PhD/MSc projects climate change effects on soil microbes and plant interactions in Canada and Argentina

The Lessard ( and Nu=F1ez Labs

( are looking for graduate

students to work on a newly funded project assessing how soil microbes

influence the response of plants to climate change.  The project is funded

by a Concordia University Research Chair in Biodiversity and Ecosystem

Functioning to JP Lessard and will consist of a suite of comparative

studies conducted in the boreal forests of Canada and Argentina. The

graduate students are expected to be based at Concordia University and

conduct fieldwork in both Canada and Argentina.

Potential applicants interested in the project should have previous

experience or be willing lo learn next generation sequencing techniques in

order to characterize soil microbial communities along broad-scale

environmental gradients. Prior experience working in plant community

ecology or ecosystem ecology more generally is a plus.  Prior experience

conducting field experiments and the ability to speak French and Spanish

are good assets, but not obligatory.

Expected starting date is August 2018, but could be as early as May 2018.

The positions come with competitive stipends and cover research expenses

related to traveling between Canada and Argentina. Selected applicants are

expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab

meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer reviewed

journals and present their research in national and international


Applicants should email Jean-Philippe Lessard (

This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing research

interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV, and (iii) an

unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. For

full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before

December 1st, 2017, but applications received after this date may be