Job offer: research assistants on an ecosystem monitoring project in the Arctic, Bylot and Igloolik Island. Application deadline: October 17, 2019.

The Canada Research Chair in Polar & Boreal Ecology is seeking applicants for field assistant positions on an ongoing ecosystem monitoring project on Igloolik Island (Nunavut). This project aims at monitoring populations of nesting birds, lemmings, and arthropods, as well as plant communities in this High-Arctic region of Canada. In parallel to this ecosystem monitoring, we also investigate the decline in shorebirds populations in the Arctic. To better understand the mechanisms underlying the decline of certain shorebirds species, we study their migratory patterns and their demography in collaboration with researchers working at a circumpolar scale. Fieldwork in Igloolik will be conducted between June to end of July 2020, and the contract will include tasks in May or August in Moncton. This summer job could lead to Master’s/Honour’s projects for interested candidates. If you are interested in a Master’s project, please indicate it in the application form.

Fieldwork duties:
– Monitoring birds nests
– Trapping shorebirds, lemmings and arthropods
– Conducting plant survey
– Automatic fauna monitoring
– Managing samples

Supervision: Nicolas Lecomte (Université de Moncton)

Skills required:
– Team spirit and sense of initiative
– Good physical condition
– Fieldwork and camping experience (in remote location would be an asset)
– Scientific rigour (data collection and sample management)
– Good academic achievement would be an asset
– To have completed 1 semester of an undergraduate program in biology (or similar field)

When and how to apply? You can apply by filling the online application form (https://forms.gle/X7TVAr78PniP6iVz9) and by sending the documents describe below by email (crc.eco.moncton@gmail.com) before October 17, 2019. To complete the application, you will need the contact information for two references. The files to submit are the electronic versions of your CV (2 pages maximum) and of your university transcripts (non-official versions are accepted). Please use the following format for naming your files: “First Name”_”Last Name”_”CV or Transcript”. Pre-selected candidates should be available for an interview on October 17 and 22, 2019.

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Coordinating Scientist, Boreal Avian Modelling Project

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) is long-term academic research program aimed at modelling the abundance and distribution of boreal breeding birds in relation to vegetation, climate and human land uses. We use data assimilation and statistical modelling to support the management and conservation of avian populations and habitats, in collaboration with diverse partners in academia, government, the forest industry and environmental organizations: for details, see http://www.borealbirds.ca.  We are seeking a Coordinating Scientist to facilitate project management and research delivery.

Under the direction of BAM Steering Committee, the Coordinating Scientist will have two roles:

  1. They will facilitate efficient project operation and delivery of results. Duties will include work plan development and implementation, project management, partner outreach, assistance with grant preparation, management and reporting, policy development and implementation, and co-ordination of project communications;
  2. They will actively participate in the BAM research program. Duties will include the development, implementation (including data analyses and scientific writing), and dissemination of core research projects in collaboration with BAM research staff, contributing scientists, Steering Committee members and/or other collaborators.

Time allocation will be roughly 50-50 between these two roles. We will also consider applications for a part time position that would be dedicated entirely to project management.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in ecological sciences, natural resource management, or related fields, experience in project management and team supervision, demonstrated abilities in ecological and/or conservation research supported by strong quantitative skills, and a strong interest in the conservation of birds and boreal forests in Canada. Excellent written and oral communication are essential, including prior experience publishing peer-reviewed science. A familiarity with the sectors and agencies involved in boreal forest conservation and management would be an asset, as would fluency in spoken and written French. This position will require some travel within North America. For applicants interested in the part-time project management position only, some research requirements may be waived.

The position is based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB, and available immediately through to March 31st 2022, with opportunity for extension pending available funds. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with starting date no later than January 1, 2020. Full-time salary is $60-70,000/yr plus benefits, dependent on qualifications. Interested individuals should send a digital version of their CV and a statement of interest and qualifications to borealavianmodellingproject@ualberta.ca.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Lab Tech Position, York University, Toronto, Canada

The Zayed Lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) in the Department of Biology, York University (Toronto, Canada), has a position available for a Lab Tech with expertise in insect molecular biology and genetics starting Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will participate in a pioneering project to improve the health of Canadian honey bees. Our research will measure stressor-induced changes in the honey bee transcriptome in order to identify diagnostic markers of colony health.

We are particularly seeking individuals that have expertise in RNA extraction and gene expression profiling, as well as experience in training and working with undergraduate students.

Degree: MSc or PhD in Biology

Salary: $45,000 per year

Please submit your cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 referees to honeybee@yorku.ca by September 12th, 2019.

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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!

Organization Overview

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 Description

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. The candidate will be responsible for initiating a literature review that synthesizes the state of knowledge about this subject. Support for this position comes from the Ocean and Freshwater Science Contribution Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a background in areas such as multiple stressors, watershed management, ecohydrology, and a strong record of publication. PhD’s will be preferred, but exceptional earlier-career candidates (e.g., post Masters) will be considered with the appropriate skillsets and experience.

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a Postdoc or research scientist. This position is full-time for one year initially, with potential longer-term extension based on performance and funding. Ideal start date is the beginning of September 2019.

How to Apply

Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to adminjwm@sfu.ca with the subject header “2019 OFSCP application”. Applications will be reviewed starting Aug 5, 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
  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.

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