University of Alberta

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biological Sciences

Competition No.  -    A106142497
Closing Date  -    Sep 01, 2020

Postdoctoral position available in: Ecology and Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions University of Alberta in the lab of Dr. Lien Luong. A postdoctoral position is available starting January 2021 to study the ecology of fear in host-parasite interactions. Hosts avoid exposure to infection by avoiding infective stages, associated cues, infected individuals, or alter their habitat use to avoid encountering parasites. Exposure to parasites can lead to behavioral and physiological changes, even in the absence of infection.These non-consumptive effects (NCE) are known as the “ecology of fear”. Potential projects include, but are not limited to investigating the: 1) state-dependent nature of NCE, 2) trait-mediated NCE, 3) NCE of parasites on host metabolism, and 3) evolutionary consequences of NCE. Successful applicants will investigate these questions using a fruit fly-mite system,applying concepts and techniques from behavioral ecology, physiological ecology, and/or experimental evolution. For more information:


  •  PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, or related fields
  •  Strong English written and oral communication skills
  •  Experience in small animal respirometry preferred
  •  Ability to work as a part of a collaborative team
  •  Previous experience supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students
  •  Track record of first author, peer-reviewed publications

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three academic references to Dr. Lien Luong (

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How to Apply


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