Graduate student opportunity in Hotwater Physa at Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park

We are seeking potential graduate students (MSc preferred) to work on projects that address natural history knowledge gaps, the life history, food requirements, threats, captive rearing, taxonomy, systematics and relatedness to snails in other thermal springs. Fieldwork may be a component of the project.

Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) is a small freshwater snail endemic to thermal springs within Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park situated in northeast British Columbia. The species was assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1998 as Endangered, a status that was re-examined and confirmed in 2000 and 2008. Hotwater Physa was listed as Endangered under the federal Species At Risk Act in 2003. The University of Regina, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada are collaborating on the species’ recovery actions.

Natural history and biological information on Hotwater Physa is limited. The species was first noted in 1973 and taxonomically described in 1985. The initial COSEWIC status report is the earliest information on population estimates, and water quality data such as temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. Further work completed in 2000 and 2001 provides additional water quality data (temperature and conductivity) and estimated snail abundance along a portion of Alpha Stream. Additional field studies were completed in 2007, 2008, 2012-2016.

These graduate positions will be based out of the University of Regina, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Environment, and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Travel costs between sites, including field work at Liard hotsprings, and to international conferences will be covered.

To apply, please send: 1) a CV; 2) unofficial copies of academic transcripts; and 3) a brief description of your research interests to: kerri.finlay@uregina.ca. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. Start dates are flexible, but preference will be made for students who can begin in Sept 2017 or Jan 2018. For more details on graduate applications see: https://www.uregina.ca/gradstudies/. More detail on Dr. Finlay’s lab can be found at http://kerrifinlay.wixsite.com/kerri.

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PhD, MSc, and potential PDF positions in ecology at University of Ottawa

The Conservation and Macroecology research group at University of Ottawa, led by Jeremy Kerr, is offering fully funded PhD (preferred) and MSc positions to address questions related to how habitat and climate changes interact with species’ traits to alter the structure of butterfly and bumblebee communities across environmental gradients. This work includes collaborative opportunities with national and international research leaders and for interactions with policy processes uniquely available in Ottawa. Postdoctoral (PDF) applications will also be considered.

Research will integrate field research with broad-scale (macroecological) models. Projects include opportunities for advances in conservation biology, global change biology, integrating understanding from evolutionary ecology. Projects will fall within the scope of Kerr’s research program (http://www.macroecology.ca/Papers.html) and are supported by an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.

Our research group embraces diversity and we maintain a welcoming and enriching atmosphere in all aspects of our work. Current and past lab members have enjoyed outstanding successes, finding careers in the professoriate, research scientists, and as conservationists.

Successful applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, have skills with R or a strong motivation to learn those skills, excellent capacity to work collegially and supportively with all members of the research group, and an interest in combining field research on butterflies and/or bumblebees and macroecological analyses. Applicants with interests in both pure and applied conservation questions are particularly welcome.

Ottawa is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful cities, with exceptional cultural and outdoor activities throughout the year.

For graduate students, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We will begin considering applications on June 26 and will continue doing so until all positions are filled. We are looking for successful applicants to begin as soon as possible.

Send electronic applications, including a brief and informative cover letter, CV, transcript copies (official or unofficial), and the names of two references to Jeremy Kerr (jkerr@uottawa.ca).

Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums

Competition No.  –  S106632956

Posting Date  –   Jun 09, 2017

Closing Date  –   Jul 14, 2017

Position Type  –  Full Time – Operating Funded

Salary Range  –  $62,877 to $87,627 per year

This regular continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca.

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Assistant Director (Collections Management) and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections.

For further information and to apply, please go to: http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106632956/

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON AMERICAL EELS WITH FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

A two-year postdoctoral fellow or term research biologist position is available to develop a quantitative stock-wide assessment of American Eel, funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) International Governance Strategy. The research will be undertaken under the joint supervision of Dr. Xinhua Zhu of DFO’s Central and Arctic Region (Winnipeg, Manitoba), and Dr. David Cairns of DFO’s Gulf Region (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island), along with academic collaborators from the University of British Columbia and Acadia University.

CONTEXT

The American Eel consists of a single panmictic stock that occupies the West Atlantic Ocean and inflowing waters between Greenland and northern South America. Because of its status as a single stock, assessments should be conducted range-wide. However, both science and management of the American Eel are currently geographically fragmented. Challenges to building an adequate pan-species assessment methodology include the presence of fisheries in some areas and their absence in others, a diverse array of non-fisheries population impactors (e.g. barriers to river migration, invasive parasites, toxic contaminants), and demographic parameters which are highly variable, but poorly known or unknown in large parts of the stock area.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The goal of this project is to construct a workable assessment framework for the American Eel stock. This will involve integration of fisheries-oriented assessment techniques with approaches that address unfished subpopulations and non-fisheries threats, to produce a species-wide understanding of American Eel population dynamics and status. The work will involve, but not be limited to, the application of existing statistical tools to integrate metadata, standardization of abundance and biomass against a set of associated biological, ecological and geographic variables, and geostatistical assessment of the habitat-oriented dependence of spatial distribution of abundance and biomass. The work will require testing the suitability and performance of a variety of conventional or Bayesian statistical toolboxes. Given the collaborative nature of this project, travel will be required to consult and communicate research progress with partners within Canada. This project will also very likely involve some international travel to benefit from recent progress on similar work in other jurisdictions (e.g. Europe and New Zealand). Additionally, through this process, we anticipate the development of collaborative partnerships with academic and government biologists from the US and the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Region, which might facilitate the implementation of range-wide assessment methodologies. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants will hold a PhD degree and have demonstrated expertise in advanced statistical modeling, computational analysis, and scientific programming. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and/or French are assets.  Successful candidates will also have a proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals.  

DETAILS

Salary: $55,000 CAD per annum.

Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extending if additional funding is available

Start date: preferably in the summer of 2017 but a start date in the fall 2017 is possible

Location: There is some flexibility with respect to the location but the candidate will be required to work at one of DFO’s science laboratories.

INSTRUCTIONS

To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, update curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to Xinhua Zhu (Xinhua.Zhu@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and David Cairns (David.Cairns@dfo-mpo.gc.ca). Applications will be considered immediately, and until the position is filled.

REGULAR PROFESSOR IN ECOLOGY WITH EXPERTISE IN BIOSTATISTICS, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Application deadline: August 7, 2017.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human-scale institution performing activities primarily in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions, in the Hautes Laurentides RCM and with Aboriginal communities. For more than a quarter of a century, UQAT has distinguished itself at several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role at the regional, provincial, national and international scales. Its unique development model builds on partnerships in all its areas of coverage, thus ensuring accessibility to university education. It has developed a wide range of fields that today makes its reputation: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and First Peoples.

Since its creation, forest research has always been an integral component of UQAT’s development plans. Strategic choices and initiatives, among which a partnership with UQAM, have enabled UQAT to create a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in “ecology and sustainable forest management” and “wood valorisation, characterization and processing”. These choices have made UQAT a key hub in education, research and technology transfer, well-respected in Quebec, Canada and abroad. With the creation in 2011 of the Forest Research Institute (IRF), UQAT has developed a structure to contribute further to science and technology. IRF relies on a team of ure researchers, an industrial chair, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialized laboratories, and an extensive network of local and international partnerships and alliances. IRF attracts over $3 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognized scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is involved in technology transfer through the conduct of numerous knowledge dissemination activities. Renewed in 2014, the NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management confirms the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and practices for ecosystem- based sustainable forest management. IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, and generates significant spin-offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

The Forest Research Institute (IRF) is seeking to fill a position of:

REGULAR PROFESSOR IN ECOLOGY WITH EXPERTISE IN BIOSTATISTICS

Competition no. 2017-10

Date : May 19, 2017

FUNCTION:

The candidate must be able to develop a research program in ecology and conservation of species living in forest landscapes,

and must have an interest in doing research in partnership with companies and government agencies associated with the mining and forestry sectors. This person must be ready to work in a region, in a small university whose mission is, among other things, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. The incumbent will be required to give courses on analysis and modeling of ecological data (ECL7102 and ECL8202) under UQAT’s Master’s degree in Ecology, and will be required to mentor the research work of students completing a Master’s degree in Ecology (http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/?lang=en&menu=mat-eco) or a Doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences (http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/?lang=en&menu=doc-env). Both graduate programs are offered at UQAT.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph. D. in biology, forestry, environmental science, biogeography or a related discipline, and expertise in biostatistics.
  • High level of scientific productivity ;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French (teaching language), or intention to acquire it.

OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

  • Postdoctoral fellowship and experience in industry or government.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Rouyn-Noranda
START DATE: November 13, 2017

DURATION OF CONTRACT: 2 years (tenure-track position)
SALARY: Salary is established on the basis of each candidate’s qualifications and experience and the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this job offer gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT is an equal opportunity employer (targeted groups: women, visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities).

APPLICATION: An application file includes a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of two individuals who can provide references. To complete your application file, submit a brief letter describing your interest in the position, your teaching philosophy, and the general orientations of your proposed research program.

SPECIFIC CONDITION: For your application to be considered, you must enclose a duly completed employment equity form. Please print it from (www.uqat.ca/emplois).

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their full application file (make sure to indicate the competition number) together with a copy of their doctoral degree by August 7, 2017, 16:30 hours, to the attention of:

Mr. Louis Imbeau, Co-director
Research Forest Institute
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boul. de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) J9X 5E4
Phone: 1 819 762-0971 ext. 8335
Fax: 1 819 797-4727
E-mail: louis.imbeau@uqat.ca

Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) in Geographic Information Science, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Application deadline: June 8, 2017.

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

 Job ID#: 26387

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for a 12-month term appointment in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is renewable for up to three years maximum, subject to performance review and budgetary approval. The position will be held in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographic Sciences and is expected to start August 1, 2017.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physical Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or a related discipline. We are seeking candidates with expertise in geographic data science and data visualization who use advanced computational approaches to conduct fundamental or applied research in Earth and/or Environmental Sciences. Applicants must provide proof of commitment to publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, demonstrate success in securing external research grants or evidence of ability to do so, and have experience teaching at the undergraduate level.

The successful applicant will teach a maximum of three GIS courses per year, with responsibility for delivery of the laboratory component of courses, as appropriate. This individual will also be expected to assist with curriculum and program development, leading to expanded offerings in geospatial science, and will be encouraged and supported to develop a program of research, including co-supervision of graduate and B.Sc.(Hon.) students.

The Department offers B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EESC), and a B.Sc. in Freshwater Sciences (FWSC), and also contributes to a B.A. degree in Geography administered by the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies. Graduate students may also enrol in the UBC Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program for M.A., M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees, with supervision provided by faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40 globally. The university has two autonomous campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan campus has over 8,000 students in seven Faculties and is located in one of the most scenic regions in Canada, offering an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

More information about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science is available at: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html.

For information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/.

Information about the surrounding community can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife­relocation/

Queries about the position should be directed to the Department Head, Dr. Edward Hornibrook (Ed.Hornibrook@ubc.ca).

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please visit the link – http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php (Job Opening ID# 26387)

Complete applications should include:

i) a cover letter;

ii) a curriculum vitae;

iii) a 2-page research statement;

iv) a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy;

v) evidence of teaching effectiveness if available (e.g., recent teaching evaluations); and

vi) the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of support when requested. Letters of support will be sought only for applicants who are short-listed for the position.

All documents must be submitted in electronic PDF format as single continuous document.

The deadline for applications is June 8, 2017. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Government regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

PHD position: GENOMICS OF HOST-PARASITE CO-EVOLUTION

We have a fully-funded 4-year PhD position available in the Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. The PhD student will work on a project aimed at dissecting the genomic bases of the co-evolution between a parasite Schistocephalus solidus and its host, the threespine stickleback.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate. The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in biology or a related discipline, and a background in bioinformatics, statistics (R, Python or Perl) and genomics. The candidate should have strong leadership skills, motivation and creativity and be able to work in a team of collaborators. Starting date could be as early as September 2017.

The Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories are located at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval. IBIS offers a very stimulating training environment and cutting edge on-site platforms in genomics, proteomics and microscopy. The Aubin-Horth Lab members are evolutionary biologists, neuroendocrinologists and behaviour biologists working together using an integrative approach to uncover the mechanisms underlying the alteration of stickleback behaviour by its endoparasite. The Landry lab is an international team of 15 students, PDFs and research associates from different backgrounds (microbiology, biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry) addressing questions in evolutionary cell and systems biology.

For more information on the project, our labs and how to apply, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AubinHorthLab/posts/1317844904960820

MSc or PhD project: Ecology of Tree swallows. Application deadline: 23 July, 2017.

We are seeking to recruit a student at the MSc and/or PhD level to join our research team at the Département de biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, starting in September 2017 or January 2018.

Our research aims at assessing the effects of environmental heterogeneity on a population of Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) living in an agricultural landscape. The research project of the candidate will thus be developed within this framework. The candidate will participate to a long-term study conducted in southern Québec since 2004 and will benefit from biological data collected on more than 13000 individuals. The candidate will contribute to field work (2- 3 months each year) and should ideally have skills in handling birds and a good knowledge of statistical analyses and ecology. The Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution, therefore either some knowledge of French or an interest in learning it is essential.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter, as well as the contact information of two references before 23 July 2017 to:

Marc Bélisle : Marc.M.Belisle@USherbrooke.ca Dany Garant : Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca Fanie Pelletier : Fanie.Pelletier@Usherbrooke.ca

See also cret-recherche.weebly.com for more details on our research group.

Graduate Student Opportunity in Stream Ecosystem Ecology

SUPERVISORS: Neil Rooney (nrooney@uoguelph.ca) and Merritt Turetsky (mrt@uoguelph.ca)

We are seeking an enthusiastic graduate student with a strong academic record to undertake an MSc or PhD in ecosystem ecology focusing on the effect of agricultural practices on the structure and functioning of wetland and stream ecosystems. PhD students are preferred. As part of the recently launched ‘Food from Thought’ initiative at the University of Guelph (http://news.uoguelph.ca/2016/09/u-g-receives-nearly-77-million-launch-food-thought/), this graduate project presents an exciting opportunity to participate in a large collaborative research effort that aims to quantify ecological effects of agricultural practices from individuals to ecosystems.

This project will take a field based approach to linking farming practices to hydrology, soil and stream nutrient cycling and metabolism across gradient of agricultural intensity. The results of the research will be essential in the development of crucial links among different scales of ecological organisation.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  1. Has a strong background in biogeochemical cycling and/or aquatic ecosystem metabolism (MSc preferred)
  2. Thrives in a collaborative environment and enjoys field work
  3. Has strong quantitative skills (i.e. statistics and/or programming)

Starting date: Fall 2017.

Stipend: Minimum funding of 20,000$/year for 4 years. There are also opportunities for TAships and scholarships through the School of Environmental Sciences, and the University of Guelph does offer competitive matching for exceptional students.

Applicants should provide a copy of their CV and transcripts, a short statement of research interests, and the contact information of two referees to: nrooney@uoguelph.ca. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

PhD project in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph – Closing date: January 1, 2018

Development of novel biotracers to understand the impact of agricultural practices on aquatic wildlife

A Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)-funded PhD student position is available for a candidate interested in wildlife conservation and physiology. The candidate will seek to assess the cumulative impacts of human activity in fish exposed to gradients of agricultural runoff using physiological tools, both in field and laboratory settings. Individual measures of chronic stress and contaminant exposure will be combined with an analysis of physiological and ecological indicators of fish performance. This project aims to develop and validate new biotracers of the sublethal effects of pollution on aquatic wildlife, which could revolutionize our approach to aquatic environmental assessment and monitoring.

The overarching theme of the University of Guelph CFREF is precision agriculture and environmental sustainability. The selected candidate will join the CFREF ecology team composed of up to 25 collaborators across 4 Departments plus the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. The primary objective of the ecology team is to understand, and mitigate against, the impacts of a range of agricultural practices on adjacent ecosystems. The development of novel efficient biotracers that can serve as early warning signals of agricultural impacts on aquatic ecosystems will be essential to inform wildlife ecologists and management.

Applications must consist of the following: (1) a letter expressing your interest; (2) an unofficial transcript; (3) names of at least two references; and (4) an example of your scientific writing.

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph currently has a number of major graduate scholarships available. Students with excellent academic records should visit the following website for further information: https://www.uoguelph.ca/ib/new_graduate_scholarships

Contact persons:
Nicholas Bernier (nbernier@uoguelph.ca) and Frederic Laberge (flaberge@uoguelph.ca)