Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

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

The research the successful applicants will be taking part aims to experimentally investigate the hormonal and transcriptomic mechanisms underlying dominance and the transition from cooperation to conflict in a highly social mammal.

What you can gain from this role

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education. 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 6 to 12 months. 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, data editing and animal handling. Previous experience in the dissection and tissue collection of rodents (including brain) will be considered an asset.

If you are interested in this position send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to Philippe Vullioud (philippe.vullioud@gmail.com). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview.

Deadline: 10th May 2019: (spontaneous applications beyond this date are welcome)


Research Position in Watershed Cumulative Effects

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (www.jonwmoore.org) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist to join our team at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada! We study aquatic ecology in collaboration with diverse partners to inform management and conservation, with a focus on salmon and their watersheds. Our lab is part of the Earth to Oceans Research Group – a group aimed at addressing global environmental issues through an interdisciplinary collaborative science approach.

Project – Watershed cumulative effects, climate change, and salmon: This project will focus on the cumulative effects of climate change and land use on stream temperatures and flow, with application to migratory salmon. There are two initial phases of this research: 1) initiate a literature review that synthesizes the state of knowledge on this subject, and 2) conduct empirical analyses using large data-sets from the Thompson and Nicola Watersheds to understand the effects of multiple stressors and different land-use activities on water, temperatures, and fish. This project will consist of some field work in British Columbia river systems as well as spatial analyses of existing large datasets. The candidate will also be responsible for organizing and facilitating a working group.

The competitive candidate will have a background or aptitude for quantitative spatial analyses, potential expertise in areas such as multiple stressors, watershed management, ecohydrology, or river temperature models, and a strong record of publication. Candidates with PhD’s will be preferred, but exceptional earlier-career candidates (e.g., post Masters) will be considered with the appropriate skillsets and experience. This position is full-time for 9 months initially, with potential longer-term extension based on performance and funding. Ideal start date is late May 2019 or early June 2019, although may be somewhat negotiable.

Funding: Support for this position is coming from the Ocean and Freshwater Science Contribution Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Funds are available to cover the full costs of a salary, research and travel expenses, and funding to run a workshop. Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a Postdoc or research scientist.

To apply: Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to adminjwm@sfu.ca with the subject header “2019 OFSCP application”. We will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The CV should reference relevant work and educational experience and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should be two pages or less and should address three topics: 1) Relevant experience and analytical expertise, 2) Collaborative approach and experience working with diverse stakeholders and scientists, 3) Interest and potential research directions for this project. The letter should also communicate the timing of availability. Both documents should be pdf files and the file names should start with the last name of the applicant.