Master Student – Lab Researcher

Master Student

Institution: University of Calgary
Department: Biological Sciences / Anthropology and Archaeology
Location: 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Duration: Funding guaranteed only for 2y
Start Date: September 2017
Stipend: Minimum $24,000
Hours: Full time, resident
Contract Type: SSHRC Partnership Grant: “Olduvai Gorge: Stone Tools, Diet, and Sociality” -SSHRC eligible expenses only
Research Topic: Molecular microbiology
Supervisors: Peter Dunfield, Julio Mercader
Job Description:

· Theme: Microbial degradation of organic molecules of interest to Archaeology. Project will include DNA-based analysis of microbial communities.

· Challenges and barriers to innovation: Understanding long-term preservation and formation of recalcitrant forms of carbohydrates.


· Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Archaeology or related disciplines.

· Excellent knowledge of related areas through reading of current literature, online database searching, and attendance of seminars and conferences.

· Motivated and organized self-starter, one who can work with minimum supervision

· An ability to work supportively in a laboratory environment.

· Smooth laboratory operation by assuming a share of group responsibilities, which includes keeping detailed laboratory records and reporting.

· An ability to solve problems and push methodological boundaries.

· Excellent communication skills in English both written and verbal.

Additional Information

· Please note that successful candidates will be subject to standard pre-employment screening including right-to-work, proof of identity and references.

· The University of Calgary is an equal opportunity employer, candidates will be chosen who are the best fit regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Application Details

· Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three referees. Short-listed applicants will be required to provide two letters of recommendation. Please submit application packages to Sara Hormozinejad, Anthropology and Archaeology, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017.