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 email@example.com 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)