Post­doctoral Research Opportunity – Modelling Atlantic Salmon Life Histories

A two-year postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to model the life history of Atlantic salmon. The research will be undertaken under the supervision of Jeffrey Hutchings in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Confirmed funding sources for the project include the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation ( and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (

The over-arching goal of the project is to construct a stochastic, dynamic model that can be used to address fundamental questions pertaining to population viability of Atlantic salmon. The work will involve, but not be limited to, analyses of per capita population growth, life-history elasticity, model sensitivity, and patterns of density dependence (including Allee effects) at different spatio-temporal scales. The model parameters will be based on a review, undertaken by the successful applicant, of data throughout the geographic range of the species, updating one undertaken in 1998.

Applicants will hold a PhD and have demonstrated expertise in modelling animal population dynamics. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists, to collate and analyse large data sets, and to be competent in statistical modelling.

Salary: $50,000 CAD per annum. Funding for the postdoctoral position has been secured for two years.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin 15 April 2017. The anticipated start date is 15 May 2017 or shortly thereafter.

Address application materials to (+1 902 494 2687) to whom any questions can also be addressed.


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Fish Ecology and Fish Passage, Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study

The Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES) at the Canadian Rivers Institute (UNB) was created to support NB Power’s decision-making, environmental impact assessment, construction planning and mitigation, and post-construction monitoring of the river ecosystem as it prepares to undertake the refurbishment of the Mactaquac Generating Station on the Saint John River near Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. MAES is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary project and one of the largest freshwater ecosystem studies worldwide.

We are seeking a highly motivated, self-driven and talented post-doctoral researcher
to lead the next phase of studies on Fish Ecology and Fish Passage. The candidate
will build upon current research and develop new projects on key fish species
ecology and passage considerations, habitat modelling, and fish community
assessments for large rivers and reservoirs. Additionally, the candidate will be a
key scientific resource and join teams working on reservoir limnology, sediment
transport, developing traditional and advanced biomonitoring tools for impact
assessment, and research projects focused on riverine and reservoir invertebrate ecology, riverine macrophyte communities, and river respiration and metabolism. The full suite of studies underway can be viewed at

The position is a two year appointment at $45,000-$50,000 per year based at UNB Fredericton. It will start as soon as April 2017, but a starting date can be negotiated.

To apply:

Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of key published papers. The cover letter must outline how the candidate’s previous experience has prepared her/him to join our MAES team including skills and experience the candidate will bring to the large, multidisciplinary MAES Team.

Email your package to:

Allen Curry, Principal Investigator
Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Post-doctoral and Technician Positions in Plankton Ecology

We are looking to recruit several post-doctoral research associates or technicians to join the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab ( at Mount Allison University ( in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada ( The successful candidates will be join a diverse collaborative research group with connections to research teams at several other universities.

Specifically we are looking for independent, creative scientists with a background in biological oceanography or plankton ecology and skills in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, particularly transcriptomics in non-model microbial eukaryotes, computational data analysis in macroecology, Bayesian statistics, phytoplankton culturing, biochemical assays, and molecular techniques.

Applicants should send a c.v. and a brief statement of research interests and goals to Andrew Irwin ( or Zoe Finkel ( We anticipate reviewing applications in March 2017.

Postdoctoral researcher in forest genetics, Institute of Forest Research at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

The Institute of Forest Research at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in forest genetics, population biology, and ecology. This position is partly funded by an FRQNT grant to Francine Tremblay at UQAT. The project investigates genetic variation in tree growth with an interest in linking climate, demography, functional traits, population genetics and ecosystem processes in forest tree species. The position will be based at the Institute of Forest Research Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. The position will collaborate closely the Center for Forest research network ( and the industrial Chair in sustainable forest management (

Desired qualifications include: a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, knowledge of modern genetic methods (i.e. transcriptomics, sequence capture, and/or population genomics), excellent quantitative skills and knowledge of bioinformatics, advanced programming skills in R, and strong writing and communication skills. Most of the work could be done in English but basic French would be an asset.

This postdoc position will begin as soon as February 2017, but the start date can be flexible. Initial appointment is for two years, and is potentially renewable. Salary starts at 48K with benefits.

To apply send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to with “IFR Postdoc Position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

Please contact Francine Tremblay at with any questions.

Landscape Genomics Postdoc at UBC

A research team at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Zoology and Biodiversity Research Centre is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in landscape genetics of native rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). This project is part of a larger Genome Canada project on genetics and physiology of adaptation to climate change in rainbow trout, and the population genomics component is in the labs of Eric Taylor and Michael Whitlock. The landscape genomics component primarily involves whole genome sequencing approaches to understanding the genomic basis of adaptation to features of habitat, but also to provide insights into phylogeography and the influence of watershed structure on population subdivision in rainbow trout. A PhD in a related field with expertise in basic theory and bioinformatic analysis of population genomics data is required. The position is available for one year with renewal for up to three additional years. Salary is $55,000 per year plus benefits. To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, a CV, and the names, address, phone number and email of three references. Review of applications will begin January 16, 2017. Address application materials to to whom any questions can also be addressed.

PDF/PhD-level Research Associate in Quantitative Movement Ecology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

The Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University is seeking a PDF/PhD-level Research Associate in the area of movement ecology and applied quantitative ecology.  The position will be based on campus (in Ottawa, Canada) and involve working with large biotelemetry and biologging datasets generated for a variety of aquatic animals.  The successful applicant will have experience in managing and querying complex databases. Analytical skills must include generalized linear mixed modeling of temporally and spatially dependent data and multivariate statistics.  Familiarity with structural equation modeling, state-space modeling, network analysis, and GIS is desirable.  Applicants should be highly organized, have experience generating peer-reviewed publications, and ability to work both individually and as part of a team (including mentoring and supporting other lab members with statistics).   Applicants are asked to forward a letter outlining their interest and qualifications for the position, a list of two references with contact information, and an up-to-date CV to Dr. Steven Cooke via email (  Applications are due January 10th although the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  The position is initially for a 1 year period renewable upon performance review and availability of funding.  Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Our lab is a vibrant and dynamic environment with many opportunities to learn, share, and grow (see through interactions with colleagues and partners.

Postdoc Opportunity: Mixed Severity Fire Modeling in the Rocky Mountain Foothills (Reposted)

We are seeking a landscape ecologist or ecological modeller to lead the development of a mixed severity fire regime simulation model that will permit spatial forecasting of forest structure and composition over the 21st century, and backcasting over the past several centuries. The intended applications are to integrated land and forest management on a multi-use landscape of roughly 1,000,000 ha in the foothills of southern Alberta, Canada. There is also an important historical component through the Mountain Legacy Project.

The work will be conducted as part of multidisciplinary team, integrating data from many sources and disciplines e.g. dendrochronological studies, historical fire maps, remote sensed vegetation and forest management data. The model is to be developed in SpaDES an R-based system for developing modular, high performance simulation models integrating processes such as vegetation dynamics, natural disturbances, and forest harvesting. The project leads are E. McIntire (UBC/CFS), S. Cumming (U Laval), L. Daniels (UBC), Z. Gedalof (U. Guelph), E.S. Higgs (U. Victoria) and D. Andison (UBC).

We offer a 1 year (renewable) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the level of CAD 51,000 per year, plus benefits, with a CAD 4,000 per year research budget. The position will be located at in the McIntire lab at the Pacific Forestry Center, Canadian Forest Service, Victoria, BC, Canada. The position is funded by the Foothills Research Institute’s Healthy Landscapes Program.


  • Experience with spatial simulation modelling, and in the analytical methods used to estimate model parameters from data (e.g. statistical modelling, Pattern Oriented Modelling)
  • Knowledge of fire ecology and fire regime modelling
  • High-level R programming skills; knowledge of C++ and Python will be as asset
  • Data management skills
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publication

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

To apply:

Applicants should submit by email a short statement of interest, a sample of their scientific writing, a current CV, and the names of three references.

Eliot McIntire, Adjunct Prof UBC, Research Scientist CFS, 1-250-298-2374


We are seeking a quantitative ecologist to participate in a large, collaborative project on avian conservation in managed boreal forests. In partnership with industry and government, the goal of this 3-year research program is to model and forecast how bird species respond to the landscape changes that occur through forestry activities at local, regional, and national extents. The successful candidate will work with a team of avian ecologists, forest scientists, and statisticians to develop predictive statistical models of avian species abundance and distribution in relation to the climatic, biotic and spatial characteristics of forest habitats. These models will be embedded in a spatial simulation engine to forecast the consequences of alternate forest management and conservation plans and identify forest management practices that best support conservation goals. The scope of the project is national.


  • Ph.D. in ecology, natural resource sciences, applied mathematics, statistics, or a related field;
  • Exceptional reasoning and analytical skills and the ability to function well both on their own and in teams;
  • Experience with statistical modelling;
  • High-level programming skills (e.g., R, Python) and a keenness to ensure reproducibility;
  • Experience with wildlife-habitat or species distribution modelling, preferably at large scales;
  • Able to confidently interact with people of varying backgrounds;
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems and remotely sensed data;
  • Experience with spatial simulation modelling an asset;
  • Familiarity with the forest management planning and associated software tools an asset.

The direct supervisors will be Erin Bayne (University of Alberta, expertise in avian ecology and impacts of natural resource management) and Steven Cumming (Université Laval, expertise in forest landscape dynamics, avian habitat modelling, and spatial simulation). Additional collaborators on this NSERC-funded project will include Marcel Darveau, Eliot McIntire, Fréderic Raulier, as well as other post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

The successful candidate will also be part of the Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) team. BAM, based out of the University of Alberta, seeks to understand the ecology and dynamics of avian populations and their habitats in the boreal forest of North America (for more details on BAM see This role entails active participation in weekly BAM meetings, review of joint publications, and grant preparation. The successful candidate will also provide technical support to BAM team members, aided by the BAM Biostatistician and simulation model developers.

Location of tenure: The position will be located at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, with one or more stages spent in Quebec City (Université Laval) and/or Victoria (Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre) to work with collaborators. No field work is required.

Start date, duration, & compensation: The 2-year position will ideally start in Jan 2017. The annual salary is $53,000 plus benefits.

To Apply: Please provide a letter of interest, your CV, and an example of your writing skills in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript. Your letter should indicate how you meet all of the criteria, and state when you are able to start. We will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found. Send application packages to:
Nicole Barker, BAM Coordinating Scientist,