Do you want to help make urban agriculture more circular and contribute to food security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions? The Microbial Ecology Laboratories ( are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to analyse metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data related to an urban agriculture circular economy cluster. The successful candidates will integrate a dynamic, gender-balanced and diversified team of led by Prof. Étienne Yergeau, at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique located a stone's throw away from the fantastic city of Montréal. The project will be part of a larger Genome Canada-funded multidisciplinary project aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a urban circular agriculture ( This cluster upcycles wastes into value-added insect or fungal proteins, while producing fertilizing material. Microorganisms are key players across each step of this loop, and the role of the selected candidate will be to characterize, model, and optimize this microbiota using omics tools.

Requirements: A PhD in biology, microbiology, ecology, or bioinformatics is required. Candidates should have experience in molecular biology, large-scale data analysis, statistics, bioinformatics, or programming. We are looking for a creative, highly motivated, autonomous scientist with excellent organizational and communication skills and excellent attention to detail.

Duties and responsibilities: Under the guidance of Prof. Étienne Yergeau, the post-docs will be responsible for data generation, data management, statistical analysis, data interpretation, and manuscript preparation. The post-docs will work in close collaboration with other students and post-docs on the project.

Appointment and salary: The position is initially for 1 year, renewable for up to 2 years with a salary of 55,000 $CAN plus benefits. Expected starting date is March 1st, 2024 (to be discussed).

Location: Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie, Laval, QC, Canada

Additional information: For additional information, please contact Prof. Étienne Yergeau (

How to apply: Review of applications will begin on January 1st, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested persons are requested to submit a complete CV, a statement of the candidate's interest and suitability for the position and contact information for three references by email to Only the selected candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Laval, Quebec, Canada