M.Sc. Position in Plant Biotechnology

Post-doc candidate

Job Description


Job Title: MSc Grad Student Position in Improving vegetative biomass yield and digestibility in alfalfa for enhanced dairy and beef cattle performance
Accountable to:

Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

Responsible for University of Alberta
Appointment  April, 2021 or later
Includes an annual stipend of $23,000 – $25,000 (CAN), travel to conferences and research costs

Location Alberta, Canada 
Overview of the project:
We are looking for a highly motivated and personable candidate to work on a project aiming to enhance digestibility in alfalfa using advanced molecular breeding techniques, including RNAi and CRISPR/Cas. The successful candidate will be required to work effectively as a team member in both lab and greenhouse settings, and will carry out research involving the generation of plant binary vectors, the transformation of alfalfa, and the subsequent molecular, biochemical and phenotypic characterization of transgenic genotypes.


Applicants should have a B.Sc. in biology or a related field. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience with plant molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA extraction, RNA extraction, cloning and qRT-PCR, as well as experience with plant tissue culture and transformation. Knowledge of CRISPR/Cas methodology would also be beneficial. Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to collaborate with others are essential. Candidates must pass the minimum requirements for admission into the M.Sc. program at the University of Alberta in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (https://www.ualberta.ca/agriculture-life-environment-sciences/programs/graduate-programs/prospective-students/agricultural-food-and-nutritional-science/afns-admission-process/index.html).


Application Process
Submit a letter of research interests and current CV to Stacy Singer (stacy.singer@canada.ca)