Research associate / postdoctoral position in honey bee genetics at York University, Toronto, Canada. Application deadline: August 25th 2017.

The Zayed lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at the Department of Biology, York University (Toronto, Canada) has a position available for either a postdoctoral fellow or a research associate with expertise in insect molecular biology and genetics, starting September 2017. We are particularly seeking individuals that have expertise in either molecular biology (specifically, manipulating gene expression or genome editing) or bioinformatics; knowledge of social insects would be an asset.

The successful candidate will participate in several projects relating to identifying and characterizing genes underlying social traits in honey bees.

Qualified candidates must have a doctoral degree, several first author-publications in relevant fields, and excellent communication skills.

Please submit your CV, a summary of your research background, and contact information for 3 referees to zayed(at)yorku.ca before August 25th 2017.

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Assistant Professor, Computational Biology, Luther College at the University of Regina. Application deadline: October 31, 2017.

Luther College at the University of Regina invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Biology at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval. We are seeking an individual who can investigate various complex biological problems, addressing hypothesis-driven biological questions using computational approaches.  Applicants within the numerous sub-fields of computational biology, including, but not limited to genomics, bio-modelling, evolutionary biology, and dynamic systems, will be considered. Applicants should have a completed PhD, a strong commitment to quality teaching, the ability to teach introductory, as well as more advanced, undergraduate courses in Biology, and a productive research record. Teaching experience and post-doctoral experience are assets.

Luther College is a federated college of the University of Regina; candidates must identify strongly with the vision and mission of the College, a small, multidisciplinary institution federated with a medium-sized comprehensive University. Further information about the College is available at www.luthercollege.edu/university, and about the University of Regina at www.uregina.ca.

The successful candidate will also be a member of the University of Regina’s Dept. of Biology. Numerous opportunities exist for research collaborations with members of the Dept. (https://www.uregina.ca/science/biology/), the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS), the soon to be commissioned Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS), and other units.  IECS (http://www.iecs-uregina.ca/) contains equipment for proteomics and genetics research, stable isotope analysis, confocal microscopy, and more.  IMMS contains equipment for high throughput DNA sequencing, microbial culturing, plate readers, and more.  Additionally, the Biology Dept. and IMSS have close connections with the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory, which is located adjacent to campus.

Candidates must express a clear interest in the smaller context of a community-involved College, where spiritual and humanistic concerns and diversity are highly valued. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, outlining disciplinary interests and professional qualifications; if possible, a teaching dossier demonstrating ability in undergraduate teaching; a research dossier with evidence of an active research program; photocopies of transcripts; and the names and contact information of three referees. A statement explaining the candidate’s specific interest in teaching at Luther College at the University of Regina should be included. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2017. Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Academic Dean
Luther College, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK  S4S 0A2
dean@luthercollege.edu

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Luther College is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, indigenous people, visible minorities and people with disabilities.

PhD (preferred) and/or MSc position, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

EFFECT OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS ON ALPINE BUTTERFLY POPULATION DYNAMICS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

PhD (preferred) and/or MSc position to study the effect of extreme weather events on alpine butterfly populations. This project takes advantage of a long-term (23 years) study of dynamics of alpine Parnassius (Apollo) butterfly populations in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The project examines interactions among population dynamics, weather and climate, physiology, geographic range, and population genetics. The position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jens Roland and Felix Sperling at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

The study examines the role of extreme weather events as a component of dynamics, life-history, and adaptation, in light of the effects of climate change in a highly variable environment.

Students should have a strong interest in population biology, ecology, and dynamics, as well as strong quantitative (R) and field skills. Projects involve both descriptive and experimental studies of Parnassius butterfly ecology and physiology as they relate to spatial and temporal variation in alpine environments, and their effects on population dynamics. Previous experience working on butterflies is an advantage but not a requirement.

Please contact Dr. Jens Roland (jroland@ualberta.ca), and include a CV and a 2-3 page letter that outlines your career goals, previous research experience, and contact information for 3 references.

Teaching Support Instructor/Technician. Closing Date: 2017 07 24.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.

Forbes includes U of G Among Canada’s Best Employers

Office, Clerical and Technical

Position covered by the Collective Agreement with USW Local 4120

Teaching Support Instructor/Technician

Department of Integrative Biology, College of Biological Science

2 positions: One (1) Temporary Full-time and One (1) Regular Full-time

Hiring #: 2017-0319

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

Note there are two vacancies for this position, one Temporary Full-time from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019 and one Regular Full-time. Applicants are encouraged to specify their preference in their cover letters.

Reporting to the Chair, the Teaching Support Instructor/Technician will play a leadership role in the initiation, design, delivery and coordination of undergraduate courses taught in various formats that include laboratory, seminar and field components.  Specific duties include: organize and prioritize scheduling and assembly of course materials, enforce safety, design and administer evaluation of seminar/laboratory materials, provide the day-to-day functional guidance of GTAs, evaluate GTA performance, provide GTAs with detailed grading rubrics to ensure grading consistency, compile and post grades, revise and upgrade seminar/laboratory manuals, develop plans and implement new exercises in the laboratory, seminar and field, and other associated duties as assigned.

Requirements for the position include: an MSc degree in biology with a focus on ecology, evolutionary biology, or physiology, plus one (1) year experience designing and teaching university courses in these disciplines or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills to deal effectively with a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population.  Additional requirements include: excellent communication skills (verbal and written); ability to work effectively as a member of a team; ability to work independently with minimal direction; (personal management/initiative); ability to deal with conflict and manage stressful situations; adaptability; analytical skills and creative thinking; results-based orientation; excellent judgment and decision-making skills; and strong planning and organizational skills. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with safety policy and practice, WHMIS training and first aid training are essential.  Candidates should be knowledgeable in general office procedures and familiar with the University environment and policies.  Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including the University’s email/calendaring system, Office 365; MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Acrobat, Desire2Learn, and Library catalogues.  In addition, familiarity with ‘R’ statistical software and advanced knowledge of up-to-date computer aids and software for undergraduate instruction and evaluation.  In addition, the successful candidate must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with blended (in class/on-line) course formats and active learning strategies of use in large classes and basic expertise in field techniques

USW, Temporary Full-time
Covering Position Number: 146-037
Classification: USW Local 4120 Salary Band 7*
Salary Range: $27.92 – 31.17 per hour

USW, Regular Full-time
Position Number: 146-043
Classification: USW Local 4120 Salary Band 7*
Salary Range:
$27.92 Minimum (Level 1)
$31.17 Normal Hiring Limit (Level 3)
$37.74 Job Rate (Level 7)

*Tentative evaluation; subject to committee review.

Closing Date: 2017 07 24.

Ecology and Evolution – University of Toronto. Application deadline: September 13, 2017.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for two tenure-stream appointments in ecology and evolution. These appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018.

We seek candidates who conduct conceptually driven research in ecology and evolution, especially those with research programs in disease and/or theory. We seek applications from candidates whose research program complements the research programs of the highly collaborative faculty currently in the department.

The successful applicants must have a PhD in a related field by July 1, 2018 or soon thereafter, with a record of sustained publications in top-ranked, field-relevant journals.  The appointees will be expected to build an active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidates will also demonstrate excellence in teaching and contributions to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of demonstrated excellence in research and teaching should be documented through the applicant’s CV, publications, research and teaching statements, strong letters of reference from referees of high standing and where appropriate, course evaluations.

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the School of the Environment, the University network of leading academic research hospitals (www.uhn.casunnybrook.ca) and research groups with provincial and federal government agencies. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve; www.ksr.utoronto.ca). Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online. Applications must include a CV and statements of research and teaching interests combined into a single PDF file, plus three representative publications. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead) sent directly to: Professor Donald Jackson, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 25 Willcocks Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3B2 Canada. Letters of reference may be e-mailed to chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca. Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is September 13, 2017.

For further information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit our website at www.eeb.utoronto.ca. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Liz Rentzelos at chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca or (416-946-3340).

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

SHORT-TERM CONTRACT FOR DATA ANALYSIS AND WRITING WITH WCS CANADA’S FRESHWATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM

WCS Canada is seeking a scientist (PhD‐level or equivalent experience) to assist the Freshwater Conservation Scientist with data analysis and scientific writing. This is a short‐term contract position (18 weeks; $20,000) that will support WCS Canada’s Freshwater Conservation Program in Ontario’s Northern Boreal landscape. Data analysis will focus on analyzing fish physiological data and fish movement data (i.e., field acoustic telemetry) using appropriate statistical approaches. Scientific writing will focus on editing scientific writing related to spatial analysis, and assisting with policy comments on relevant freshwater topics (e.g., Canadian federal Fisheries Act, Ontario bait policy, Ontario wetlands policy). Preferred start date is 18 September 2017 (negotiable). All work can be performed remotely. Deadline for application 15 August 2017.
Position Objectives:
Support the implementation of goals and objectives in the Freshwater Conservation Strategy for Ontario’s Northern Boreal, specifically:
1) Addressing direct and cumulative impacts of land‐use (mining, hydroelectric development, infrastructure) on freshwater resources, particularly lake sturgeon;
2) Applying freshwater conservation planning tools in support of local and regional land‐use planning; and,
3) Promoting freshwater conservation in policy, planning, and legislation affecting Ontario’s Northern Boreal landscape.
Principal Responsibilities:
1)  Analyze fish physiology and movement data using appropriate statistical approaches and prepare results for public presentation. Use of R for data analysis and data presentation (e.g., graphs, figures) is strongly preferred.
2) Edit a draft scientific manuscript and prepare for submission to a peer‐reviewed outlet.
3) Assist the Freshwater Conservation Scientist with policy comments on relevant topics (e.g., Canadian federal Fisheries Act, Ontario bait policy, Ontario wetlands policy).
Qualifications:
- Ph.D. or equivalent experience in freshwater ecology, fisheries ecology, or aquatic conservation.
– Demonstrated ability to analyze data and presentation using appropriate statistical techniques in R.
- Demonstrated ability to write for a scientific audience and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer‐reviewed outlets.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume/cv (including contact information for 3 references) together with a brief and relevant example of your written work to WCS Canada by email or mail by 15 August 2017:
By email: wcscanadahr@wcs.org with the subject “FRESHWATER CONTRACT”
By mail: Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite #204, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3A7
About WCS Canada:
WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow position (Canada)

A postdoctoral fellow position is available with Dr. Craig Purchase at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Lab research focuses on evolutionary ecology, particularly life history variation, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, and sperm & egg quality/performance. Most of our current work is on gamete ecology. We do not focus on aquaculture oriented questions, but do work on a variety of marine and freshwater fishes.

For more information on my research program visit www.ucs.mun.ca/~cfpurchase

The PDF will likely (1) be given data from completed experiments to write up quickly, (2) conduct new experiments, and (3) function as a group leader. Most of the research will be on wild salmonids.

I am most interested in people that have backgrounds in fish reproduction, or salmon biology, or sperm biology (any taxa). Candidates should have a PhD and a proven publication record.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and unofficial copy of transcripts to cfpurchase@mun.ca.

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted July 7/17) and continue until the position is filled. If a suitable candidate can be found, I desire to have them start asap, but necessarily before November 2017. Salary is TBD, and the position will likely be supported for 12 months.

Cheers

Craig

Ph.D (or M.Sc.) student position (Canada)

A graduate student position is available with Dr. Craig Purchase at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

A Ph.D. student is preferred but I will consider taking M.Sc. students with highly relevant backgrounds.

We conduct research on a variety of marine and freshwater fishes. Lab research includes life history variation, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, sperm & egg quality, habitat selection and conservation biology.

I am primary looking for a student who’s research project would address evolutionary ecology questions related to fish reproduction, and will likely focus on aspects of sperm biology. It is not an aquaculture-oriented project. I may take other students for other projects. Most of the work will focus on wild Atlantic salmon, but other species may be involved.

For more information on my research program visit www.ucs.mun.ca/~cfpurchase A PhD student will receive a financial package of at least $80,000 (strong students are likely to obtain significantly more). Start date should be January or May 2018.

Interested students should send a cover letter, CV, and unofficial copy of transcripts to cfpurchase@mun.ca. I am most interested in students that have backgrounds in fish reproduction, or salmon biology, or sperm biology (any taxa).

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted June 19/17) and continue until the position is filled.

Cheers

Craig

MODELLING THE IMPACTS OF DEVELOPMENT ON LAKE STURGEON

WCS Canada and Lakehead University are seeking a recent PhD graduate for a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation biology. The project will focus on applying advanced ecological modeling techniques to understand the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed. This project supports a broader long-term collaborative research program between WCS Canada and Moose Cree First Nation (Resource Protection Unit), which is using field-based research (acoustic telemetry, physiological measurements) to understand the impacts of a hydroelectric facility on lake sturgeon. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing models (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models) to predict the impacts of various development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations, and publish their results in the peer-reviewed literature. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with the fieldwork collecting acoustic telemetry and physiological data from lake sturgeon within the Moose River basin. As well as having opportunities to contribute to the Lakehead University academic community, such as through seminars, there will be opportunities to contribute to WCS Canada’s applied conservation efforts and outreach activities, such as through blog posts, community presentations, and commenting on policy and management proposals.

Position objectives:

1) Model the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed and publish results as a peer-reviewed publication.
2) Conduct lake sturgeon ecological field research (physiological measurements and acoustic telemetry).

Qualifications:

1) Recent PhD graduate in relevant field (e.g., fisheries, spatial ecology, quantitative ecology, conservation, etc.). Senior PhD candidates are also encouraged to apply, but the successful applicant must defend their PhD prior to starting this position.
2) Demonstrated ability to apply advanced modelling techniques (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models, etc.) to ecological problems.
3) Demonstrated ability to manage safe and effective field-based research projects, including associated logistics and personnel is preferred.
4) Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences.
5) Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary work environment.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV (including contact information for 3 references), and a brief and relevant example of your written work to WCS Canada by email or mail:

By email: wcscanadahr@wcs.org with the subject “FRESHWATER PDF”
By mail: Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite #204, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3A7

About WCS Canada:

WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.

About the Rennie Lab at Lakehead University:

Our research is focused on the metabolic and community ecology of altered environments. Human activities often create change in the form of multiple stressors, altering the community composition of aquatic ecosystems. Accurately measuring those changes is a critical first step to understanding ecosystem responses to stress. Our research group focuses on understanding how those community changes alter ecosystem energetics and function. Two broad research themes are: 1) understanding the role of multiple stressors (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the community structure and energetics of aquatic ecosystems and 2) understanding ways in which the behaviour and life histories of aquatic organisms can influence population size and ecosystem structure. For more information, see: http://ceelab.ca/.

University of Regina: Canada 150 Research Chair in WATER, ENVIRONMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applications for a faculty position in the Department of Biology for nomination to a Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability.

The Canada 150 Research Chair Program (http://www.canada150.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/) has been established by the Government of Canada to foster research excellence in Canada. These chairs are eligible to internationally-based top-tier researchers and are valued at $350,000 per year. Each chair has a nonrenewable term of seven years, after which the chairholder will hold a regular faculty appointment.

The Canada 150 Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability will use a combination of process-based experimentation, modeling, retrospective (fossil), and/or multi-decadal environmental monitoring analyses to investigate factors that regulate the structure and function of lakes and improve strategies for their protection. The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and adaptive management strategies for surface waters.  Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, and ecosystem sustainability and management.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

The University of Regina’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 emphasizes ‘Water, Environment and Clean Energy’ as a strategic priority and the U of R is a global leader in environment and sustainability, particularly in the area of aquatic resources.  The Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS; www.IECS-uregina.ca) is home to the national Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (www.CIEE.ca) and the Qu’Appelle Valley Long-Term Ecological Research Program (QU-LTER), one of Canada’s longest-running nongovernmental freshwater research programs.  IECS is supported by three PhD-level research staff and 13 million dollars of infrastructure.  The Faculty of Science has a long history of collaboration with research agencies in regional, national and international arenas.

For additional information about the position and the research environment in support of the position, see: https://www.uregina.ca/science/C150RC-WaterEnvironmentSustainability-ResearchEnvironment.html

To apply online: https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html (under Academic Positions)

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a summary of research achievements to date, a brief outline of the proposed research, and the names and contact information of three referees. Review of applications will commence on July 20, 2017.

The University of Regina is committed to development of a representative and inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation.