Graduate Student Positions

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Although most programs are accepting students, below are some departments/professors who are actively looking for graduate students.

Graduate Student Positions in the Arts


The Department of Philosophy invites applications for a Master of Art degree with a major in Philosophy. The Department has strengths in the Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Wittgenstein and the History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of War and Peace, and the Philosophy of Language. The Master of Art degree with a major in Philosophy is a two-year thesis based program.

Graduate Student Positions in the Fine Arts and Music


Building on the University of Lethbridge Art Department’s reputation for first class undergraduate education in Art Studio and Art History/ Museum Studies, the MFA with a major in Art offers those wishing to pursue graduate education in Art Studio the opportunity to be part of a community of highly active faculty practitioners and scholars.

This program provides graduate students with opportunities to pursue disciplinary excellence through integrated study in theory and practice, encompassing material, critical and conceptual investigations in contemporary art, and offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty and visiting artists.


Building on the University of Lethbridge Music Department’s reputation for first-class undergraduate education in performance and composition, the MMus offers those wishing to pursue graduate studies the opportunity to be part of a community of experienced and active performing musicians and scholars.

The program combines advanced studio instruction with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in these areas: voice, piano, collaborative piano, French horn, violin, conducting, and composition. It also involves master classes with visiting artists and numerous performance opportunities at the University and in the larger community of Lethbridge.


Building on the New Media Department’s reputation for first class undergraduate education in the areas of 3D art and animation; digital video, film and the moving image; interactive arts; new media theory and culture; and visual design for digital and electronic media, the MFA (New Media) offers those wishing to pursue intensive studio-based graduate studies, the opportunity to be part a community of highly active faculty artists, scholars, and researchers.

This program combines advanced instruction with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in areas related to faculty research interests. Students will develop and hone their creative talents by way of access to first-rate design and animation software, high end motion-capture technology, and digital video production equipment. The program offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty and staff.


Building on the University of Lethbridge Theatre & Dramatic Arts Department's reputation for first class undergraduate education in the areas of Technical Theatre and Design, Performance, and Theatre Studies, the MFA with a major in Theatre & Dramatic Arts offers those wishing to pursue graduate education the opportunity to be part of a community of highly active faculty practitioners and scholars.

This program provides graduate students with opportunities to pursue excellence through integrated study in theory and practice, and offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty and staff.

Graduate Student Positions in the Sciences


Multiple graduate student positions are available within the laboratories of Drs. Douglas Inglis and Wade Abbott at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge Research Centre) in partnership with the University of Lethbridge (Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Biological Sciences).These positions will focus on developing and validating microbial delivery systems for innovations in intestinal health and food safety. The project will focus on intestinal microbial community structure and function, bioengineering of carbohydrate metabolism and protein secretion, mitigation of enteric pathogens in vivo, and host immune-modulation. Advanced training of highly qualified personnel is stressed, and students will work within a multi-disciplinary team of researchers including experts in classical and molecular microbiology, veterinary medicine, human medicine, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, and the development and use of animal models within a ‘One Health’ framework. The successful candidates will be trained in areas of bacterial bioengineering, anaerobic and microaerobic microbiology, molecular microbiology, protein biochemistry, immunology, bioinformatics, and / or the utilization of animal models. Students will have access to advanced research instrumentation, laboratory and animal facilities, and highly trained technical staff. Examples of research animal infrastructure available include containment level 2 small and large animal (rodents, rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle) facilities, small and large animal surgical and necropsy suites, a germ-free / gnotobiotic facility, and livestock production facilities.

Performing research in a federal government facility in partnership with the University of Lethbridge exposes students to future career opportunities at the interface of academia, industry, and government. This represents a unique training opportunity for graduate students interested in pursuing a career in human, veterinary, biomedical, and / or agricultural research. Although all technical training will be provided, students with research experience in molecular microbiology, bioengineering, and / or immunology are particularly encouraged to apply.

The fellowship positions available offer a competitive compensation package for the duration of the degree.

If interested please contact Dr. Doug Inglis at (403) 317-3355 or, or Dr. Wade Abbott (403) 317-3443 or


Department of Biological Sciences

Graduate student (Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy) positions are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. The position will conduct research in potato science with focus on the interests of Canada's potato industry.Research projects include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

1. physiological age of the seed potato, with emphasis on factors controlling tuber dormancy and sprout growth, and development of molecular markers - indicators of physiological age

2. postharvest storage and physiology

3. production of seed potato minitubers in vitro using temporary immersion bioreactors; and

4. plant pathology, with focus on population biology and control strategies for Verticillium wilt, Fusarium dry rot, and Phytophthora late blight disease development.

We are looking for highly motivated students interested in potato biology, with excellent academic standing and knowledge of plant science and/or plant pathology. Previous research experience in relevant fields would be beneficial. International applicants must provide acceptable evidence of English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate students.

The positions are fully funded for a period of two years for a M.Sc. program ($21,000 per year), and four years for a Ph.D. program ($23,000 per year). Additional scholarships and awards are available to all eligible students. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses. Applicants with GPA of 3.5 are offered the SGS Tuition Scholarship, which fully covers the Tuition Fees.

Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and a brief statement of research interests to Dr. Dmytro Yevtushenko. Please find information on the application procedure at



Positions are available for studying the molecular mechanism of protein synthesis.

The interdisciplinary approach used in our group combines quantitative biochemistry and biophysics with computational techniques to describe and study the dynamic properties of ribonucleoprotein complexes. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a truly multidisciplinary research environment and to gain experience in the “wet-lab” as well as in the computational lab.

Experience with molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and biophysical (Spectroscopic) techniques will be helpful but not required. A background in computational biochemistry such as molecular dynamics and QM/MM approaches would be beneficial.

These positions are available starting immediately. Please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and three references to: Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

RNA synthetic biology at the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI)

The newly-established research group of Dr. Nehal Thakor is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow and graduate studentship positions in the research area of RNA synthetic biology. Applicants will ideally have experience in SELEX, RNA chemical probing, and RNA structure function analysis. Experience with RNA-seq and RNA bioinformatics will be an asset. The postdoctoral position is tenable for a period of one year, and may be extended depending on funding and performance.

Dr. Thakor is a Campus Alberta Innovates Program research chair in Synthetic Biology and RNA-based system. The Thakor lab is focused on studying aspects of RNA synthetic biology and protein translation regulation.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by contacting Dr. Nehal Thakor.

Positions will remain open until filled.

AARTI Graduate Student (MSc/PhD) Opportunity: Investigating the role of DDX3X in hepatitis B virus infection

Medicinal Biophysics Laboratory

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global issue with ~2 billion infected cases and ~25O million chronic HBV (CHB) carriers, out of which ~1 million people die due to the end-stage liver disease. DDX3X, a host helicase, is known to influence replication of a number of viruses, including HBV. On the other hand, it also interacts with a host transcription factor Sp1 and modulates its activity. Sp1 is essential in HBV viral life cycle. We are currently looking for a highly motivated student to investigate interactions between DDX3X and Sp1 and to establish a functional relevance of this interaction in HBV life cycle.

The Medicinal Biophysics Laboratory, led by Dr. Trushar Patel, is a part of the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI), one of the leading Canadian centers with focus on RNA-based research and training. ARRTI is home to eight groups with diverse research portfolios, who work in close collaborations and provide a solid platform for skills development and scientific training.

The newly established Medicinal Biophysics Laboratory has access to necessary infrastructure and expertise required for host-viral interaction program. The candidate will also have an opportunity to gain experience in virology with Dr. Carla Coffin at the University of Calgary.

Highly motivated candidates with solid background in molecular biology and biochemistry are advised to contact Dr. Trushar Patel. A cover letter, curriculum vitae—including names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three professional references—and a copy of transcripts are required. Positions will remain open until filled.

Position announcement

Dr. Stacey Wetmore (Tier 1 Board of Governors Research Chair) is actively recruiting both MSc and PhD graduate students to study the chemistry of nucleic acids in our bodies. The Wetmore group is interested in the effects of damage on the structure and function of DNA and RNA, the mechanism used by enzymes to process DNA and RNA, and the development of chemically modified DNA or RNA nucleosides with novel applications in medicine, biotechnology or nanotechnology.

Research in the Wetmore laboratory uses computational approaches ranging from small models treated with highly accurate levels of theory (ab initio, DFT) to large models treated with more computational efficient techniques (MM, MD, ONIOM, QM/MM) to characterize the structure, properties and reaction mechanisms related to DNA damage and repair.

Previous experience with molecular modeling is not required. Instead, students with strong backgrounds in chemistry and/or biochemistry will be trained in the field of computational chemistry throughout their degree. Furthermore, an interdisciplinary approach is adopted in the Wetmore lab through close collaborations with the top national and international experimental chemistry and biochemistry. This approach allows graduate students to obtain first class training in both computational and experimental science from experts in the respective fields, where graduate students work closely with collaborators through regular site visits.

These positions are available starting immediately. Please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of application and the names of 3 references to Dr. Stacey Wetmore, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


The following faculty members are currently available as supervisors in the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for those interested in Environmental Science (Note: the faculty member must formally agree to supervise the proposed program of studies):

  • Dr. Theresa Burg: Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy students in landscape genetics, phylogeography, population connectivity and speciation in birds
  • Dr. Larry Flanagan: Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy students in ecosystem science and global change: the response ofecosystems to experimental warming and altered precipitation
  • Dr. Dan Johnson: Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy students in invasive species, ecological modelling, environmental statistical analysis, sustainable agriculture, ecology and biogeography
  • Dr. David Logue: Master of Science or Doctpr of Philosophy in animal communication, bird song, evolution of behaviour, ornithology.
  • Dr. Derek Peddle: Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy for the NSERC CREATE AMETHYST Remote Sensing Program
  • Dr. Steward Rood: Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy students in river flows and regulation, riparian floodplain ecology and management, especially cottonwood ecophysiology
  • Dr. Brent Selinger: Master of Science student on the characterization of a novel family of phytate degrading enzymes


Graduate (Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy) and postdoctoral programs in behavioural neuroscience at the Department of Neuroscience / the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) provide an outstanding training environment, taking students out of the classroom and into the rich world of research. Students are immersed in programs that are interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating research interests in learning and memory, neural plasticity, neuroethology, motor systems, stroke, vision, cognitive neuroscience, brain development, addiction and the neurobiology of disease.

More information about training opportunities in the Neuroscience Department.

Note: before applying, please first contact potential supervisor (list of our faculty members)

We have also special opportunities for grad students and postdocs to participate in the NSERC CREATE Biological Information Processing Program (BIP): From Genome to Systems Level program which funds trainees at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. The vision of the BIP program is to conjoin cell biology, dynamic neuroimaging and computational methods. Our belief is that the next generation of innovators in neuroscience must have a toolkit that contains methods for seeing intracellular molecular process, for measuring activity of large distributed networks of neurons and for computation as it applies to both signal processing and neural systems modelling.

More information about BIP program.

In addition, the CCBN has established an exciting new Brain Dynamics group that focuses on studying Systems and Computational Neuroscience.

The offered salaries for trainees accepted in this program are competitive with NIH standards for postdocs and graduate students. Our world-class training programs and facilities provide an excellent and unique learning environment for the new and experienced. The Brain Dynamics group is highly collaborative and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to study how large populations of neurons interact and control behavior. Particular research strengths of our group are in the areas of learning and memory, decision making, information coding and related diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, addiction and stroke.

Lethbridge Brain Dynamics group website.


Dr. Brenda Leung, in the Public Health Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, is working in conjunction with the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta to provide opportunities for students to gain research experience. Students will learn about the barriers and facilitators to shared decision making between patients and health care providers. The goal of this project is to understand the reasons that patients and health care providers choose to start and stop using particular treatment options.

Job Description

Students will work in one of the Lethbridge health zone and be assigned to a specific PCN or other medical clinic. Specifically, the successful student will carry out the following duties:

i) recruitment of health care providers and patients

ii) data collection, including interviews

iii) data analysis (if appropriate) and manuscript preparation

All students will be required to complete the following core training requirements about 40 hrs including a 1.5 day workshop on qualitative data analysis using NVIVO. Attendance at all training is important, and therefore mandatory. Missing training sessions MAY result in termination of contract.

Following training, students will take part in data analysis, planning of knowledge dissemination activities (e.g., manuscripts, conference presentations), and field work. Positions will be up to 520 hours. Placements may be full-time positions (approx. 35 hours/ week for about 16 weeks) or part-time (approx. 20 hours/ week for about 26 weeks).


The successful studentship will have the following qualifications and skills:

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Comfortable conducting independent interviews
    • Exemplary information and communication technology skills (e.g., word-processing, spreadsheets)
    • Excellent organizational skills including prioritization, delegation and adherence to project timelines
    • Self-starter with demonstrated initiative
    • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting
    • Ability to maintain professional and ethical boundaries and privacy regarding sensitive information

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the U of L. International student interns who comply with Canada Immigration & Citizenship regulations are also encouraged to apply.

Contact Dr. Leung at promptly as the position starts May 1, 2017.


Research Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Brenda Leung, Faculty of Health Sciences, is looking for a Research Assistant for studies requiring qualitative and quantitative research skills and experience.

Reporting to Dr. Leung, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the ongoing coordination and management of multiple research projects. The primary purpose of the position will be to provide support in research related activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, screening, data collection, project management (i.e. contacting participants, monitor study procedures and implement tasks related to study methodology correctly), perform basic data analysis, and other research related duties.


The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree in health sciences, or health-related training degrees such as nursing, counselling psychology, public or community health. Candidate must possess a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, along with excellent interpersonal and communication (both verbal and written) skills. Experience with data management and analysis is a must. Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in (or completed) a Master’s degree program in a health related field.

The successful applicant will need to have the ability to work independently, as well as within a team environment and must be able to work successfully within a specified timeframe. The ability to share information in an effective and collaborative manner is required. Proven capabilities to self-motivate, take initiatives on, and have the ability to be resourceful, energetic, self-directed and creative, while generating ideas and fostering positive outcomes is crucial. The desire to learn and acquire new skills to meet the needs of the position, and the ability to adapt changes and constructively create opportunities for change through active participation is essential. Proficiency in working with Microsoft Word/Excel/Access, SPSS or other database applications, are all required skills for this position.

Applied Experience

    • Strong interpersonal (communication) skills to do recruitment, screening participants, and conduct interviews
    • Experience in data collection and data management
    • Strong organization skills as well as attention to detail
    • Knowledge of the health field, research design and methods
      • Proficiency with literature searches in the scientific, medical databases and grey literature

Tasks and Duties

    • Recruiting participants into studies.
    • Assist with data collection, including interviews (semi-structured), with questionnaires
    • Contact participants as per study schedule
    • Interact with the public, community members
    • Uphold the strongest ethical and privacy standards
    • Possibly traveling to assist with data collection

Department/Unit: Public Health Start date: Spring, 2017

Submission of Applications

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, sample of scientific writing, and the names of three references electronically to Only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted. In addition, only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus encouraging applications from qualified women and men including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.