japanese Rice Fish behaviour and physiology. This work is necessary because high levels of CO2 have been observed in freshwater ecosystems and this may be a significant stressor for fish populations. The successful student will also provide support to other lab- and field-based projects. The student will enroll in the M.Sc. “Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy” program. Due to funding, a May 2019 start date is preferred.

In general, my lab seeks to answer questions associated with the conservation of natural fish populations. We use field- and lab-based studies to understand the biological mechanisms underlying organismal responses to environmental change and anthropogenic factors. The techniques we use span the gamut of organismal biology and freshwater ecology, and include: physiological sampling, respirometry, behavioural assays, sensor-based monitoring of animals and the environment, telemetry, and common fisheries and limnologic techniques. Overall, our aim is to define the biological basis for aquatic conservation issues and work with stakeholders to improve natural fish populations in Manitoba, Canada, and across the globe.

Qualifications: Experience with fish in a laboratory setting and a desire to learn behavioural and molecular assays considered an asset. Students should also consider applying for a NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (deadline is December 1, 2018).

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the program must hold a recognized 4-year Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (70 %) and no grade less than C+ in the last two years of full time university study. If applicants first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based) or International English Language Testing System score of 6.5. The test should have been taken within a year of the date a completed application is filed.

Start date: May 2019 due to funding availability.

Deadline: Deadline to apply is February 1, 2019 for Canadian and US students. For other students, the deadline is 6 months prior to the intended start date. Interested students should contact me ASAP.

Contact Information: Email me (Caleb Hasler) at c.hasler [at] uwinnipeg.ca.

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