FULLY-FUNDED PHD POSITION ON SPECIES RANGE MODELLING AND KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS

We are looking for a graduate student with a strong background in statistics or modelling to undertake a PhD project whose main objective is to develop species distribution models. The PhD will be completed as part of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) identification process coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. The student will be based at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) and will join the Computational Biodiversity Science and Services (BIOS2) training program.

Supervisors: Dominique Gravel (UdeS) and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne (WCS)

Beginning of studies: summer or fall 2020

Funding: Fellowship of $ 20000 CAD per year for 4 years

More information: http://bios2.usherbrooke.ca/2020/02/19/article12/ ou here

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Fully-funded MSc position: Insect predator-prey interactions in the agroecosystem

One fully funded MSc student position is available in the Agricultural and Ecological Entomology Group led by Dr. Boyd Mori in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Ground beetles are recognized as indicator species and important natural enemies, but knowledge is lacking on their role in Prairie crop production systems. Crop type is one of the most influential factors that dictates ground beetle species composition and abundance. Many different crop types are grown on the Prairies, which in turn influence the microclimate and may influence predator-prey interactions. The project aims to study insect predator-prey interactions across cropping systems in the aspen parkland ecoregion of central Alberta and can be tailored to the student depending on their interests.

The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr. Carol Frost in the Department of Renewable Resources (University of Alberta).

We are looking for a student with a strong background in entomology, ecology, agriculture, biology or a related discipline (minimum BSc or equivalent). The student will have strong interpersonal skills, be highly motivated, and have a willingness to learn R. Previous research experience and a Class 5 (non-graduated) Driver’s license will be considered assets. The successful student will be awarded a stipend of $21,000 (Canadian) per year (2-year duration).

The project will begin in May or September 2020. Interested students should send an email to Dr. Boyd Mori (bmori@ualberta.ca) and include a letter of interest, a current CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial) and the name and contact information of three references.

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FUNDED PHD POSITION AVAILABLE IN NORTHERN FISH CONSERVATION GENOMICS (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL)

One fully-funded PhD position is available in Dr. Dylan Fraser’s laboratory within the Department of Biology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (www.dylanfraser.com). The position is associated with a largescale applied research project funded by Genome Canada and Genome Quebec entitled FISHES: Fostering Indigenous Small-scale fisheries for Health, Economy and food SecurityFISHES applies genomics tools to sustainable fisheries management and climate change adaptation for Indigenous communities across northern Canada. The PhD student will conduct research on Walleye, Lake trout or Brook Trout in collaboration with Cree communities in northern Quebec with co-supervision from Dr. Louis Bernatchez (Laval U.: www2.bio.ulaval.ca/louisbernatchez/presentation.htm), and Dr. Louise Chavarie (University of Glasgow, Scotland; https://louisechavarie.weebly.com/) for Lake Trout research.

Potential projects include: (i) population structure, local adaptation, genotype-phenotype associations and genotype-climate associations in key northern fisheries; (ii) mixed-stock harvest dynamics and population spatial ecology; these represent core research foci of FISHES but the student is encouraged to explore independent lines of inquiry.

Experience required: previous research experience with molecular techniques, population genomics/genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, and assisting with field sample collections. Experience working with fishes is an asset but is not essential.

Start date: May or September 2020. Salary: $24,000 CDN per year for four years. Location: Loyola Campus, Concordia University, Montreal. Concordia U. is an emerging, integrative university, Montreal is an amazing culturally-diverse city (ranked one of the best places in the world to attend university by students themselves), and there are plenty of fantastic things to see and do in and outside of the city! Montreal is also one of the most economically affordable large cities in North America.

Submission process. All documents must be submitted to Dylan Fraser (dylan.fraser@concordia.ca):

  • One to two (1-2) page cover letter demonstrating fit with one of the positions described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant research experience and background
  • Names/contact information for two references

You can learn more about our lab’s research at: www.dylanfraser.com. Please share this announcement with others that might be interested. If you require any additional information, please feel free to contact me.

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New PhD position – Predicting growth responses of boreal forests: an approach based on analysis and modeling of ecophysiological processes

PhD based at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

We are looking for a student for an exciting PhD project in the boreal forest. The main objective of the project is to improve understanding of the ecophysiological functioning of selected forest species (mainly black spruce, balsam fir, trembling aspen and jack pine) in order to characterize and anticipate the effects of climate change on northern forest ecosystems. We have access to the longest and most comprehensive intra-annual monitoring of the growth of boreal forests (up to 15 years of intra-annual monitoring at some sites). These data mainly include monitoring of phenology and xylogenesis (i.e. wood formation). In some cases, we also have data on sap flow, concentration of non-structural carbohydrates and photosynthesis. These data will allow the validation and improvement of mechanistic ecophysiological models that will be used to test hypotheses on the water and carbon functioning of the studied forest sites, both at the tree scale and at the stand scale.

Objectives and methodology: The scientific approach will merge the use of experimental data and mechanistic modeling to be able to provide information on several forest processes linked to endogenous factors (aging, physiological state of trees) and environmental factors (climate, CO2, nutrient availability, soil properties). The improved model simulations will allow better predictions of ecosystem responses to future climate change. We will mainly use the MAIDEN ecosystem model developed by our team.

Location: The student will join the Forest Research Institute (IRF; https://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/) at the Rouyn-Noranda UQAT university campus, and will work under the supervision of Fabio Gennaretti (http://bit.ly/2TTGTLB) and Yves Bergeron (http://bit.ly/2GjuKrr). The IRF has a dynamic, multicultural and international work environment, with 13 professors and more than 60 graduate students working on complementary disciplines, such as modeling, forestry, genetics, biodiversity, ecophysiology and sustainable forest management. The hired student will also be a member of the Research Chair in Sustainable Forest Management (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/accueilF.asp) and will actively collaborate with our partners (Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Resolute Forest Products, University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, University of Quebec in Montreal, Environment and Climate Change Canada).

Required expertise and skills: We are looking for a student with a master’s degree in ecology or forestry with an interest in modeling and statistics OR a master’s degree in mathematics, physics, statistics or computer science with an interest in their applications in ecology in a climate change context. The student must be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline and motivation within a multidisciplinary team. He / She must be willing to do field work in remote areas, and must have a good team spirit and excellent writing skills.

Supervisors: Fabio Gennaretti and Yves Bergeron

Beginning of studies: Summer or autumn 2020

Funding: Fellowship of Can$ 21000 per year for a total of 3 years.

Interested candidates: Interested candidates must apply by e-mail (fabio.gennaretti@uqat.ca) by sending (1) a cover letter outlining their academic background and research experience, as well as (2) a detailed CV including name and contact information of  three references, and (3) their academic transcripts. More information available at http://bit.ly/2U9ZzqM

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Fully funded PhD position: the effects of vegetation and built infrastructure on the urban microclimate

Cities worldwide are experiencing record-breaking summer air temperatures, and high levels of pollution, with serious consequences for people. Increased tree cover, green roofs/facades and a transformation of the built infrastructure and transport system are suggested as climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, but there is still limited understanding about how different aspects of this “green” and “grey” infrastructure work together to influence urban microclimates at multiple scales. We are looking for a PhD student to study the effects of vegetation in the built environment on urban microclimate and air quality in Montreal. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Carly Ziter (Biology Department) and Dr. Ursula Eicker (Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Concordia University, and will be part of Concordia’s Next Generation Cities Excellence Research Cluster, which includes faculty and students in engineering, biology, design, and philosophy.

The selected candidate will actively contribute to the design and implementation of mobile sensor infrastructure to measure fine-scale changes in air temperature and pollution, urban fieldwork to collect empirical measurements, data analysis and interpretation, and writing scientific manuscripts. Project design and analysis will include consideration of the role of green (vegetation cover, structure, and biodiversity; integration of vegetation in the building envelope), grey (impervious surfaces, building structure) and mobile (cars, buses, trucks) components of the urban environment. The research should show the impact of greening the city in relation to different mobility and built environment layouts. Empirical data will also be used to validate urban heat island and airflow models in collaboration with engineering team members. Results of this work will ultimately contribute to understanding the impact of policy changes regarding urban planning, transport, and green infrastructure to create more sustainable cities.

We are looking for a passionate candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field. This can be either in the biological sciences (ecology, biology, forestry, environmental sciences), or engineering, but preference will be given to students with at least some background and interest in plant ecology and biodiversity. The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record, strong technical and problem solving skills, and motivation to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research team. Financial support is available for a period of four years.

The project will begin in May or September 2020. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, CV, academic transcripts, and the contact information of two references to Carly Ziter (carly.ziter@concordia.ca) and Ursula Eicker (ursula.eicker@concordia.ca).

More Information:

Concordia Next Generation Cities: https://www.concordia.ca/research/chairs/smart-cities
Ziter Urban Landscape Ecology Lab: http://www.carlyziter.com

 

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Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

We are looking for several volunteer research assistants to carry out exciting experiments with captive Damaraland mole-rats, cooperatively breeding subterranean rodents, at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari Desert.

Our research broadly investigates the influence of genes, hormones, breeding and social factors on individual developmental, growth, behaviours and ageing.

What you can gain from this role?

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education or hold a management position in a research project. Successful applicants can expect to gain invaluable experience in animal handling procedures and in conducting and managing experiments. They will also gain database skills (MySQL) and will be provided with the opportunity to work on a personal analysis project. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year)

Candidate requirements

Applicants should be available for a period of 6 to 12 months, starting March-May 2020. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. Successful applicants will be responsible to run experiments and will be involved in data collection (behavioural observations, collection of biological samples), data editing and animal handling.

If you are interested in this position send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to molerat.volunteer@gmail.com. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview.

Deadline: 28th February 2020 (spontaneous applications beyond this date are welcome)

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Fully-Funded M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Positions: Genomic Network for Fish Identification, Stress and Health

 

Join a revolution in freshwater fish conservation!

Our Canada-wide, multi-million-dollar program will be a game-changer for freshwater fish management and conservation. We are looking for science and social science graduate students to:

  • Get in on the ground floor in the rapidly growing area of environmental DNA research;
  • Be part of the largest aquatic eDNA experiment ever undertaken;
  • Develop the first universal transcriptional array for freshwater fish;
  • Be among the first to explore the potential ethical and legal challenges in aquatic genomics-based research.

Develop a professional network working side-by-side with our partners from academia, industry and government while you work in a state-of-the-art lab or do fieldwork in the most remote areas of Canada…or both!

Opportunities are available for positions in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick starting in 2020 to 2024. Canadian citizens and landed immigrants will be given first consideration.

GEN-FISH is a collaborative research project established by the University of Windsor and partners and funded by Genome Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

To find out what GEN-FISH can do for you, visit our website at www.gen-fish.ca or contact the GEN-FISH Research Coordinator at Sara.Jamieson@gen-fish.ca.

 

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DEPARTMENT CHAIR – DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, Faculty of Science, The University of Western Ontario

Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.  Applications from external and internal candidates, who must hold at least the rank of Associate Professor with tenure or its international equivalent, will be considered.  A record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision, and research in Biology is required, as well as some administrative experience. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Biology, or related discipline, and a strong record of research productivity in the form of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals, awards, invited talks and other scholarly achievements.  The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the direction of the Department, demonstrated leadership ability and integrity, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to be a strong advocate for the Department. The successful candidate will be energetic and able to recognize, take, and create opportunities.  They must have the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships both within Science and across the Western community, as well as in the Canadian Biology community.

The Chair will consult with the Dean on Departmental budgetary requirements and administer the Departmental budget.  The Chair will also be expected to develop and facilitate the implementation of a Departmental academic, research and administrative plan that will aim to position the Department within the top tier of Canadian Biology departments.  Furthermore, the Chair will be a part of the Faculty of Science leadership team and as such, will help develop a new academic plan for the Faculty of Science.  These plans must be consistent with one another, as well as with the strategic plans of the University. The Chair will develop and implement a strategy for mentoring, developing, and supporting Departmental faculty and staff across career stages, with a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Department of Biology has a broad range of interests, with recognized expertise in insect biology, evolutionary and ecological genetics, animal physiology and behaviour, locomotion and migration, vertebrate developmental biology, plant stress biology, soil-microbe interactions, and fungal biodiversity. The Department and Western have built world-class, unique research facilities including the Advanced Facility for Avian Research, the Biotron Centre for Experimental Climate Change Research, the Environmental Sciences Western Field Station, the London Regional Genomics Centre, the Brain and Mind Institute and specialized facilities for imaging and microscopy.  The Department also has strong connections with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, [and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses. Further information about Western can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/.

Candidates should submit, electronically, a complete application package, that includes a curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the department, one-page teaching and research statements, and contact details of at least three referees. Candidates should also provide a cover letter explaining how their expertise and proposed research fit this position.

Please ensure that the Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form available at https://www.uwo.ca//facultyrelations/pdf/full-time-application-form.pdf is completed and included in your application submission.

External candidates will be appointed with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor as appropriate. The Chair appointment is normally a (renewable) five-year term. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment is anticipated to commence on July 1, 2020.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Matt Davison
Dean of Science
North Campus Building
The University of Western Ontario

sciencedean@uwo.ca

Reference Job ID: DOB2020

Considerations of applications will begin on March 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Brenda Hutcheson at blhutche@uwo.ca.

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Canadian Journal of Zoology seeking 4-6 new members for Editorial Advisory Board

The Canadian Journal of Zoology is a broad zoological journal which has been publishing International research for 90 years, is seeking 4-6 new members for our Editorial Advisory Board.  We are looking for colleagues who are willing to commit to up to a 5 year term and are especially keen to encourage academic colleagues at the Assistant Professor rank.  The principal duties of Board members will be to 1) assist the Co-editors in identifying potential reviewers and 2) help the Co-editors to make editorial decisions about manuscripts where reviews are contentious and or divided.  Our experience is that we would ask for assistance with 4-8 manuscripts per year at most.  Currently we have about 300 submissions in total per year.

While we will pay some attention to regional location, we are primarily interested in evidence of candidate’s scientific expertise. We currently feel that we could use additional expertise in the broad areas of population genetics, population and community ecology (especially for non-mammals), ornithology, entomology, marine mammal biology, physiology of fish and other ectotherms.

We ask you to submit a brief CV and statement of interest to either of the co-editors.  We would of course be happy to answer any questions or provide further information if necessary.

Kind regards,

Mark Brigham (mark.brigham@uregina.ca)

Helga Guderley (helga.guderley.1@ulaval.ca)

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Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair: Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation, University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates for a full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty position at any rank as the Ducks Unlimited Canada Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation (req5412).

This newly-created Chair will contribute to wetland and waterfowl conservation by leading interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to discovery, teaching and outreach. The chair title will initially be conferred for a five-year term and is renewable indefinitely based on the success and accomplishments of the Chair.  University programs and units with a wetland and waterfowl focus are critically important partners to Ducks Unlimited Canada. Working with the academic community focuses the organization’s intellectual resources on important programs that can help guide science-based conservation efforts.

The academic home of this position will be determined at the conclusion of the interview process, but will be either the School of Environment and Sustainability or College of Arts and Science (Department of Biology). A joint appointment is possible.

The successful candidate will initiate and lead a productive, innovative, high-quality research program in the field of wetland and waterfowl ecology and conservation that will attract external research funding and excellent trainees, including graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other research staff. In addition, the chair-holder will ideally explore and lead (i) the creation and implementation of a wetland and waterfowl conservation technical assistance program for private landowners, and (ii) wetland and waterfowl conservation outreach activities, such as forums, websites and workshops to disseminate knowledge and best practices. The Chair will also develop and teach courses (graduate and/or undergraduate) in their area of expertise, supervise graduate and undergraduate students, and contribute to service within their home unit and the university.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a field of science that deals with wetland and/or waterfowl ecology or conservation. This will be coupled with extensive experience and ideally leadership in interdisciplinary research on waterfowl, wetland habitat and conservation approaches. Candidates must demonstrate existing or emerging, world-class research capabilities in waterfowl and wetland conservation or ecology, waterfowl health, or other relevant fields. They should have demonstrated research impact through: quality publications in peer-reviewed journals or equivalent; evidence of the ability to propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality; a track record of attracting external research funding; and experience in the training of students and other research staff. Experience in building collaborative teams across multiple research groups, units and institutions will enhance success in this new role.

The University of Saskatchewan salary bands  for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows: Assistant Professor: $96,301 to $115,723; Associate Professor: $115,723 to $135,145; and Professor $135,145 to $157,804.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: a dental, health and extended vision care plan; a pension plan; a life insurance (compulsory and voluntary) plan; an academic long-term disability program; sick leave; travel insurance; death benefits; an employee assistance program; a professional expense allowance; and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city of approx. 275,000 people with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of over 25,000. Saskatoon is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

Interested candidates must submit via email: a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position; a detailed curriculum vitae; a statement of research focus; a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three references that may be contacted later to provide letters of support.

Application packages should be addressed to:

Dr. Karsten Liber, PhD
Chair, Search Committee
Executive Director (Interim) and Distinguished Professor
School of Environment & Sustainability
117 Science Place, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8, Canada
Telephone: (306) 966-1499; Email:  DUC.search@usask.ca

All qualified candidates, Canadian or other nationalities are encouraged to apply. Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin March 2, 2020; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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