Master’s Student Position in Grapevine Physiology/Functional Genomics


One M.Sc. student position is available starting September 01, 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Simone Castellarin at the University of British Columbia, Wine Research Centre in Vancouver, BC.  The student will be enrolled within the Plant Science program at the University of British Columbia. The research program will focus on the control of fruit ripening and the role of environmental factors on determining fruit quality in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). The laboratory adopts a multidisciplinary approach that considers open field and greenhouse experiments, transcriptome (RNA-seq) and metabolome (GC/MS, LC/MS) analyses.

Graduate student qualifications: Applicants must hold a degree in Plant Science, Biology, Biochemistry or other related area with a strong academic record. Applicants must have previous lab experience and good communication skills in English. A stipend will be provided.

Application process: Interested candidates should apply by June 30, 2014. Applicants can submit their cover letter, CV and names of two referees to Dr. Simone D. Castellarin at Only qualified applicants will receive a reply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Plant Science Student wins Poster Award


Li Ma (Ph.D. student in Plant Science) and Mahesh K. Upadhyaya’s poster “Impact of plant density on size hierarchy of common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album L.)” received the 1st Place Poster Award at the 2014 joint annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America in Vancouver, BC.