PhD opportunity in millennial dendrochronology to disentangle multiple drivers of forest productivity (eastern Canadian boreal forest)

PhD based at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) in collaboration with other research institutes

We are seeking an outstanding Ph D candidate to accomplish a thesis in dendrochronology on the drivers of forest productivity (temperature, precipitations, CO2, volcanoes, disturbances, etc.) during the last millennium in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), and the Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. The thesis will be part of a larger project with aims of using tree-ring metrics (width, density, stable isotopes) as well as ecophysiological modelling to disentangle the relative contributions of drivers on forest productivity.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing millennial tree ring series from subfossil stems preserved in lakes. A major challenge will be to produce long chronologies free of biases due to scaling problems (from samples to trees, to stands, to region).

The candidate will actively contribute to the fieldwork, as well as to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will benefit from the diversified expertise of our team in the fields of forest ecology, dendrochronology, statistical and process-based modeling of tree growth and analysis of various tree ring signals. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years.

We are looking for a passionate candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record as well as high analytical and problem solving skills. This person should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline and motivation within a multidisciplinary team. He /she must be willing to perform fieldwork in difficult conditions, possess a good team spirit and excellent writing skills.

The project will begin in May or September, 2020. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).

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1 PhD and 3 Msc positions on quantitative genetic and reproductive strategies in natural systems at uOttawa

Multiple graduate student positions (Msc and PhD) available in Julien Martin lab’s at the University of Ottawa (https://juliengamartin.github.io). Enthusiastic graduate students will carry out research on reproductive strategies and life-history trade-offs using a quantitative genetic approach based on several long-term studies including the yellow-bellied marmots project in Colorado (>55 years of data) and the alpine swifts project in Switzerland (>25 years of data). For more details about the projects go to https://juliengamartin.github.io/opportunities/.

Financial support is available for 3 and 2 years for PhD and Msc respectively. Students are expected to complete a minimum of one teaching assistantship per year.

The ideal candidate should have:

– BSc or Msc. in biology.

– A strong interest for statistical analyses and R programming.

– The ability to work alone and in teams.

– The motivation for long field seasons.

Students that are interested should send a writing sample (thesis, paper or scientific article), a CV, a motivation letter, and the contact of two references to Dr. Martin (julien.martin@uottawa.ca). We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

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MSc position: Continental-scale morphological variation in long-distance migratory bat species – Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus); deadline is February 7, 2020

Description: Seeking a qualified and enthusiastic candidate to complete an MSc research project investigating variation in skull and skeletal morphology of migratory bats. Data collection will involve taking measurements of bat specimens stored in museum collections. The student will be supervised by Dr. Erin Fraser (Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, NL, Canada) with a start date of September 2020. The successful applicant will be based out of Corner Brook, but may have the option of spending some parts of the degree in St. John’s. Occasional short-term travel to various North American museum collections will be required. Western Newfoundland is a beautiful and rugged region of Canada, with abundant opportunities for summer and winter outdoor pursuits, a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial wildlife, challenging hiking trails, and beautiful scenery.

Qualifications: Previous involvement in wildlife and/or morphometrics research are assets. The successful candidate should have a degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field and a minimum 75% average to meet the graduate program requirements. The successful applicant will receive a competitive graduate salary for the duration of their program.
 
To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three academic references to Erin Fraser at efraser@grenfell.mun.caReview of applications will begin Feb 7, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. 
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MSc position: Using strontium and stable isotope methods to study annual migrations and lifetime movements of an endangered bat species in Newfoundland, Canada – Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus); deadline is February 7, 2020

Description: We are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic candidate to complete an MSc research project investigating the uses of strontium and stable isotope analyses to learn about the movements of endangered little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) in Newfoundland, Canada. The student will be enrolled in the Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Science MSc program at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, NL, Canada with a start date of August/September 2020. The position will be co-supervised by Dr. Erin Fraser and Dr. Vaughan Grimes. The successful applicant will live in Corner Brook and will travel occasionally to St. John’s to complete laboratory work for several weeks at a time. Some field work and bat capture may be required. Western Newfoundland is a beautiful and rugged region of Canada, with abundant opportunities for summer and winter outdoor pursuits, a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial wildlife, challenging hiking trails, and beautiful scenery.

Qualifications: Experience conducting laboratory work and previous involvement in wildlife research are assets. The successful candidate should have a degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field and a minimum 75% average to meet the graduate program requirements. The successful applicant will receive a competitive graduate salary for the duration of their program.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three academic references to Erin Fraser at efraser@grenfell.mun.caReview of applications will begin Feb 7, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.  

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Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship: PhD or MSc Position: Breeding Ecology and Conservation of Grassland Songbirds. Application deadline: February 3, 2020.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve 14 million hectares of land across Canada. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science (WFCS) Fellows will support conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity across Canada.

Project Summary

The objective of this project is to establish a long-term study on the ecology of grassland songbirds in the Waterton Park Front Area (just outside of Waterton National Park), Alberta. The student will examine how different grazing regimes or other management actions influence breeding productivity and survival and examine how conditions during other periods of the year affect songbird health. Fieldwork, which will occur from ~ May to July each year, will involve capture and handling of birds, nest finding and monitoring, as well as interacting with a variety of stakeholders. The student will be working with Dr. Nicola Koper (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Ryan Norris (NCC Weston Family Senior Scientist, University of Guelph). They will be based at the University of Manitoba, Natural Resources & Environmental Management program.

Fellowship Details

The Fellowship will begin in September 2020 and consist of up to four years of support with a minimum $15,000 annual stipend. The student will be eligible to apply for a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship to match the base stipend for a total of $30,000 of support annually. Fellows will also receive $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with an annual Fellows meeting and for select training/development opportunities. The Fellowship funds are not intended for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

As a part of the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, the student will spend a portion of their time interning with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. They will have the opportunity to gain experience with activities such as conservation planning, GIS, property stewardship, science communication, or community outreach.

If a Fellow receives another fellowship or scholarship (e.g. NSERC), NCC will only contribute stipend up to a total of $30,000 annually, but the student will still be considered a WFCS Fellow and participate fully in the program.

Fellowship Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants will have a strong, demonstrated interest and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in banding/ringing/aging passerines, and with additional relevant field experience. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba and applicants with a minimum A- average are strongly preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive program. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in the Fellowship, please forward your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter indicating “Grassland Songbird Fellowship” in the subject line to samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca by February 3, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship: PhD or MSc Position: Demography of the Endangered Mottled Duskywing. Application deadline: February 3, 2020.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to conserve 14 million hectares of land across Canada. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science (WFCS) Fellows will support conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity across Canada.

Project Summary

The objective of the study is to collect data on Mottled Duskywing population size, adult lifespan, dispersal, survival, and response to land management activities. The student will use these data to develop a predictive stage-based matrix population model for this species that will be directly applicable to future recovery decisions, including re-introductions. Field research will involve a mark re-sighting study and surveys from May through July at sites in southern Ontario. Lab research will involve experiments at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory to quantify overwintering survival. The student will be working with Dr. Ryan Norris, NCC’s Weston Family Senior Scientist, and will be based at the University of Guelph (www.norrislab.ca). The student will also collaborate closely with partners from various other organizations.

Fellowship Details

The Fellowship will begin in September 2020 and will consist of up to four years of support with a minimum $15,000 annual stipend. The student will be eligible to apply for a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship to match the base stipend for a total of $30,000 of funding annually. In addition, Fellows will receive $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with an annual Fellows meeting and for select training/development opportunities. All research costs and field work accommodations for the project will covered separately. If the student is available, they may be hired for 8 weeks in May–July 2020 for project field work.

As a part of the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, the student will spend a portion of their time interning with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. They will have the opportunity to gain experience with activities such as conservation planning, GIS, property stewardship, science communication, or community outreach.

If a Fellow receives another fellowship or scholarship (e.g. NSERC), NCC will only contribute stipend up to a total of $30,000 annually but the student will still be considered a WFCS Fellow and participate fully in the program.

Fellowship Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants will have a strong, demonstrated interest and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Prior field experience, preferably on insects, and a strong work ethic, are required. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Guelph and applicants with a minimum A- average are strongly preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive program. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in the Fellowship, please forward your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter indicating “Mottled Duskywing Fellowship” in the subject line to samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca by February 3, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Assistant Professor of Animal Cell and Molecular Physiology, Université de Montréal (Reference number FAS 09–19/5_2). Application deadline: 1 March 2020.

The Université de Montréal’s Département de sciences biologiques is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in animal biology, with a specific focus on cell and molecular physiology. The Physiology Group at the Université de Montréal conducts research on a diversity of topics including comparative physiology, cell signalling, mitochondrial physiology, developmental biology and plasticity of the nervous system. Applications are welcome until March 1, 2020.

Teaching responsibilities for this position include introductory physiology, cell biology, and opportunities to develop advanced specialized courses in cellular physiology and engage with other components of the Biology Department curriculum. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated research expertise in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, comparative physiology, or molecular evolution. Expertise in modern microscopy techniques would be an asset. Successful candidates are expected to become as inspiring professors who develop a research program incorporating internal collaborations. Candidates must have a Ph.D. Prior teaching and postdoctoral experience is desirable.

The Biological Sciences Department has about 450 undergraduates, 120 graduate students and 32 full-time faculty. Undergraduate students earn a B.S. degree with a specialization in one of the following: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physiology, and Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. Faculty in the department have diverse research interests and participate in several interdisciplinary research groups. The Biological Sciences Department is located in Campus MIL together with Chemistry, Physics and Geography departments https://campusmil.umontreal.ca/.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of their most recent publications, statements of teaching philosophy (max 1 page), and their proposed research program (max 2 pages). At least three professional references must be sent directly to the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences by the referees.

Daniel Boisclair
Faculté des arts et sciences/Département de sciences biologiques
Campus MIL
1375 avenue Thérèse Lavoie-Roux
Montréal, QC
H2V 0B3
Téléphone: (514) 343-6875
Courriel : daniel.boisclair@umontreal.ca
Site web : bio.umontreal.ca

The Université de Montréal is the largest French-language public research university in the world. It is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the Polytechnique Montréal (School of Engineering; formerly the École Polytechnique de Montréal) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes, including 71 doctoral programmes.

An adequate knowledge of the French language (written and spoken) or a strong commitment to mastering the French language at the proficiency level is required, in accordance with Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access Employment Program, UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will –confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.

Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.

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Postdoctoral position: Population genomics of the invasion of the Great Lakes by sea lamprey, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

POSITION START DATE: We’re targeting a start between March and July 2020, but we may be able to be flexible with start dates. Funding is for two years

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: We will begin review of applications 9 Feb 2020 and the position will remain open until filled

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are native to the Atlantic Ocean and invasive in the Great Lakes, where they cause significant damage to the ecosystem and fishery. The objectives of this project are to use whole genome re-sequencing data to 1) model the invasion history of the Great Lakes system and 2) search for signatures of selection in the freshwater populations.

Sea lamprey likely moved into Lake Erie and the upper Great Lakes following completion of the Welland Canal which allowed passage around Niagara Falls. Current population connectivity among the upper Great Lakes, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, and between the marine and invasive freshwater populations is not well characterized. Our goal is to use whole genome re-sequencing of individuals sampled across 20 sample sites within the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain, and along the Atlantic coast to model the demographics of the invasion history and gene flow within this system.

The primary management tool currently in use to control the invasive sea lamprey populations is lampricide treatment. The use of lampricides has reduced and held adult sea lamprey abundance to ~10% of that observed prior to the start of control efforts thus potentially exerting strong selection. We are in the position to test for the evolution of lampricide resistance at a suite of candidate genes associated with physiological and transcriptomic responses to experimental lampricide applications identified in ongoing related work. Given the very different environmental conditions experienced in marine and freshwater environments, we also may find evidence for selection associated with selection pressures other than lampricide applications (e.g., associated with osmoregulation and life history trait variation).

Please send any additional questions about the position to colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to model gene flow and the demography of the invasion at the best resolution our data affords, and to test for signatures of selection associated with candidate loci for lampricide resistance.

We also want to stress that the PDF will have the opportunity to develop and pursue other research questions of their own interests. You will be joining a well funded sea lamprey research program that is jointly led by Margaret Docker, Ken Jeffries, and myself Colin Garroway, and comprised of 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students, and 2 MSc students with additional students working on related questions in other species.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To contribute significantly to and lead experimental design, data interpretation, and statistical analysis related to the above described research objectives.

  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators and arranging travel to meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership, and involvement with professional bodies.

 QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (current or expected at commencement of contract) in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics.

  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and management skills

CONTACT: Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to:

Colin Garroway
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Manitoba
garroway-lab.com
Colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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Regulatory Specialist (2 Year Term Position), Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The Tlicho People have strong, traditional ties to the land, water, and wildlife, so ensuring responsible use of land and water for the benefit of Tlicho People is of paramount importance.

The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for coordinating submissions made to the Board, managing public reviews, conducting environmental impact assessments, liaising with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders, managing various projects, and carrying out technical reviews.

If you have environmental and technical experience and are interested in joining a high-performing team in a fast-paced, progressive, and dynamic environment, we encourage you to apply.

The successful applicant will have a relevant degree and demonstrate the following competencies in their cover letter and resume:

  • strong technical writing ability;
  • strong written and oral communications skills;
  • project and time management skills;
  • cultural awareness; and
  • an understanding of relevant environmental legislation.

The starting salary for this position ranges from $83,007 to $89,324 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $10,000 per year in allowances. This is a two-year term position with the possibility of a further extension. Interested candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume by Sunday, January 19, 2020 to:

Attn: Allan Twissell at NorthWays Consulting
RE: WLWB Regulatory Specialist Competition
e-mail: northwayscareers@northwestel.net

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates may be considered on future competitions. Thank you for your interest in this competition.

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POSTDOC & PhD POSITIONS – EVOLUTIONARY MITOCHONDRIAL BIOLOGY – UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL. Application deadline: February 14, 2020.

A postdoctoral position and a PhD position are available in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie Breton (Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology) at the Université de Montréal (http://labobreton.ca/) to study the role of mitochondria and their genomes in adaptation and speciation processes. The projects take a multidisciplinary approach using epigenetic, genetic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and biochemical methods in different animal/organismal model systems, including yeasts, bivalves and flatworms.

The postdoc position is available immediately and is renewable annually depending upon progress. The PhD is expected to start in September 2020.

Applicants should have recently obtained a PhD degree (for the postdoc position) and a MSc degree (for the PhD position) in biology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a related field. The ideal postdoc candidate is expected to be self-motivated, resourceful, with a record of scientific rigor, productivity, and creativity; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and a strong publication record. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Those with interest and experience in mitochondrial biology, genetics and epigenetics such as DNA methylation are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior experience in Southern, Northern and Western analysis and immunoprecipitation is beneficial. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to design and perform experiments and interpret data independently.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter with the description of research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information of two references (in pdf format) to s.breton@umontreal.ca before February 14, 2020.

Please note that only those selected for an interview (Skype or telephone) will be contacted.

Sophie Breton, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology
Département de Sciences Biologiques
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Canada

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