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Heather Major, April 16, 2019

MSc opportunity investigating sex biased dispersal in Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine

The Major Lab (part of the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) invites applications for one MSc student starting in September 2019.

Project description: The successful candidate will investigate the occurrence and proximate causes of sex biased dispersal in Altantic Puffins and Razorbills recruiting to Machias Seal Island (MSI) and how sex biased dispersal relates to identified patterns of dispersal and recruitment from previous research on MSI. The project will include laboratory analysis to genetically sex individual puffins and Razorbills from feather samples collected between 1995-2019, collating demographic information from our 25 year dataset, and assisting with data collection at Machias Seal Island in the summer of 2020.

Qualifications: BSc in biology or related field, research experience (Honour’s research or equivalent), an interest and passion for ecology, good work ethic and strong communication skills. Prior experience working with birds and/or molecular ecology related lab experience an advantage.

Start Date: September 2019

Application: Please contact Dr. Heather Major ( with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and highlighting any course or work experience that relates to molecular ecology/genetics, ecology, and ornithology; 2) current CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and/or research abilities.

Preference will be given to applications received by May 10th, 2019, but application review will continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.