PhD/Postdoc opportunity in microbial ecology and tree-microbe interactions in distributed environments

Application start and end date: 
15th April 2019 to 15th May 2019
$24,000 to $55,000 dependant upon experience and position level.
Contract type: 
Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

The Canadian Forest Service is accepting applications for positions as either Postdoctoral Research Associate or Doctoral Student at the Laurentian Foresty Centre (Quebec City). The research centre is based on the campus of Laval University.

This position will allow the candidate to explore a range of topics aiming at linking microbial community composition to ecosystem processes.

Industrial activities such as surface mining strongly affect the environment, with potential drastic effects on soil health, associated plant communities and ecosystem services. Several scientific studies have shown that the development of successful land reclamation processes should use an integrated approach that includes soil microbiology as well as tree and shrub establishment and survival.

Noteworthy soil and root-associated microbial communities can change the way plants respond to suboptimal conditions of their growth substrate and therefore strongly influence their capacity to thrive under harsh conditions such as those prevailing in mine waste environments.

In this project you will study microbial communities in soils, mining residues, rhizosphere and roots to understand how the tree-microbiome interactions could be better exploited to speed up the reclamation of disturbed sites to reach equivalent land capacity.


  • Design and planning of experiments
  • Metabarcoding, metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses of microbial communities
  • Teamwork for data integration and synthesis within the working group and in related collaborative projects
  • Preparation of publications


Master or doctoral degree in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Plant Biology, Biochemistry or a closely related field is required.

Experience in molecular biology, metagenomics and microbial ecology; ability to design and carry out experiments independently or in close collaboration with others; demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers; effective written and oral communication skills.

To apply

In a single pdf document, please send to co-PIs Christine Martineau and Armand Sequin

  • Up to date CV
  • A letter of interest
  • Names and email addresses of three professional references 

The vacancy will remain open until filled.