Graduate student research positions at University of Saskatchewan

Student Positions in reproductive biology, biophysics, and mathematical biology.
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Prof. James Benson (Cryobiology Laboratory) in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking four new graduate student researchers in Cryobiology, with an emphasis in fundamental cryobiology of reproductive cells and tissues.

Prof Benson’s research focuses on biophysical/biochemical modeling to rationally address the mechanisms of damage accrued during cryopreservation. All students will be trained in both benchtop lab work and computer modeling, and research programs can be tailored to best fit a student’s interest and desired outcomes.

Specifically, there are four openings:
Two M.Sc. or Ph.D. students who will focus on mitigation of cryopreservative solution toxicity in oocytes. These projects will provide students with access to novel experimental apparatuses and control systems. These students will be jointly supervised by Dr. Benson and Muhammad Anzar (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) or Jack Gray (Biology Department). All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply. Those with some experience at the intersection of biology and mathematics/computational modeling are preferred.

One M.Sc. student who will focus on the effects of sperm processing on bull sperm membrane water and solute transport. This student will interact with a postdoctoral researcher and an industry partner. These experiments will inform models that predict better cryopreservation processing protocols. All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply. Those with some experience at the intersection of biology and mathematics/computational modeling are preferred.

One Ph.D. student who will focus on modeling intercellular ice propagation in tissues. This cell-based model will use cutting edge computational tools and analytical approaches based on percolation theory to facilitate experimental determination of model parameters. This research direction can be flexible, so interests ranging from very theoretical to very computational can be accommodated, but experimental design and model testing are an expected part of this research program. Applications will be considered from the following undergraduate majors: Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or related field. Those with some experience at the intersection of biology and mathematics/computational modeling are preferred.

Compensation will be in-line with standard University of Saskatchewan rates.

Positions are available immediately, and will be open until filled.

Enquiries and applications including a cover letter and curriculum vitae should be addressed to
Prof. James Benson
[email protected]
Department of Biology
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Phone: 1 (306) 966-4404