Research Assistant/Associate in Molecular Microbiology

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Food Science Department Position Announcement - Research Assistant/Associate in Molecular Microbiology

Principal supervisor:

Gisèle LaPointe
Department of Food Science
Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph

Qualifications required for this position:

BSc/MSc in Microbiology, Bioinformatics or related field;
Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
Ability to focus on repetitive tasks and to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team 

You will join the dairy microbiology and gut ecology group funded by NSERC, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Genome Canada. Experience in qPCR and bioinformatics is required and some understanding of microbial ecosystems would be an advantage. You will contribute to the analysis of food and fecal samples, including DNA, RNA, protein and metabolite isolation from pure and mixed communities of microbes, as well as preparing libraries for sequencing and analyzing the data using multivariate statistics. Microbial isolates will be subtyped and whole genome sequencing carried out with selected representatives. The research program will interface with related disciplines such as food science, molecular biology and genetics, as well as animal and nutritional sciences. Approaches included are metabolomics, proteomics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to understand the impact of microbial interactions on product quality and gastrointestinal function.

The contract will be for one year, with renewal conditional on performance and continued funding availability.


You will work closely with the principal investigator, postdoctoral scientists, graduate and undergraduate students in planning and carrying out research protocols in the defined research areas. You will assist with other research activities including: coordination and operation of the research program, undergraduate and graduate student training; activities related to managing purchases, as well as preparation of reports and sections of manuscripts for publication.


The position is available immediately.


$35,000 to $55,000 to start, commensurate with experience

Close date:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until the position is filled. Only those selected for interview will be notified.

Application procedure:

Please provide by email to Gisèle LaPointe ( a cover letter, current CV and the names of three individuals who are willing to provide letters of reference (reference letters are not required at this stage, but will be requested for those selected to be interviewed). The cover letter should describe your research background, long-term career goals, and their fit with the focus of this proposal. Your CV should include your education, awards, publications (include pdfs with your application), conference abstracts, and technical experience.

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