TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN FOREST SCIENCES, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). Application deadline: February 8th, 2019.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human sized institution that operates primarily in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, in the Nord-du-Québec, in the Hautes-Laurentides and with aboriginal communities. Over the last quarter century, UQAT has distinguished itself on several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role not only at the regional scale, but also at the provincial, national and international scales. The university’s unique development model builds on partnerships in all its territories and thus ensures accessibility to university training. UQAT has been able to develop in several fields in which it is now renowned: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and aboriginal communities.

Since the creation of UQAT, forest research has been part of the institution’s development plans. Strategic developments, including a partnership with UQAM, have enabled the establishment of a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in ‘’ecology and sustainable forest management’’ and in ‘’valorisation, characterisation and transformation of wood’’. Consequently, UQAT has a well-established reputation in training, research, and technology transfer in forest research, an expertise that is now recognised across Quebec, Canada and the international community. With the creation of the Forest Research Institute (IRF) in 2011, UQAT developed a structure that increases its contribution to forest science and technology. To date, the IRF relies on a team of ten researchers, two Industrial Chairs, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialised laboratories, and an extensive network of partnerships locally and around the world. The Institute attracts over $ 3.5 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognised scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is well known for a commitment to technology transfer as it organises a large number of 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. The IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, with significant spin-offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

Position to be filled by the Forest Research Institute:

TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN FOREST SCIENCES
Competition no 2018-106
Date: December 4, 2018

FUNCTION:

The person sought will be primarily active in research. The teaching component of his professorship will be fulfilled mainly by the supervision of graduate students under his supervision enrolled in programs offered at UQAT, including programs under the responsibility of the Forest Research Institute (master’s degree in ecology and doctorate in environmental sciences).

Priority will be given to candidates whose main body of research falls under the themes of natural forest dynamics in the boreal forest and natural disturbance history as well as the development and evaluation of new silvicultural approaches. We will also consider applications with research themes pursued at the Forest Research Institute: forest productivity and ecosystem resilience, key factors for biodiversity conservation in the boreal forest, development and testing of sustainable forest management strategies, characterisation, valorisation and transformation of wood. The candidate must demonstrate in his or her application that he or she is able to quickly initiate his own independent research program. The candidate should also have an expertise that is complementary to that of the other professors of the Forest Research Institute and be willing to actively participate in team research projects.

He or she will have to be able to work in a small university whose mission, among other things, is to contribute to the socio- economic development of the region.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph.D. with a specialization in Forest Science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or a related discipline.
  • A research record demonstrating significant scientific productivity.
  • Ability to develop a research program by obtaining grants from recognized organizations such as NSERC, FRQNT and other research programs involving partnerships with private organizations or ministries.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken French (language of teaching), or the intent to acquire it.

OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

    • A postdoctoral fellowship as well as experience in industry or government.
    • To be a member of a professional forestry association in Canada, to be a member or to become a member of the Quebec Order of Forest Engineers.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Rouyn-Noranda, Abitibi-Témiscamingue
START DATE: June 3, 2019
DURATION OF CONTRACT: 2 years
SALARY: Salary is based on the qualifications and experience of each candidate according to the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this competition gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT fully adheres to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and provides equal employment opportunities for women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and visible minorities.

APPLICATION:

Please include a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation in which you will describe your teaching philosophy (including supervision at the graduate level), the main orientations of your proposed research program and your integration in the team of the Forest Research Institute (about two pages), two letters of recommendation, the doctorate diploma or a letter from the thesis director mentioning the date of submission of the thesis.

Specific condition: For your application to be considered, you must enclose an equal access to employment form, duly completed. The form is also available from our website (www.uqat.ca/emplois).

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their complete application package together with a copy of their diploma, specifying the competition number, before Friday February 8th, 2019 at 4:30 pm, to the attention of:

M. Louis Imbeau, codirector
Institut de recherche sur les forêts
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boulevard de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5E4
Téléphone : 1 819 762-0971, poste 8335 Télécopieur : 1 819 797-4727
Courriel : louis.imbeau@uqat.ca

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Graduate positions in Urban Ecology and Ecosystem Services

The Ziter Urban Landscape Ecology lab at Concordia University is looking for MSc (possibly PhD) students for Fall 2019 interested in research at the intersection of urban landscape structure, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. The successful applicant will have considerable opportunity to shape specific research questions, but project directions may include: 1) Characterizing relationships among biodiversity and multiple ES provided by green infrastructure; 2) The role of urban landscape structure in moderating biodiversity and ES provision; or 3) Ecosystem services (and particularly climate adaptation) provided by the urban forest. Research in our lab typically combines fieldwork with laboratory and/or computer analysis, with most data collection occurring in the summer in urban or peri-urban areas around Montreal. Applicants can read more about our recent and upcoming research on our lab website: www.carlyziter.com.

Concordia is an English-speaking University in the vibrant and diverse city of Montreal (rated the world’s best student city in 2017!). Our lab is based in the Department of Biology on Loyola Campus – a beautiful green campus in the western part of the city, but within reach of downtown. Home to 4 universities, Montreal has one of the largest concentrations of ecologists in Canada, and is also a growing center of excellence for urban ecology and urban forestry. Consequently, graduate students will have numerous opportunities to learn and collaborate outside the lab, including affiliation with the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science and Concordia’s new hub for Sustainable, Smart, and Resilient Cities and Communities. 

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a collaborative team environment, work closely with research partners, present results at professional conferences, and publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Applicants should have a BSc in biology, ecology, geography, or a related field (PhD applicants should have an MSc), and be willing and prepared to conduct fieldwork in an urban environment (often involving significant interaction and communication with members of the public). A valid driving license is strongly preferred. Ability to speak French is an asset, but not required. Preference will be given to Canadian applicants.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Carly Ziter directly (carly.ziter@concordia.ca) with a statement of motivation/interest, and include: 1) A CV/Resume; 2) An unofficial transcript; 3) The names and contact information for 2 references.

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Postdoc: Temperature variation and endangered aquatic species

We are seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to work on temperature variation and extinction risk.  It seems likely that the transient dynamics of small populations far from a stable age or size distribution may interact with autocorrelated environmental variation in ways that could significantly increase the extinction risk. In collaboration with National Research Council Canada (CNRC-NRC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the postdoctoral researcher will examine the impact of autocorrelated temporal variation on the transient dynamics of structured population models of SARA-listed aquatic species. The position will require the analysis of temperature threshold probabilities and autocorrelation in addition to population modelling.

Candidates must hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Ecological modelling, Mathematical Biology, Statistics of Ecological Systems) at the time of appointment and have experience working in a research environment. The anticipated start date is January 2019. This is a one year position with possibility of being renewed for a second year (contingent on funding).  The salary is $42,000 plus health benefits. More information is available at https://uwaterloo.ca/biology/sites/ca.biology/files/uploads/files/postdoc_cuddington_kim.pdf,

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Kim Cuddington via email: kcudding@uwaterloo.ca: 1. A complete CV, 2. A statement on how the applicant can fit the position (max one page), 3. unofficial transcripts, 4. Names and contact information for three referees

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

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PHD POSITION IN ALCID POPULATION MODELING

PhD position in seabird ecology, investigating population dynamics of alcids (Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills) in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Alcids nesting in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine are at the southern extent of their range, thus climate change is likely to result in local population declines. The goal of this project is to collate demographic information collected by our group from 1995 – present for nesting puffins and Razorbills at Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick, use this information to relate population trends with dispersal rates, and produce population models for each of the two focal species.

The candidate will be a member of the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research on the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick. Research will involve extensive field work on Machias Seal Island (i.e., presence on the island for 3.5 months) over three years (2019-2021), where the candidate will contribute to our ongoing long-term research. While on the island, the candidate will lead our research team of 3-4 people completing annual seabird monitoring of six focal species (Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Leach’s Storm-petrel), and aid other graduate students with their field research.

Qualifications:

  • MSc in biology or related field
  • Demonstrated field experience, previous experience leading a field camp is preferred
  • Extensive experience banding seabirds, experience banding alcids preferred
  • Experience calculating apparent survival using Program MARK, R, or other similar program
  • Experience developing and running population models in R, MatLab, or other similar program
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Candidate should have a driver’s license and the ability to travel between Canada and the United States

If interested, please contact Dr. Heather Major (hmajor@unb.ca) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and experience; 2) current CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and/or field experience. Review of applications will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful candidate will start in May 2019.

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M.Sc. or Ph.D position on mycorrhizal network assembly

In natural environments, plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi interact in complex webs/networks. These networks have a deterministic, non-random structure, yet we still poorly understand the drivers and functional consequences of such structure. We also have yet to fully appreciate the flexibility of these networks, and thus their potential resistance and resilience to disturbances and anthropogenic pressures. The aim of this project is to look at mycorrhizal network assembly along gradients (e.g., temporal, environmental) to determine how the structure of these interaction networks is shaped by preferential rewards and environmental selection of AM fungal and/or plant traits. This project will also prime the development of trait-based research in AM fungal ecology, a major frontier in the field.

Université de Montréal is one of the highest ranked university in the world, ranked third in Canada, in the city rated THE world’s best student city in 2017. Research in plant science and microbial ecology is done in research labs adjacent to the Botanical Garden, a truly unique research environment.

Interested candidates should:

• Have some background in statistics and R programming
• Ideally have experience in molecular biology
• Have a valid driving license
• Be motivated to work in sometimes hard meteorological conditions in the field

Interested applicants should send to pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca<mailto:pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca>:

1- A letter of motivation
2- A short CV with research-related work experience and a publication list
3- An unofficial transcript

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M.Sc. or Ph.D position in fungal functional diversity

Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi operate crucial functions in terrestrial ecosystems, contributing to nutrient cycling, soil C storage and altering plant net primary productivity. Yet, we still lack a sound understanding of their functional diversity, and how this diversity is distributed across taxonomic and spatial scales in natural landscapes. The aims of the currently available project are to (1) better appreciate intraspecific trait diversity in ECM fungi, (2) determine how the abiotic environment filters ECM fungal traits and (3) look at plant ECM fungal trait selection. As such, this project will involve a rich mixture of practice and theory in community assembly, ecological niches, evolution of cooperation and partner selection. The project will be held at Université de Montréal, in the Station de Biologie des Laurentides. This field station is extremely well suited for this project, with a heterogeneous and precisely mapped landscape of various ECM host plants, which offer a great opportunity to look at ECM community filtering. We are looking for a motivated student with (1) excellent academic record, (2) demonstrated potential for autonomy and (3) sound understanding of mycorrhizal symbioses and community ecology. The student should begin by January 2019, or May 2019 at the latest. Interested candidates should send their CV (with references) and a motivation letter to pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca<mailto:pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca>.

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Ph.D. Assistantship studying movement ecology of reintroduced bison in Banff National Park

The Merkle Research Group in collaboration with Banff National Park is looking for a highly motivated, creative, and quantitative Ph.D. student to lead a field-based project studying the movements of reintroduced bison in Banff National Park. Although the successful applicant will be admitted through the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming and will be based in Laramie, Wyoming (USA), all field work will be conducted in Banff National Park (Canada).

The goals of the research project will be to make fundamental contributions to the field of movement ecology while also providing reliable knowledge to manage and conserve bison. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to shape the specific research questions within the following topics: 1) home range formation by bison in a novel environment; 2) the influence of prescribed burns, hazing, and containment fencing on bison movement; and iii) the influence of social status and sociality on space use of bison.

Candidates must have a B.S. and preferably a M.S. degree in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, or related fields. Applicants must have an excellent undergraduate GPA and competitive GRE scores. Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team in harsh field conditions. Field work will require backpacking and hiking off trail in stochastic field conditions at high elevations in sometimes extremely steep terrain. Applicants with experience managing and analyzing large datasets (including remote sensing data) in program R or Python, and publishing research will be favored. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, work closely with a large field crew, present results at professional conferences, and publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets.

A competitive graduate assistantship will be provided, which includes annual stipend, tuition, and benefits. To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file that includes 1) a cover letter outlining field and quantitative experience and interest in studying animal movement, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial GRE score sheet, 4) contact information for three references, and 5) transcripts to Jerod Merkle (jmerkle@uwyo.edu) and Jesse Whittington (jesse.whittington@canada.ca). Review of applicants will begin 25 February 2019. The successful applicant will start in autumn 2019.

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Graduate Opportunity (PhD) Habitat and Foraging Ecology of Moose across Disturbed Landscapes

We are recruiting a PhD student to investigate the habitat and foraging ecology of moose across central British Columbia, Canada. The work will focus on the response of moose to broad-scale and rapid salvage harvest of lodgepole pine. The study will be conducted in the John Prince Research Forest (http://www.jprf.ca/research/post/moose-habitat-selection-movement-ecology-and-survival) where there has been stable levels of forest harvest and the surrounding landscape that has been the focus of salvage harvest.

There is considerable flexibility in research question and design, but we anticipate methods that potentially employ field-based analyses of recently deployed high-frequency GPS collars, 4 years of broader-scale GPScollar data, and 3 years of camera-trap data. The study area has Lidar derived forest/cover attributes and there is an effort to monitor wolves. We expect the dissertation to have an applied focus, with application of findings to the development or improvement of forest management practices that enhance moose populations.

The qualified student will attend classes at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC. UNBC is a small, but dynamic research intensive university (www.unbc.ca). The Prince George area offers abundant outdoor recreation activities. Please see our website for more information on the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program including degree requirements and expectations (www.unbc.ca/nres/). Research activities will be conducted at the John Prince Research Forest.

Qualifications: This is a challenging, but rewarding project requiring a range of interests and aptitudes. Preferably, the successful applicant will have a degree in biology or ecology. The student should be willing to work in a collaborative environment with multiple research partners. Demonstration of field-based competencies (e.g., GPS operation, compassing, backcountry safety/skills) is an asset as well as a desire to get dirty and potentially work long hours. Also, the student should have a keen interest in quantitative ecology, including the development of species distribution models and the analysis of camera-trap data. The successful student should be prepared to spend a portion of the summer working at the study site near Fort St. James, British Columbia with a program start date of September 2019. We offer a competitive stipend ($22,000/year for 3 years) and funding to support field and lab activities.

For further information please contact Dr. Chris Johnson, (johnsoch@unbc.ca; 1-250-960-5357; http://web.unbc.ca/~johnsoch).

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Postdoctoral research opportunity, Aquatic Microbial Ecology / Carbon Biogeochemistry

Start date: Winter – Spring 2019

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A postgraduate fellowship is available in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), to carry out research at the interface of aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, associated to the NSERC-funded Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems. The research project will focus on issues related to the assembly and functioning of freshwater aquatic bacterial communities and their links to environmental factors, and will take a whole network approach to reconstruct the taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional microbial successions that occur along the aquatic continuum, from soils to the sea through interconnected rivers and lakes.

The research may also explore the chemical succession that occurs in the molecular structure and reactivity of the dissolved organic carbon pool along this same aquatic continuum, with the ultimate objective of determining the connections and interactions that may exist between these two key components of all aquatic ecosystems. The project may involve highly spatially resolved sampling along the aquatic continuum and across gradients and ecotones, focusing on lakes and rivers in the boreal region of Québec, and will apply a combination of high-throughput sequencing and microarray technologies, metabolic and physiologic measurements of bacterial communities, and advanced analytical approaches to characterize the molecular composition of DOM.

We seek a highly motivated candidate who is ready to embrace a multidisciplinary challenge and to work in a highly collaborative team context. Our students and postdocs are part of a dynamic and culturally and scientifically diverse aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, microbial, plankton and ecosystem ecology. Those interested should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references to Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries for further information are welcome.

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PhD–Plant phenology and climate change in the high Arctic (University of Guelph).

Full funding support is available for four years for a PhD position in the lab of Dr. Andrew MacDougall – University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I seek a highly-motivated PhD candidate with a theoretical or empirical background at the MSc or undergraduate level, ideally with a background in plant ecology or plant evolution. The research will explore long-term responses in plant performance (leafing, flowering, senescence) to climate change in the high arctic mountains of northern Scandinavia. The work will be based off a globally unprecedented century-long data set initiated in 1917, tracking seasonal and annual variations in the timing and extent of plant performance for 140+ vascular plant species. The student is expected to generate their own research projects, based on these data and their own interests. The projects can involve field work and/or big data analysis, with ecological and/or evolutionary emphases. The student will be based out of the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. The project is coordinated from the Abisko Scientific Research Station (Abisko, Sweden), in collaboration with Umeå University, Queens College -Belfast, and Imperial College – London. The student is encouraged to collaborate with researchers at one or more of these institutions, depending on the research emphases they chose to follow. Please e-mail a brief statement of research interest, your CV, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two academic referees to asm@uoguelph.ca. The position starts fall 2019, or even summer 2019. Preference will be given to Canadian applicants, but the position is open to any suitable candidate.

Department of Integrative Biology https://www.uoguelph.ca/ib/
University of Guelph https://www.uoguelph.ca/
Abisko Scientific Research Station https://polar.se/en/research-in-abisko/
Umeå University http://www.emg.umu.se/english/
Queens College Belfast https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofBiologicalSciences/
Imperial College London http://www.imperial.ac.uk/life-sciences/research/research-themes/ecosystems-and-the-environment/

 

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