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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Student Opportunities

M.Sc. or Ph.D. Student Position-McDonald Lab-Wilfrid Laurier University

One graduate student position is available in the McDonald lab in the Department of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University. The start date is May or September 2015. Our lab focuses on the electron transport systems of photosynthesis and respiration. Our particular interest is alternative proteins involved in putting electrons into or taking electrons out of these systems. Current research projects focus on the alternative oxidase, plastoquinol terminal oxidase, and alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenases of bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals. We use various techniques to study the molecular, regulatory, and functional properties of these enzymes. Students will receive training in bioinformatics, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and respirometry. We strive to do excellent science and have fun while doing it! I take a strong interest in my studentsí professional development and encourage them to maintain a positive work-life balance.

Position Requirements

Previous laboratory experience in the form of summer employment or a fourth year undergraduate thesis is preferred. I am looking for students who are proactive, self-motivated, curious, and persistent. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. The ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse research team is necessary. Strong attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, the ability to creatively solve problems, and the ability to work safely are required.

Position Funding

The stipend for the position is a minimum of $18,500 and is negotiable depending on research experience. Our stipends are funded through teaching assistantships, university scholarships, and research assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for 6 terms of study in our Masterís program in Integrative Biology. Ph.D. students are co-supervised with faculty from other nearby universities. Due to funding constraints Canadian students will be given preference; international students must be self-funded.

Position Location

Wilfrid Laurier University is a growing institution in Waterloo, Ontario. The city of Waterloo is a thriving community and technology hub centrally situated in southwestern Ontario with access to other large metropolitan areas including Guelph, London, Hamilton, and Toronto. The Biology department is a tight-knit community and offers many opportunities for collaborations and research support. Graduate student research at Laurier is question driven and uses a variety of techniques and approaches to answer hypotheses through investigation at multiple levels of biology (e.g. molecular, cellular, physiological, ecological, evolutionary). Our students leave the program with a solid biological background, the ability to use critical thinking to address important challenges and issues, and are prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths.

How to Apply

If this sounds like the environment for you please provide a record of your undergraduate transcripts, a CV or resume, a scientific writing sample, and the names of two references to

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