Cutter Lab - Postdoctoral Fellow


Posted: Sept 11, 2018

The Cutter lab at the University of Toronto is seeking to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to work on questions in evolutionary genetics.

Area of Research: Evolutionary Genetics

Description of duties : Research may focus on the genetics and development of speciation using Caenorhabditis nematodes, comparative population genomics, sperm cell biology and sexual selection, with technical approaches including computation/bioinformatics, experimental evolution, molecular biology, and manipulative experiments. Further information about research in the Cutter lab available at .

Salary : $45,000/year

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement be higher than rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications: The candidate must have a recent PhD in genetics, evolution, molecular or developmental biology, bioinformatics or a related field, with strong evidence of published research productivity. The ideal candidate would have experience with next-generation sequence data and analysis, statistical and computing acumen, molecular techniques, and/or facility with C. elegans.

Application Instructions:

All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter describing their interest in this position and research background/skills, a current CV, and contact info for three references to Prof. Asher Cutter ( by the closing date.

Closing date : December 1, 2018

This position will remain open until filled, however we will begin to review complete applications after September 25, 2018

Supervisor(s): Prof. Asher Cutter ( )

Expected start date: January 1, 2019 with flexibility for an earlier or later start date

Term: 12 months; renewable for another 12 months subject to performance/suitable research progress

FTE : 100%

The University of Toronto is a leading institution in Canada and the world with over 60 faculty specializing in ecology and evolution, and home to >10 cross-disciplinary labs studying C. elegans. The Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department hosts a strong and active research cluster in evolutionary genetics and genomics. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change, and the School of the Environment. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological and evolutionary research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve, ). The department also has a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources that helps provide access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (, funding, and long-term data sets. Genomic analyses are supported by a number of high-performance computing resources, multi-lab bioinformaticians, as well as staff at the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function.

Toronto is a vibrant and multicultural city, offering an exceptional quality of life.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.