PhD POSITION: AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting a graduate student at the PhD level to investigate how physical environmental conditions affect the success and impact of zebra mussel invasions. This is a fully funded position for four years.

The zebra mussel has recently invaded a southern Quebec lake, Lac Memphrémagog (100 km southeast of Montreal) and threatens to spread to other lakes in the region. These lakes vary in water chemistry and other limnological conditions that likely mediate the maximum abundance, distribution, and impact of the zebra mussel. We are looking for a student to investigate these relationships by conducting lab experiments, field studies, and empirical modelling. Another major focus will be to investigate the effects of an expanding mussel population on invertebrate diversity and food webs in these lakes.

McGill has a field station on Lac Memphrémagog. Our students are members of an interuniversity research centre in Quebec (GRIL) and interact with limnologists and ecologists in the Biology Department at McGill, as well as national and international collaborators that have expertise in invasion ecology. Our students also have the opportunity to take a unique summer NSERC training program in lake and fluvial ecology (https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=4180) and a graduate-level course on invasion ecology at McGill.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Dec 2018, and have independent research experience and field training in freshwater or marine ecology. Owing to funding requirements, we are directing this ad to Canadians (or permanent residents in Canada); however exceptional international candidates will also be considered, if they are deemed likely to qualify for a scholarship. Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html). The preferred start date is January 2019, but a later start date to begin field work before July 2019 might be possible.

Strong candidates should apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is September 10, or until a candidate is chosen. Applicants should provide:

  • An up-to-date c.v.
  • University Transcript(s) (e.g. a scanned copy)
  • Names and contact information of at least two referees,
  • A short (~1 page, single spaced) statement of research interests and relevant experience.

Send your application, as a single combined pdf if possible, to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). The student we select must apply to the Biology department by October 15 for admission into the graduate program in January 2019.

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – 1802314 , University of Toronto

Job Field: Teaching Stream 
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science 

Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Jul 5, 2018 

Job Closing: Sept 5, 2018, 11:59 EST 


Description
: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for one full-time teaching stream appointment in Ecology and Evolution at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, starting on July 1, 2019.


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seeks a candidate who has a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and development of innovative labs and course materials in ecology and evolution, exhibit the intellectual curiosity to pursue novel and impactful pedagogical methods, and are interested in establishing a long-term teaching career with the Department. We seek applications from candidates whose teaching and interests complement the programs in the Department.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or a related field, by July 1, 2019 or soon thereafter.

Candidates must have strong referee endorsements highlighting excellence in teaching and long-term commitment to pedagogical inquiry and teaching innovation, particularly in the context of courses with large enrolments. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of pedagogical research support (e.g. grant funding in support of pedagogical development) and a commitment to collaboration or engagement with the broader community of teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a teaching dossier, submitted as part of the application and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct pedagogical research and teach core courses at the first and/or second year level, as well as upper-year courses in one of the candidate’s fields of expertise. Responsibilities may include undergraduate teaching, managing and training teaching assistants, developing course materials including ongoing development of course laboratory exercises, and curriculum development. In addition, the successful candidate will have some responsibility for departmental administration and may have opportunities for student supervision, e.g. undergraduate research projects. The successful candidate must also possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on our undergraduate courses and programs.
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.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 Department of Cell and Systems Biology, the Centre for Global Change Science, and groups with provincial and federal government agencies. The University owns a nearby field station (the Koffler Scientific Reserve) dedicated to ecological research that provides opportunities for field courses and undergraduate research, in addition to field courses we conduct at many other locations within Canada and internationally. Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a CV, a statement of pedagogical research interests and a teaching dossier. A complete teaching dossier includes a teaching statement, course outlines, course evaluations, and selected course materials (lecture slides, lab manuals) that directly support and illustrate the teaching statement. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead) sent directly to: Professor Donald Jackson, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto by email to mailto:chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca or mailed to 25 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3B2 Canada. Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is September 5, 2018.

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 assessed by the search committee 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.
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Assistant Professor – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – 1802289 , University of Toronto

Job Field: Tenure Stream 

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science 

Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Jul 10, 2018 

Job Closing: Sept 19, 2018 

Description: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Ecology and Evolution at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2019.


We seek candidates who conduct conceptually driven research, using field, lab, and/or quantitative approaches to study fundamental questions in ecology and/or evolution. We seek applications from candidates whose research program complements the research programs of the highly collaborative faculty currently in the department.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in ecology, evolution or a related field by July 1, 2019 or soon thereafter. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research with publications in top-ranked, field-relevant journals.  The successful candidate will be expected to mount an independent, innovative, active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidate 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.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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 Department of Cell and Systems Biology, 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 (http://www.uhn.ca/sunnybrook.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; http://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.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. 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, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto by email to:chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca or mailed to 25 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3B2 Canada. Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is September 19, 2018.

For further information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit our website athttp://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 assessed by the search committee 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. 
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Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Memorial University

The Ecosystem Ecology Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland is recruiting graduate (MSc and/or PhD) student(s) to study the impacts of consumers on ecosystem functioning at local and regional extents. Specifically, we are looking for a student(s) to i) develop spatial ecosystem ecology theory for consumer impacts within and across ecosystems and ii) conduct experiments and observational studies in our boreal study systems. Our lab is actively developing and testing predictions from spatial ecosystem ecology theory using moose (Alces alces) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) as case studies. Moose were introduced to the island of Newfoundland in the early 1900s and now the island sustains ~120,000 individuals and the highest densities of moose on the planet. Moose are having large impacts on forest and small stream ecosystems in Newfoundland. Atlantic salmon are a native anadromous and iteroparous fish found in streams across the island of Newfoundland. Salmon are an important biotic vector for the flux of nutrients between freshwater and marine ecosystems. Please visit our lab website to learn more about our research (http://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab).

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada with ~18,000 students (~3,200 graduate students). The Department of Biology at Memorial is diverse with ~30 faculty and ~100 graduate students. You can find out more about the department, graduate studies application procedures and funding at: http://www.mun.ca/biology/graduate/. The position(s) come with a guaranteed stipend but interested students should also visit the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for information on postgraduate scholarships: http://nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp.

Memorial’s main campus is in St John’s, a city of ~ 250,000 people on the Northeastern point of the island of Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with excellent access to cycling, trail running and hiking (http://eastcoasttrail.ca/), whale and seabird watching, cross-country skiing, fishing, etc.

Students interested in joining the lab starting in September 2019 should send a cv, transcripts and statement of research interest to: sleroux@mun.ca. We will begin considering applications on Sept. 15, 2018 until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to students with experience or a strong interest in mathematical modeling, spatial analysis, and/or field ecology.

Keywords: Atlantic salmon, community ecology, food web, meta-ecosystems, moose, nutrient cycling, subsidies, theoretical ecology

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Postdoctoral fellow – coral reef ecosystem recovery, University of Victoria, British Columbia. Application deadline: August 31st, 2018.

The Baum Lab at University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (https://baumlab.weebly.com; @BaumLab) seeks to recruit an outstanding postdoctoral fellow (PDF) who will lead research investigating mechanisms of coral reef ecosystem recovery following mass coral mortality.

Research Context and Specific Focus: The 2015-2017 mega El Niño unleashed globally unprecedented heat stress on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, a large coral atoll in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. With its strong spatial gradient of local human disturbance, Kiritimati offers an excellent platform for studying how local and global stressors interact. This post-doctoral fellow would have access to a wealth of ecological data collected as part of Dr. Baum’s long-term research program on Kiritimati.Drawing upon these data, the post-doctoral fellow would have the freedom to investigate various aspects of ecosystem recovery, from coral community composition and habitat complexity (using novel Structure-from-Motion imagery), to fish abundance and diversity, or food web rewiring (focused on fish trophic dynamics), depending on their interests and expertise. Research for the position would be supported for the full two years (to value of approximately $30K per year), including field research expenses, conference travel and publication costs.

Required Qualifications:
– A PhD in ecology, with a focus on marine ecology and/or stable isotope ecology;
– Excellent publication record (Minimum of 6 peer-reviewed publications);
– Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research;
– Excellent time management skills, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on projects to completion;
– Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to communicate research findings at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
Desired Qualifications:
– Scientific diver qualifications and extensive dive experience;
– Experience working in remote field sites;

Research Environment: The postdoc will be based in Prof. Julia Baum’s lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com; @BaumLab) in UVIC’s (https://www.uvic.ca/) Department of Biology. The Baum lab is a supportive and stimulating research environment, with a group of scientists who are committed to scientific outreach and policy, to open science, and to enhancing diversity in STEM. UVic is one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities (https://www.macleans.ca/schools/university-of-victoria/), has a vibrant ecology community (https://uvicecology.weebly.com/) and is located in beautiful Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Interested candidates should thoroughly familiarize themselves with Dr. Baum’s research program and details on her lab website.

Salary Funding: The fellow will need to secure his/her own salary funding by working with Dr. Baum to apply for an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp; Notes: Candidates for this fellowship must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada), a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship ((http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html; Notes: This highly competitive fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities and requires academic excellence and an outstanding publication record (e.g. ~8-12 peer-reviewed publications in quality journals); or a Mitacs Elevate Fellowship (https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/elevate; Notes: This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities). Dr. Baum will work with the successful applicant this summer/fall to craft the appropriate
postdoctoral fellowship application. International applicants are also strongly encouraged to determine if PDF funding opportunities are available from their home country that would enable them to hold the fellowship internationally, in the Baum Lab.

To apply: Candidates should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca) in a single PDF document, with your last name in the file name and the subject heading “CoralRecoveryPDF”:
-a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position, how your prior research experience qualifies you for the position, and your career goals;
-a CV (including publication list and clear specification of relevant quantitative skills; publication list may include publications in advanced stages of preparation);
-names and contact details for three references.
All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The Baum Lab and UVIC are committed to employment equity and we encourage applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities.
Start date: November 2018 – April 2019 (flexible); Applicant must be highly competitive for, and available to write PDF applications in time for this year’s deadlines. If starting in the lab this fall, applicant should also be available to attend the Baum Lab’s lab retreat Labour Day weekend in Banff National Park.
Deadline to Apply: Fri. August 31st, 2018.

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Postdoctoral fellow, University of Victoria, British Columbia. Application deadline: July 31st, 2018.

The Baum Lab at University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (https://baumlab.weebly.com; @BaumLab) seeks to recruit an outstanding, highly quantitative postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to lead research investigating how the relationships between corals and their microbial partners (bacteria, Symbiodinium) vary with local and global stressors, and the extent to which the microbiome influences coral resilience to thermal stress.

Research Context and Specific Focus: The 2015-2017 mega El Niño unleashed globally unprecedented heat stress on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, a large coral atoll in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. With its strong spatial gradient of local human disturbance, Kiritimati offers an excellent platform for studying how local and global stressors interact. We tagged, sampled and tracked >1,000 individual coral colonies from multiple species over space (across Kiritimati’s local disturbance gradient) and time (before, during and after the El Niño event) to characterize coral-associated microbial communities. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct bioinformatics and statistical analyses to synthesize our longitudinal next-
generation sequencing (16S and ITS2) data set from these coral samples to investigate:
1) how coral-associated symbiont and microbial communities vary with local disturbance and with
multiple stressors (local disturbance and heat stress), and the influence of these communities on resilience to thermal stress; 2) covariance between coral-associated microbial and symbiont communities under single and multiple stressors. The fellow would also have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork on Kiritimati in the summers of 2019 and/or 2020. Together, these activities provide the opportunity to address questions of fundamental importance to coral reef resilience under climate change.

Required Qualifications:
– A PhD in ecology, oceanography, mathematical biology, statistics, or computer science;
– Excellent publication record (Minimum of 8 peer-reviewed publications);
– Considerable experience processing, manipulating, and modelling large next-generation
sequencing data set. Demonstrated proficiency with Unix, R and/or Python, and with
software tools for bioinformatics pipelines and microbiome analyses;
-Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research;
-Experience working with microbial or Symbiodinium data sets and an in-depth
understanding of the related literature;
-Excellent time management skills, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely
manner, and follow through on projects to completion;
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work both independently
and collaboratively, and to communicate research findings at
professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Research Environment: The postdoc will be based in Prof. Julia Baum’s lab
(https://baumlab.weebly.com; @BaumLab) in UVIC’s (https://www.uvic.ca/) Department of
Biology. The Baum lab is a supportive and stimulating research environment, with a group
of scientists who are committed to scientific outreach and policy, to open science, and to
enhancing diversity in STEM. UVic is one of Canada’s top comprehensive
universities (https://www.macleans.ca/schools/university-of-victoria/), has a vibrant
ecology community (https://uvicecology.weebly.com/) and is located in beautiful Victoria,
on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The PDF will also work collaboratively with Prof.
Rebecca Vega-Thurber
(http://vegathurberlab.oregonstate.edu), Dr. Ross Cunning (http://www.rosscunning.com/)
and Prof. Andrew Baker (http://yyy.rsmas.miami.edu/groups/reef-futures/people.html).

Funding: Funding is available for a one-year initial period to cover the postdoctoral
fellows’ salary ($55,000 per annum including medical and dental benefits), a new laptop
computer and attendance at a major conference. Funding for a second and third year is
contingent on the postdoctoral candidate applying, and being successful in the competition for either:

1)   an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-
Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp; Notes: Candidates for this
fellowship must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; Fellowship is
$45,000 per annum with an October 15, 2018 deadline, and
would be topped up to $55,000, assuming satisfactory progress in year one; or

2)   a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-
accueil.html; Notes: This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities; Fellowship is
$70,000 per annum with an August 21, 2018 internal UVic deadline.
Both of these fellowships are highly competitive and require academic excellence and an
outstanding publication record (e.g. ~8-12 peer-reviewed publications in quality journals).

Alternatively, the post-doc could be funded for two years directly through a MITACS Elevate Fellowship (internal deadline) https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/elevate; Notes: This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities; Fellowship is $55,00 per annum.

Dr. Baum will work with the successful applicant this summer/fall to craft the appropriate
postdoctoral fellowship application. International applicants are also strongly encouraged
to determine if PDF funding opportunities are available from their home country
that would enable them to hold the fellowship internationally, in the Baum Lab.

To apply: Candidates should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca) in a single PDF document, with your last name in the file name and the subject heading “Coral Microbiome PDF”:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position, how your prior research experience qualifies you for the position, and your career goals;
  • a CV (including publication list and clear specification of relevant quantitative skills; publication list may include publications in advanced stages of preparation that will be in the review process by the above postdoctoral fellowship deadline dates);
  • names and contact details for three references.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Canadian immigration
requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
The Baum Lab and UVIC are committed to employment equity and we encourage
applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with
disabilities.

Start date: September 2018 – February 2019 (flexible); Applicant must be highly competitive for, and available to write PDF applications in time for this year’s deadlines. If starting in the lab this fall, applicant should also be available to attend the Baum Lab’s lab retreat Labour
Day weekend in Banff.

Deadline to Apply: Extended to July 31st, 2018.

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Neuroscience, Position # 26017, University of Manitoba. Closing date: September 15, 2018.

The Departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science invite applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track joint position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, commencing July 1, 2019, or on a date mutually agreed upon. The Departments seek an emerging scholar with a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. We seek an energetic, interdisciplinary, and visionary early career scholar committed to the study of Neuroscience and Cognition preferably with a research program that uses computational methods and theory. The candidate will hold a doctoral degree (and preferably post-doctoral experience) in a relevant discipline such as Biology, Computer Science, Psychology, Neuroscience or Neurobiology. The successful candidate will carry out research and develop a competitive research program that emphasizes mechanistic aspects of the neurophysiology, molecular, or cognitive processes underlying behaviour. Preference will be given to candidates with a bioinformatics, computational or “big data” focus on neurobiology. The successful candidate will have their home department in either Biological Sciences or Computer Science. Duties will include meaningful contributions to the research, teaching and service activities of both Departments. The successful candidate will have a track record of high quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications; will either have, or demonstrate the potential to establish, an independent, innovative, scholarly, externally fundable research program; will have demonstrated strength in or strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions; and will exhibit evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To enhance our department and create role models for a diverse population of students, we particularly invite application from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment.

The Department of Computer Science currently has 23 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and 8 Instructors, and offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and its applications. The Department of Biological Sciences currently has 31 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and 7 Instructors, and offers a full range of both undergraduate and graduate programs in molecular biology, evolution, development, systematics, ecology and behavior, pathology, toxicology, and physiology. The Department of Biological Sciences has a well-established and equipped research facility, including microscopy and plant growth facilities, and is supported by strong research links with other University of Manitoba departments including Microbiology, Chemistry, and Plant Sciences. Further information about the Departments can be obtained from cs.umanitoba.ca and umanitoba.ca/science/biological_sciences. Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and ethnic festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at <winnipeg.ca>.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a summary of research interests, a three page research plan, a description of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references, should be sent to search@cs.umanitoba.ca (PDF files preferred). Please ensure to specify position number 26017 in the application. For further information contact the Search Committee Chair at search@cs.umanitoba.ca. The closing date for receipt of applications is September 15, 2018. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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Post-Doctoral Position in Centre for Urban Environments – University of Toronto Mississauga

The Centre for Urban Environments (CUE) (www.urbanenvironment.ca) is seeking applications for two post-doctoral researchers to study any topic related to urban environments (including cities, towns and villages) in the social sciences, natural sciences or humanities at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). CUE is a new academic centre with the mission of providing local, national and global leadership in research, education, policy and outreach on urban environmental issues. Topics of research by CUE post-docs may include, but are not restricted to: policy related to the impact of climate change on cities, urban ecology and conservation, urban socioecology, pollution and ecosystem health in cities, urban evolutionary biology, urban anthropology including historical and contemporary indigenous communities, human health in cities, the economy of the city environment, the role of art in urban landscapes, and more. Proposed research that bridges traditional disciplines is an asset and should be highlighted in the cover letter and research statement. Before applying, applicants should identify and contact at least two potential supervisors at UTM, who will jointly supervise and are willing to support their application. To find potential supervisors, please see faculty listed in the following UTM departments:

Department of Anthropology – www.utm.utoronto.ca/anthropology
Department of Biology – www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology
Department of Geography – www.utm.utoronto.ca/geography/
Department of Political Science – www.utm.utoronto.ca/political-science

Faculty from other UTM departments are also eligible to sponsor applications provided they are open to working on urban environmental issues.

In addition to conducting original research, the CUE post-docs are expected to contribute to the broader mission of CUE, which may include giving academic and public lectures, hosting seminar speakers or organizing a workshop.

The University of Toronto is the leading academic institution in Canada and among the top universities in the world. The UTM campus offers excellent facilities for research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), high performance cluster computing, geospatial computing labs, access to census and other social data products, online survey tools (e.g. Qualtrics), world-class libraries, housing, and 90 hectares of fields, forests, trails and a wild salmon/trout river for research and recreation. We also have strong relationships with local and regional governments, conservation authorities, NGOs and private industry. The cities of Toronto and Mississauga are interconnected and culturally diverse, with many restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (galleries, museums, theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Please submit applications to the Director of CUE, Prof. Marc Johnson (marc.johnson@utoronto.ca). Questions about CUE can be directed to the Director, including a list of faculty.

Additional details are as follows:

Starting salary: $45,000 CDN + benefits and $5,000/year in research funds (more research funds may be provided by supervisors)

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Dec. 1, 2018

Duration: 2 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence August 15

Applications should include: i) a cover letter (please identify the potential supervisors in this letter); ii) full CV; iii) a one-page research statement indicating the planned research and how the applicant plans to contribute to the mission of CUE; iv) examples of up to three publications and/or creative works; and iv) contact information for three references.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement and this job is posted in accordance with the collective agreement. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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.

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Postdoctoral or Research Associate Position in genomics and bioinformatics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has a position available for a postdoctoral fellow or research associate with demonstrable expertise in genomics and bioinformatics starting September 2018. We are particularly seeking individuals that have experiences in genome wide association studies.

The successful candidate will participate in the ‘BeeOMICs’ project – a large-scale association study of honey bees comprised of over one thousand colony ‘genomes’ and many colony-level phenotypes.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their expertise, a CV, reprints of relevant papers, and contact information for 3 referees to honeybee@yorku.ca before August 25th. Compensation commensurate with experience.

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FUNDED PhD POSITION IN THEORETICAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA [Vancouver and Kelowna, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student to conduct dissertation research on the mathematical basis underlying wildlife management and conservation. The application of mathematical modeling in ecological and evolutionary theory is well established (Otto and Day 2007), yet there remains significant room for the innovation of quantitative mathematical modelling in the applied realms of wildlife science. The student will explore the governing dynamics of topics such as:

  • eco-evolutionary outcomes of human-wildlife conflict;
  • consumer-resource models of hunter harvesting;
  • human-carnivore competition for ungulates;
  • commensal interactions between micro- and macro-predators;
  • decision-support tools to assist in management, conservation, and policy related to wildlife.

These topics may focus on systems associated with people, large carnivores, and ungulates in British Columbia, including wildlife species such as wolves, cougars, black and grizzly bears, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, and big horn sheep.

Minimal qualifications: include a demonstrated interest in quantitative modelling in the life sciences and willingness to develop models to answer applied questions. This project is primarily computer lab based, with opportunities for stakeholder engagement and field visits to better understand system dynamics. Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred.

Timeline: Start date negotiable (2018 or 2019), applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs of Dr. Sarah Otto (UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, BC) and Dr. Adam T. Ford (UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC), who will co-supervise the student. We anticipate will spend the early part of their PhD degree in the Otto Lab in Vancouver [http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~otto/] to shore up their skills in mathematical modelling. The student will then transition to the Wildlife Restoration Ecology Lab [http://atford.weebly.com/] in Kelowna to further develop and apply their modelling work. The PhD Student will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members of, and facilities managed by, the Kelowna-based BRAES Institute (http://braes.ok.ubc.ca/) and the Vancouver-based Biodiversity Research Center (https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/).

Application instructions: Please email [adam.ford@ubc.ca] a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating (a) past experiences in mathematical modeling in ecology, evolution, or life sciences; (b) areas of interest/growth for your PhD topic(s); (c) broader goals of your PhD; (d) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a recent CV; (3) copies [unofficial is fine] of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) contact information for 2-3 references. Please use the subject header “Quantitative Modelling PhD Application”.

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