Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University. Application deadline: November 1, 2019.

Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Field Biology
Home Faculty: Science
Home Department/Area/Division: Biology
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2020

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Field Biology at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding early career record in ecological field research at the organismal, population or community levels of study. These areas of ecology intersect a broad suite of ecological theories including (but not restricted to) those in landscape ecology, conservation biology, plant/animal physiology, disease transmission and population genetics. Key criteria will include exploration of ecological questions across taxa, expertise in a variety of field biology experimental techniques and strong empirical skills.

The successful candidate will join a strong ecological research community in the Department of Biology that includes a Canada Research Chair in Ecotoxicology, a York Research Chair (YRC) in Global Change Biology and a YRC in Genomics.

The Biology Department is a member of the Ontario Program in Field Biology and also offers stand-alone local field courses. This position will enhance current teaching in Field Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Management, and involve the supervision of honours thesis field projects. Collaborations between research groups within Biology, Glendon College, and the newly proposed Faculty of Environment are anticipated.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biology or related discipline, postdoctoral experience, an outstanding research record that includes excellent research output and momentum as well as publishing in very high-quality refereed journals, demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research, and will be expected to develop an innovative independent research program.

The candidate must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and will teach in both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred.

Further information about the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science can be found at

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, Chair of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; applicants who are external to York University will not be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at Completed forms should sent to with “Field Biology” in the subject line.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2019. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae, an outline of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and copies of three publications to with “Field Biology” in the subject line, and arrange for three signed reference letters to be sent by the same deadline to the same email address.

Posting End Date: November 1, 2019


M.Sc. Position Available, Department of Biology, University of Victoria

Biodiversity of Phytoplankton from the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans: using molecular tools to understand biological oceanography

Department of Biology

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a 2-year M.Sc. research project in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (, commencing in January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. This position is part of an exciting project: “Oceans of Biodiversity” (, which aims to characterize the distribution and diversity of marine organisms through high-throughput DNA barcoding and other molecular genetic approaches.

The genetic diversity of marine phytoplankton is vastly under-characterized. This project will develop methods and undertake metabarcoding of mixed-species assemblages of phytoplankton from the subarctic North Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Arctic region (Bering and Chukchi Seas).  Through the use of state-of-the-art molecular sequencing techniques, microscopy and computation, the student will analyze samples collected during oceanographic cruises to provide detailed information of the composition of phytoplankton assemblages.  In parallel, the student will focus the attention to those diatom taxa responsible for harmful effects on fin- and shellfish fisheries and aquaculture, and on natural fish and avian populations through the production of domoic acid.

This project is ideal for a student with a strong background in cell and molecular biology and knowledge of marine biology, interested in the application of these techniques to environmental science. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Ryan Gawryluk (Department of Biology) and Dr. Diana Varela (Department of Biology, and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences), and will have opportunities to interact with other researchers at the University of Victoria and across Canada through their participation in the “Oceans of Biodiversity” and “Food from Thought” projects.

Preference will be given to a student with an excellent academic standing (GPA > 7/9 in the UVic scale or 3.3/4), and appropriate background. Applications are open to international candidates as well as Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Applicants should submit a resume highlighting their previous research experience, copies of university transcripts (undergraduate and graduate as appropriate – unofficial copies are adequate at this stage) and a brief statement of scientific and academic interests to both: Drs. Ryan Gawryluk ( and Diana Varela (


Opportunity for a PhD or a Postdoctoral position – Modeling individual variability in behaviour and demography of boreal caribou

Boreal caribou is a cultural keystone species for Indigenous peoples and an indicator of broad-scale changes in ecosystem dynamics. Despite their ecological and cultural value, boreal caribou are imperiled across much of their range, and are listed as threatened on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). Accordingly they are subject to a comprehensive national recovery strategy and action plan (Environment Canada 2017, 2012). The mechanisms behind variation in the population trajectories of boreal caribou are critical to understand. Many studies suggest a high-level of adaptation to local or range-wide ecological and climatic conditions as well as individual variation in behaviour including the responses to human and natural disturbance, and ultimately survivorship and population dynamics. Such findings have relevance to our understanding of intraspecific behavioural plasticity, the species’ inherent potential to adapt to rapidly changing environments and our ability to forecast population trajectories. However, there has been no work to systematically quantify this variability within and among herds across Canada.

To address this knowledge gap, we seek to quantify intraspecific variability in the habitat ecology and demographic outcomes for populations of boreal caribou that are representative of the range of variability in ecological, climatic and human factors, the range of observed behaviours being considered as analogues for future adaptive strategies. Our goal is to build agent-based models to explore the response of individual caribou to landscape change, including future changes in vegetation communities, human and natural disturbance, and climate. Reproductive and survival outcomes from simulated caribou will allow us to explore the population implications of environmental change and to evaluate management actions designed to increase the likelihood of persistence of these caribou across the boreal range.

Our team is offering a postdoctoral research opportunity or a PhD position with the following objectives:

  1. Quantify the variation in habitat selection among individual caribou and relate it to individual survival, including the spatial representation of predation and disease.
  2. Adapt an existing mechanistic energetics model to calculate the reproductive consequences of caribou demonstrating the range of identified distribution strategies along a disturbance gradient.
  3. Develop or adapt, and apply, Agent-Based Models (ABM) to investigate the seasonal movements and distribution strategies of caribou considering internal state, motion and navigation capacities.
  4. Relate the resulting movement to factors such as vegetation change, predation risk, and climate.
  5. Apply the ABM to contemporary landscapes and to future landscapes under climate-driven changes in natural disturbances (e.g. fire), emergent or altered distribution of plant communities, and changes in the nature and intensity of the human footprint.

The project will start in September 2019 or January 2020, with a grant for a 2-year (postdoc) or a 4-year (PhD) period. The candidate will be based at UQAR (Rimouski, QC), under the supervision of Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, and co-supervised by Chris Johnson at UNBC (Prince George, BC), where he/she will have to spend 6-12 months. Our collaborative team will count on the expertise of Cheryl Ann Johnson (ECCC, Ottawa, ON), Steve Cumming (U. Laval, Québec city, QC) and Eliot McIntire (NRCan, Victoria, BC). The candidate will interact with the other members of research team and will be invited to travel between the different research centers.


  • Highly motivated and determined to complete a project and to publish the findings.
  • Track-record publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Interest in spatial ecology and experience analysing location data.
  • Advanced understanding of statistical and spatial analyses (R, SAS, STATA).
  • Ability and willingness to work productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to speak French is an asset, but is not essential.

How to apply: If interested, please send a CV with contact information (phone, email address) of at least 2 references and a cover letter before Friday August 23rd, 2019 (to start in September 2019) or before Monday September 30th, 2019 (to start in January 2020) to:


Funded PhD Position in Forest Health at the University of Toronto

I am looking for an enthusiastic and creative graduate student to undertake a PhD in spatial ecology and forest health in Forestry at the U of T ( Work in our lab aims to improve understanding of landscape-level disturbance and recovery processes in forest ecosystems to inform sustainable resource management.

I am specifically looking for students interested in studying the cumulative effects of forest disturbances on forest health. Possible projects include:

1)    Exploring how the spatial legacies of forest insect outbreaks affect fire activity

2)    Examining the cumulative effects of multiple disturbances on wildlife habitat quantity, quality, and connectivity

3)    Forecasting future disturbance interactions under climate and land-use change using spatially explicit simulation models

The successful applicant should have an MSc, a strong background in ecology, an interest in forestry and forest conservation, and experience with quantitative analysis and statistics (e.g., R).

Funding is available at a level of $18,000/year for 4 years. Please note that this funding opportunity is available only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The targeted start date is January 2020.

To apply, please send a short letter of motivation and a copy of your CV to:

More information on the lab can be found here :


Five two-year postdoctoral positions in plant biodiversity

The Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO) seeks to understand how environmental changes are altering plant biodiversity in Canadian ecosystems, using spectranomics (spectral signatures and images of plant leaves and canopies). CABO is funded by NSERC’s Discovery Frontiers Program and involves researchers from four Canadian universities: Université de Montréal (UdeM), McGill, University of British Columbia (UBC), and Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS).

We are currently looking for five two-year postdocs to address core research questions of our project, making use of field and imagery data collected in the first two years (2018 and 2019) of CABO across sites in forests, grasslands, wetlands, and tundra. The five research topics of interest are listed below, with the name of the primary supervisor and location of tenure for the postdoc in parentheses. For all positions we seek candidates with high-level skills in handling and analysis of the relevant data types (preferably in R or Matlab), and a proven record of publishing on relevant topics. Details about each project are available by following the links below.

  1. Phylogenetic structure of leaf spectra (Anne Bruneau , UdeM; details here)
  2. Leading dimensions of leaf spectral variation, and predicting traits from spectra (Etienne Laliberté , UdeM; details here)
  3. Plant spectral diversity as an integrator and predictor of community-level taxonomic and functional diversity (Mark Vellend , UdeS; details here)
  4. Vegetation community and functional trait mapping from airborne and UAV hyperspectral imagery (Margaret Kalacska , McGill; details here)
  5. Mapping plant traits across Canadian ecosystems using Hyperion data (Nicholas Coops , UBC; details here)

Applicants should send a letter explaining their motivation and relevant skill set, a CV and the names of three references to . Applicants should mention in their letter of motivation which of the five topic(s) they want to work on, and justify this choice.

The deadline for sending in applications is October 15th 2019 , but we will consider applications until all five positions are filled. The expected start date would be in January 2020, with some flexibility.


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University. Application deadline: October 15, 2019.

Position Rank: Full Time Teaching Stream – Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Discipline/Field: Ecology
Home Faculty: Science
Home Department/Area/Division: Biology
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2020

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University invites applications for a teaching-stream tenure-track position in Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will develop, teach, and enhance the Department’s current undergraduate courses in Biostatistics and contribute to teaching in the Ecology program according to their expertise. A PhD in Biological Science (specifically in the field of Ecology) with strong working knowledge of advanced statistical analysis is required by the time of application. Applicants will have demonstrated experience in science education and biology education research, particularly post-PhD Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses, and a strong commitment to evidence-based pedagogy and student success. A record of pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning is preferred as is experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment. The successful applicant will be expected to teach ecology at all levels and biostatistics to students at least at the second-year level.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team and within the department. This position includes service. Applicants should provide evidence of contributions to service (administrative and committee work), outreach, and pertinent activities in and outside academia.

Further information about the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science can be found at

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Dr. Tamara Kelly, Chair of the Search Committee at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416‐736‐5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at . Completed forms should be sent to with “Teaching Stream Ecology/Stats” in the subject line.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 15, 2019. Applicants should submit a signed cover letter outlining professional experience relevant to this position, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy) that supports excellence and innovation in teaching (i.e. course outlines, teaching strategies, teaching reviews, and other selected course materials). The teaching dossier can also include workshop and professional development programs attended or led, conference papers and/or publications relating to pedagogy. Please provide context and reasons for what is included in the teaching dossier (e.g., annotated course materials). Short-listed applicants will be asked to arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Dr. Tamara Kelly, Department of Biology, York University by the referees before the day of the interview; referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted to with “Teaching Stream Ecology/Stats” in the subject line.


Lab Tech Position, York University, Toronto, Canada

The Zayed Lab ( in the Department of Biology, York University (Toronto, Canada), has a position available for a Lab Tech with expertise in insect molecular biology and genetics starting Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will participate in a pioneering project to improve the health of Canadian honey bees. Our research will measure stressor-induced changes in the honey bee transcriptome in order to identify diagnostic markers of colony health.

We are particularly seeking individuals that have expertise in RNA extraction and gene expression profiling, as well as experience in training and working with undergraduate students.

Degree: MSc or PhD in Biology

Salary: $45,000 per year

Please submit your cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 referees to by September 12th, 2019.


Liber Ero Fellowship Program – call for post-doctoral applications

On behalf of Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto
Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2019.  See for more details.

Please see to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Sally Otto


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM. Application deadline: September 30, 2019.

Job Description

The Faculty of Science, University of Windsor, invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) to lead a project in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in STEM under the mentorship of Dr. Tricia Breen Carmichael, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. The position will involve conducting research to advance the science and practice of EDI in academic STEM and related fields. The PDF will work closely with the faculty mentor and the EDI Working Group with a view to diversifying STEM at the University of Windsor, by identifying barriers and enablers for action. The PDF will employ a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary approach that will include discourse analysis, network analysis, case studies, and interviews with key stakeholders in the fields of race/immigration, gender identity, sexual orientation, indigeneity, and disability in order to gain a deep and rich understanding of practices and discourses of students, faculty, researchers and policy-makers in this area. This study will guide the development of innovative ways to address EDI-related issues in STEM, where, despite a strong record of advancing equality and human rights, inequalities remain on the basis of gender identity, race, indigeneity, disability, and sexual orientation.

Typical responsibilities will include the following:

  • Generate a set of research questions and develop a research plan in collaboration with the lead mentor and in consultation with other faculty engaged in EDI issues
  • Lead and manage project activities, including conducting literature reviews, preparing interview questions, recruiting and interviewing subjects, conducting network and critical discourse analyses, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing materials for internal Research Ethics Board review
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research results including project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, as well as workshops with faculty and staff at the University of Windsor
  • Develop proposals for regional and national research funding
  • Seek opportunities for collaborative research and publication
  • Contribute to policy development around EDI in the Faculty of Science
  • Participate in the Faculty of Science EDI Working Group
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned

Educational Requirements PhD in any field in STEM or the Social Sciences and related disciplines

Qualifications and Experience

  • Solid background in one or more of the following research areas: critical theoretical perspectives on diversity and inclusivity; gender equality and LGBTQ2S+ rights; indigenization of curricula; identifying barriers to EDI in STEM
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods experience, including conducting interviews and surveys, critical discourse analysis, and data analysis
  • Proficiency in designing and carrying out research projects in higher education and/or STEM professions concerning diversity
  • Successful and proven track record of managing projects, meeting deadlines, peer-reviewed publications, and high-quality conference presentations Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a research team, mentor student researchers, and take the lead in organizing collaborative work
  • Strong organizational, project management, and oral and written communication skills  

Application Instructions

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Start date: Arranged in consultation with faculty mentor and will begin as early as Nov. 1, 2019.
Term: One year, with the potential to be renewed for a second year.

Apply to Dr. Tricia Breen Carmichael ( via email with the subject “Postdoc EDI in STEM”. The full application will include a single PDF file consisting of:

  • a cover letter describing your research interests and suitability (maximum two pages)
  • a CV, including a list of your publications
  • a statement on your strengths and experiences in increasing EDI
  • contact details of three professional references.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Applications submitted through employment agencies will not be considered.

Additional Information

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. We are committed to strengthening these relationships within the University and beyond, and to ensure that indigenous perspectives and knowledge systems are incorporated and fully acknowledged in the work of this committee and our collective scholarship. The University of Windsor is a welcoming community that is committed to equity and supports diversity in its teaching, learning, and work environments. The University recently signed on to the NSERC Dimensions Charter in a commitment to embed EDI principles in policies, practices, action plans, and culture. In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Windsor is a comprehensive, student-centred university with 15,500 students from more than 85 different countries enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including several professional schools. The University’s strength as an internationally oriented, multi-disciplinary institution actively enables a broad diversity of students, faculty, and staff to make a better world through education, scholarship, research, and engagement. Located on the scenic Detroit River waterfront in Canada’s southernmost city, the University of Windsor provides a dynamic, supportive, diverse, and safe campus adjacent to urban amenities. For more information, please visit the University website at


Grad student positions in Marine Mammal Ecology and Ecotoxicology Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University. Start date: January or until filled.

The Ecological Change and Environmental Stressors Lab seeks highly motivated applicants for Master’s and PhD positions. Our group works within the fields of marine ecology and ecotoxicology, focusing on the trophic ecology and food webs of Arctic marine mammals. We use ecological tracers, including stable isotopes and fatty acids, to assess trophic relationships, habitat use, and feeding habits. This work addresses applied questions regarding the influence of rapid warming and sea ice loss on the feeding and food web relationships of native and northward range-shifting species within Arctic marine ecosystems. A key aspect involves investigating how ecological changes interact with other anthropogenic stressors facing wildlife, particularly contaminants such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants. Students will develop projects combining field, lab, and data analysis approaches, and will collaborate with Canadian and international academic, government, and Inuit community partners. Projects entail potential for Arctic fieldwork and opportunities to present at national and international conferences.

We seek highly motivated students holding a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree for PhD candidates) or equivalent from an accredited university in natural resources, ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental science, toxicology or a closely related field, preferably with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Laboratory analysis of stable isotopes, fatty acids, or contaminants in animal tissues or other matrices
  • Analytical instrumentation (e.g., GC, HPLC, MS)
  • Field sampling and/or identification
  • Statistical analysis of biological or environmental data (e.g., in R)

Potential students will have to apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill, which has strict admission standards (min GPA of 3.0/4.0, or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years). Transcripts, letters of support, CV, and a strong personal statement are part of the application. Deadlines for winter term (Jan 2020 start date) are Oct. 15th for Canadian applicants (Aug. 31st for international applicants) or, for fall term (Sept. 2020 start date), are May 31st for Canadian applicants (Mar. 15th for international applicants).

McGill University is Canada’s premiere university for research excellence and teaching, is one of the top 50 universities worldwide, and was recently named the International Sustainability Institution of the Year. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, just 30 km from vibrant downtown Montreal, providing students with both urban culture and recreational opportunities. Graduate students at Mac campus are ¼ of the student body and the campus houses 8 graduate programs and 100+ faculty members.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

For more information on the Ecological Change and Environmental Stressors Lab, the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, and McGill University, please visit: ; http://mcgill.ca

Annual student stipends will be provided, with opportunities for supplementation through applications for scholarships and teaching assistantships.

Please send a letter indicating your research experience and goals, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Melissa McKinney, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, at