Job opportunity: Summer Research Assistants – Tree Improvement Lab, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

We are seeking 5 summer research assistants with an interest in forest genetics, ecology, physiology or ecophysiology to work on a number of tree improvement-related research projects located across Alberta. This position is a four month contract starting May 1, 2018. 
Our lab and current projects: The research in this lab aims to answer fundamental and applied questions related to tree breeding and forest genetics. Current projects include understanding hybrid vigour in balsam poplar, investigating mechanisms behind poor seed yields and conelet abortion in a lodgepole pine orchard, understanding links between aspen clone size and gender, and integrating genomics into traditional tree breeding methods to generate climate and pest-resistant trees. For more information on current and ongoing projects, visit our lab website:
Qualifications: Preference will be given to undergraduate students or recent graduates that are hard working, enthusiastic, able to work well in teams and also self-manage responsibilities. Students should also be detail-oriented, adaptable to change and respectful with equipment. To be eligible for this position you should have a full driver’s license (class 5 Alberta or equivalent) with a clean abstract and a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 (out of 4). Previous field and/or lab work in a related field (i.e. forestry or ecology) is an asset. 
Additional information: Locations of work include within the University of Alberta, University of
Alberta greenhouses, and various pine, white spruce, and poplar trials across Alberta. Salary is roughly $2300/month. The closing date for this position is January 15, 2017 or until the position has been filled. 
Prospective students can apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, the contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Barb Thomas ( and cc Morgan Randall (