Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mount Royal University

Requisition #: 998709

Job Type: Permanent

Location: MRU Main Campus – Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA

Closing Date:  Open until suitable candidate found

**A review of applications will begin after March 1st, 2018, and will continue until shortlisting is complete.**

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.

We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.

Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 60 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.

More than 13,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more than 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide.

Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.

In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students.

Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.

About the Faculty of Science and Technology

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Science and Technology offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students can pursue majors in cellular and molecular biology, environmental science, general science, geology, and health science. In addition, the faculty also offers a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS), Bachelor of Science – Computer Science (University Transfer), Environmental Science Certificate, and an Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP).

The Department currently supports three disciplines: Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology.

About the Role

The successful candidate will teach mainly in the Bachelor of Science – Major in Environmental Science program, develop and teach courses mainly in their area of expertise, and be expected to develop a research program that includes undergraduate students. The ability to attract external funding, or clear promise thereof, is desirable. Priority will be given to applicants who specialize in plant ecology, remediation/reclamation, and wetland science.

Preferred candidates will hold a doctorate in an environmental science-related discipline and must have the capacity to contribute to an interdisciplinary curriculum in environmental science. Teaching experience is highly desirable. Candidates will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ongoing research program. The department offers a collegial work environment where classes are relatively small.

New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. There is an option to change work patterns after tenure.

To Apply: Please Visit Our Career Opportunities Page at https://www.mtroyal.ca/EmploymentCareers/HumanResources/CareerOpportunities/

A complete dossier should be submitted including cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three (3) references, evidence of teaching excellence, and, if the teaching/ scholarship/ service (TSS) pattern is desirable, evidence of intent to pursue a research program, statement of research interests (including the future role of undergraduate students), a brief statement explaining the candidate’s contribution to either two sample publications or two significant work projects, ideally with embedded links to relevant publications or projects.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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PhD/MSc projects climate change effects on soil microbes and plant interactions in Canada and Argentina

The Lessard (http://jeanphilippelessard.com/) and Nuñez Labs (https://sites.google.com/site/nunezm/home) are looking for graduate students to work on a newly funded project assessing how soil microbes influence the response of plants to climate change. The project is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning to JP Lessard and will consist of a suite of comparative studies conducted in the boreal forests of Canada and Argentina. The graduate students are expected to be based at Concordia University and conduct fieldwork in both Canada and Argentina.

Potential applicants interested in the project should have previous experience or be willing to learn next generation sequencing techniques in order to characterize soil microbial communities along broad—scale environmental gradients. Prior experience working in plant community ecology or ecosystem ecology more generally is a plus. Prior experience conducting field experiments and the ability to speak French and Spanish are good assets, but not obligatory.

Expected starting date is August 2018 but could be as early as May 2018. The positions come with competitive stipends and cover research expenses related to traveling between Canada and Argentina. Selected applicants are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings.

Applicants should email Tonia De Bellis (tdebellis@dawsoncollege.qc.ca). This email should include:(i)1-2paragraphs describing research interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV (with references), and (iii) unofficial transcript(s) pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. If interested, please apply as soon as possible.

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Postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph, starting summer or fall 2018. Salary is $50,000 per year, for up to two years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record, who work on issues ranging from, but not restricted to, agro-ecosystem ecology, climate change modelling, spatial ecology, diversity-function relationships and ecosystem services, and/or biostatistics. The successful applicant will be expected to be organized, work collaboratively in the lab and field, to lead their own research projects, have strong analytical capabilities, and be willing and able to mentor and support other lab members. The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada [asm@uoguelph.ca]. There is no formal application deadline; applications will be received until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.

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MSc position in molecular ecology. Application deadline: March 15, 2018.

An NSERC-funded MSc position is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada). The focus of the project is on the biodiversity and population genetic structure of small, floating, aquatic plants in the genus Lemna (duckweeds). The project will involve a combination of lab and field work, with an emphasis on the former, and will primarily involve techniques from molecular ecology. The research will be co-supervised by Drs. Robert Laird and Theresa Burg. To apply, please send your CV along with a cover letter indicating your research experience and interests to Robert Laird (robert.laird AT uleth.ca) by March 15, 2018 (institutional application deadline: May 1, 2018; position start date: September 1, 2018).

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PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: The effects of urban environments on sexual selection in insects

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Drs. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the effects of urbanisation on life history, personality and sexual selection in Gryllus pennsylvanicus, a field cricket that is native to Québec.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca.

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PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: Alternative mating strategies and sexual selection in tree weta

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal (https://kellylab.weebly.com) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the maintenance of alternative mating strategies in the Wellington tree weta (Hemideina crassidens). The Wellington tree weta is a large sexually dimorphic insect native to New Zealand. Male H. crassidens express one of three alternative phenotypes that are related to mating behaviour; the candidate will investigate the factors related to the maintenance of the different morphotypes in the wild. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in New Zealand; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca). Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to kelly.clint@uqam.ca.

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Postdoctoral position in Epidemiology, University of Montreal. Closing date: March 1st, 2018.

Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health Research Unit (GREZOSP)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

As part of a multi-disciplinary research program aimed at assessing and predicting the risk of exposure to wildlife diseases of importance to public health, we are looking for a motivated postdoctoral research associate in modelling and epidemiology.

Project title: Modelling arctic fox rabies dynamics in the changing North 

Arctic fox rabies is endemic in the Arctic ecosystem. This disease is maintained by transmission within arctic (Vulpes lagopus) and red fox (Vulpes vulpes) populations. Disease dynamics are potentially driven by multiple and interacting aspects of arctic and red fox ecology. The current climate warming adds an additional layer of complexity by: 1) altering fox habitat quality through weather and surface ice/snow conditions, 2) reducing lemming habitat quality and the punctual abundance of this food resource for foxes, 3) enabling red foxes to expand their range further northwards and overlap more densely and expansively with arctic foxes, and 4) facilitating growth and number of northern communities through increasing economic activities.

The successful candidate will parameterise and adapt the Ontario Rabies Model (ORM), a spatially explicit individual-based simulation model, to simulate arctic and red fox reservoir species. Project objectives include modelling movement and interaction behaviours relevant to the fox and rabies ecologies, and assessing how multi-host dynamics influence rabies dynamics. Project outcomes will be used to help advise public health risk in northern communities and estimate risk to rabies re-incursions into southern Canada.

Research team:

A multidisciplinary research team, working in the fields of epidemiology, public health, modeling, ecology, and pathology, will offer a rich and stimulating work environment. The research team consists of professors and researchers of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Candidate’s profile:

Diploma:

  • PhD in Software engineering, Computer science, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Ecology, or another relevant field
  • Master’s and/or First degree in computer science, software engineering, veterinary medicine, medicine, science (Epidemiology, Public health, Biology, Ecology, Mathematics)

Abilities:

  • Familiarity with the C family of languages (c, c++, java, or c#) and .NET to modify an existing program
  • Experience in object-oriented programming and development of stochastic and spatially explicit simulations
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics, epidemiology and/or computer science
  • Knowledge in statistics and experience using statistical (R, SAS, STATA) and geomatics (ArcMap, Qgis) software are an asset
  • Good scientific writing and communication skills

Skills:

  • Ability to review, synthesize and analyze large amounts of scientific literature and complex information/data
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as part of a team

Terms:

Duration: 1 to 2 years starting May 1st, 2018

Home institution: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

Funding: This position is funded for at least 1 year. The researcher will be expected to complete scholarship applications from granting agencies to supplement and prolong their position.

Salary: Competitive salary offered commensurate with experience.

Directors: The project is codirected by Patrick Leighton (U. de Montréal) and Erin Rees (Public Health Agency of Canada).

To apply:

Please send a cover letter (one page), CV, latest university transcript, and a list of two references (name and contact details) to patrick.a.leighton@umontreal.ca.

Closing date: March 1st, 2018.


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Postdoctoral position in Epidemiology, University of Montreal. Closing date: March 1st 2018.

Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health Research Unit (GREZOSP)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

As part of a multi-disciplinary research program aimed at assessing and predicting the risk of exposure to wildlife diseases of importance to public health, we are looking for a motivated postdoctoral research associate in modelling and epidemiology.

Project: Modelling raccoon rabies variant re-incursion and spread in southern Québec and Ontario

The raccoon rabies variant (RRV) circulates in reservoir raccoon (Procyon lotor) and skunk (Mephitis mephitis) populations. First incursions of RRV from the United States occurred in late 1990s early 2000s in both Ontario and Québec. Although Oral Rabies Vaccination campaigns contributed to successfully eliminate the variant in both province by 2009, the threat of reintroduction was still present as rabies cases continued to circulate in adjacent New York and New England states. In 2015, RRV re-emerged in southern Ontario creating a large epizootic in the Hamilton area. Although no outbreaks occurred in Quebec, rabies control activities are still conducted to prevent any reintroduction. Until the RRV epidemic front is pushed back from the Canadian border, the challenge is to predict when and where new incursions of RRV will occur and what will be the dynamics of new outbreaks.

The objective of this project is to parameterise and adapt the Ontario Rabies Model (ORM), a spatially explicit individual-based simulation model, to evaluate the benefit-costs of current and future control activities with respect to the risk of RRV northward re-emergence and spread. Simulations using vaccination scenarios (e.g. bait location and density, vaccination barrier width, immunity levels) will be developed to identify areas at risk of RRV outbreaks and evaluate the effectiveness of rabies control strategies on complex landscapes (e.g. heterogeneity in host habitat quality and availability).

Research team:

A multidisciplinary research team, working in the fields of epidemiology, public health, modeling, ecology, and pathology, will offer a rich and stimulating work environment. The research team consists of professors and researchers of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and United States Department of Agriculture , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph.

Candidate’s profile:

Diploma:

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Mathematics, Ecology, or other relevant field
  • Master’s and/or First degree in veterinary medicine, medicine, science (Epidemiology, Public health, Biology, Ecology, Mathematics), engineering

Abilities:

  • Interest in mathematical modelling
  • Knowledge of epidemiology
  • Good knowledge in statistics
  • Experience using statistical (R, SAS, STATA) and geomatics (ArcMap, Qgis) software
  • Good scientific writing and communication skills

Skills:

  • Ability to review, synthesize and analyze large amounts of scientific literature and complex information/data
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as part of a team

Terms:

Duration: 1 to 2 years starting May 1st, 2018

Home institution: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

Funding: This position is funded for at least 1 year. The researcher will be expected to complete scholarship applications from granting agencies to supplement and prolong their position.

Salary: Competitive salary offered commensurate with experience.

Directors: The project is codirected by Patrick Leighton (U. de Montréal) and Erin Rees (Public Health Agency if Canada) 

To apply:

Please send a cover letter (one page), CV, latest university transcript, and a list of two references (name and contact details) to patrick.a.leighton@umontreal.ca.

Closing date: March 1st 2018.

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PhD position available to study pollinator ecology in BC. Application deadline: 1 April 2018.

This is a renewed search for a position advertised last fall. We are seeking a graduate student to begin work on a PhD in September 2018, to join the labs of Paul Galpern and Ralph Cartar at the University of Calgary, in a biology department with considerable expertise in pollination and pollinator ecology, and in beneficial insects.

This federally funded research program brings together researchers in applied mathematics, optimization, computer science, and ecology. The project will involve landscape-scale study of wild-nesting bumble bee pollinators at field locations in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.  The research will involve consideration of landscape context, off-crop foraging alternatives, distance-based foraging, foraging competitors, and reproductive success of bumble bee colonies in the context of wild bumble bees providing ecosystem pollination services to blueberries.  It integrates landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, and spans basic and applied ecology.

Applications are welcome immediately, with the search closing on 01 April 2018.

To apply, please email a statement of interest, a CV:  Paul Galpern <paul.galpern@ucalgary.ca> or Ralph Cartar <cartar@ucalgary.ca>. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to provide the names of two referees who can speak to their academic and/or research accomplishments.

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