Ginseng is the most valuable cash crop grown in Ontario, Canada, but suffers from replant disease, a type of root rot, when ginseng is re-seeded on land previously used for a crop of ginseng.  A collaborative group is investigating the environmental pathology of ginseng replant disease from multiple perspectives, including specific pathogens, soil biogeochemistry, and the role of co-existing microorganisms.  We are seeking a MSc or PhD student to investigate bacterial, protist, or nematode communities associated with the development of replant disease. 

Applicants should have at minimum a BSc degree in Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics or equivalent.  Experience in basic microbiology, environmental microbiology/microbial ecology, molecular biology, agriculture, and/or bioinformatics is preferred, especially DNA/RNA extraction techniques, PCR, and working with UNIX, R and/or Python.  Field experience working in soil or agricultural environments is also an asset.

Interested applicants should e-mail to vtai4@uwo.ca including:

            1) a cover letter explaining your motivation, skills and experience for this position

            2) your CV, including contact information for 2 references

            3) your university transcript (unofficial is fine)

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Location: London, Ontario, Canada