Postdocs

If you're a funded postdoc who is interested in spending some time in our group, please contact me. I am open to interesting research ideas that fit within our broader research program.

Most postdocs at UdeM are hired from an externally funded grant. These positions are usually advertised when available. If none are advertised, that's because none are available.

Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the most interesting fellowships:

For work in Canada:

FRQNT fellowships

NSERC fellowships

For work at UWA (Australia):

UWA Postdoctoral Fellowship

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Students

I am always looking for excellent, enthusiastic students who are interested in graduate studies (MSc or PhD), or undergraduate students looking for research internships. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our group.

However, before contacting me please consider the following:

Can I get a MSc or PhD Scholarship?

You'll need a scholarship to do graduate studies. To get a MSc or PhD scholarship you'll need to have an excellent track record. Sometimes we'll also advertise graduate student positions funded from our grants.

Do I have a good research project idea?

You need to find a project that you're really excited about: you'll spend 2-4 years of your life on it. While I can help you to refine your ideas, I expect you to have your own ideas. Think about the conceptual/theoretical framework, the 'big questions', the hypotheses, how you can test them, etc. I will likely ask you to write a one-page summary (with key references). This won't be wasted, as you'll have to write one for scholarship applications anyway.

Ideally, your project should be aligned with our own research.


What type of research project?

Most of our research is field-based -- testing ecological theory in nature.

We also often run glasshouse or controlled field experiments. We are well equiped with drying ovens, root washing facilities, potting rooms, etc.


Many PhD students have both field work and glasshouse experiments, so the two are not mutually exclusive.

If you prefer to stay in front of the computer and run simulation models or meta-analyses, that's fine too. I do not consider myself a modeller nor a statistician but I do have some experience in both.

Living in Montréal

Montréal is a pleasant city to live in, with a vibrant culture. It has a relatively low cost of living compared to other major Canadian cities. It is a 'student town', with four major universities (UdeM, McGill, UQAM and Concordia). Most students rent apartments with other students. The climate is strongly continental, with very large and quick changes among seasons. Summers are surprisingly hot and muggy, and winters can be quite long (Dec-April) and cold. If you get into winter sports, then the long winter can be very pleasant. It's also a great time to focus on writing and analyses!

French

Québec's official language is French, and Université de Montréal is a french-speaking institution. You can get away with not learning French, but I would advise against it, in part because you'll miss out on many interesting social experiences if you show no willingness to learn at least some basic French. Conversations in hallways, classes etc will be in French, although most people can speak English. Courses are in French, but it is possible to take classes in other universities. You will of course write your papers in English, and your thesis can also be written in English. If you are worried about French, contact me for more details.