Genomics Post-Doctoral Position

University of Victoria, Department of Biology

The Owens and Koop Labs at the University of Victoria are currently seeking a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) to work on a project entitled “Landslide Impact on Flow Dynamics, Fish Migration and Genetics of Fraser River Salmon”.  The PDF will lead an effort to understand the impacts of the 2018 Big Bar Landslide on the genetics of Fraser River Salmon (see attached Executive Project Summary).  The landslide blocked the Fraser River to salmon passage, potentially having significant impacts to salmon populations in the Northern Basin.  The project is led by a large group of multi-disciplinary investigators from Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Durham University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, working in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Hakai Institute, Fraser Basin Council, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council.

We seek a candidate who can lead research on the following topic:

Genetic selection by hydraulic barriers.  The post-doc will lead molecular genetics work to prepare hundreds of Pacific salmon samples for whole genome resequencing. They will also lead bioinformatic analyses that use the resulting sequence data. The goal of this work is to understand the effect landslides may have had on population genetic composition of sites above the landslide, and to find specific alleles that may have been selected for or against from this migration blockage.

The PDF will be part of a larger cluster of post-docs and research staff appointed at Simon Fraser University investigating the impacts of landslides and flow dynamics on salmon migration and evolution.  Other PDFs on the project will lead research on i) The chronology of landslides in the Fraser Basin; ii) Linkages between bedrock canyon geometry and landslide susceptibility; iii) Flow dynamics in bedrock canyons; iv) Linkages between flow dynamics and fish migration; and v) Fish migration and hydraulic barriers.

Funding is available for one year with a possible extension for up to three years. Candidates should have experience with molecular genetics, genomics, next-generation sequencing data, and bioinformatics. The project provides opportunities for candidates to gain experience working at the intersection of genomics, evolutionary biology, salmon ecology and life history, and geomorphology, within a large group of 15 research collaborators. With this comes additional opportunities to mentor graduate students, lead presentations and discussions within a variety of settings and platforms, and gain experience communicating complex science with real-world implications.

UVic is a short walk from the beach, and minutes from both downtown Victoria and temperate rainforest hiking trails. UVic has a long history of fisheries research and salmon genomics and is a stimulating environment in which to learn and do research. UVic is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. We acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

To apply for a position please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, CV and a list of three references to Informal inquires and questions may be addressed to Gregory Owens at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Start date is negotiable, but we hope to have the full team in place before the end of 2021.