Graduate Student Position in Plant Biochemistry

Area of Focus:

plant biochemistry, plant physiology, horticulture, plant-environment interactions


A graduate student position is available immediately in the in the laboratory of Dr. Gale Bozzo to study the biochemistry of how plants respond to multiple environmental stresses.

The Bozzo lab ( in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph is seeking a highly motivated individual to investigate metabolic processes associated with abiotic stress in plants, with a specific emphasis on antioxidant mechanisms. The lab is focused on biochemical, biotechnological and plant production strategies aimed at improving plant resistance to multiple environmental stresses that are expected to be exacerbated by climate change. These processes will be investigated in both model plant organisms and economically relevant agricultural crops. Students will receive training in biochemistry, gene discovery, analytical chemistry (e.g., HPLC), genomics and related areas. We are seeking a candidate with a BSc or MSc in biochemistry, molecular biology, plant sciences or a related field. Further information on the department and university are available at: and http:/

The incumbent student will be offered a full stipend to cover tuition and living expenses that are commensurate with graduate study at the U of G.

The preferred starting date is January 2020, but strong candidates who expect to be available in May or September 2020 are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send the following to Dr. Gale Bozzo (

  1. a CV
  2. unofficial academic transcripts
  3. a cover letter (one page maximum) outlining why you are you are interested in the abovementioned project, and your career goals
  4. names and contact information for 2 referees


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, we will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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