Pasantias en Canada para estudiantes Latinoamericanos

Si eres estudiante de pre o post grado y quieres hacer una pasantia en Canada de 4 o 6 meses en mi laboratorio, esta es una excelente oportunidad.

http://www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/scholarships-bourses/can/institutions/elap-pfla.aspx?lang=eng

Los interesados por favor contactarme a mi correo electronico jroncal[at]mun.ca

 

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Funding opportunities for latinamerican students

For more information visit:

http://www.conservegrassland.org.

MEMORIAL GRANTS
Grants provide funding for a variety of research topics in the grasslands.
Eligibility: Latin American researchers affiliated with a university, museum, or conservation
organization.
Award: US $2000-5000
Deadline: 1 March

STUDENT GRANT PROGRAM
Grants toward travel, food, housing, and consumable equipment expenses associated with field work.
Eligibility: Latin American researchers enrolled in M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in USA or South American
University.
Award: US $1000 (recently increased from $500)
Deadlines: 1 April, August, December

RESEARCH EQUIPMENT PROGRAM
Grants provide basic science equipment to assist research projects or education.
Eligibility: Latin American researchers affiliated with a university, museum, or conservation
organization.
Award: US $100-2000
Deadlines: 1 April, August, December

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two master student positions filled

Thanks to all applicants for your interest!

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PhD student position already filled

I have filled the PhD student position I advertised. Thanks to all the candidates for their interest.

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Two master student positions in Plant Physiology and Genetics

I am seeking two motivated master students to start a project on the ecological and genetic factors associated with the high antioxidant capacity in the wild partridgeberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea: Ericaceae). This project aims at collecting understudied wild clones of partridgeberry across the island of Newfoundland and southern Labrador, analyzing the genetic diversity of clones using next-generation sequencing, and providing preliminary information on the genes associated with a high antioxidant capacity. The PhD student will work under the mentorship of Dr. Julissa Roncal, and will interact with collaborating investigators from Memorial University (Dr. Lourdes Pena-Castillo is a bioinformatician, and Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi is a plant physiologist), as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

Student’s responsibilities:

  • Conduct fieldwork to collect leaves and fruits from wild partridgeberry populations (teamwork task).
  • Laboratory work include DNA extraction, a library preparation for next-gen sequencing, and measurements of total phenolics/antioxidant capacity of fruits
  • One student will conduct a phylogenetic tree of populations from single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)
  • The second student will identify genes based on sequence similarity (BLASTp) and associate them to metabolic pathways (dcGO)

Student’s qualifications:

  • A BSc degree in a related discipline (e.g. biology, botany/physiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology)
  • Experience in organismic botany, statistical analysis, phylogenetics and/or bioinformatics is highly desirable
  • Excellent analytical, organization and communication skills.

Position characteristics:

Project start date is May 1st, 2014. The MSc program comprises two years with an annual stipend of $17,500. The students will be expected to teach during the first half of their programs. The department of Biology at Memorial University has 29 faculty members and approximately 100 graduate students. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university offering a multicultural environment. The city of St. John’s offers nice scenery with numerous walking trails close to campus, bars, concerts, and a very friendly, family-oriented community. Both positions are contingent upon the approval of funds by the Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send their CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals, transcripts, and contact information of 3 references (who have agreed to be contacted) in a single pdf or word file to Dr. Julissa Roncal at Email: jroncal@mun.ca.

For instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/index.php

International students with strong credentials are welcome. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

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Post-doctoral opportunity

The Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellowship competition is open.

Check it out at

http://www.mitacs.ca/elevate/program-guide

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PhD student position available!

I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student beginning January, May or September 2014. This position will be funded by the President’s Doctoral Student Investment Fund and start-up funds of Memorial University, however, the student will also be expected to teach during half of the PhD program.

Overview of project:
The objective of the PhD project is to conduct a meta-analysis of plant phylogenies to shed light on the historical biogeography of Western Amazonia and the Caribbean, two biodiversity hotspots. Notably, divergence times of endemic plant species from these two regions, and the potential distribution of their ancestors will be assessed through biogeographic modeling. A temporal framework for the diversification, extinction, and colonization events in these two biodiversity hotspots will be elucidated.
Student’s responsibilities:

  • Construct a database of publicly available DNA sequences, matrices and phylogenies of endemic species from the Western Amazon and the Caribbean.
  • Estimate the divergence times of plant lineages from these two regions using the fossil record or known nucleotide substitution rates.
  • Infer the distribution of ancestral lineages of each tribe or genera in the database.
  • Reconstruct the evolution of flood-tolerant traits within targeted lineages.

The PhD student will work under my mentorship, and will interact with collaborating investigators as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

Student’s qualifications:

  • A MSc degree in a related discipline (e.g. botany, evolution, molecular ecology, bioinformatics)
  • Familiarity with public databases such as NCBI, TreeBase, Dryad, etc
  • Knowledge of alignment methods of DNA sequences and software
  • Experience with phylogeny reconstruction (parsimony, maximum likelihood, Bayesian)
  • Knowledge of divergence time estimation using BEAST or other software/algorithm, and of geographic range evolution (e.g. DIVA, Lagrange) would be desirable but not mandatory
  • Knowledge of character state reconstruction (BayesTraits, Mesquite) would be desirable but not mandatory.
  • Excellent analytical, organization and communication skills.

Annual stipend is 19,000 CAD for each of the 4 years. Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief statement of their research interests, transcripts, along with 3 references in a single pdf or word file to jroncal@mun.ca

For instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/index.php

International students with strong credentials are welcome. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date can be flexible. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university and its offers a multicultural environment.

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