Research Associate Position in Searocket (Cakile spp.) hybridization and population genomics

A part-time Research Associate position (33.33%) is available in the Botany Department at The University of British Columbia. This position will involve performing plant collections, set up hybridization experiments and analyzing phenotypic and genotypic data resulting from those collections and experiments.

The successful applicant must have a PhD in evolutionary genetics and at minimum 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the highest international standards within the plant evolutionary genomics field. Extensive experience in wet-lab work including next generation sequencing techniques and genomic data analysis is absolutely required. The applicant must have proven track record in evolutionary genetics in general and on the genomics of hybridization, adaptation, and genotype phenotype association in particular.

The successful applicant must also have demonstrated the capacity to publish in top-level peer-reviewed scientific journals. Additional responsibilities include continued publication of research, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and assistance with the day-to-day training of other research personnel.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in evolutionary genetics and minimum of 4 years of postdoctoral research training at the highest international standards relating to evolutionary genomics of hybridization and adaptation.
  • Skilled in molecular biology (wet-lab and basic bioinformatics).

Applicants should e-mail, no later than August 13, 2018, a curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research interests, and the names of three referees to:

Dr. Loren Rieseberg
Department of Botany
winnie.cheung@botany.ubc.ca

This position will begin on August 15, 2018 and will be for 36 months renewed annually.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

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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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Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology. CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018.

COMPETITION

Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology

Permanent Position
(salary commensurate with experience)

Work location : Gatineau (Aylmer sector) in Québec

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on fish; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the Museum’s Fish Collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Zoology Section, which includes a team of eighteen research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory and cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada.

NOTE: A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s research scientists. An excellent benefits package comes with the position.

OPEN TO: Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.
*Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

EDUCATION: Ph.D.in vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
English and French are essential.
Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB

EXPERIENCE:

  • Candidates will have up to 10 years of work experience.
  • Trained and experienced in scientific research that advances knowledge of the natural history of fish species in Canada (we emphasize collection-based research with competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenies and taxonomy).
  • Possess a strong publication record, use up-to-date technology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada. Field experience in the Canadian Arctic is an asset.
  • Experience working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects, have an established network of collaborators, with demonstrated experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects, in presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public, and in team leadership.
  • Experience working in a museum context is an asset.

NOTE:

The application should include:

  • a cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN fish collection, and the fieldwork this research may include;
  • a curriculum vita;
  • three letters of recommendation.

SEND YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION BY EMAIL TO: competition@mus-nature.ca

Please state competition: NO.2090-CMN-18-OC-014

Statement of qualifications available by contacting the above email address.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon at 613-364-4066 or by e-mail at jmgagnon@nature.ca

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at: www.nature.ca

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process.

The Museum supports employment equity. 

CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018

LINK:
https://nature.ca/en/about-us/careers-volunteering/careers/research-scientist-vertebrate-zoology-ichthyology

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Positions: Two Arctic Field Research Assistants. Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

Duration: ~August 6 to ~ August 27, 2018 Location: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Stipend: $2,100 for the three-week duration. All costs related to travel, food and accommodations are additionally covered.

Description: Our study area is in a unique region of northern Canada, where Canada’s first all season highway connection to the Arctic Ocean has just opened to the public. This August, our research team will be collecting fish population data in lakes between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. The research program is a joint effort led by Dr. Derek Gray (Wilfrid Laurier) and Dr. Sapna Sharma (York University) investigating the effects of climate change on northern lake communities. We are looking to hire two assistants that will help drive small boats, set nets, identify and process fish, and obtain biological samples for research programs. The work will entail long, physically demanding days in sometimes cold and wet conditions. We are looking for two additional team members that work well in small groups, are detail-oriented and safety conscious, and have a keen interest in nature and science. This is an excellent opportunity for any Biology undergraduates, Graduate students, or early environmental professionals looking to further their field skills, gain northern experience, and have some adventure in this unique northern setting. We will mainly be based out of Inuvik, NWT for the three-week duration. Assets (please note in application): Driver’s license, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, first aid certification, familiarity with fish identification, experience working in remote locations, experience with fisheries fieldwork. To apply: Send a brief cover letter and current CV to Alyssa Murdoch at alyssamurdoch@gmail.com. Application deadline is Friday June 1, 2018.

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Gelada Monkey Research in the Ethiopian Highlands

Hiring Organization:
Dr. Peter Fashing (California State University Fullerton) & Dr. Nga Nguyen (California State University Fullerton)

TWO field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, long-term field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. Field research assistants will participate in data collection during an intensive 13-month long field season as part of this study, now in its second decade. Assistant duties will include (but are not limited to) carrying out behavioral observations, fecal sample collection, and vegetation monitoring. Work will begin in mid-May 2018 and last until the end of June 2019. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Two field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, semi-permanent field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. The study is being carried out by Dr. Peter Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, professors in the Anthropology Department and Environmental Studies Program at California State University Fullerton. The field assistants will be responsible for (a) collecting basic demographic and reproductive data as part of routine monitoring of the well-habituated study population, (b) conducting focal animal samples (c) recording GPS readings of gelada ranging locations, as well as (d) conducting vegetation monitoring and (e) walking census transects. The two field assistants will share a camp and research responsibilities while at Guassa.

The study area consists of 111km2 of hilly Afro-alpine grassland situated at 3,200-3,600 meters above sea level along the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands and affords spectacular views out over the Great Rift Valley nearly a mile below. A number of animals endemic to the Ethiopian highlands occur at Guassa including geladas, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf (the world’s rarest canid), the blue-winged goose, and the thick-billed raven. Notable mammals not endemic to Ethiopia but also present at Guassa include hyenas, leopards, serval cats, and the recently discovered cryptic African wolf. The gelada population at Guassa has been studied on a near-daily basis since January 2007 and nearly all individuals in the main ~220-member study band are habituated to observers at distances of a few meters or less.

For more information on the project, please see the following website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada/

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Biological Anthropology, or a related field. Good physical fitness and a willingness to walk long distances (6-12 km) each day are essential to working at Guassa where the terrain is hilly, the air thin (due to the high elevation), and the geladas wide-ranging. Experience with winter camping and life in cold climates is preferred since the successful applicants will be living in (spacious) tents at a location where nights are sometimes below freezing (as low as 19ºF though 33-36ºF is more typical) and days are often chilly (45-60ºF) and windy (10-40 km/hour) as well. Our campsite is situated on an isolated patch of ecologically pristine alpine grassland far from human habitation and applicants must be highly self-sufficient (the nearest town, Mehal Meda, is 22 kilometers away from camp, we do not own a vehicle, and contact with other English-speakers is rare). Field assistants will live in a semi-permanent campsite with 2 Ethiopian staff members with limited English language skills. Prior travel and/or field experience in Africa or mountainous regions of Asia or South America preferred. Applicants must be fluent in English and eager to learn Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia).

After Guassa, former field research assistants have all (n=20) co-authored one or more peer-reviewed journal articles with us. Most have gone on to pursue graduate studies (Ph.D. and/or Master’s, including at Yale, Dartmouth, Penn State, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Amherst, Toronto, Saskatchewan, UC Santa Barbara, Oxford, UC London, and Georg-August [Göttingen], among others) or additional research opportunities in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or ecology. Several assistants have returned to Guassa to conduct graduate or postdoctoral research.

For an example of media coverage of a recent (February 2017) scientific paper (in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) involving past and current Guassa Gelada Research Project assistants, please see…

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/02/02/512990553/a-new-view-into-the-primate-birthing-process

Our research site was also recently featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article featured stunningly beautiful photographs of Guassa and its geladas made by Jeff Kerby, a former GGRP field assistant who subsequently earned his PhD at Penn State and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth. For more details, please see…

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/gelada-monkeys-grass-eating-guassa-ethiopia-bleeding-heart/

SALARY/FUNDING
None.

SUPPORT PROVIDED FOR INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Research assistants will be provided with basic accommodation, food and other basic supplies while at the field site. In addition, we will pay each assistant’s $1,000USD research fee (directly to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority) for permission to conduct research in Ethiopia. However, applicants must pay their own international travel to Addis Ababa ($1,500-$2,000USD from the USA, less from Europe), including the cost of a tourist visa (~$70USD), and are responsible for any additional expenses incurred while traveling in Ethiopia, including travel to and from the field site and Addis every few months (to buy supplies, see a movie, etc.). Buses to Addis (300 km from Guassa or 6-8 bumpy hours travel) are inexpensive ($10 each way) and run almost daily from Mehal Meda. Camp is located a few miles walk from the road where you can catch the bus after a one or more hour wait. Luxury food items such as chocolates, cookies and canned tuna may be purchased in Addis at the volunteer’s expense. Our semi-permanent camp is remote but comfortable, with large walk-in tents with beds, solar electricity for the lights, a laptop computer, and small electronics, as well as mobile telephone service for international calls and calls within Ethiopia, and regular email service. Travel health insurance is strongly recommended; volunteers are required to acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Ethiopia. Volunteers are required to provide their own winter/alpine condition clothing, footwear and sleeping bag. Advice about what items are necessary for life at Guassa can be provided upon request. 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
13 months beginning mid-May 2018 and ending late June 2019. Because the training process requires approximately 2 months, assistants must be willing to work for a minimum of 13-months. We work in teams of twos and each researcher typically spends two to three days in the field with the geladas and one day at camp helping with camp chores and data entry and checking (we download and proof each day’s data onto the camp computer at the end of each field day). We expect successful applicants to be keen observers and diligent and conscientious students of animal behavior. Volunteers must be willing to work in a small team setting and have demonstrated a willingness to follow instructions/protocols closely in the past. We expect detailed updates from the field at least twice each week by email to keep us updated on conditions/progress in the field.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Positions will remain open until filled. 

COMMENTS
To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future educational or career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resumé detailing relevant experience, (3) a summary of college courses taken and the grades received, to be followed later by an official transcript, and (4) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as one person who has worked closely with you or who has closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for field research position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Peter Fashing at peterfashing@gmail.com. 

Contact Information:
Peter Fashing, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
USA
Phone: 657-278-3977

Email
peterfashing@gmail.com

Website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada

For more information about the project directors:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/pfashing/
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/nganguyen/

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