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Research Associate (Post-Doc) Position in Aquatic Toxicology

SUMMARY: The Huntsman Marine Science Centre ( is expanding its capacity within its Aquatic Services department. We are seeking to fill a Research Associate (Post-Doc) position in Aquatic Toxicology to work with a dynamic team of technicians and research scientists. The successful individual will primarily assist in a project exploring the biological effects of petroleum products and deployment of Alternate Response Measures on various life stages of commercially important marine fish and invertebrates.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The position is a 100% research appointment with salary of $50,000 on a fiscal year basis plus benefits, including health care with life insurance and annual and sick leave available. The duration of the appointment shall be two (2) years with the possibility for a one year extension based on availability of funds and performance.


Research: 40%

  • Design and write research plans within team setting that tests toxicity across a range of vulnerable life stages of marine fish and invertebrates in the laboratory and field.
  • Implement protocols according to Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Analyze quality checked data using appropriate statistical techniques and interpret results.

Presentation of Research Results: 40%

  • Take lead authorship role on scientific publications that detail results and analysis then place outcomes within context of published literature (up to 8-10 manuscripts anticipated).
  • Cooperate as co-author on related publications involving Huntsman colleagues, project collaborators and graduate students.
  • Present research results at scientific meetings and interact with project Sponsors and collaborators to relay results from toxicology studies.

Instruction: 2.5%

  • Relay developed methods to technical staff prior to implementation of toxicology tests.
  • Participate in public education and/or workshops as required.

Supervision: 2.5%

  • Minimum expectation and responsibility.

Other Support: 15%

  • Participate in preparing project progress reports for the Sponsor.
  • Assist in further business development with new study Sponsors as required.


  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in Environmental Toxicology, Marine Biology or Zoology by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate with colleagues and contribute to multidisciplinary research.
  • Demonstrated experience (2-3 years) with research focused primarily on environmental toxicology, marine biology or zoology within controlled laboratory experiments.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Physical ability to perform assigned duties that may require work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances; and/or be required to work in adverse environmental conditions; and/or carry or lift heavy materials.
  • Ability to legally work or obtain a Visa to work in Canada.


  • Experience with conducting Environmental Toxicology studies within controlled laboratory settings.
  • Demonstrated ability with advanced statistical analysis using pertinent statistical analysis software.
  • Field environmental toxicology experience is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks and laboratory techniques specific to the needs of the position.

APPLICATION: Applications are being accepted immediately with the position anticipated to begin after 1 April 2019. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. Although Canadians and permanent residents to Canada will be given priority, all qualified candidates will be given full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Send single electronic submission with cover letter, CV and three references (including e-mail and telephone number) to:

HR Office
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
1 Lower Campus Road
St. Andrews, NB E5B 2L7


Graduate Positions Available


Sea lampreys are parasitic, jawless fish that feed by sucking the blood from fishes, often killing their hosts. They invaded the Great Lakes in the early 20th century, decimating fish populations. Sea lamprey populations are now controlled
by applying the pesticides 3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol (TFM) & niclosamide to streams containing larval sea lampreys. While this has greatly lowered lamprey populations & contributed greatly to rehabilitation of Great Lakes fisheries,
research is needed to learn more about how these agents work, to improve their effectiveness & to minimize adverse effects on non-target fishes. We are looking for enthusiastic B.Sc. or M.Sc. graduates to join the Aquatic Toxicology & Physiology labs of Dr. Michael Wilkie, Allison McDonald & Jonathan Wilson to conduct M.Sc. or doctoral studies on the mechanisms of niclosamide and TFM toxicity in lampreys & non-target fishes. Using state of the art facilities, trainees will use molecular & biochemical approaches, microrespirometry, & imaging techniques to study how lampricides affect sea lamprey & trout at multiple levels of biological organization. Experience with sub-cellular and biochemical analyses, toxicology, analytical chemistry, HPLC, fish energetics, or gill function would be an asset. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, research will be based in the Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. The guaranteed stipend will be  $21,500/year for M.Sc. Students & $ 27,500 for Ph.D. students.

We seek students for 3 projects beginning May 2019 (start dates negotiable):
Ph.D. Student: Effects of lampricides on mitochondrial function in fishes.
M.Sc. Student # 1: Uptake, distribution & elimination of lampricides by fishes.
M.Sc. Student # 2: Impacts of lampricides on gill structure & function of lamprey & non-target fishes.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Michael Wilkie. Email:
Dr. Allison McDonald. Email:
Dr. Jonathan Wilson. Email:
Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University 
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5. Phone: 519 884-0710