The Cristescu Lab

Research Opportunities


Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics

We invite applicants for a two-year postdoctoral position in Bioinformatics and Environmental Genomics.

The position is funded by the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN). The CAISN network offers ample opportunities for interactions with researchers across Canada. McGill's Biology department offers a highly collaborative environment and excellent ecological-genomics facilities.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in developing early detection tools and will use pyrosequencing of environmental samples collected from key port areas and ballast water of arriving vessels to identify the complement of aquatic invasive species as well as the native species present along the Canadian Coasts.

See our web pages at; for a description of CAISN related research projects.

Experience with next gen sequencing or sequence data and related bioinformatic/ computational/ programming skills is strongly desired. Familiarity with one or more of the following would be an advantage: genomics, phylogenetic analysis, selection, genome evolution. Experience working with aquatic invertebrates is an asset. The candidate should also have a good publication record and the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment.

The position is for one year, but can be renewed for a second year and can begin as early as January 2014. Interested applicants should send their CV and a brief statement of research interest.

For more information and inquiries about the position please contact Melania Cristescu.

Two PhD Positions in Ecological Genomics and Bioinformatics

Two PhD positions beginning January 2014 and September 2014 are available. These positions are funded by the NSERC CREATE training program in Aquatic Ecosystem Health (ERASMUS) and a Canada Research Chair in Ecological Genomics. The ERASMUS program promotes collaborative and innovative multi-disciplinary research.

Graduate students will study multiple stressors in aquatic environments with special emphasis on the metal-induced mutation process from genomes to populations. We use lab experiments, field studies and computational analyses of large-scale sequence data to test speciation patterns, the genetics of habitat transitions and local adaptation in freshwater crustaceans.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with strong analytical and computational skills. Successful applicants must have obtained a research-based MSc degree in a related discipline (e.g., evolution, molecular ecology, genomics, bioinformatics) and demonstrate interest and/or experience in team-based and interdisciplinary projects. International students with strong credentials (competitive GPA, strong English proficiency) and publications in peer-reviewed journals are encouraged to apply.

Interested students should send their CV, a brief statement of research interest, along with a list of 3 referees to Melania Cristescu.

Contact Information

Dr. Melania Cristescu
Department of Biology
McGill University
1205 ave Docteur Penfield Room N6/1
Montréal, Québec

Office: (514) 398-1053
FAX: (514) 398-5069



Last update: Nov. 12, 2013