Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology. CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018.


Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology

Permanent Position
(salary commensurate with experience)

Work location : Gatineau (Aylmer sector) in Québec

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on fish; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the Museum’s Fish Collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Zoology Section, which includes a team of eighteen research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory and cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada.

NOTE: A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s research scientists. An excellent benefits package comes with the position.

OPEN TO: Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.
*Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

EDUCATION: vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology.

English and French are essential.
Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB


  • Candidates will have up to 10 years of work experience.
  • Trained and experienced in scientific research that advances knowledge of the natural history of fish species in Canada (we emphasize collection-based research with competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenies and taxonomy).
  • Possess a strong publication record, use up-to-date technology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada. Field experience in the Canadian Arctic is an asset.
  • Experience working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects, have an established network of collaborators, with demonstrated experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects, in presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public, and in team leadership.
  • Experience working in a museum context is an asset.


The application should include:

  • a cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN fish collection, and the fieldwork this research may include;
  • a curriculum vita;
  • three letters of recommendation.


Please state competition: NO.2090-CMN-18-OC-014

Statement of qualifications available by contacting the above email address.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon at 613-364-4066 or by e-mail at

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at:

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process.

The Museum supports employment equity. 

CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018



Positions: Two Arctic Field Research Assistants. Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

Duration: ~August 6 to ~ August 27, 2018 Location: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Stipend: $2,100 for the three-week duration. All costs related to travel, food and accommodations are additionally covered.

Description: Our study area is in a unique region of northern Canada, where Canada’s first all season highway connection to the Arctic Ocean has just opened to the public. This August, our research team will be collecting fish population data in lakes between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. The research program is a joint effort led by Dr. Derek Gray (Wilfrid Laurier) and Dr. Sapna Sharma (York University) investigating the effects of climate change on northern lake communities. We are looking to hire two assistants that will help drive small boats, set nets, identify and process fish, and obtain biological samples for research programs. The work will entail long, physically demanding days in sometimes cold and wet conditions. We are looking for two additional team members that work well in small groups, are detail-oriented and safety conscious, and have a keen interest in nature and science. This is an excellent opportunity for any Biology undergraduates, Graduate students, or early environmental professionals looking to further their field skills, gain northern experience, and have some adventure in this unique northern setting. We will mainly be based out of Inuvik, NWT for the three-week duration. Assets (please note in application): Driver’s license, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, first aid certification, familiarity with fish identification, experience working in remote locations, experience with fisheries fieldwork. To apply: Send a brief cover letter and current CV to Alyssa Murdoch at Application deadline is Friday June 1, 2018.


Two postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Ecology: Biodiversity and stability in spatial ecological systems

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, based at the CNRS- Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station in Moulis, France ( The Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling aims to foster and perform innovative theoretical research into the ecological and societal causes and consequences of biodiversity changes.

The two positions are open within the BIOSTASES (BIOdiversity, STAbility and sustainability in Spatial Ecological and social-ecological Systems) project led by Michel Loreau and funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant ( biostases.html).

  • Postdoctoral fellow 1 is expected to develop novel theory on the diversity and stability of spatially distributed food webs.
  • Postdoctoral fellow 2 is expected to test some of our theoretical predictions on the relationship between biodiversity and stability in ecological systems using meta- analyses.

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

(1) have a PhD in ecology, mathematics or a related field; (2) have strong mathematical or quantitative skills;
(3) be creative and independent;
(4) have a good publication record. 

The positions are available for a period of two years starting during the second half of 2018, preferably in August or September. Salary is in the range €30,300–42,100 per year depending on experience. Review of applications will begin on May 3rd, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. 

To apply, e-mail to Michel Loreau via Dalila Booth

  • a letter of application,
  • a CV,
  • a statement of research interests,
  • and the names and email addresses of three references.

Postdoctoral fellowship in statistical ecology – Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

The Forest Research Institute (IRF) at UQAT and the Center for Forest Research (CEF) are hiring a postdoctoral fellow in statistical ecology. This full-time position is divided equally between independent research and statistical consulting activities.

Candidates may propose their own research project based on the analysis of existing datasets, or join one of the following ongoing projects:

  • Developing a multi-model framework to forecast the progression of spruce budworm epidemics;
  • Spatial analysis of interspecific interactions in research plots covering a series of successional stages in the mixed boreal forest.

In the consulting role, the postdoctoral fellow will support CEF graduate students and researchers on statistical aspects of their project, such as sampling designs, choice of statistical methods and computational tools. The fellow may also prepare and teach short workshops on statistical methods or statistical programming in R.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science or a related field.
  • Strong expertise in statistics applied to environmental science research, including sampling design; data processing, analysis and visualization; and R programming.
  • Teaching or consulting experience related to statistics, and experience analyzing geospatial data, would be assets.

Note that the instructional language at UQAT is French, and working proficiency in French is required for the consulting role.

Annual salary: 45 000$

Duration: A one year contract, with possibility of renewal, starting in the summer of 2018.

Location: The Forest Research Institute at UQAT ( offers a dynamic and highly collaborative research environment. The UQAT campus is located in the city of Rouyn-Noranda, which offers various cultural events (film, music festivals) and outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, skiing) contributing to its quality of life.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and relevant experience related to this position, your curriculum vitae, as well as the contact information for two references, to Philippe Marchand ( Review of applications will begin April 30th, 2018 and continue until the position has been filled.



PhD Student Position Available on Marine Intertidal Ecology – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Multistress effects on key species, biodiversity and functioning of intertidal communities


Marine coasts are at threat and are changing. Different natural and human disturbances and stressors alter the abundance of multiple marine organisms with unknown consequences for coastal biodiversity and marine ecosystem functioning. We look for a PhD student to join our newly funded project that aims to evaluate the cumulative effects of natural and human stressors on dominant foundation species (macroalgae and grazers) in the intertidal zones of the St Lawrence estuary in Canada.

The project will involve field sampling (observations and manipulation) as well as laboratory essays.

Required skills

The candidate must have a MSc in biology, marine science, environmental science or another closely related field. The candidate’s past achievements and experience must demonstrate that they have a strong aptitude for research. They must also possess strong skills in organization, communication, and scientific writing, and a good knowledge in statistical analyses. The successful candidate will be located at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada. Knowledge of French is advantageous but not obligatory.

Interested persons are kindly requested to submit their candidacy (by email only) to: The email must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum of two pages) signed by the applicant and explaining the reasons that motivate their application to this position;
  • A curriculum vitae containing all relevant information for this application (including the contact information of two persons who can act as references).

Application deadline: April 15, 2018 starting date: June 1st, 2018 (or September 1st, 2018)

We will communicate only with candidates selected for an interview.
The selection process will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada Web :


Projet de Maîtrise disponible – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Variabilité spatiale des caractéristiques des communautés intertidales de divers écosystèmes côtiers du Saint-Laurent


Le littoral, lieu le plus habité et utilisé par l’homme (activités économiques, culturelles, récréotouristiques, etc.), possède des habitats remplissant plusieurs rôles importants dans le fonctionnement des écosystèmes marins, tout en offrant des services écosystémiques diversifiés aux humains. Paradoxalement, la localisation des écosystèmes sur les côtes de l’estuaire et du Golfe du Saint-Laurent n’est pas encore établie et une évaluation des services des écosystèmes côtiers reste inexistante.


Estimer des valeurs de biomasse, de productivité, de diversité, de stockage du carbone de divers écosystèmes, de ; ii) comparer les sites établis à ceux dégradés; et iii) d’établir des liens génétiques entre les populations des écosystèmes ciblés. Ces travaux, faits en collaboration entre quatre universités, génèreront des résultats importants en écologie et ajouteront un éclairage sur les liens entre la biodiversité, les fonctions et les services offerts par les écosystèmes.

Le candidat doit avoir un BSc en biologie, en sciences marines, en environnement ou autres domaines connexes. Ses occupations passées devront démontrer qu’il détient un bon dossier académique avec des réalisations pertinentes. Il devra aussi montrer ses bonnes capacités organisationnelles, de communications et d’écritures scientifiques.

L’étude des demandes commencera en avril 2018

Les personnes intéressées sont priées de soumettre leur candidature uniquement par courriel à l’adresse suivante : Ce courriel devra comprendre :

  • Une lettre de présentation expliquant les raisons qui motivent à appliquer sur ce poste;
  • Un curriculum vitae contenant toute l’information pertinente à l’évaluation de la candidature (dont l’adresse de deux répondants).

Nous communiquerons uniquement avec les personnes retenues pour une entrevue. Le processus de sélection se continuera tant que le poste n’est pas pourvu.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Professeur agrégé
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada


MSc Position in Plant Insect Interactions

The Prager Lab (in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and BioSources at the University of Saskatchewan has funding for a MSc student to work on a fully funded project examining the host choices and biology of Aster Leafhoppers on crop plants and common weeds. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Drs. Tyler Wist and Chrystel Olivier at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative, writing, and laboratory and/or field skills. Interested candidates should email Dr. Prager (

Details on the Prager lab can be found at

Details on the department of plant sciences can be found at

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is a city of 260,000 people with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The university has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.



The CSEE Early Career Awards (ECA) recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their careers. The evaluation committee was extremely impressed with the overall quality of applicants for the 2018 awards, so the process was both gratifying and difficult. This year’s recipients of the ECA were Stephen de Lisle (Postdoctoral Scholar, Lund University; Ph.D. University of Toronto) and Patrick Thompson (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia; Ph.D. McGill University). Congratulations to Stephen and Patrick!

Stephen de Lisle

Postdoctoral Scholar (Lund University); Ph.D. University of Toronto

stephen-de-lisleStephen is an evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how ecological processes drive evolutionary change within and between species. In particular, his research focuses on organisms with separate sexes to understand how and why selection and adaptation differ between males and females of the same species, and how the resulting evolution of sex differences influences both ecological communities and the dynamics of deep-time macroevolutionary diversification. In order to connect process and pattern across these disparate timescales, his research uses a wide range of approaches including ecological field experiments and surveys of wild populations, evolutionary quantitative genetics, and phylogenetic comparative methods.

Patrick Thompson

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of British Columbia); Ph.D. McGill University

patrick-thompsonPatrick Thompson is a community ecologist who seeks to understand the processes that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in changing environments. His research integrates theory and empirical methods in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to study how changing land scape connectivity, food-web interactions, and adaptation combine to shape current and future communities. By developing and testing theory on how these processes interactively affect how communities respond to environmental change, his work advances our understanding of how communities operate and seeks to inform strategies for preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the face of global change.


Gelada Monkey Research in the Ethiopian Highlands

Hiring Organization:
Dr. Peter Fashing (California State University Fullerton) & Dr. Nga Nguyen (California State University Fullerton)

TWO field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, long-term field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. Field research assistants will participate in data collection during an intensive 13-month long field season as part of this study, now in its second decade. Assistant duties will include (but are not limited to) carrying out behavioral observations, fecal sample collection, and vegetation monitoring. Work will begin in mid-May 2018 and last until the end of June 2019. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled.

Two field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, semi-permanent field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. The study is being carried out by Dr. Peter Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, professors in the Anthropology Department and Environmental Studies Program at California State University Fullerton. The field assistants will be responsible for (a) collecting basic demographic and reproductive data as part of routine monitoring of the well-habituated study population, (b) conducting focal animal samples (c) recording GPS readings of gelada ranging locations, as well as (d) conducting vegetation monitoring and (e) walking census transects. The two field assistants will share a camp and research responsibilities while at Guassa.

The study area consists of 111km2 of hilly Afro-alpine grassland situated at 3,200-3,600 meters above sea level along the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands and affords spectacular views out over the Great Rift Valley nearly a mile below. A number of animals endemic to the Ethiopian highlands occur at Guassa including geladas, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf (the world’s rarest canid), the blue-winged goose, and the thick-billed raven. Notable mammals not endemic to Ethiopia but also present at Guassa include hyenas, leopards, serval cats, and the recently discovered cryptic African wolf. The gelada population at Guassa has been studied on a near-daily basis since January 2007 and nearly all individuals in the main ~220-member study band are habituated to observers at distances of a few meters or less.

For more information on the project, please see the following website:

Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Biological Anthropology, or a related field. Good physical fitness and a willingness to walk long distances (6-12 km) each day are essential to working at Guassa where the terrain is hilly, the air thin (due to the high elevation), and the geladas wide-ranging. Experience with winter camping and life in cold climates is preferred since the successful applicants will be living in (spacious) tents at a location where nights are sometimes below freezing (as low as 19ºF though 33-36ºF is more typical) and days are often chilly (45-60ºF) and windy (10-40 km/hour) as well. Our campsite is situated on an isolated patch of ecologically pristine alpine grassland far from human habitation and applicants must be highly self-sufficient (the nearest town, Mehal Meda, is 22 kilometers away from camp, we do not own a vehicle, and contact with other English-speakers is rare). Field assistants will live in a semi-permanent campsite with 2 Ethiopian staff members with limited English language skills. Prior travel and/or field experience in Africa or mountainous regions of Asia or South America preferred. Applicants must be fluent in English and eager to learn Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia).

After Guassa, former field research assistants have all (n=20) co-authored one or more peer-reviewed journal articles with us. Most have gone on to pursue graduate studies (Ph.D. and/or Master’s, including at Yale, Dartmouth, Penn State, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Amherst, Toronto, Saskatchewan, UC Santa Barbara, Oxford, UC London, and Georg-August [Göttingen], among others) or additional research opportunities in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or ecology. Several assistants have returned to Guassa to conduct graduate or postdoctoral research.

For an example of media coverage of a recent (February 2017) scientific paper (in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) involving past and current Guassa Gelada Research Project assistants, please see…

Our research site was also recently featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article featured stunningly beautiful photographs of Guassa and its geladas made by Jeff Kerby, a former GGRP field assistant who subsequently earned his PhD at Penn State and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth. For more details, please see…



Research assistants will be provided with basic accommodation, food and other basic supplies while at the field site. In addition, we will pay each assistant’s $1,000USD research fee (directly to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority) for permission to conduct research in Ethiopia. However, applicants must pay their own international travel to Addis Ababa ($1,500-$2,000USD from the USA, less from Europe), including the cost of a tourist visa (~$70USD), and are responsible for any additional expenses incurred while traveling in Ethiopia, including travel to and from the field site and Addis every few months (to buy supplies, see a movie, etc.). Buses to Addis (300 km from Guassa or 6-8 bumpy hours travel) are inexpensive ($10 each way) and run almost daily from Mehal Meda. Camp is located a few miles walk from the road where you can catch the bus after a one or more hour wait. Luxury food items such as chocolates, cookies and canned tuna may be purchased in Addis at the volunteer’s expense. Our semi-permanent camp is remote but comfortable, with large walk-in tents with beds, solar electricity for the lights, a laptop computer, and small electronics, as well as mobile telephone service for international calls and calls within Ethiopia, and regular email service. Travel health insurance is strongly recommended; volunteers are required to acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Ethiopia. Volunteers are required to provide their own winter/alpine condition clothing, footwear and sleeping bag. Advice about what items are necessary for life at Guassa can be provided upon request. 

13 months beginning mid-May 2018 and ending late June 2019. Because the training process requires approximately 2 months, assistants must be willing to work for a minimum of 13-months. We work in teams of twos and each researcher typically spends two to three days in the field with the geladas and one day at camp helping with camp chores and data entry and checking (we download and proof each day’s data onto the camp computer at the end of each field day). We expect successful applicants to be keen observers and diligent and conscientious students of animal behavior. Volunteers must be willing to work in a small team setting and have demonstrated a willingness to follow instructions/protocols closely in the past. We expect detailed updates from the field at least twice each week by email to keep us updated on conditions/progress in the field.

Positions will remain open until filled. 

To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future educational or career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resumé detailing relevant experience, (3) a summary of college courses taken and the grades received, to be followed later by an official transcript, and (4) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as one person who has worked closely with you or who has closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for field research position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Peter Fashing at 

Contact Information:
Peter Fashing, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
Phone: 657-278-3977



For more information about the project directors:


Lab Manager, Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University

We are seeking a Lab Manager for the Salmon Watersheds Lab. This dynamic position provides a great opportunity to gain experience in the management of a large research program, knowledge of ecological research methodology, and technical and administrative expertise.

An ideal applicant for this position is an individual who is well organized, communicates and collaborates effectively at the group and individual level, and values participation in ecological research. Applicants should possess a keen interest in ecology and conservation and have some experience in research and familiarity with a range of freshwater methods in the lab and the field. The principle duties of the position are administration and coordination of the lab; other tasks may include laboratory analyses, field work, data management, supervision, and assisting lab members. There is also opportunity for involvement in independent research and publications. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience with the day-to-day operations of running a lab. A successful applicant should be adaptable and capable of learning new skills and addressing new challenges.

Approximate start date: early April 2018
Appointment: Full time (35 hr/week), salary commensurate with experience
Appointment length: 1-year term with possibility of extension.
Location: Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Information about the position and how to apply can be found at: or email