Graduate positions in microbial ecology at UBC Okanagan

Two positions (MSc or PhD) are available as of January 2019 in the Hart lab at UBC Okanagan. Both positions are fully funded and are part of larger collaborative group involving both academic and industrial partners.

Project 1:  Soil microbes and sustainable agriculture

We are looking for students (MSc and PhD) to study microbial communities and their functioning in sustainable agriculture and viticulture.
We are looking for a student to look at the fate microbial biofertilizers in ecosystems. In a related project, we are looking at how plant biodiversity can help mitigate crop diseases.

Position 2:  Evolutionary stability of root symbioses

We are looking for a MSc student to study the evolutionary stability of symbioses.  Using mycorrhizas as a model system, this project asks how plants are able to maintain diverse endophyte communities.

If interested, please submit your CV and a brief  letter explaining your desire to do graduate work to: Dr. Miranda Hart (miranda.hart@ubc.ca)

www.mirandahart.ca

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PhD Position: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Montréal, QC Canada

An exciting PhD opportunity is available at the Department of Biological Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The candidat will join a collaborative group in conducting a large-scale harvest selection experiment based on experimentally-controlled depletions across a series of closed, natural trout populations inhabiting alpine lakes in the Rocky mountains. The goal of the project is to apply eDNA (environmental DNA) metabarcoding to evaluate the biodiversity consequences of size-selective fisheries harvesting on species losses and gains at the whole lake ecosystem scale. The project will also involve experimentation with zooplankton to explore eco-evolutionary responses to size-selective fisheries harvesting.

The successful candidate will receive training in population and community ecology, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology and experimental ecological research. He/she will collaborate closely with researchers at McGill University, Concordia University, and with Parks Canada. The successful applicant will benefit from a strong scientific core in freshwater science at UQAM, as well as a dynamic and collaborative research environment in Montréal, QC.

Qualified applicants will ideally have an MSc degree in biology or a related field, demonstrate evidence of research potential, and have a strong work ethic and keen interest in aquatic ecology. Experience with with DNA techniques and strong statistical, communication, and interpersonal skills are assets. French linguistic skills are not required, but would be considered an asset.

The start date is september 2018 ou january 2019. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, unofficial transcripts, a C.V. and contact information for two academic/research references, to:

Alison DerryAssociate Professor

Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8

Email: derry.alison@uqam.ca

Tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647

Webpage : http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html

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Graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.), Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge.

MSc. Project 1. This student will examine the establishment and recovery of actively restored biological soil crust communities on drilling waste. You will initiate a trial to test active soil crust restoration techniques, identify bryophyte and lichen species in the crusts to characterize crust community composition in relation to site micro environmental conditions, and measure ecosystem services such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation rates.

MSc. Project 2. This student will examine the active restoration of tundra vascular plant communities from locally collected propagules. You will initiate a trial to test the use of locally collected material on drilling waste sites, and will track the survival and establishment of vascular plants in relation to site micro environmental conditions.

PhD. Project 3. This student will examine how active restoration techniques influence the recovery of soil community structure. You will examine the belowground plant, bacterial, fungal, and archaeal communities in restoration treatments in relation to site micro-environmental conditions. You will use next generation sequencing techniques to characterize belowground communities, develop niche models for important species, and will link soil community structure to key soil ecosystem services. You will have opportunities to expand your work to additional questions, and to lead collaborations with other project members.

These projects have an anticipated start date of either September 2018 or January 2019. Project 1 will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Stewart and Projects 2 and 3 will be co-supervised by Drs. Lamb and Siciliano.

For more information:

Eric Lamb: http://homepage.usask.ca/~egl388/index.html

Katherine Stewart: https://agbio.usask.ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/katherine-stewart.php

Steven Siciliano: https://www.usask.ca/toxicology/people/faculty/steven-siciliano.php

Requirements:

PhD. Project. A thesis based (research) MSc. degree with evidence of scientific productivity through the publication of one or more peer reviewed manuscripts. Graduate level experience and training in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics, restoration ecology.

MSc. Projects. A BSc. or BSAg degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: bryology, plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology.

Application Procedure

Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca) with a package including:

  • Cover letter describing your background and research experience and indicating which project you are most interested in.
  • an up-to-date CV
  • unofficial transcript(s). A scan or .pdf copy is sufficient.
  • an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project).
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Projet de doctorat: Impact cumulatif des pressions anthropiques sur les populations d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique

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 commencera en septembre 2018.

Le projet de recherche vise à modéliser l’impact cumulatif de différentes pressions d’origine anthropique (p. ex. la surabondance d’oies des neiges supportées par les champs agricoles en milieux tempérés et les changements climatiques) sur la reproduction et la distribution de différentes espèces d’oiseaux de rivage nichant en Arctique. Certains objectifs de ce projet s’inscrivent dans les travaux collaboratifs menés par l’Interactions Working Group, un regroupement de plusieurs chercheur.e.s implémentant les mêmes protocoles dans plus de 14 sites distribués à une échelle circumpolaire (Canada, Alaska, Groenland, Norvège, Suède et Russie). 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. suivi des populations nicheuses de limicoles, captures de limicoles et de lemmings).

Ce projet se déroulera sous la supervision de Marie-Andrée Giroux à l’Université de Moncton. Une bourse de doctorat est disponible pour 4 ans, à laquelle s’ajoute une bourse de l’Université de Moncton défrayant approximativement la valeur des frais de scolarité facturés aux étudiant.e.s canadien.nes (les étudiants étrangers peuvent aussi bénéficier de cette bourse). 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
  • Posséder de bonnes aptitudes pour les analyses statistiques et/ou la modélisation mathématique
  • 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 29 juin 2018 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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Graduate student position – behavioural ecology of white-footed mice

Graduate-level applications are being accepted for the Functional Ecology lab at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. We study co-adaptations among metabolic, behavioural, performance, and life-history traits using diverse tools ranging from comparative to quantitative genetic approaches. Current openings include field-based projects on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Interested students should visit the Functional Ecology lab webpage for more information why and how to apply: https://vincentcareau.weebly.com/join-the-lab.html

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PhD position in Evolutionary Ecology/Bioinformatics – McGill University – MacDonald Campus

Scope

The fish population genetics and genomics (FPG2) lab in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University is seeking applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics, comparative phylogenomics, and population genomics. Part of the work will consist of de novo assembly and annotation of genomes from generated long read sequences, as well as, performing extensive population RAD and/or RNA sequencing surveys. Although fieldwork experience is not required, a strong potential exists for students to participate in sample collections in Arctic coastal and offshore marine environments, as well as in more local areas.

Skills

Candidates should have an academic background in ecology, evolution, genetics and/or informatics/bioinformatics and be an independent learner with a strong work ethic. A working proficiency in the R script writing language is recommended (working knowledge of Python/C++ also beneficial). Familiarity with Linux/Unix based high performance computing clusters (HPCC) and the use of bioinformatics packages (e.g., SOAP, Geneious, CLC genomics workbench and GATK among others) would be an asset. The successful candidate should also have strong lab and interpersonal skills allowing them to also work well in a laboratory setting and in a group.

The Department

Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary department based out of McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Québec, Canada (http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/). McGill University offers competitive graduate scholarships, including tuition waivers, and visa differential waivers (for international students that qualify) for applicants based on grades and research experience (please see the sites listed below for more information).

http://www.mcgill.ca/internalawards/

http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students

Although funds are available to support a PhD student, the eventual hire is expected to apply for either national/provincial support and/or institutional internal graduate scholarships.

Application 

To apply, please send a current c.v., unofficial copies of academic transcripts, brief description of your research interests (~ 1/2 page), and contact information for 2-3 referees. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received before July 1st. Electronic applications (PDF only please) can be sent to:

denis.roy5[at]mcgill[dot]ca
Denis Roy
Assistant Professor
Macdonald-Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3V9
FPG2 Lab webpage: http://denisroy.weebly.com

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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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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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