Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) is an independent, nonprofit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. NCASI is seeking an experienced professional to undertake and direct research investigations related to forest sustainability issues in Canada.

The Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs is responsible for developing, coordinating, executing, and reporting forestry-related studies identified within or related to NCASI’s Canadian Technical Studies Program on a wide variety of forest environment and sustainability issues. This position will involve significant interaction with NCASI’s forestry staff and field personnel, NCASI member company representatives, industry trade associations, universities, and governments at the provincial and national level.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field, preferably with post-doctoral experience in forestry research and/or management; or a Masters degree in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field with a minimum of 5 years experience, preferably with emphasis on sustainability issues. Ph.D. strongly preferred. Familiarity with the theory and principles of silviculture, forest ecology, and wildlife biology, as well as related regulations (on both a provincial and federal level) is preferred. Excellent project management and communication skills are required. Applicants must be fluent in English, particularly in written form, and ideally have capability of communicating in French.

The position will be based at NCASI’s Canadian Operations in Montreal, Quebec. Some travel will be required.

To apply for this position, please submit your resumé to:
Kirsten Vice Vice President, Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
NCASI
1010 Sherbrooke St. West
Suite 1800
Montreal, QC H3A 2R7
kvice@ncasi.org

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

NCASI is an independent, non-profit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. Established in 1943, NCASI is recognized as the leading source of reliable data on environmental issues affecting this industry, and has nearly 100 member companies throughout Canada and the United States. With a staff of 60 technical professionals, NCASI conducts primary research, undertakes surveys, performs field measurements, undertakes scientific research, and sponsors research by universities and others to document the environmental performance of industry facility operations and forest management, and to gain insight into opportunities for further improvement in meeting sustainability goals. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer. www.ncasi.org

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Ph.D. position in Evolutionary genomics

Two sexes, one genome: source and consequences of sexually antagonistic selection in Stickleback.

The Bernatchez and Aubin-Horth Labs at Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) are currently searching for a Ph.D. candidate to be involved in their new research project.

The basic overarching goal of this project is to gain fundamental knowledge about the impact of intra-locus sexual selection in animal populations in their natural environment. Using the Threespine Stickleback as a study system, we will test the general hypothesis that differentially expressed genes between the two sexes are more subject to the effect of sexually antagonistic selection than other genomic regions, resulting in maintenance of superior genetic diversity.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1: To quantify the magnitude of the effect of sexually antagonistic intra-locus selection by comparing allele frequencies between males and females at three stages of life using whole genome resequencing;

2: To quantify the differential gene expression between sexes at different life stages with RNAseq;

3: To test the hypothesis that the relationship between the magnitude of differential gene expression and the intensity of sexually antagonistic selection follows a bimodal “Twin Peaks” pattern;

4: To test the hypothesis that allelic variation of genes under sexually antagonistic selection affects reproductive success in both sexes and link fitness to the functions of these genes.

Required Qualifications:

We are primarily searching for a prospective candidate combining a solid background in evolutionary biology, experience in field and molecular work, demonstrated bioinformatics skills and being familiar with scripting and programming. The ideal candidate should also be familiar with analyses of population data sets derived from whole genome resequencing and transcriptomic profiling.

We are looking for a candidate to join our team in early May 2018 for the beginning of the first field season. Salary established according to local University standards will be provided during the whole course of the Ph.D.

Université Laval https://www.ulaval.ca/en/research.html is located in beautiful and historic Québec City http://www.quebecregion.com/en/ surrounded by stunning nature perfect for any outdoor experience: http://parcmarin.qc.ca/ https://www.sepaq.com/pq/jac/ https://www.sepaq.com/pq/grj/ . Université Laval offers the lowest tuition fees (2500$can/year) in North America. While the University is francophone, PhD defense and thesis can be done in English.

To apply, please send the following documents in a consolidated single PDF file: a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, a complete CV, and names of three references by e-mail to Louis.Bernatchez@bio.ulaval.ca  Nadia.Aubin-Horth@bio.ulaval.ca

Do not hesitate to contact us directly for any further details or questions.

Louis Bernatchez

Canadian Research in Genomics and Conservation of Aquatic Resources

Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes

Université Laval

https://www.bio.ulaval.ca/louisbernatchez/presentation.htm

 

Nadia Aubin-Horth

Full professor

Département de Biologie & Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des systèmes

Université Laval

https://www.facebook.com/AubinHorthLab

http://wikiaubinhorth.ibis.ulaval.ca

@naubinhorth

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4 PhD positions on the ‘ecology of fear’ in wildlife

4 PhD opportunities are available to work with Liana Zanette at Western University, Canada. Prof. Zanette heads the world’s leading research group experimentally testing the effects of predator-induced fear on the population and community dynamics of wildlife, and has published seminal papers demonstrating that fear itself (perceived predation risk) is powerful enough to affect wildlife population dynamics (Science 2011), the fear of large carnivores can itself cause a trophic cascade (Nature Communications 2016), and the fear the human “super predator” inspires in large carnivores can in turn have cascading effects on ecosystems (Proc R Soc B 2017). PhD 1 will conduct the first ever comprehensive test of the total impact of fear on the population growth rate in wildlife. PhD 2 will conduct the first fully manipulative experimental test of whether the fear of large carnivores affects the demography of large herbivores, and has cascading trophic impacts on plant responses. PhD 3 will test the demographic and behavioural impacts the fear of lions has on their ungulate prey. PhD 4 will test whether ‘interrogating’ wildlife about their fear of humans can be used as a tool to diagnose the extent and intensity of poaching and disturbance by ecotourists. PhDs 1 and 2 will be conducted on song sparrows and black-tailed deer respectively, on Canada’s Gulf Islands, and PhDs 3 and 4 will be conducted in private game reserves in South Africa. Applicants should have an MSc, a passion for research, experience conducting field experiments, publications in internationally-competitive journals, evidence of research/interest in the ecology of fear, and have or be well-positioned to compete for an external scholarship. Western guarantees a minimum stipend for up to four years. Applicants should provide: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV with names of 3 referees; and (3) unofficial transcripts from previous degrees. Use the subject line “Ecology of fear PhD” and e-mail materials to lzanette@uwo.ca. Review of applications will begin 15 January 2018.

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PhD PROJECT IN BIOLOGY: MODELLING PREDATOR-PREY INTERACTIONS AND THEIR IMPACTS ON LEMMING POPULATIONS

This project is part of a long-term study of the population dynamic of lemmings in the Canadian Arctic. Annual fluctuations of lemming populations, of their multiple predators (arctic fox, ermine and birds of prey) and the seasonal demography of lemmings has been studied for the past 20 years on Bylot Island. Predation appears to paly a key role in lemming population dynamics (Therrien et al. 2014, Ecology 95:56-67; Fauteux et al. 2015 Journal of Animal Ecology 84:1412-1422; Fauteux et al. 2016, Ecology 97:3231-3241). The aim of this project is to use this long-term database to develop a seasonal model of population dynamic and to verify the hypothesis that predator prey-interactions drive the population cycles observed in lemmings.

For this project, we are looking for a candidate with an experience or skills for modeling, advanced statistics (e.g. hierarchical models) and a strong interest for fieldwork at a remote and isolated site. The project requires a participation to the monitoring program of lemming demography by capture/recapture at the Bylot Island field station in Nunavut during several weeks.

An $18,000/yr scholarship during 3 years is offered but the student is strongly encouraged to apply to NSERC and FRQNT scholarships. The student will be co-supervised by Dominique Gravel at Université de Sherbrooke and Gilles Gauthier at Université Laval. The student will also be involved in the activities of the Centre d’études nordiques.

Candidates with a master’s degree in biology are invited to submit their application (cover letter, detailed CV, university transcripts and the name of 3 people who can provide references) by the end of December or until a candidate has been selected. Preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. The candidate should be able to start at the winter or summer 2018 session.

Send your application to:

Dominique Gravel (dominique.gravel@usherbrooke.ca)
Gilles Gauthier (gilles.gauthier@bio.ulaval.ca)

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PhD Opportunity in Black Bear Ecology and Genomics – Trent University/Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Description

Graduate assistantship focused on the ecology and evolution of black bears – we are seeking a highly motivated person to pursue a PhD degree in the Environmental and Life Sciences Program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The graduate project will combine ecological and genomic datasets to address basic and applied research questions broadly focused on the distribution, abundance and evolutionary history of black bears in Ontario. The successful applicant will be expected to become familiar with and apply state-of-the-art statistical and genomic approaches and will have considerable responsibility and freedom to formulate and address basic and applied research questions grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory. The successful applicant will be expected to assist in fieldwork to collect samples. Further, this project will have a major lab component that will be directed by the student, under supervision. The research is expected to have direct applied relevance to management of black bears within the province of Ontario. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Christopher Kyle of Trent University and Dr. Joe Northrup, Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry within the shared Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre (www.nrdpfc.ca) facilities at Trent University.

Requirements

M.Sc. degree in ecology, wildlife, biology or related field is required but exceptional past experience may be considered in place of a M.Sc. degree. Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program. Desired qualifications include a GPA >3.5 (4.0 scale). A strong background in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, demonstrated analytical capabilities, and passion for wildlife research are required. Strong quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills are also required. The strongest applicants will have demonstrated experience with programming languages commonly used for statistical and scientific applications (e.g., R and Python), and familiarity with geospatial software (e.g., ArcMap, QGIS).

Application instructions

Initially, all applications are to be sent as follows. Please email a cover letter describing how you meet the above qualifications, current CV, unofficial transcripts, scientific writing sample and contact info for ≥3 references as a single attachment to Joe Northrup at joseph.northrup@ontario.ca. The successful applicant is expected to begin in fall, 2018. Application deadline is January 15, 2018 but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Once a successful applicant has been determined a formal application to the University is required.

Canadian candidates will be given preference, but qualified international students who are eligible for international funding opportunities should apply. There are also a limited number of international tuition fee waivers available on a competitive basis.

Additional Information: The Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre (NRDPFC) is located within the Trent University’s DNA Building (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada). We have separate genomic DNA and DNA cloning laboratories for molecular work and also an automation laboratory for high throughput sample preparation. Our facility also includes access to a bio-containment Level II lab for processing potentially infectious tissues and an Indigenous Pathogen Containment Level III (IPCL 3) laboratory located in the DNA building that is certified for several indigenous pathogens. Peterborough is a vibrant community a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto and the Pearson International Airport (http://www.peterborough.ca/Living.htm).

 

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PhD in Epigenetic Theory at University of Otago, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND 

A PhD position is available within the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. This position in the laboratory of Professor Hamish G. Spencer is funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand. A scholarship covering fees plus a tax-free stipend of NZ$27,500 per year is available for three years.

The project is part of a larger project entitled “Epigenetics and Evolutionary Theory.” Just as natural populations exhibit genetic variation, so too do they harbour epigenetic variation, some of which is transmitted from one generation to the next. This project asks how we can explain this transgenerationally inherited epigenetic variation in natural populations and what might be the consequences for evolution. The candidate will construct and analyse novel mathematical models to investigate these matters, validating these models with data from real examples, and using the models to make novel predictions about the properties of epigenetic variation in nature.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in applying quantitative methods in biology. They will have a degree (e.g., BSc(Hons), MSc) in biology and/or mathematics (or a related field) that included a research component (e.g., a dissertation or a thesis).

Our research group and the wider Department includes world-class research staff, facilities and strong international collaborations, offering excellent opportunities to gain a variety of highly pertinent research and technical skills.

Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand, is a great place to live, with a vibrant music culture. It regards itself as the “Wildlife Capital of New Zealand,” with breeding albatrosses, penguins, fur seals and sea lions all found within the city limits. For details about living in Dunedin see http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanresources/join-otago/lifestyle-and-culture/dunedin/index.html

As part of your application, please submit a CV, a transcript of your university grades, a personal statement of suitability and the names and contact details of two referees to Professor Hamish Spencer (hamish.spencer@otago.ac.nz).

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MSc/PhD on the evolution and assembly of small mammal communities. Application deadline: January 1st, 2018.

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent and creative graduate student who is interested in integrating macroecology and macroevolution to study the assembly of small mammal communities. The student is expected to use data on the distribution, phylogenetic relationships, morphology and natural history of 700 species of Murid rodents in the Indo-Pacific region to infer assembly processes of mainland and island communities. The project could be expanded to include other groups of small mammals and other regions of the world in the case of a PhD.

This project will involve collaboration between the team of JP Lessard at Concordia University (www.jeanphilippelessard.com), and that of Pierre-Henri Fabre at Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, France (https://sites.google.com/site/phylofabre). The student will be in charge of compiling data on the species composition of small mammal communities to complement an existing database. The ideal student will be familiar with multivariate analyses of beta diversity patterns, trait-based analyses of community structure, null models, and manipulation of phylogenetic trees. Some knowledge of diversification and ancestral reconstruction analyses is a plus. Previous experience in geometric morphometric is an asset. However, applications from students without such skills or expertise are welcome. The student will have the opportunity to learn these analytical approaches in the lab of Lessard and Fabre.

Expected starting date is August 2018, but could be as early as May 2018. The positions come with competitive stipends. Selected applicants are expected to apply for external funding to travel between France and Canada and to attend international conferences, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings.

Applicants should email Jean-Philippe Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca) and/or Pierre-Henri Fabre (phfmourade@gmail.com). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing research interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV, and (iii) an unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before January 1st, 2018. Deadline for applying to Concordia is January 30th 2018.

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Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

The University of Windsor invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

GLIER is a research institute with an active and vibrant graduate program and diverse externally funded research programs within the Faculty of Science. It is a multi-disciplinary group that brings together researchers from Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences to advance Great Lakes science and the sustained environmental efficacy of aquatic freshwater resources world-wide.

Reporting jointly to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Dean of Science, the Executive Director will provide leadership in developing collaborative research programs and capacity for studies of Great Lakes ecosystems. The Executive Director will have exceptional administrative, communication, and fund-raising skills. A seasoned academic and researcher, the Executive Director will bring a track-record of success in having well-funded research programs. The Executive Director will support the GLIER graduate program and research facilities and will administer GLIER’s state-of-the-art trace organics and metals, environmental isotopes, applied molecular genetics and genomics, toxicology, GIS, analytical and aquatic geochemistry, and ESEM laboratories.

As the ideal candidate, you have a PhD and an exceptional record of scholarly activity in environmental research, particularly linked to aquatic science, and outstanding skills in facilitating basic and applied research. You are able to clearly articulate your vision and strategic plan for the further advancement of GLIER. In addition, you have the demonstrated ability to work collegially and communicate effectively within GLIER, the University community, external partners, and funding agencies. The initial appointment is for five years with a possible renewal for a second five-year term.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Katherine Frank or Nikki Mifflen at 902-421-1310 for more information, or submit your application online at: www.kbrs.ca/Careers/11996.

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students. We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) at www.uwindsor.ca/ohrea.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Projet de doctorat: Intégrité écologique des écosystèmes côtiers sous pression anthropique exercée par la bernache du Canada. Date limite pour soumettre sa candidature: 12 décembre 2017.

L’équipe de la Chaire K.-C.-Irving en sciences de l’environnement et développement durable de l’Université de Moncton cherche un.e étudiant.e pour un projet de doctorat qui commencerait soit en janvier ou en mai 2018.

Le projet de recherche vise à étudier l’impact d’une espèce introduite dans les Maritimes et supportée par les activités anthropiques, soit la bernache du Canada, sur l’intégrité écologique des écosystèmes côtiers du littoral scénique des côtes néo-brunswickoises. L’étudiant.e fera partie d’une équipe dynamique de chercheur.e.s et d’étudiant.e.s et aura l’opportunité de travailler sur différents protocoles de terrain (p. ex. observations comportementales, expériences de manipulation de la pression d’herbivorie, captures, échantillonnage des habitats littoraux).

Ce projet sera réalisé en collaboration avec Parcs Canada et déroulera sous la supervision de Marie-Andrée Giroux à l’Université de Moncton. Une bourse de doctorat est disponible pour 4 ans, mais l’étudiant.e devra également déposer des demandes de financement aux organismes subventionnaires (ex. CRSNG, FINB).

Compétences requises :

  • Avoir obtenu une maîtrise avec thèse en biologie, environnement ou discipline connexe
  • Avoir un esprit d’équipe et d’initiative
  • Posséder de bonnes capacités de rédaction et d’analyses statistiques
  • Posséder de l’expérience de terrain
  • Avoir un bon dossier académique

Comment et quand postuler?
Merci de postuler en envoyant les documents suivants d’ici le 12 décembre 2017 à Marie-Andrée Giroux (marie- andree.giroux@umoncton.ca): CV, lettre de motivation, copie de tous les relevés de notes universitaires (incluant 1er cycle), noms et coordonnées de 3 référents.

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Postdoctoral Position in Fish Nutrition and Physiology. Closing Application Date: 8/12/2017.

DUTIES

One post-doctoral position is available to explore the effectiveness of using the tissues of a harvested invasive aquatic crustacean as a novel ingredient in feed for rearing freshwater salmonids in a hatchery setting. The post-doctoral fellow will play a leadership role in a project aiming to identify a locally-sourced substitute for fish meal for fish hatcheries, thus reducing pressure on declining marine fish species that are harvested for use as fish food, while also reducing the density of an invasive species from a natural habitat. Research will be carried out in collaboration with two industrial partners: Piscine Energetics Inc., in Kelowna BC, and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, working with their Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbottsford BC. The selected candidate will be spending at least 40% of their time on-site at the locations of these industrial partners. The project will examine the effectiveness of alternative feed formulations on the survival and growth of freshwater salmonids from the fry stage through to the adult stage. The primary duties of the postdoctoral fellow will include: (1) regular consultation with, and reporting to, team partners, (2) planning and carrying out fish nutrition and growth experiments, (3) analyzing the biochemical composition of fish food ingredients and of fish tissues, in particular the analysis of lipid profiles, total protein and digestible amino acids, and vitamins, and (4) analysis of data and publication of peer-reviewed articles.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. in fish nutrition or a related field. Experience in fish rearing and experimentation. Expertise in some or all of the following analytical techniques: lipid profile analysis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS); total protein analysis using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy; profiles of digestible amino acids using gas chromatography; thiamin analysis by gas chromatography; carotenoid analysis using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) capillary electrophoresis. The following will also be considered assets: demonstrated ability to produce publications and conduct independent research; ability to take a leadership role within a small research team; student mentorship experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.

TERMS OF POSITION

Anticipated Start Date: 1 January 2018

This position is conditional on approved funding. If approved, the position will be jointly funded through NSERC Engage and Mitacs Accelerate grants, with a salary of $45,000 per year plus full university benefits: Medical Services Plan, Extended Medical Services Plan, Dental Plan Insurance, Grouplife Insurance, Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits, and Pension Plan Enrolment. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for a second year according to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate.

To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit our Web Site, “Living in Kamloops”: https://www.tru.ca/hr/careers/living-kamloops.html

Additional questions can be sent to Dr. Louis Gosselin (lgosselin@tru.ca) 

TO APPLY

Closing Application Date:      8/12/2017

Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.

Apply online through the TRU website: https://tru.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/10227

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