PhD position (pollination) at the University Of Calgary, Canada

University of Calgary

We are seeking applicants for a funded PhD position in pollination biology and pollinator management in canola crop systems. There is some flexibility in the project, but it will mainly involve work with managed pollinators, including aspects of:  examination of floral visitation patterns, pollination efficacy, pollinator behaviour, leafcutter and honey bee health in pollination setting, effect of pesticides on leafcutter bees, management of honey bees for canola pollination, and pollination requirements for commodity and seed canola crops. Contributions of native pollinators and landscape to canola pollination also form part of this project.

The position will come with a guaranteed stipend for a minimum of three years, and there will be funding available for research and conference travel. The student will be enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Cartar, but be working in collaboration with Dr. Shelley Hoover, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and fieldwork will be based out of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Required Background

We are looking for a candidate that is self-motivated and passionate about science, with a master’s degree (involving a research component) in ecology, entomology or a related discipline, or with related post-BSc experience. Experience in pollination, beekeeping, or insect identification would be an advantage, as would a strong background in statistical analysis, and good written and oral communication skills. The student should be able to begin in sometime in May 2014 to prepare for field season beginning in June. The candidate should not have known allergies to bee stings.

Please submit a CV and cover letter describing your background, career aspirations, and why you are interested in this position. Please also provide the names of three referees who would be willing and available to provide a reference. 

To apply or for further information please contact Ralph Cartar ( or Shelley Hoover (

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