Graduate student positions in plant evolutionary ecology at the University of Guelph

I am looking for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in studying the effect of pollinator declines on floral evolution in native wildflowers.

For more information on my lab, check out:

www.christinamariecaruso.com

Students will have considerable freedom to develop their projects, and could start in either Fall 2020 or Winter 2021.

Interested candidates should email me at carusoc@uoguelph.ca. Please include a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine). Because of funding restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Christina M. (Chris) Caruso
Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada

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Impact Chair Position in Ocean Ecosystem Change and Conservation Department of Biology, University of Victoria

The Department of Biology at the University of Victoria invites candidates to apply for a UVic Impact Chair appointment in the area of ocean ecosystem change and conservation with an expected start date of September 2020.  UVic Impact Chairs are intended for exceptional researchers acknowledged as world leaders in their field, with recognized success in research-inspired teaching and fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary research.  The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, or Professor with tenure. Rank will be determined in accordance with the department’s Standard and the provisions of the Collective Agreement. The term of the UVic Impact Chair is five years and the holder will receive up to $50,000 annually to support research, pedagogy or partnerships, as applicable. This appointment opportunity is limited to external candidates.

We seek candidates who bring an innovative perspective to understanding how marine organisms and/or ecosystems respond to human-forced change, and who use this understanding to provide guidance for marine protection and resource management efforts. Specific areas of focus could include (but are not limited to) physiology, ecology, or conservation biology.

Candidates who are collaborative, and who will bolster existing scientific strengths in marine science across the University, are especially encouraged to apply. The Chair appointment will be in the Department of Biology but is intended to be cross-listed with a Department or School in the Faculty of Social Sciences (e.g. Environmental Studies or Geography) to facilitate graduate student supervision in both areas. In addition, the Chair will demonstrate a commitment to convening productive research and teaching alliances between the academic units and Ocean Networks Canada. Other collaborative opportunities at UVic include the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and the Genome BC Proteomics Centre.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. and an established, externally funded, independent and original research program with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, share in the administrative responsibilities of the department, and play an active role in the advising and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. The following will be considered assets: a research record that reflects interdisciplinarity or productive collaborations among researchers from biology and related marine science disciplines; a record of teaching or active student mentorship, recognizing the diversity of student experiences; experience in knowledge mobilization beyond the university; and experience in and commitment to respectful and collegial relationships. Rank and salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate.

To Apply: Candidates must submit a single PDF document that includes a cover letter outlining how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, a CV, and a 2-page description of their proposed research program (including how it addresses the UVic Strategic Framework priority to promote sustainable futures). Candidates must also provide a 2-page statement on teaching experience and teaching philosophy, including how they will support diversity and inclusiveness in teaching and research. Candidates must also include the names and contact information for three referees.

The application document should be emailed with the subject “Impact Chair” to: Chantal Laliberté (biology@uvic.ca). For questions regarding the position please contact Dr. Barbara Hawkins, Chair of the Department of Biology via email (biochair@uvic.ca) or phone (250-721-7091). Information about the Department of Biology can be found here: www.uvic.ca/science/biology.

Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2020.

The University: The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (www.uvicfa.ca).

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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Ph.D. position in cognitive ecology in the Dukas’ lab

We are looking for prospective PhD students who are interested in conducting research on the evolutionary biology and genomics of individual and social cognition. Students may choose to develop their own direction or get involved in one of our ongoing projects, which include social cognition and behavior, sexual conflict, expertise and perseverance. Currently, the lab has four graduate students and a dozen senior undergraduate students.

We are part of a large and highly interactive inter-departmental animal behaviour and evolutionary biology group consisting of about 24 faculty, several postdocs and 50 graduate students. We offer generous financial support and superb research infrastructure.

Prospective candidates are invited to read relevant material on our web site (http://psych.mcmaster.ca/dukas/) and then contact us via email (dukas@mcmaster.ca). We will give priority to prospective students with relevant research experience and high marks in pertinent course work.

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, a culturally diverse city of 500,000 people, located less than an hour from Toronto. Hamilton offers a great quality of life and is experiencing a post-industrial revival. Resources include easy access to natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the Niagara Escarpment, an expanding network of bike paths, seasonal climate, and a burgeoning food and nightlife scene.

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MSc/PhD positions on the biogeography of plasticity and social organization in Nearctic and Neotropical ants

We are recruiting one or more MSc/PhD students to work on several projects related to
the geography of social organization in ants. The projects aim to understand how
broad-scale variation in the biotic and abiotic environment affects the social
organization and functional trait diversity within ant colonies and between populations.
These projects could involve fieldwork in the Tropical Rainforest and Andean
Mountains of Ecuador and Colombia in collaboration with the labs of Drs. David A.
Donoso (Ecuador) and Inge Armbrecht (Colombia). There are possibilities of
expanding this work in the USA in collaboration with labs in Indiana and Vermont.
Work associated with these projects will involve raising ant colonies in the laboratory,
extensive fieldwork and analyses of large databases on ant functional traits and social
structure.

Potential applicants interested in these projects should meet one or several of the
following criteria: previous experience (1) conducting field work in tropical
ecosystems or remote areas (for up to 4 months), (2) raising ants or other insects in
laboratory conditions, (3) performing manipulative field experiments, (4) performing
statistical analyses in R and (5) being very excited about studying ants! Selected
student(s) will spend long hours doing field work in difficult and isolated condition,
performing taxonomic identification of arthropods, and counting and measuring ants
under the microscope. The ability to speak French and/or Spanish is a good asset, but
not obligatory. Potential candidates(s) must possess a valid driver license.

Expected starting date is August 2020, but could be as early as May 2020. The
positions include funding for stipend and research activities, but students that are
competitive for external funding will have priority. Concordia University also offers
entrance fellowship for students with strong academic and/or research experience
record. Funded positions involve some teaching in the Department of Biology at
Concordia University. Selected applicant(s) is/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. Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a must.

Applicants should email Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca). This
email should include: (i) 3-4 paragraphs describing research interests, relevant past
experiences, and fit for the position (ii) an updated CV, and (iii) all unofficial
transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. Complete applications must
be received by the school of graduate studies
(http://www.concordia.ca/admissions/graduate.html) by February 1st, 2020. Applicants
from minorities and/or Latin countries are encouraged to apply.

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Postdoctoral fellow – Practical and advanced models to understand, predict, manage and preserve biodiversity in an era of global change

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to advance the development and applications of a new generation of biodiversity forecasting models. We aim at combining biodiversity, spatial ecology, and climate change sciences with advanced statistics to develop biodiversity predictors based on complex spatial and temporal variation of landscapes and climate.  The overall goal is to improve our knowledge and projections for biodiversity changes that are applicable to local, large and global scales. The position will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and the research offers an outstanding opportunity for collaborating with our large network of national and international organizations including academic institutions, government agencies and stakeholders.  The fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Studies and be considered to become a fellow of the NSERC-CREATE training program in Computational Biodiversity Science and Services.

Inquiries should be send to: pedro.peres-neto@concordia.ca and/or jp.lessard@concordia.ca

Pedro R. Peres-Neto
Professor & Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity
Department of Biology
Concordia University

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Postdoc opportunity: agent-based modelling of caribou responses to forest management (Guelph/Ottawa/Hearst Ontario)

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a collaborative applied ecological modelling project with John Fryxell (University of Guelph, https://www.fryxell-lab.com ), Josie Hughes (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada, https://jshughes.org ), and Hearst Forest Management Ltd. Assess the implications of forest management plans for boreal caribou using agent-based movement and spatial population viability models.

Start date: negotiable
Deadline: open until filled
Duration: 2 years
Salary: 60,000$ per year

Location: University of Guelph or National Wildlife Research Centre (Ottawa) & Hearst, Ontario.
Eligibility: PhD must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project start date. Not restricted to Canadians.

More information: http://bit.ly/hearstCaribou

To apply, please send your CV and statement of interest to josie.hughes@canada.ca.

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PhD or MSc project on the role of pathogens and predators on larval amphibians

The Integrative Wildlife Conservation lab at Trent University is initiating an MSc or PhD project to assess the lethal and sublethal effects of pathogens and predators on larval amphibians. Our team has conducted extensive work on tadpole-predator interactions, and we recently extended our efforts to tadpole-pathogen interactions. Currently, we are interested in documenting how pathogens such as ranavirus or chytrid fungus, which are strongly implicated in amphibian population declines worldwide, may impact larval amphibian behaviour and physiology both directly as well as through interactions with other stressors, like predation risk. Through controlled experiments and extensive behavioural/physiological assessment, the project will document the potentially complex role of these important pathogens on amphibians. For a PhD degree, the experiments will be expanded to include more stressors, multiple amphibian species or pathogen strains, epigenetics, or other extensions in areas that are of interest to the candidate.

The successful candidate will have a BSc/MSc in Biology, Ecology, or a related field, strong quantitative and writing skills, experience with conducting experiments/and or working with amphibians, and an interest in working collaboratively within a large and diverse research group. PhD candidates must have demonstrated success in publishing their work in the peer-reviewed literature. For additional details, see www.dennismurray.ca and www.thomashossie.ca.

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Dennis Murray (murraylabapplicants@gmail.com).

The position will start in May 2020.

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PhD Position in the field of Conservation of Ecosystem Services and Landscape Planning, Département de phytologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

Start Date: January, May or September 2020

Salary: $20,000/year + possibility to get $16,000 for the entire duration of studies from academic support funds if objectives are completed on time
Duration: 4 years
Location: Based at Laval University, Québec city
Supervisors: Dr Monique Poulin (ULaval), Dr. Stephanie Pellerin (Univ. of Montreal), Dr. Jerome Cimon-Morin (Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks, Qc).

Goal:
We are seeking an exceptional PhD candidate to conduct research on conservation of ecosystem services (ES) and landscape planning. The project will be conducted in peatlands and forests of the Côte-Nord region, that will be used as model systems to develop our knowledge on best management strategies for achieving sustainability in Québec’s human-dominated landscapes. We will address the general question of how to set conservation and restoration priorities without impeding economic development.

Research context:

The Côte-Nord region is dominated by forests and wetlands, while forestry and peat extraction are main economic pillars.The peat industry is dependent on good-quality peat, which has proved to be virtually irreplaceable as a growing substrate for horticultural products. This industry has developed basic criteria for selecting harvesting sites in accordance with socio-environmental concerns such as social acceptability and rarity of specific habitats, but lacks tools to integrate multiple ecosystem services. This industry is also in need of reliable methods to consider trade-offs between conservation and development to ensure the lowest possible environmental footprint regionally. The forest industry is dependent on actual wood stock as well as on the capacity of forests to regenerate after harvesting. Natural forests play crucial roles in climate regulation by stocking carbon through live biomass, but also contribute to reducing surface albedo and thus to increasing temperatures by absorbing a large part of sun radiance. Studying trade-offs between carbon stocking and reduced albedo after tree plantations would help decision making within this industry, particularly for northern forests.

Approach:

We will first compare two modelling approaches to prioritize conservation sites: the hot spot approach, based on spatial concordance of ES, and the Systematic Conservation Planning approach, which focuses rather on site complementarity. We will estimate costs (area and number of sites selected in conservation networks and associated losses of resources extraction potential) and benefits (conservation targets achieved) for both approaches. Second, we will assess the cost/benefits ratios of plantations after tree harvesting. Plantation scenarios will be assessed for evergreen coniferous  (Picea glauca), deciduous coniferous (Larix laricina), and deciduous broad leaf species (Betula alleghaniensis), notably in regard to their effect on albedo and thereby on climate regulation. Third, we will evaluate the cost of postponing ES conservation planning under different scenarios of future industrial development. Site selection procedures and landscape planning will be performed using programs such as Marxan, Woodstock and Landis.

Profile:

Applicants must have completed a Master in the field of Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resources, or a related field and have good knowledge or interest in biological conservation, notably on aspects related to ecosystem services and systematic conservation planning. Experience with scientific publications would be a great advantage. Speaking and reading French will be considered as a great asset as the candidate will integrate a French speaking team. At least he (she) should be ready to learn the basics of French. He (or she) should have good data management, GIS, and scientific writing skills. The candidate should have strong aptitudes for collaboration with other team members and partners.

ResNet

The project is part of a pan-Canadian network called ResNet, supported by the NSERC strategic network program. This network involves 26 researchers, 11 universities, 30 collaborators and 17 partner organizations to address important questions about the management and future of Canada’s working landscapes and the critical ecosystem services they provide. The candidate will interact with these people through workshops and meetings.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; plus a curriculum vitae and contact information for at least three references to monique.poulin@fsaa.ulaval.ca.

Application deadline: Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Monique Poulin
Professeure titulaire
Département de Phytologie
monique.poulin@fsaa.ulaval.ca

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MSc position is as follows: MSc in Strain diversity and infection phenotype of the Lyme disease pathogen Department of Veterinary Microbiology, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan

Position: One MSc position is available in an NSERC-funded research lab at the University of Saskatchewan to investigate how strain diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi, the tick-borne pathogen that causes Lyme disease (LD), influences the infection phenotype in the rodent host. We will use experimental infections with a lab LD system (mice, ticks) and different strains of B. burgdorferi to study the relationship among pathogen life history traits such as pathology, pathogen tissue burden, and transmission. The MSc student will work closely with a PhD student who is working on a complementary project.

Location: The University of Saskatchewan is one of the 15 top research universities in Canada. The WCVM is the premiere veterinary school in Western Canada and has state-of-the-art facilities. The Faculty in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology are biologists and veterinarians who study pathogens and parasites across a wide range of biological disciplines (molecular biology, physiology, and ecology). The Voordouw Tick & Lyme Lab has research funding from NSERC and the SHRF.

Job requirements: The position requires an independent, highly motivated, enthusiastic, and scientifically curious individual with an interest in the following fields: infectious diseases, microbiology, immunology, ecology, or evolutionary biology. The candidate will learn a diversity of skills including molecular techniques (qPCR, ELISA, Western Blots), working with rodents, statistical data analysis, and writing scientific papers. The applicant must have a BSc in biology (or a relevant discipline). The candidate is expected to apply for internal scholarships.

Start date: The position is available as early as May 2020. The salary is set by the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and the University of Saskatchewan College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Application requirements: Please submit: (1) a 1-2-page cover letter indicating your research interests and why you are interested in the position, (2) your CV (including a list of publications), (3) University transcripts, and (4) two letters of reference. Submit your complete application package via email to: maarten.voordouw@usask.ca. The application deadline is 31 December 2019 (or until the position is filled).

Professor Maarten J. Voordouw
Department of Veterinary Microbiology, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Visit our website: https://researchers.usask.ca/maarten-voordouw/

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