Current Opportunities

We are currently seeking honours, Masters and PhD students.

Master’s student project on BC ferries

Interested in riding the BC ferries this summer? We have a new project funded by MEOPAR coming on line this summer in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Hakai Institute, and the BC ferries. The project involves working with our partners in BC to deploy a holographic microscope on the ferry and the collection of water samples for DNA analysis. Overall we are interested in using the samples and the data to characterize the microbial community (phytoplankton, bacteria and Archaea in Georges Sound to contribute to the calibration of remote sensing data. This transnational project offers tremendous possibilities to participate in multidisciplinary research with industry and top research groups on both east and west coast.

If you are interested in applying for this graduate studies position, please send your CV, undergraduate transcripts and a letter of interest to Dr. Julie LaRoche

Four PhD positions available at Dalhousie University in an Ocean Frontier Institute- funded interdisciplinary, collaborative research program aimed at characterizing and forecasting the response of Northwest Atlantic marine microbial communities to global change

The research team is lead by Dr. Julie LaRoche and includes Dalhousie researchers Dr. Erin Bertrand, Dr. Christopher Algar, and Dr. Robert Beiko. The team has developed key collaborations at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Bedford Institute of Oceanography as well as partnerships with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GEOMAR, AWI and IFREMER. 

For more information on the project see: and contact any of the primary supervisors listed below.

The LaRoche Lab: Contact Us
The Bertrand Lab
The Algar Lab
The Beiko Lab

PhD Positions available:

PHD1- Predicting the response of NWA microbial communities to changes in nutrient ratios. Approach: The PhD student will conduct microbial community characterization via 16S/18S ribosomal RNA sequencing, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics analysis of samples from the Bedford Basin and the Scotian Shelf and in experimental manipulations that examine the impact of changing nutrient ratios. Special emphasis is given to microbes controlling transformation pathways in the nitrogen cycle. Primary Supervisor: Dr. Julie LaRoche

PHD2- Integrative proteomics for understanding community response to warming in the NWA. Approach: The PhD student will conduct metaproteomic analyses to examine microbial function in the Bedford Basin and on the Scotian Shelf and will conduct manipulative experiments designed to test the impact of warming on phytoplankton and bacterial dynamics, analyzing these experiments via targeted quantitative proteomics as well as metaproteomic analyses. Primary supervisor: Dr. Erin Bertrand

PHD3: Microbial process modeling. Approach: Development of gene and protein centric biogeochemical models that integrate observational and experimental data. This will include collaborative experimental design with PHD1 and PHD2, preliminary model development, integrating gene expression data into models; model refinement. Primary supervisor: Dr. Christopher Algar

PHD4: Definition of ecological units for modeling purposes. Approach: The PhD student will develop new techniques to build clusters of sequences from 16S, 18S and metagenomic data based on complementary criteria of ecological cohesiveness. Candidate clusters will be based on sequence similarity, phylogenetic relatedness, known and predicted metabolic potential, and co-occurrence across many samples. These groupings will be tested and applied as candidate units in our modeling approach. Primary supervisor: Dr. Robert Beiko

All positions will start between Sept 2018- Sept 2019. Applications will be considered starting Feb 1 2018. Please submit, with an email subject line, “OFI PhD application” to Dr. Jennifer Tolman
1) 1-page statement of interest describing why you are interested in the position and which project is of most interest to you
2) A current CV
3) Unofficial Transcripts for Master’s and undergraduate education
4) Names and contact information for three references