Position available: Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbiology/Antimicrobial resistance

Job Description:

The Biocolloids Laboratory at McGill University (www.biocolloid.mcgill.ca) is looking for a highly talented postdoctoral researcher to contribute to our research on the antimicrobial synergy of natural extracts. 

Research in the group includes projects on the discovery of natural antimicrobial agents, the development of antimicrobial materials, and the antibiotic synergies of natural extracts. The Biocolloids Laboratory is within the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University and our researchers have access to numerous state-of-the-art facilities on and off campus (e.g., an animal care facility, an advanced imaging facility, molecular analyses center, etc).  

This position is funded through a research contract and may have a duration of up to 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Qualifications and Experience:

We seek a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) microbiology; (2) molecular biology; (3) cell biology. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, passionate about research in the biological sciences and is keen to work in a collaborative environment. Familiarity with animal infection experimental protocols and/or chromatography would be an asset. The candidate must have excellent oral and written English communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and collaborate with other team members, to write manuscripts for submission to high-impact scientific journals, to train graduate and undergraduate students in their research work and manuscript preparation, and to maintain selected laboratory instruments.  


The selected candidate will join a dynamic and diverse research team and enjoy significant freedom in his/her research directions. He/she will have excellent opportunities to learn new experimental techniques and research areas. McGill University is located in beautiful and vibrant downtown Montreal (Canada), recently named the world’s best student city. The city is home to several world-class universities and research centers that offer opportunities for research collaboration and access to cutting-edge research facilities. 

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. To apply for the position, please send a cover letter, academic resume, and list of 3 references to Prof. Nathalie Tufenkji (nathalie.tufenkji@mcgill.ca). Review of applications will begin immediately. 

 The team in summer of 2018

The team in summer of 2018

The team in summer of 2016

JOin our Team:

The team in summer of 2015

The interdisciplinary nature of our research provides students with the relevant experience to work in several strategic areas of engineering and applied sciences, including emerging fields in the nano-sciences and biomedical sciences.

Examples of projects available to new Masters or PhD students include:

  • Designing a point of use water filtration system for developing countries

  • Understanding mechanisms of nanoparticle toxicity at the molecular and whole organism levels

  • Green synthesis of nanomaterials

  • Identifying the potential antimicrobial action of natural plant and berry derivatives

  • Developing and testing bioactive antimicrobial materials for biomedical and environmental applications

To Potential graduate students:

- At this moment, we do not have any open graduate student positions -

Highly qualified and motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD or M.Eng degree in one of our research areas are encouraged to contact Prof. Tufenkji (nathalie.tufenkji@mcgill.ca).

Prestigious fellowships are available for outstanding candidates and in certain cases projects may involve collaboration with researchers at other institutions (e.g. Universite de Montreal, Waterloo, University of Vienna, and Institut national de la recherche scientifique) or in other departments at McGill (e.g. Medicine, Civil Engineering, Parasitology, or Bioresource Engineering). We also offer the opportunity to carry out an internship during the graduate degree.

Details regarding the McGill Chemical Engineering program can be found here.

To Potential Undergraduate and visiting researchers:

Opportunities exist for undergraduate students in Engineering or Science to pursue a research project course in our laboratory. We also host international graduate students on an ad-hoc basis. Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Tufenkji (nathalie.tufenkji@mcgill.ca).