Join The Lab


If you want to join the Ensminger lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto, check this page out.

I am a Plant Physiologist. People in my lab study plant-environment-interactions. We use different approaches, ranging from experiments in climate controlled growth chambers, greenhouses, experimental plots in the field or natural field sites. We use biophysical methods to assess performance of plants, molecular biology techniques and we use next generation sequencing approaches mainly to study transcriptome dynamics in non-model plant species. I am always looking for students who are passionate about the physiology of plants and the mechanisms by which plants adjust function to changing environmental conditions.

I have openings for highly motivated new MSc and PhD students. Applicants should send a CV and unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interest, academic background and skills:

Below is a job description


If you are interested to apply to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship program or the European Marie-Curie programme (If you are from the EC you can apply for postdoctoral fellowships abroad!) you are welcome to contact Ingo Ensminger. We are looking for people with new perspectives and skills to join our lab for working on the physiology of plants, global change and photosynthesis. You are the right peson if you have a strong background, interest and passion in the areas of molecular physiology of plants, biochemistry of plants, photosynthesis, boreal forests and trees, global change or bioinformatics.

Grad Students

Contact me at any time if you have questions about graduate studies. You should share our interest in the physiology of plants, global change and photosynthesis. Ideally you have some undergraduate research experience in plant physiology. NSERC has a program in place that helps Canadian students getting supplement support from the University of Toronto. See NSERC Graduate Fellowship Programs for more information. If you are a candidate from the US, you might want to check-out the NSF graduate research fellowship program. It covers 3 years of studies in Canada the Fulbright Canada Stem program which covers 1 year. Make sure you check the deadlines early.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students have a range of options to get involved in my lab and our projects. If you see your future in plant sciences, you should consider Bio481 offered by the Department of Biology. Project are usually done during the fall/winter term. For summer students, NSERC offers the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards program and UTM offers the Reseach Opportunity Program (ROP). We also have students involved in our lab through the Work-Study program.

Open Positions

2 PhD Opportunities

Comparative Transcriptomics and Plant Physiology – Join us for field work and experiments in spring/summer 2020

The Ensminger Lab in the University of Toronto’s Department of Biology seeks MSc and PhD student candidates to join an exciting large scale research project on climate adaptation in conifers. As climate change is impacting forest health and productivity, this project is using genomic tools combined with experiments testing the resistance of trees to heat, cold and drought stress. Expected results will help select and plant trees that will be healthy in new climates in Canada.

DUTIES – The successful candidates will work in the Genome Canada funded projects “CoAdapTree” or “SpruceUp” and investigate the function of genes involved in climate adaptation. A combination of phenotyping and RNASequencing approaches will be used to validate climate relevant candidate genes and their contribution to cold hardiness, drought hardiness and heat stress responses. Candidates are expected to work in an interdisciplinary research project with collaborators at the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, British Columbia.

PROFILE – Candidates should have a background in plant biology or physiology, molecular biology or a related discipline and should have strong quantitative and writing skills. Experience or an interest in learning programming languages such as Python, and Rcran tools for the analysis of large data sets is a plus.

HOW TO APPLYPlease send your application electronically as a single PDF to Ingo Ensminger ( Use the words “Grad Students Conifer Genomics” in the subject line of your email. Please include a cover letter with a brief statement of your research interest (max. 1 page), your CV, and contacts of two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

For more information please contact Ingo Ensminger (, +1 905 569 4599) or check