Prospective Students & Postdocs

Contact Info
Dr. Stephen C. Lougheed
Department of Biology
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L3N6
Telephone: 613-533-6128
FAX: 613-533-6617

Postdoctoral fellowship position developing new, real-time, community-based environmental DNA protocols for assessing freshwater ecosystem health

Job description:
We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in environmental DNA applications in assessing aquatic biodiversity, beginning in September 2020. Funded by this Government of Canada New Frontiers in Research Fund, this new research initiative seeks to develop novel ways to survey aquatic biodiversity using eDNA metabarcoding with a focus on eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The research program combines eDNA survey methods, aerial drone sampling, and community capacity building and community science. Our team includes scientists and students from Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and the River Institute, collaborating with communities along the northern shore of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River, from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to the Ontario-Quebec border.

Applicants will be selected based on their ability to do independent research, to assist in developing, testing and deploying new eDNA metabarcoding protocols, and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate student thesis projects. The appointment will be for two years. Salary will be $45,000 plus benefits. Applicants should have a PhD in biology, environmental science or genetics with some experience in genomics and bioinformatics prior to starting the postdoctoral fellowship. We are happy to provide training opportunities, and will ensure that there are opportunities for publishing quality, peer-reviewed papers

Employment Equity: Queen’s University invites applications from all qualified candidates. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.

Job description:
Applicants should send a cover letter and cv to Dr. Stephen Lougheed at If an applicant requires accommodation during the interview process, please let us know. Given the current pandemic start date can be negotiated but our hope is for this position to begin some time in the autumn. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Graduate study with us

We are not explicitly looking for graduate students now as we have quite a large lab group. However new projects do arise on occasion coincident with funding or desire to provide insight on a species at risk and you are welcome to contact me at: