Postdoctoral Researcher Position, Molecular Biology/Developmental Genetics. Application deadline: May 15, 2017.

Maddin Lab
Vertebrate Paleontology & Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University

Summary

The Maddin Lab is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team of students and researchers. The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research projects related to the evolutionary development of amphibians (e.g., brain developmental genetics, brain-skull interactions, fate mapping and genetics of cranial origins, etc.). The successful candidate may additionally have an opportunity to initiate new projects complementary to our research.

Start date and term

Start September 1st, 2017. One year position, with possible extension pending funding.

Qualifications

  • A PhD in Molecular Biology, Development, Genetics or related discipline
  • Experience with standard experimental techniques in Molecular Biology
  • Experience designing and conducting experimental procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication (both oral and written)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with researchers and students
  • Established record of scholarly dissemination (peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, etc.)
  • Experience working with amphibian models will be considered an asset

Salary

Salary and benefits consistent with Carleton University policy and dependent on experience.

To apply

Please send a 1) cover letter outlining key experimental qualifications, research interests and experiences, 2) a CV including publications, awards, lab experience, conference participation, and 3) contact info for three references to hillary.maddin@carleton.ca by May 15th.

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Assistant Professor, Aquatic Biology, 12-month Limited Term Appointment, Trent University. Application deadline: May 3, 2017.

Trent University invites applications for one 12-month Limited Term Appointment in the field of Aquatic Biology in the Department of Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to start August 15, 2017, subject to budgetary approval. A completed Ph.D. and appropriate teaching experience are required. The successful candidate will teach two half-courses in each of the fall, winter and summer terms of 2017-2018. The courses during the fall and winter terms may include: Introductory Ecology, Advanced Ecology, Methods of Biological Inquiry, Limnology, and River and Stream Biology. Courses for the summer of 2018 will be decided in consultation with successful applicant. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to supervise students in the Reading Course (independent study) and students in the undergraduate Honour’s (Research) Thesis course.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a brief statement of research interests, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three referees who would be willing to write on the candidate’s behalf. Please note that applications will only be accepted in PDF format via email.  Please send applications to biology@trentu.ca, attention Dr. Erica Nol, Chair, Department of Biology.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 3, 2017.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact enol@trentu.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

PhD Positions in Fungal Evolutionary Genetics

The Corradi Lab is currently seeking motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD level).

Students will be supervised by Dr. Nicolas Corradi within a CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) – affiliated laboratory located in the Department of Biology of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Lab Website: http://corradilab.weebly.com/

The selected candidates will pursue and expand work in one of several new exciting research areas in the lab:

1) Environmental genomics of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

2) Metagenomics of eukaryotic intracellular pathogens (Microsporidia, Rozellomycota)

3) Genome and mating-type organization in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal FungiEnquiries about specific projects can be sent to ncorradiATuottawa.ca.

Applicants are expected to have good background in one (or more) of the following areas:

Mycology, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Plant-microbe interaction, Amplicon-sequencing analysis, Population Genetics/omics, Comparative genomics.

For international applicants, Fluency in French is desired (but not required).

A complete application package includes 1) a CV, 2) a short description of past research accomplishments and future goals, and 3) the names and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references. Evaluation of applications starts immediately until suitable candidates are found.

The University of Ottawa is a large, research-intensive university, hosting over 40.000 students and located in the downtown core area of Canada’s capital city (http://www.science.uottawa.ca/fac/welcome.html). Ottawa is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very high quality of life (http://www.ottawatourism.ca/fr/)Complete applications can be sent to Dr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradiATuottawa.ca).

Representative Publications:

  1. Corradi N. and A. Brachmann. Fungal mating in the most widespread plant symbionts? Trends in Plant Sciences 2017, 22 (2), 175–183
  2. Ropars J., Kinga Sędzielewska Toro K. Noel J., Pelin A., Charron P., Farinelli L., Marton T., Krüger M., Fuchs J., Brachmann, and N. Corradi. Evidence for the sexual origin of heterokaryosis in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Nature Microbiology 1(6): 16033, 2016.
  3. Corradi N. Microsporidia: Intracellular Parasites Shaped by Gene Loss and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Annual Review of Microbiology 69 (1): 167-183. 2015
  4. Pelin A., Selman M., Laurent Farinelli, Aris-Brosou and N. Corradi. Genome analyses suggest the presence of polyploidy and recent human-driven expansions in eight global populations of the honeybee pathogen Nosema ceranae. Environmental Microbiology 17 (11): 4443-4458, 2015.
  5. Riley R., Charron P., Idnurm A., Farinelli L., Dalpé Y., Martin F. and Corradi. Extreme Diversification of the MATA-HMG Gene Family in the Plant – Associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. New Phytologist 201(1): 254–268, 2014.

 

Summer Field Research Assistant. Application deadline: April 21, 2017.

We are seeking a summer field research assistant to aid with fish sampling in several national parks. The main purpose of this research is to study the effects of fisheries induced evolution on populations of brook trout in Rocky Mountain lakes.

The fieldwork, June 10 – August 31 (with the possibility of extension to October 9), 2017, will take place at various field sites in Yoho, Jasper, and Kootenay National Parks, Alberta. A typical day involves long hours of fieldwork (10+ hours) and includes hiking (1 – 10km), carrying heavy equipment, using fyke and gillnets from a boat, handling fish and working within a small team.

Applicants should be confident and comfortable working in a remote setting. Previous field experience collecting biological data and fish handling is preferred, but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Housing and food stipend are provided. Bunk houses will be provided but camping will also be required.

This is an NSERC funded project that will not only provide valuable experience to the applicant, but also provide networking opportunities with partner organizations and

research laboratories at several other universities.

Please sent a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Kia Marin (kmarin@gmail.com) by April 21, 2017 @ 4pm. Kia is a Research Biologist in Dr. Dylan J. Fraser’s Lab at Concordia University (www.dylanfraser.com).


Associate Director, Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Background

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 60 countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS’s Marine Conservation Program works in over 20 countries and all five oceans to protect key marine habitats and marine wildlife, to end overfishing, and to protect key species groups, including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and corals, as well as to inspire an ocean constituency.
WCS has made an institutional commitment to the conservation of sharks and rays globally, and to raise awareness on need to protect these species. WCS includes sharks and rays as one of six priority species groups in the WCS: 2020 Strategic Plan. WCS has also convened a partnership – the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) – to develop and implement a 10-year global strategy for the conservation of these species. In addition, WCS is poised to open the new Ocean Wonders exhibit as part of the New York Aquarium, a $120 million investment that features sharks and rays.

WCS has significantly expanded its Sharks and Rays Program to support scaling-up of shark and ray conservation efforts around the world. Goals of this effort are to: save shark and ray species from extinction; transition fisheries to sustainability; effectively control international trade; and reduce demand for shark and ray products from unsustainable sources. The WCS Sharks and Rays Program consists of scientific research and monitoring; conservation programs; policy reform at local, national and multinational levels; and outreach and education. WCS seeks an Associate Director to manage the Sharks and Rays Program.

To Apply

Please apply online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers and send a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Associate Director, Sharks and Rays – [your name]” to marineprogram@wcs.org. Applications received prior to April 25 will receive priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Position Description

The Associate Director manages the global WCS Sharks and Rays Program. Based in WCS’s Global Conservation Program headquarters located in the Bronx Zoo, NY, the Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program, coordinates with the Vice President of Species Conservation, leads the WCS Sharks and Rays Program Team, and plays a central role with the WCS Marine Conservation Team. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director of the Sharks and Rays Program develops and oversees the program’s strategic direction, manages the program activities in science, conservation and policy, and coordinates shark and ray activities throughout WCS, including with the New York Aquarium. In addition to program management, overall responsibilities include development and fundraising, and communications and marketing, relating to the Sharks and Rays Program, in conjunction with relevant WCS departments. The Associate Director supervises the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator and will shape additional staffing needs. With oversight and coordination by the Associate Director, administration and support for the Sharks and Rays Program are provided by the Marine Program Manager (finances), Marine Program Officer, and Marine Program Assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

Program development and management

  • Advancing the strategic development and implementation of WCS’s global Sharks and Rays Program (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing and overseeing workplans, activities, and outputs to ensure timely completion of deliverables and achievement of Program goals;
  • Overseeing Program responsibilities relating to data collection, analysis, publication, and sharing, which support delivery of the WCS sharks and rays strategy and GSRI global strategy;
  • Guiding and coordinating with field programs to achieve goals of the Sharks and Rays Program in conjunction with regional and country conservation goals, through regular engagement, communication with regional and country directors, and HQ staff;
  • Coordinating between the global conservation work of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and the exhibits and outreach through the New York Aquarium;
  • Facilitating consultancies, partnerships and relationships globally, regionally and locally in support of the Program and the GSRI (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing the annual budget and managing the finances of the Sharks and Rays Program;
  • In coordination with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator, representing the Sharks and Rays Program at meetings, conferences, donor events, etc.

Development and Fundraising

  • Overseeing fundraising to ensure necessary funds exist for the implementation of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and related projects and activities;
  • In conjunction with WCS Global Resources, developing and maintaining relationships with funders and donors, including international and domestic public agencies, private donors, foundations and corporations;
  • Preparing and reviewing funding proposals and related reports, including narratives and budgets, in support of the Program.

Communication

  • Representing the WCS Sharks and Rays Program to external audiences;
  • Developing and coordinating programmatic communications between and among WCS staff, including Public Affairs and Global Resources, as well as external partners, donors 
and the general public, regarding program research, results and accomplishments;
  • Writing, editing, and designing programmatic reports, outreach materials and other 
communications;
  • Facilitating and maintaining constant coordination, collaboration and active dialogue 
between WCS staff and external partners, and supporting the strong and transparent governance of the GSRI partnership.

Experience and Qualifications

  • PhD, Master’s Degree or similar graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as marine/fisheries biology, natural sciences, or conservation policy;
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience, including project management and administration, fundraising and development, field research and conservation, finance and operations;
  • Relevant subject-matter expertise and experience, including understanding of general conservation issues, experience in species and/or marine conservation, and familiarity with shark and ray conservation issues and institutions;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with an ability to inspire a team and oversee/manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent communication skills in writing, editing, and oral presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
  • Effective at both collaborative and independent work;
  • Ability to both take initiative and work as part of a geographically scattered team;
  • Foreign language fluency (e.g., French, Spanish) highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with relevant software and technologies, including the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and Miradi, highly desirable; and
  • Willingness to travel internationally essential.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. WCS offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Ph.D. & M.Sc. Positions – Fisheries productivity in northern boreal lakes

Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on fisheries productivity in boreal freshwater ecosystems. This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, industry, government and other sponsors. The main project goals include: i) community assembly in boreal lakes, ii) modelling food-web dynamics, iii) effects of climate change on fish production, iv) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring, v) primary production in lakes, and vi) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into how to develop habitat offsets for fisheries, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Applicants will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch, but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch
Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology
University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources
751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1
Ph: 780-492-4827
Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca
Website: www.markpoesch.com

COTE Summer School, 03-07 July 2017 – Bordeaux, France: “Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition”

The Summer School is part of the COTE Cluster of Excellence training programme and gathers PhD students in environmental sciences, each specialised in disciplines such as ecology, chemistry, biology or even sociology. Through talks, field trips and round tables with international experts on integrative ecology, the programme will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach on the definition, detection and role of weak signals and emerging issues in the ecological transition.

Theme & programme:
Climate-induced ecological changes as well as changes in consumption patterns have led to emerging issues. These often manifest before full development as weak signals, which can reveal important trends within ecosystems. However, it is often difficult to distinguish them statistically from ambient noise, or from random fluctuations of well-known signals. The COTE Summer School will show that scientists have more and more tools to monitor the planet. Its programme will cover several aspects of weak signals and emerging issues with presentations on new detectable substances in the environment, environmental reporting, ecological governance and political change for transition, weak signals and measurement techniques in marine, vineyard, forest and river ecosystems, and even on a paradigm shift related to the role of cloud microorganisms in atmospheric processes.

Conference speakers (non-exhaustive list):
Ivan Ascher, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Jelle Behagel, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Gabrielle Bouleau, Irstea Bordeaux, France
Hélène Budzinski, CNRS Bordeaux, France
Laure Carassou, University of Bordeaux, France
Anne-Marie Delort, Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, France
Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar-Atauri INRA Avignon, France
Pieter Leroy, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Marcus Lindner, European Forest Institute, Finland

Participants, fees & how to apply:
The course is free of charge and includes accommodation and meals. Travel expenses must be covered by the participants. Mobility grants are available on demand (for details see application form). The course is in English and candidates must be PhD students.
To apply, please fill in the application form, upload a short CV, a cover letter and a letter of support from your supervisor in the online application form (http://cotesummerschool.u-bordeaux.fr/en/). If you also apply for a mobility grant, please add a letter justifying your request. All documents have to be merged into a single PDF file. Application deadline is 23 April 2017.

Contact:
For any questions, please contact the COTE managers at mission-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr

Graduate (MSc or PhD) Student Opportunities at the University of Alberta: Response of Soil Microbial Communities to Grazing Management

Grasslands provide valuable ecosystem services such as forage, wildlife habitat, and decreased soil erosion and are responsible for storing 30% of all soil carbon. Soil microbial communities comprise a large fraction of underground biomass in grasslands and mediate ecosystem functioning by facilitating nutrient cycling and energy flow. These microbial communities are the major drivers of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling, and are responsible for associated losses from the soil system, mainly as greenhouse gases (GHGs). Specific rangeland management practices, such as adaptive multi-paddock grazing, may promote soil carbon sequestration and offset greenhouse gases produced by beef production. Grazing imposes a significant impact on grasslands by defoliating plants, altering the plant community, reducing plant litter, and changing water and nutrient cycles; repeated defoliation may favour specific grass species that alter biochemical inputs to the soil and influence soil microbial community composition.

We are looking to hire 2 to 3 motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on a project examining soil carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions from soil microbial communities in prairie ecosystems under adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing management. The students will work in grasslands throughout AB, SK and MB through a large-scale project funded through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Candidates should have a keen interest in studying soil microbial communities via phospholipid (PLFA) and molecular methods (DNA/RNA extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), qPCR of taxonomic and functional gene and transcripts, illumina miseq amplicon library preparation, bioinformatics). Students will be supervised by Cameron Carlyle and/or Edward Bork at the University of Alberta and will work with an interdisciplinary group of researchers (range management specialists, plant ecologists, soil scientists, bio-geochemists, microbial ecologists), and individual ranchers across Canada and the USA. A large portion of research will require students to work on field sites throughout the Canadian prairies. A willingness to work extended hours while in the field is required. Experience in soil and molecular analyses are strong assets. A full (non-probationary) driver’s license is required. Students could begin as early as May 2017, but no later than September 2017. If interested, please submit a cover letter and CV detailing relevant interests and experiences to Karen Thompson at karen4@ualberta.ca.

PhD OPPORTUNITY: Contribution of boreal caribou as an umbrella species following climate change in managed forests

The boreal woodland caribou is an umbrella species for which a habitat management favoring its populations also promotes biodiversity conservation. Following climate change, however, different habitat management strategies may be favored, and the species contribution to boreal biodiversity may vary. The PhD project will establish the interplay among climate change, habitat management for boreal caribou and the species’ contribution to biodiversity conservation. The empirical approach will be based on the study of radio-collared caribou and wolves along latitudinal transects located in Quebec and Alberta. This information will be related to data on plant and animal diversity collected along the same transects. Weather conditions observed along the transects will be used as a surrogate for local climate conditions, and projections from climate change models will be used to explore consequences of those changes to the function of boreal caribou as umbrella species. Most of the data have already been collected, and little additional fieldwork is expected. The study will therefore largely focus on the analysis of existing data, combined with computer simulations. It is nonetheless possible that additional fieldwork is conducted.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in a project on the current and future role of boreal caribou as an umbrella species in boreal forest. The successful candidate will join a research group comprised of biologists, statisticians and physicists working on Network Analysis of Umbrella and Indicator Species. The student will be co-supervised by Daniel Fortin (U. Laval) and Mark Hebblewhite (U. of Montana).

Qualifications: Hold an MSc in terrestrial ecology or related field. Be familiar with the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing data, and have a strong interest for statistics and quantitative ecology. Université Laval is a French university, and the student will be asked to learn French within the first two years.

A scholarship of 18,000$/year is available for 3 years. Small scholarships from U. Laval will be added to this amount. Students admissible for NSERC and FRQNT fellowships will be favored.

Documents to provide by email: Applicants for this position should forward a short cover letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references to: Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca). We will start reviewing the applications on 15 April 2017.

Daniel Fortin
Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine,
Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada

Workshop: Species range extensions and local adaptation

4th ANdinA international workshop

Species range extensions and local adaptation: challenging ecological and evolutionary ideas and assumptions

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, 29 January-2 February 2018

ANdinA holds its unique dialogue-style workshops in wonderful locations around the world every two years.  We bring together 30-40 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to debate challenges, deconstruct contentious issues, develop new ideas and expand future horizons in topics related to ecology, evolution and management.  We then publish the results of our deliberations and ideally walk away with the beginnings of new collaborations. This time we will be in the mountains of Patagonia discussing two distinct but inter-dependent topics: species range extensions and local adaptation.  The meeting should therefore appeal to researchers interested in contexts such as responses to climate and other environmental change, species invasions, weed/pest management, conservation and adaptation to global change.

The cost for everything (except travel to Patagonia and alcoholic beverages) is just US$1000.  One third of places are reserved for Early-Career Researchers (who pay only US$400). Everyone will have the opportunity to co-author at least one paper to be submitted to an international journal.

We are seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic people who are prepared to actively involve themselves in relaxed, free-flowing dialogue.  Come to challenge and to be challenged in a supportive, egalitarian environment.  Contributions will be valued from any relevant area of research: molecular evolution to mathematical ecology, biophysical to social sciences, pure to applied, specialists to generalists.

For those seeking inspiring interactions with inspiring people in truly inspiring surroundings, please visit our web site for further information, including how to apply:

www.andina4argentina.weebly.com

and/or contact Roger Cousens at The University of Melbourne (rcousens@unimelb.edu.au)