Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biological Effects of Thermal Stress

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at McMaster University invites qualified candidates to apply for a one-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Joanna Wilson is seeking up to two post-doctoral fellows to join a funded Mitacs Accelerate Cluster. Each post-doctoral fellow will be expected to develop a research program to determine potential environmental impacts of thermal and other emissions of nuclear power generation.

The Accelerate Cluster will generate new knowledge regarding the role and effects of industrial emissions (thermal and/or radiological) on aquatic biota. The post-doctoral fellows will interact with university and industrial scientists to develop important baseline data, including effects of embryonic thermal exposure on juvenile fish. The baseline data will feed into the larger focus of the Accelerate Cluster, particularly with respect to determination of effects of combined sub-acute stressors.

Specific scientific objectives of the Accelerate Cluster program include (1) determination of whether thermal embryonic exposure can affect the juvenile life-stage of Lake Whitefish, and (2) determination of whether industrial partner operations are having ecological impacts as predicted during previous environmental assessments.

Each fellowship is for one year, with possibility of renewal for a second year. Annual stipend is $42,000 plus benefits.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or related field. Applicant must be eligible to receive Mitacs internship funding.

Application Procedure: Please send CVs and inquiries to Dr. Joanna Wilson (

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