Population estimate and habitat characterization of the Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle (Cicindela patruela Dejean) from Île-aux-Allumettes (Quebec)

A MSc position is available under the co-supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly (Université du Québec à Montréal, www.kellylab.weebly.com), Dr. Maxim Larrivée (Insectarium de Montréal), and Dr. Michel Saint-Germain (Insectarium de Montréal) beginning September 2018.

The Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle is extremely rare in Canada and is considered endangered nationally. It is associated with old dune systems and is found in highly specialized habitat that tends to disappear in the absence of natural disturbances. The population from Île-aux-Allumettes was rediscovered in 2016 and is one of two known populations in Canada. The actual extent of this population is not known, as is how individuals use the different micro-habitats that make up this relatively diverse area in terms of successional stages. This research project aims to better define the extent of this Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle population and to identify its micro-habitat preferences and requirements. The project could include, among other things, a characterization of the conditions sought for egg-laying, foraging and thermoregulating. The final objectives of the project will be agreed on with the chosen candidate. The project will include field work during the summer of 2019.

This project will be conducted under the auspices of ReNewZoo (www.renewzoo.ca) and aims to train students for future employment in zoo conservation science. Students will be paid a stipend of $17,500 for each of two years. ReNewZoo has mandatory components (see details at www.renewzoo.ca) in addition to those of the Département des Sciences biologiques (UQAM) including a 4-month internship at Insectarium de Montréal and coursework.

The candidate must have completed a B.Sc. degree in Biology or a related discipline, have an interest in field work and work in zoological institutions. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and an unofficial transcript to contacts below. UQAM is a linguistically open environment, however, graduate-level classes are taught in French.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca) in the heart of Montréal.

If interested, please send a letter of intent, academic transcripts and a CV to Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) and Maxim Larrivée (maxim.larrivee@ville.montreal.qc.ca).

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Habitat preferences and occurrence of the common walking stick (Diapheromera femorata) in Québec

A MSc position is available under the co-supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly (Université du Québec à Montréal, www.kellylab.weebly.com), Dr. Maxim Larrivée (Insectarium de Montréal), and Dr. Michel Saint-Germain (Insectarium de Montréal) beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student with a strong interest in conservation biology to develop and test a model of habitat preference and occupancy for the common walking stick (Diapheromera femorata). This species is common across North America but is known to occur in only three locations in Quebec (Mont Royal, Gatineau Park, and near the US border). Given that suitable habitat exists in other locations across Quebec, D. femorata is likely more widespread than is currently believed. By integrating knowledge of climate, topography and vegetative composition, the student will generate and test predictions of D. femorata occurrence throughout the province. The student will also assess behavioural and genetic differences among known Québec populations.

This project will be conducted under the auspices of ReNewZoo (www.renewzoo.ca) and aims to train students for future employment in zoo conservation science. Students will be paid a stipend of $17,500 for each of two years. ReNewZoo has mandatory components (see details at www.renewzoo.ca) in addition to those of the Département des Sciences biologiques (UQAM) including a 4-month internship at Insectarium de Montréal and coursework.

The candidate must have completed a B.Sc. degree in Biology or a related discipline, have an interest in field work and work in zoological institutions. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of intent, a curriculum vitae and an unofficial transcript to contacts below. UQAM is a linguistically open environment, however, graduate-level classes are taught in French.

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM (https://bio.uqam.ca) in the heart of Montréal.

If interested, please send a letter of intent, academic transcripts and a CV to Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) and Maxim Larrivée (maxim.larrivee@ville.montreal.qc.ca).

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Opportunity for a Postdoctoral position: Modeling individual variability in behaviour and demography of boreal caribou. Application deadline: June 15th, 2018.

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

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

Our collaborative team is offering a postdoctoral research opportunity with the following objectives:

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

The project will start in September 2018, and is planned to end in July or August 2019 (11-12 months), with the possibility of a 1-year extension. The postdoctoral fellow could be based either at U. Laval (Québec city, under the supervision of Steve Cumming), at UQAR (Rimouski, under the supervision of Martin-Hugues St-Laurent), at UNBC (Prince George, under the supervision of Chris Johnson), at ECCC (Ottawa, under the supervision of Cheryl Ann Johnson) or at NRCan (Victoria, under the supervision of Eliot McIntire). The candidate will interact with the other members of research team and will be invited to travel between the different research centers.

Requirements:

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

How to apply: If interested, please send a CV with contact information (phone, email address) of at least 2 references and a cover letter before Friday June 15th, 2018 to one of the following researchers:

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3-year PhD position in Animal Physiology and Behavioural Ecology with Dr Jean-Patrice Robin and Dr Pierre Bize at the University of Strasbourg, France. Application deadline: 17/06/2018.

Exploring the impact and adaptation to social and environmental stress in the king penguin

King penguins are unique by their biology: they reproduce in an aggressive social environment and extreme environmental conditions, and parents alternate long fasting periods on land with intense foraging periods at sea. Furthermore, both sexes display conspicuous ornaments used in sexual and social contexts. We have previously demonstrated that king penguins are sensitive to their neighbours: breeders get stressed when reproducing in socially dense environments and they rely on the size of their auricular patch to establish social dominance. In this project, we aim to explore further inter-individual physiological and behavioural variation in responses to social stress, and in particular to test whether some individuals are better adapted to cope with social stress, what make them better adapted to stress and whether individuals can signal their social competences. Research will be carried on the Sub-Antarctic Island Crozet, and the applicant should have a keen interest in doing experimental work in free living birds and to embrace an integrative approach, addressing changes in states ranging from the cell to the whole organism level. This project will rely both on newly data collected by the candidate in the field over up to 2 expeditions in sub-Antarctica and on archived data, thereby allowing the candidate to start the PhD project without delay and guarantying results on the project.

For this PhD project we are seeking somebody who is independent, mobile, creative, highly motivated, and has interest in animal physiology and behavioural and evolutionary ecology. Our ideal candidate has previous experience working in the field (preferentially with birds), likes working in a team, has excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and is not afraid of statistics and lab work. Experience with programing in R (or other languages such as SQML or Matlab) and with lab work is not essential but is a welcome addition; the willingness to learn such techniques is, however, crucial.

The successful applicant will be mainly based in the Department of Ecology, Physiology & Ethology (DEPE) at the University of Strasbourg, France, under the joined supervision of Dr Jean-Patrice Robin (Strasbourg) and Dr Pierre Bize (University of Aberdeen, UK). The DEPE is a lively Department where the student will benefit from interaction with a thriving community of postgraduate students, postdocs and researchers in animal physiology, marine biology and behavioural ecology. Furthermore, the student will integrate an international team working on the French Polar Program ‘ECOENERGY’, and will thus benefit from the interaction and support of research partners, namely Vincent Viblanc and Yves Handrich (Strasbourg, France), Quentin Schull (MARBEC, France), Antoine Stier (Turku Univ., Finland), Steve Dobson (Auburn Univ, U.S.A.) and Rudy Boonstra (Toronto Univ., Canada). The student will be encouraged to visit the partners to conduct specific analysis. The student will participate in the PhD program of the Doctoral School ED414 of the University of Strasbourg (http://ed.vie-sante.unistra.fr/) providing additional learning of transferable skills.

Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most attractive cities. It has a rich historical and architectural heritage, with Strasbourg’s historical city centre being listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its human size, its pedestrian city centre and 500 km of cycling paths make it a very pleasant city to wander around. Vibrant and affordable, Strasbourg is a true student city providing a great learning and living environment (Check out the New York Time’s video: 36 Hours in Strasbourg).

Applications must include 1) a cover letter outlining why you want to work on this project, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) the contact details of two academic referees, and 4) a 1‐page summary of your MSc project or undergraduate work. Please send the above as a single pdf file to both jean-patrice.robin@iphc.cnrs.fr AND pierre.bize@abdn.ac.uk

Application deadline is 17/06/2018 23:00 – Europe/Brussels; interviews will take on July 13th; starting date is Sept 17th. The PhD project is fully funded for 3 years by the IDEX program from the University of Strasbourg; monthly salary of €1769

For more information, feel free to contact Jean-Patrice Robin or Pierre Bize.
https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/303818

Suggested reading

Schull Q, Dobson FS, Stier A, Robin J-P, Bize P, Viblanc VA. 2016. Beak color dynamically signals changes in fasting status and parasite loads in king penguins. Behavioral Ecology 27:1684-1693

Schull Q, Robin J-P, Dobson FS, Saadaoui H, Viblanc VA, Bize P. 2018. Experimental stress during molt suggests the evolution of condition-dependent and condition-independent ornaments in the king penguin. Ecology and Evolution 8(2):1084-1095.

Stier A, Romestaing C, Schull Q, Lefol E, Robin J-P, Roussel D, Bize P. 2017. How to measure mitochondrial function in birds using red blood cells: a case study in the king penguin and perspectives in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:1172–1182

Viblanc VA, Gineste B, Stier A, Robin J-P, Groscolas R. 2014. Stress hormones in relation to breeding status and territory location in colonial king penguin: a role for social density? Oecologia:1-10.

Viblanc VA, Dobson FS, Stier A, Schull Q, Saraux C, Gineste B, Pardonnet S, Kauffmann M, Robin J-P, Bize P. 2016. Mutually honest? Physiological ‘qualities’ signalled by colour ornaments in monomorphic king penguins. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118:200-214.

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M.Sc. Opportunity: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in Moose Ecology, Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne.

Description

Moose populations in North America are starting to decline with reasons not well understood. Moose are the primary source of protein for many Indigenous groups and preserving this species is not only important in terms of food acquisition and sustaining ecological integrity, but essential for securing traditional ways of life and cultural values associated with this species. An M.Sc. student will investigate the demographics of declining moose populations in Ontario with a focus on integrating Indigenous Knowledge with western science techniques. The M.Sc. candidate will be based out of Laurentian University and will collaborate with Dr. Jesse Popp, Dr. Frank Mallory, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, and Indigenous communities within the Anishinabek Nation. 

Qualifications

Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field with a grade average of 75% or higher. Experience in large mammal ecology, and Indigenous cultural settings considered an asset. All applicants will be considered; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Anticipated Start Date

As soon as possible. 

Stipend

~$17,000 per year

How to Apply

Please email your unofficial transcript, resume, a list of 3 references, and a cover letter describing your related experience and why you should be considered for the position to: Dr. Jesse N. Popp, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON. P3E 2C6, jpopp@laurentian.ca

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M.Sc./Ph.D. Opportunity, Department of Soil Science Department, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Project title

Development and function of arctic and alpine biological soil crust communities

Project summary

In alpine and arctic environments, Biological Soil Crusts (BSCs) are often a dominant vegetation unit, making these ecosystems a uniquely powerful model for examining the role of BSCs in terrestrial ecosystem development. The first goal in this series of projects is to determine the initial and realized niche ranges of key species found in BSCs. While determining species niche ranges is needed for successful restoration of alpine and tundra plant communities, long-term ecosystem recovery and health is ultimately dependent on restoration of key ecosystem processes. Therefore, our second goal is to link niche construction with the recovery of ecosystem functions for key BSC species. We will achieve these goals by determining niche ranges and recovery of key ecosystem processes under both natural recolonization and active restoration. Optima and niche ranges for key macro and micro BSC phyla will be determined through characterization of BSCs in relation to key microclimate and soil physicochemical factors along subarctic alpine chronosequences, tundra drilling waste materials and mine site tailings. Manipulative growth chamber and field experiments will assist in the confirmation of niche ranges and help to develop BSC restoration techniques.

Expectations

There are opportunities for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions.

  • Background in soil and/or plant sciences
  • Interest in plant-soil systems, non-vascular plant communities, soil microbial composition and function
  • Field work in remote locations including soil sampling, moss and lichen identification
  • Experience with molecular analyses/data considered an asset

The expected starting date for the 2-year M.Sc. and 3-year Ph.D. positions vary from July 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

The stipend for the M.Sc. position is $22,680 per year and $27,018 for the Ph.D. position.

Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, CV and three references, unofficial transcripts and a sample of writing to Dr. Katherine Stewart, Department of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan (katherine.stewart@usask.ca). For more information please contact Dr. Stewart.

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PROPOSITION de DOCTORAT PhD, BIOLOGIE ÉVOLUTIVE, Département de Sciences Biologiques de l’Université de Montréal. Date limite pour poser sa candidature: 1er août 2018.

PROJET : La moule bleue Mytilus edulis est le plus important mollusque cultivé et donc un moteur économique considérable dans la région du Golfe du Saint-Laurent (Pêches et Océans Canada), et un des plus important ailleurs dans le monde. Jadis prospères jusqu’au sud de la Caroline du Nord, M. edulis a subi un déclin inquiétant aux cours des dernières années dans les provinces de l’Atlantique et aux États-Unis. Différentes hypothèses ont été soulevées pour expliquer les raisons de ce déclin : la surexploitation, l’acidification des océans, la pollution, les maladies, l’augmentation des prédateurs et le réchauffement climatique. Notamment, le réchauffement climatique a servit d’hypothèse dans plusieurs autres études pour expliquer le déclin ou le déplacement de populations de moules bleues, un résultat qui pourrait être attribuable, entre-autre, à une modification drastique du sex-ratio (ie. le rapport du nombre de mâles et de femelles au sein d’une population), qui pourrait mettre en péril la viabilité de certaines populations. En effet, les moules marines et les huitres sont connues pour avoir un sex-ratio régulé par l’environnement. Cependant, contrairement aux huitres, très peu d’études se sont intéressées aux mécanismes de détermination du sexe chez la moule marine. Une raison majeure d’étudier le déterminisme sexuel chez les moules se rapporte à leur importance économique et nutritionnelle. Il est communément admis que le succès des élevages est pour une part importante lié aux caractéristiques des populations de reproducteurs (naturelles ou captives), et qu’il faut notamment parvenir à en contrôler les sex-ratios, les périodes de reproduction, les fécondité et fertilité.

Ce projet financé par le FRQNT vise à mieux comprendre les mécanismes génétiques et épigénétiques de la détermination du sexe chez la moule bleue. Par conséquent, le candidat doit avoir une expérience ou un intérêt marqué pour la bio-informatique, la biologie évolutive et la biologie moléculaire.

FINANCEMENT : Une bourse de 15 000$/année est offerte pour trois ans. De plus, plusieurs postes d’auxiliaires en enseignement sont disponibles, permettant d’accroître les revenus.

PROGRAMME : Doctorat en Biologie, Ph.D. (UdeM). Début suggéré : Automne 2018 ou hiver 2019.

DÉPÔT DE LA CANDIDATURE : Veuillez faire parvenir une lettre de présentation, un curriculum vitae et une copie de votre relevé de notes universitaires accompagnés des noms et adresses de deux références avant le 1er août 2018 à : Sophie Breton, Département de Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal, Montréal (Québec), Canada.

s.breton@umontreal.ca (514) 343-6111 poste 7460.

 Veuillez prendre note que seules les personnes retenues pour une entrevue (en personne, par skype ou par téléphone) seront contactées.

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Conservation Genetics Research Scientist/Lab Manager

TO APPLYapply directly on our website vanaqua.org/join/careers

Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise Initiative, is a globally recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a not-for-profit organization, our team contributes to meaningful work that matters.

We take pride in the steps we take towards conserving aquatic life every day. Our focus on engaging visitors, connecting students, facilitating direct action and understanding the world around us contributes to protecting our world’s oceans.

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Conservation Genetics Research Scientist/Lab Manager is responsible for conducting original conservation-oriented molecular genetics-based research on marine mammals and for managing technical, operational and budgetary aspects of the Conservation Genetics Laboratory. Duties include planning research projects, performing various molecular analyses, analyzing data, managing specimen and supplies inventories, ensuring that laboratory equipment is maintained and calibrated, writing and publishing papers, and preparing grant applications. They also train and supervise technicians, students, and volunteers and in addition to the scientific literature, presents findings via conferences, media interviews, blogs and social media.

The Scientist/Manager is a member of Marine Mammal Research Program, a core element of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute–which is in turn part of the Ocean Wise Conservation Association. As such, they are responsible for communicating with, supporting and representing all three entities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Actively participates in the successful design, execution and reporting of findings of conservation oriented lab research projects on marine mammals by:

  • Managing research projects from conceptualization through execution and publication;
  • Extracting DNA, conducting genetic analyses and analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Researching and developing new, specialized techniques to perform novel experiments;
  • Summarizing data results using appropriate statistical methods;
  • Preparing scientific papers for publication;
  • Assisting students, technicians and other genetics lab users by teaching techniques and trouble-shooting;
  • Supervising projects of graduate students with respect to technical advice, experimental design, and interpretation of results/analysis;
  • Consulting with collaborators at other institutions to provide technical advice and analysis support;
  • Working closely with the Ocean Pollution Research Program’s Research Manager to maintain sample and chemical inventories, maintain equipment and dispose of wastes properly;
  • Ensuring that all genetics lab users follow safety standards and procedures;
  • Overseeing the use, maintenance and purchase of laboratory equipment and supplies;
  • Preparing and submitting grant applications and writing grant reports;
  • Writing blogs, newsletter articles and material for public distribution;
  • Assisting with the planning and coordinating of conferences and workshops.

Provides administrative assistance to Marine Mammal Research Team by:

  • Representing the Marine Mammals Research team at internal meetings;
  • Budgeting and monitoring lab expenses;
  • Helping obtain necessary licenses, animal care approvals, research permits and certifications;
  • Maintaining files and databases;
  • Assisting in developing and maintaining contacts with representatives of a variety of organizations, agencies and institutions.

Positively represents Ocean Wise and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute at public events by:

  • Making public presentations on research and conservation;
  • Responding to enquiries for technical information from both the public and the media.

General

  • Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
  • Maintaining and supporting organizational and laboratory safety standards;
  • Abiding by all organizational policies and procedures;
  • Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Experience, and Certifications Required

  • (or MSc with min. 5 years of relevant experience) in molecular genetics, population genetics or a related field;
  • Experience conducting laboratory studies in molecular genetics
  • A demonstrated record of publishing scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Experience in delivering scientific and technical presentations to peers at scientific meetings;
  • WHIMIS certificate or ability to obtain the same;
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods certificate or ability to obtain same;
  • Supervisory experience an asset;
  • BC driver’s license required;
  • Marine mammal research experience an asset.

Skills

  • Strong competency in genetic and molecular analysis techniques;
  • Intermediate skills in word processing, and excellent skills in database and spreadsheet software;
  • Intermediate skills in R, with desire to advance those skills as needed for analysis;
  • Sound judgment, discretion and confidentiality. Able to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with staff, Board Members, representatives of agencies and institutions and members of the public;
  • Good public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent project management and time management skills, with the ability to keep on task with strategic items while managing day-to-day responsibilities;
  • Ability to multi-task with keen attention to detail;
  • Strong written, verbal communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to manage a safe and productive research laboratory with minimal supervision;
  • Active demonstration of Ocean Wise’s core values and mission.

Working Conditions

  • Works in an open-concept office or in a laboratory based in West Vancouver;
  • The incumbent will be exposed to a variety of hazardous products which requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the safe operation of a fume hood;
  • Job requires the ability to stand for up to an hour at a time;
  • The incumbent must be able to safely lift and move objects weighing up to 10kg on a daily basis and 20kg occasionally;
  • Occasionally travels to attend off-site meetings and presentations;
  • Occasionally works evenings or weekends;
  • May have occasional opportunities for boat-based fieldwork, which would include the risk of exposure to heat or cold stress as well as exposure to slippery conditions and uneven, non-stable surfaces.

Job Type: Full-time

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NEW POSITIONS FOR 2018 – Postdoctoral Fellow positions with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in fisheries genomics in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Positions: Several postdoctoral fellow positions (3-4) are available in the Bradbury Lab at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Halifax, NS). Species of primary interest for the lab include Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Charr, Atlantic Cod, and Common Lumpfish but current projects include other anadromous fish and species of marine invertebrates as well.  The lab’s research is broadly concerned with the application of genomic tools to inform fisheries management and marine conservation.  The lab is increasingly focusing on genomic architecture using high density SNP arrays to better understand the genetic basis of biocomplexity.

Candidates must have a PhD in fisheries science, population genetics, genomics, oceanography or a related field.

Application: Please email Ian Bradbury (ibradbur@me.com) with (1) a letter describing your interests in this position and your previous research experience, and (2) a recent CV. Formal applications must be submitted through the Fisheries and Oceans Postdoctoral Research Program. Review of will applications begin right away with several positions available immediately, and will continue throughout 2018.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology The Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (weel.gitlab.io) is looking to recruit a collegial post-doctoral fellow (PDF) for two years, pending renewal at one year. The position has a competitive salary and benefits. The PDF will join a collaborative and productive research group where we test notions related to habitat selection, social behavior, and predator-prey dynamics in a range of taxa.

Applicants should be critical thinkers with an interest in advancing research questions. They should have a track-record for publishing their research in reputable journals, be capable programmers, and effective science writers. Some specific tasks will benefit from an advanced understanding of resource selection, movement ecology, and predator-prey dynamics. There is a preference for applicants who have worked with iSSAs, engaged in network ecology (social or otherwise), conducted GIS in R, and are familiar with GitLab.

The position will accord a fair amount of academic freedom, with an emphasis on generating reproducible primary science. The position will also provide access to current datasets within the lab, and opportunities to collaborate with graduate students and lead team projects. There will be an emphasis on training and creating opportunities for advancement, which will include mentoring students (e.g., honors and/or MSc students), participating in proposal writing, and managing research projects.

Memorial hosts a diverse and engaging group of scientists studying ecology and evolution in the departments of Biology, the Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology program (Psychology), Geography, and Ocean Sciences. Departmental and inter-departmental events include regular discussions, workshops, and seminars from invited speakers. These intra-and inter-lab events encourage an important cross-fertilization of emerging ideas in ecology and evolution and exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Competitive applicants are encouraged to contact post-docs and senior PhDs in the WEEL group to obtain an informed opinion of the potential provided by this position and environment.

Please email your application to me (eric.vanderwal@mun.ca). I would appreciate if the application was a single *.pdf document. Please include a cover letter outlining your background, aspirations, and interests; a current CV including the names of three references; and two publications for which you are most proud.

Some flexibility in start date is available for the ideal candidate. Position will remain open until filled.

Thank you in advance.

~Eric

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