Assistant Professor – Global Change Biologist, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, The University of Texas at El Paso

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a Global Change Biologist. In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply.

The anticipated appointment date is fall 2019 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral students; and to serve as a member of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core faculty. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for collaboration with existing EEB faculty and be able to attract extramural funding. 

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences is among the most productive departments at UTEP and contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Computational Science. An EEB doctoral program has recently been established. Existing faculty expertise includes ecological, evolutionary, biomedical, and education research fields. Core facilities include capacities for DNA Next-Gen sequencing, bioinformatics, and statistics; Biodiversity Collections; a green roof; and a greenhouse. The department also manages the 38,000-acre Indio Mountains Research Station. Current EEB faculty conduct research throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, Arctic, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. More information is available at the Department of Biological Sciences website. 

ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references. For questions about the position, you may contact Prof. Craig Tweedie, Search Committee Chair at ctweedie@utep.edu.

To apply, please visit www.utep.edu/employment

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. 

The University of Texas at El Paso does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or in the provision of services.

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TEACHING-FOCUSED (ALTERNATE STREAM) POSITION IN ECOLOGY, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science. Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

The Department of Biology, York University invites applications for a teaching-focused (alternate stream) tenure-track position in Ecology at the rank of Assistant Lecturer, to commence July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular development and pedagogical innovation. Please note there are two alternate stream ecology searches currently in the Faculty of Science, one in the Department of Biology and the other in Natural Science (NATS).

Candidates must possess a PhD in Biological Science (specifically in the field of Ecology), and have demonstrated experience in science education and biology education research, particularly post-Ph.D.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses and have a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success. This includes experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment.
Applicants will demonstrate a proven dedication to using innovative, effective evidence-based
approaches to teaching university-level science, including innovation in experiential education and technology-enhanced learning. The successful candidate will be expected to align and integrate lecture and laboratory curricula to learning outcomes. Applicants should have experience developing or redesigning courses and teaching laboratories. The successful applicant will be expected to design a new second-year experiential laboratory course and may participate in revising and enhancing existing undergraduate teaching laboratories, as well as teaching ecology and evolutionary biology courses at all levels to both science and non-science students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team and within the department. As well, the successful applicant will work closely with the Educational Development Specialist in the Faculty of Science to develop new experiential learning opportunities within the Department of Biology. This position includes service. Applicants should provide evidence of contributions to service, outreach, and pertinent activities in and outside academia.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2018. Applicants should submit a signed application cover letter outlining professional experience, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy) that supports excellence and innovation in teaching (i.e., course outlines, teaching strategies, course evaluations, teaching reviews, and selected course materials). The teaching dossier can also include workshop and professional development programs attended or led, conference papers and/or publications relating to pedagogy. Please provide context and reasons for what is included in the teaching dossier (e.g., annotated course materials). Applicants must arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Tamara Kelly, Department of Biology, York University by the referees and separate from the application. Referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted by email to biojobs@yorku.ca with “Alt Stream Ecology” in the subject line.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including
gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at
www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/. Please select the “Affirmative Action” tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

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Assistant Lecturer (Teaching-focused, Alternate Stream) in Ecology Division of Natural Science, Dept. of Science and Technology Studies Faculty of Science, York University. Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

The Division of Natural Science, Department of Science and Technology Studies, invites
applications for a teaching-focused (alternate stream) tenure-track position in Ecology at the rank of Assistant Lecturer, to commence July 1 2019. Please note there are two alternate stream ecology searches currently in the Faculty of Science, one in Natural Science, and the other in Biology.

The Division of Natural Science (NATS) specializes in developing and delivering high quality
undergraduate general education science courses to non-science university students. The
Division is a unit within the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), whose faculty represent a wide range of fields within the natural and social sciences. The successful candidate must demonstrate dedication to a teaching-focused position and will be expected to teach general education science courses to non-science university students. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation (e.g. experiential education).

A Ph.D. in Ecology is required, as is a demonstrated ability to teach science to non-science
majors at the university level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to teach urban ecology in this context.

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence or clear potential of excellence in
teaching university-level courses and have a strong commitment to pedagogy (including
evidence-based strategies) and student success. This includes aligning and integrating lecture and/or laboratory curricula to desired learning outcomes. Experience with curriculum
development, course design and re-design, and the application of universal design approaches to teaching and assessment are preferred. Experience with different delivery formats (e.g. lecture, blended, online) is preferred. The successful candidate must have experience teaching large classes, and will be expected to effectively utilize undergraduate laboratories, and other forms of experiential education, as required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, and must clearly
demonstrate their potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.
For further information regarding the Division of Natural Science please see natsci.info.yorku.ca. Information regarding the Department of STS can be found at sts.info.yorku.ca. Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Dr. Robin Metcalfe, Chair, Natural Science Search Committee at natsecol@yorku.ca.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including
gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples of Canada, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2018. Applicants should
submit a signed application cover letter outlining professional experience, an up-to-date
curriculum vitae and a concise teaching dossier that demonstrates the applicant’s potential for
excellence and innovation in teaching. The dossier may include elements such as course
outlines, teaching strategies, course evaluations, teaching reviews, and selected course
materials, but it must be prefaced by a clear statement that briefly outlines the applicant’s
teaching philosophy and justifies the materials included in the dossier. Applications must also
include a course proposal for an ecology-related course for non-science students. All
applications must be submitted electronically to natsecol@yorku.ca.

Applicants must arrange for three referees to send signed, confidential letters of recommendation directly to: Chair, Natural Science Search Committee, Division of Natural Science, 218 Bethune College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 (letters emailed by referees directly to natsecol@yorku.ca are also acceptable). Referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the
forms found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/. Please select the “Affirmative Action” tab under
which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OFFER, Department of Natural Sciences – Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

Spatiotemporal Individual-Based Modelling of the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga Population

Project background and objectives

St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act of Canada. It is also listed as threatened under the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species. Several threats related to navigation activities in the beluga’s critical habitat limit its recovery, including disturbance and exposure to boats’ underwater noise. Mitigating such navigation impacts requires tools to evaluate the performance of potential measures before taking action. The postdoc fellow’s project is part of a broader research program that aims at building a multiagent simulator of boat and whale movements in both the Saguenay and St. Lawrence Rivers to assess the effectiveness of potential mitigation options. The broader goal of the research program is to support a collaborative process to enhance the protection of the at-risk St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population in its critical summer habitat.

The postdoc fellow’s project aims at building calibrated algorithms that accurately simulate belugas’ individual movements by reproducing data-extracted statistical patterns. Several concurrent hypotheses currently exist regarding beluga movements, social dynamics, and responses to the presence of boats in their critical habitat. These hypotheses will be made explicit by the selected candidate. The related uncertainties will be translated into the proposition of concurrent movement algorithms. Statistical patterns will need to be identified at different scales (individual, group and population) and extracted from several datasets provided by collaborators. These patterns will allow to calibrate the movements algorithms and assess their performance using the Pattern- Oriented Modelling approach. Based on a literature review, the selected candidate will propose a series of beluga-specific indicators of navigation impacts (e.g. masking/communication space, disturbance, collision risks). These indicators will be used to assess the performance of mitigation scenarios using the final simulator that will couple a valid beluga IBM with an existing model of boat movements. The development of beluga’s movement algorithms will be based on behavioral ecology theories and developed in collaboration with researchers who have been studying belugas since the early 80’s. Although this modelling project does not require any data collection in the field, the selected candidate will work in close collaboration with researchers from Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, and will have the opportunity to take part in their field campaign.

The desired candidate will show dynamism, motivation, intellectual curiosity and creativity, ability to work independently and as part of a team, along with a great sense of initiative. He/She will be encouraged and supported to travel for scientific communications (conferences, workshops), meetings with partners and stakeholders. The project funding is provided by the Government of Quebec. The selected candidate will be required to participate in the production of deliverables for the Ministry for Forests, Wildlife, and Parks and Ministry for Maritime Affairs on a yearly basis.

Skills

  • PhD in Natural Sciences, Engineering, or any discipline relevant for the project
  • Proficiency in individual-based modelling
  • Java programming or proficiency in another object-oriented programming language
  • Preparing scholarship and grant applications
  • Proficiency in scientific communication (written and oral) to experts and laypeople, including writing scientific articles and conducting literature reviews

Assets

  • Knowledge in behavioural ecology especially social mammals
  • Knowledge in underwater acoustics and/or bioacoustics
  • Knowledge in GIS, Spatial analysis and spatial statistics
  • Other technical skills: R, Python, QGIS and Repast Simphony

Remuneration

  • 47k$/year (including UQO’s social benefits)

Period

  • From now to March 31st 2020 (with possibility of extension)

Location (flexible)

• Preferably Ripon or Gatineau (Québec, Canada)

Application

• Email your academic CV (long form), application letter (detailing your skills and assets related to the project requirements), and the name and contact information of 3 academic references to:

o Pr. Clément Chion (clementchion@gmail.com; clement.chion@uqo.ca)

o Pr. Angélique Dupuch (angelique.dupuch@uqo.ca)

• Deadline: September 30th 2018, or until the position is filled.

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Offre de projet de doctorat : Évaluation des interactions entre environnement, comportement et physiologie chez le Tamia rayé. Date limite : 8 octobre 2018.

Nous recherchons un(e) étudiant(e) au niveau PhD intéressé(e) à joindre notre équipe de recherche à compter de janvier 2019, à l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Dans ce projet, nous utiliserons l’information sur la dynamique des populations pour évaluer l’effet de l’abondance des ressources alimentaires sur la structure des traits physiologiques et comportementaux du tamias rayé (Tamias striatus) dans des environnements contrastés. Nous déterminerons si les changements individuels dans le temps et dans l’espace représentent des réponses adaptatives aux changements de l’environnement. La personne recrutée bénéficiera de données longitudinales, incluant des mesures de traits morphologiques, physiologiques et comportementaux, obtenues sur plusieurs centaines d’individus, ainsi que d’un suivi biodémographique précis d’une population évoluant dans un environnement fluctuant. La personne participera à la récolte des données sur le terrain, qui se déroule pendant 3-4 mois à chaque été au sein d’une équipe de recherche de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Bishop’s University et l’UQAM. Idéalement, il/elle aura de l’expérience avec la manipulation de petits mammifères et de bonnes connaissances en analyses statistiques et en écologie.

Les personnes intéressées doivent envoyer un CV, un relevé de notes, une lettre de motivation et les coordonnées de deux références avant le 8 octobre 2018 à:

Dany Garant : Dany.Garant@USherbrooke.ca Patrick Bergeron : patrick.bergeron@ubishops.ca

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TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF SPECIES ASSOCIATED WITH FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Application deadline: November 30th, 2018.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human sized institution that operates primarily in Abitibi- Témiscamingue, in the Nord-du-Québec region, in the Hautes-Laurentides region and with aboriginal communities. For more than a quarter of a century, UQAT has distinguished itself on several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role not only at the regional scale, abut also at the provincial, national and international scales. The university’s unique development model builds on partnerships in all its territories and thus ensures accessibility to university training. UQAT has been able to develop in several fields in which it is now renowned: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and aboriginal communities.

Since the creation of UQAT, forest research has always been part of the institution’s development plans. Strategic developments, including a partnership with UQAM, have enabled the establishment of a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in ‘’ecology and sustainable forest management’’ and in ‘’valorisation, characterisation and transformation of wood’’. Consequently, UQAT has a well-established reputation in training, research and technology transfer in forest research, an expertise that is now recognised across Quebec, Canada and the international community. With the creation of the Forest Research Institute (IRF) in 2011, UQAT developed a structure that increases its contribution to forest science and technology. To date, the IRF relies on a team of ten researchers, two Industrial Chairs, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialised laboratories, and an extensive network of partnerships locally and around the world. The Institute attracts over $ 3 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognised scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is well known for a commitment to technology transfer as it organises a large number of dissemination activities. Renewed in 2014, the NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management confirms the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and practices for ecosystem-based sustainable forest management. The IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, with significant spin- offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

Position to be filled by the Forest Research Institute:

TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF SPECIES ASSOCIATED WITH FOREST ECOSYSTEMS

Competition no 2018-61
Date : June 28, 2018

FUNCTION:

The candidate must be able to develop a research program in molecular biology, more especially in relation to species associated with forest ecosystems, which could include genetic improvement of trees. The candidate should be interested in the application of population genetics, functional genomics or environmental genomics to issues related to forest ecology and forestry. The candidate must demonstrate excellence in the proposed field of research in order to be eligible for the major granting agencies, including the John R Evans Leaders Fund. It should be noted that IRF has a state-of-the-art laboratory in molecular biology that allows the candidate to quickly start their research program. The candidate should also have an interest in doing research in partnership with companies and government agencies associated with forestry, wildlife management, as well as ecological restoration. The candidate must be able to work in a small university in a region whose mission is, among other things, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. The professor will supervise graduate students in the Master’s Degree in Ecology and the Doctoral Degree in Environmental Sciences, two of the graduate programs offered at UQAT.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph. D. in Ecology, Environment, Genetics, Biology, Forestry or a related discipline with expertise in molecular biology;
  • Candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis could be considered. The candidate will have to commit to all the steps leading to graduation;
  • A research profile demonstrating significant scientific productivity;
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken French (language of teaching), or the intent to acquire it.

    OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

  • A postdoctoral fellowship as well as experience in industry or government

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: START DATE:
DURATION OF CONTRACT: SALARY:

Rouyn-Noranda

June 1st, 2019

2 years (tenure-track position)

Salary is based on the qualifications and experience of each candidate according to the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this competition gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT fully adheres to principles of equity, diversity an inclusion, and provides equal employment opportunities to women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and visible minorities

APPLICATION:

Please include a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation in which you will describe your teaching philosophy, a document summarizing the main orientations of your proposed research program (about two pages), two letters of recommendation, the doctorate diploma or a letter from the thesis director mentioning the date of submission of the thesis.

SPECIFIC CONDITION: For your application to be considered, you must enclose an equal access to employment form, duly completed. Please download and print the form from our website (www.uqat.ca/emplois).

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their complete application package together with a copy of their diploma, specifying the competition number, before November 30th, 2018 at 4:30 pm, to the attention of:

M. Louis Imbeau, codirector

Institut de recherche sur les forêts
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boulevard de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5E4
Téléphone : 1 819 762-0971, poste 8335 Télécopieur : 1 819 797-4727
Courriel : louis.imbeau@uqat.ca

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Marine Biodiversity Modelling and Conservation

Dalhousie University invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant or Associate Professor position in the field of marine biodiversity modelling and conservation. The successful candidate will have expertise in biodiversity theory, statistical and mechanistic modelling, as well as substantial work experience in applying such approaches to marine conservation science. Ideally, the candidate would also have solid track record in contributing scientifically to the international biodiversity policy arena.

The position is for the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, and will benefit from interaction with the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the National Research Council Laboratory and the newly established Ocean Supercluster.

The candidate should have a PhD degree, extensive postdoctoral and other experience and a research track record that is exceptional for his/her career stage. It is anticipated that the appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful applicant will be expected to teach a normal allocation of undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas listed above, and to develop a strong research program and team with external funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

The appointment will be effective 1 January 2019.

Completed applications, in a single file format, should include:

  • A cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A summary of the proposed research program;
  • A statement describing teaching philosophy and teaching interests;
  • A completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid
  • The contact information (including email addresses) for 3 to 5 referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee and should not be sent with the initial application.

The application should be sent to:
Chair of Search Committee, Dr Hal Whitehead
c/o Carolyn Young (Administrative Secretary)
Department of Biology
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
e-mail: carolyn.young@dal.ca
Subject line: Marine Biodiversity Search
The review process will commence on 1 October 2018, and continue until the position is filled.
For additional information, please contact Dr Hal Whitehead, Chair of the Search Committee (hwhitehe@dal.ca)

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Postdoctoral and Analyst positions, Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change):

Description:  The Green Lab at the University of Alberta is searching for two Postdoctoral Researchers to work on a new Lenfest Ocean Program-funded project on marine food webs and climate change in collaboration with the Crowder Lab at Stanford University and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The successful applicants will work with a team of researchers and managers in the US and Canada to develop tools for predicting and evaluating distributional shifts in key fisheries species in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) under climate change. This project entails 1) developing a database of marine species characteristics, 2) conducting multivariate analyses of foraging traits in relation to ecosystem state, 3) developing spatially explicit food web models of the CCLME coupled with ocean climate projections from the Regional Ocean Modelling System, and 4) liaising with project partners and funders to coordinate working group activities.

 Qualifications: Ph.D. in Ecology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Oceanography, or Computer Science; experience developing and leading research analyses with ecological and/or oceanographic data sets. An interest and background in foraging ecology is an asset, as well as a desire to conduct research that informs management. We seek candidates with skills and experience in the following areas: database creation and management, multivariate statistics, data synthesis and collation, food web modeling, spatial statistics. The applicant must be able to code, perform advanced statistical analyses, develop relationships with managers and scientists, and summarize scientific findings in the form of written manuscripts, oral presentations, and reports to funders and agencies. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets in non-marine systems as well.

 Setting: The positions will be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, a top five research university in the country. Travel to Monterey, California, for collaboration is also required. Learn more about the host labs here (www.greenlab.ca) and here (https://crowderlab.stanford.edu/).

Salary: $48,000-54,000; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Start date: Negotiable.

Term of appointment:  Initial appointment is for one year with renewal for year 2 based on a review to assess performance.

To apply: Applications must include a cover letter addressing your interest in the topic and how you meet the qualifications, your CV, one to three writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file with the position title as the subject header to stephanie.green@ualberta.ca.

Closing date: Application review will begin October 15 2018. The positions will remain open until filled.

Web posting: https://goo.gl/unKDmi

Research Analyst (Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change):

Description: The Green Lab at the University of Alberta is searching for a Research Analyst to work on a new Lenfest Ocean Program-funded project on marine food webs and climate change in collaboration with the Crowder Lab at Stanford University and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers and managers on a database of marine species characteristics to be used in a model of food web dynamics in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) under climate change. This two-year project entails 1) contributing to and maintaining a database of marine species characteristics and 2) liaising with the project team and collaborators to coordinate bi-annual working group meetings. Skills required include experience with database management, data synthesis and collation, and scientific writing. An interest and background in foraging ecology is an asset, as well as a desire to conduct research that informs management. Responsibilities include serving as primary and co-author on peer reviewed manuscripts, helping write project reports for funding and management agencies, and assisting with the coordination of a working group.

Qualifications: M.Sc. in Ecology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or Oceanography; experience working with biological datasets; knowledge of foraging ecology and marine ecosystem dynamics. Experience developing and ideally leading research analyses; database creation and management.

Setting: The position will be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Travel to Monterey, California, for collaboration is also required. Learn more about the host institutions here (www.greenlab.ca) and here (https://crowderlab.stanford.edu/).

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits included.

Start date: Negotiable, but as early as November 2018.

Term of appointment:  Initial appointment is for one year with renewal for year 2 based on a review to assess performance.

To apply: Applications must include a letter of application that addresses your interest in the topic and how you meet the qualifications, your CV, one to three writing samples (of published material), and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file with the position title as the email subject to stephanie.green@ualberta.ca.

Closing date: Application review will begin October 1 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

Web posting: https://goo.gl/5jHpQL

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION IN BIOINFORMATICS, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, CANADA

POSITION NUMBER 26364
POSITION START DATE: January 1, 2019, for 2 years
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: October 15, 2018, or until position is filled
RANK: Post-doctoral fellow
SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience
PROJECT OVERVIEW: We are using a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in combination with linked-read whole-genome resequencing in 30 males and 30 females to test for and identify the genetic basis sex determination in sea lamprey. Sex determination mechanisms in fishes are highly variable, ranging from genotypic (GSD) to environmental (ESD) sex determination. Male-biased sex ratios under conditions of high population density or slow growth have led to suggestions of ESD in lampreys, but there is no conclusive evidence in lampreys of ESD, and no fish species with exclusively ESD are known. Understanding the genetic basis of sex determination in lampreys is important given their phylogenetic position as one of only two surviving groups of jawless vertebrates. Furthermore, the sea lamprey is a significant pest in the Laurentian Great Lakes and genetic manipulation of sex determination could be a powerful tool for control. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Margaret Docker and Colin Garroway (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba) and Dr. Alison Wright (Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield).
JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to test for a genetic basis for sex determination in the sea lamprey. However, the PDF will also have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions within the context of sea lamprey evolutionary genomics.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • To undertake research on the genomics of sex determination in sea lamprey. To contribute significantly to experimental design, data interpretation and statistical analysis.
  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators, arranging travel to consortium meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership and involvement with professional bodies on accreditation.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • PhD in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics or successful PhD viva at commencement of contract.
  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data. Experience with Chromium 10X technology is desired but not essential.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership, management and influencing skills
CONTACT: Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to
Dr. Margaret Docker, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process
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Liber Ero Fellowship Program – call for post-doctoral applications. Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2018.  See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.

Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Sincerely,
Sally Otto

Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC
Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
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