Acoustic telemetry for population estimation in the Canadian Arctic

We are seeking a highly-qualified candidate interested in pursuing an PhD in acoustic telemetry and population estimation in the Canadian Arctic, to complement our acoustic telemetry work monitoring environmental and climate change, and their associated impacts on Greenland Halibut fisheries. Based at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario or at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainability research among emerging fisheries in Nunavut and to develop highly sought-after quantitative research skills.

Telemetry has become a powerful tool to monitor the movements and behaviour of species in their natural environment. Technological advances have led to an exponential increase in the scope of questions that can be addressed, placing telemetry on a frontier to radically alter approaches to global fisheries management. In the Arctic, Greenland halibut have become a primary fishery resource, with growth of the fishery expected in both coastal communities and in the offshore environment.

This project will use acoustic telemetry data from over 600 tagged halibut recorded at two Arctic coastal sites and in the offshore environment of Baffin Bay over multiple years. The project aims to integrate various data types to develop novel spatially and temporally explicit stock assessment models that will be generally applicable to fisheries. The project is currently monitoring fish movements at >1000m depth, providing exciting opportunities for field work and to develop improved fisheries tools for deep water fisheries that are typically complex to manage.

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate background and MSc in Fisheries, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline, preferably with experience in, or knowledge of, quantitative analysis, data wrangling, and research methods. Candidates should also have (i) the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment; (ii) strong written and oral communication skills; (iii) database experience; and (iv) a desire to pursue quantitative conservation research. Most critically they will have a demonstrated ability to work as a constructive and positive member of a team.

Contact information: For more information or to express your interest please contact Professors Aaron MacNeil (a.macneil@dal.ca) or Nigel Hussey (nehussey@uwindsor.ca).

Application: To apply, please submit a CV (including undergraduate GPA) and a 2-3 page letter that outlines: your career goals and what you want to get out of a PhD program, previous research experience, and contact information for 3 references.

Applications will be reviewed until suitable candidates are found.

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PLANT MOLECULAR POPULATION GENETICS/GENOMICS, Carleton University. Closing date: September 15, 2017.

Please see https://carleton.ca/provost/2017/20204/

Closing date: September 15, 2017; start date, July 1, 2018.

About the position:

The Department of Biology at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Plant Molecular Population Genetics/Genomics, beginning July 1, 2018.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. and preferably postdoctoral experience in the relevant discipline, with a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen our research and teaching programs in Plant Molecular Population Genetics/Genomics. He/she will establish an externally-funded, independent and vibrant research program, and contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching and training in research.

The Department of Biology has research strengths in most areas of Biology as well as in Biochemistry. The Department offers a variety of undergraduate honours programs in Biology, and contributes to several joint programs in the Faculty of Science.  The Department also offers graduate programs in Biology at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our facilities include greenhouses with a comprehensive plant collection of several thousand specimens, environmental chambers, teaching and research gardens, computational infrastructure, and molecular biology and biochemistry research facilities. Carleton University is located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and a major center for research and development.  The Department of Biology enjoys close research interactions with several government departments and organizations in the National Capital Region.  Please consult the following web sites for more information about Carleton University and the Department of Biology: www.carleton.ca and www.carleton.ca/biology

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biology, or a related field, and postdoctoral or relevant experience in Plant Molecular Population Genetics/Genomics.

Application instructions:

Application materials should be sent electronically as one PDF file to Biology@carleton.ca to the attention of: Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Plant Molecular Population Genetics/Genomics, Department of Biology, Room 209, H.H.J. Nesbitt Biology Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 Canada.

The electronic PDF file should include the following: a cover letter, the names and contact information for three referees, a curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research interests, and a statement of your teaching philosophy with a list of Biology and Biochemistry courses you would be interested in teaching or developing. Course descriptions can be found at:

http://calendar.carleton.ca/undergrad/courses/BIOL/
http://calendar.carleton.ca/undergrad/courses/BIOC/
http://calendar.carleton.ca/grad/courses/BIOL/

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Join our intellectual and collaborative community of scholars. Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our University and the City of Ottawa, please visit www.carleton.ca/provost.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

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

Seeking PostDoc: Predicting Spread of Whirling Disease in Fish using Belief Nets

We are seeking  a postdoc to work on modelling the spread of whirling disease using Bayesian Belief and Decision Networks.   Whirling disease infects fish and can have devastating effects on trout and related species.  It was recently detected in Canada, with reports from Alberta in the summer of 2016. It was declared by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be present in the Bow, Oldman and Red Deer River watersheds in Alberta. The project will explore effective ways to model the spread of this disease in ways that will help inform policy makers on appropriate measures for prevention, and response.  We anticipate this will involve the use of Bayesian Belief Networks, and related Probabilistic Graphical Models.

The ideal candidate will have experience with invasion biology and/or machine learning and/or fisheries biology/ecology. S/he must be comfortable with quantitative analysis, with strong skills in R or a similar language.  S/he will need to be able to work well in an interdisciplinary team environment and be goal-oriented.  

The candidate will be jointly supervised by Profs Russ Greiner (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) and Mark Lewis (Math/Stat Sciences and Biological Sciences) at the University of Alberta, and will collaborate with experts from Alberta Environment and Parks.  The home base would be as a member of the research lab of Mark Lewis. This is a 2 year position (renewable after the first year).

This position will be at the University of Alberta, and have a competitive salary. The starting date is August 1, 2017 or when filled.  To apply, please

  • send a cover letter and CV by email to Kim Budinski (kbudinsk@ualberta.ca), and
  • also have two letters of recommendation emailed to this address.

If you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact Russ Greiner at rgreiner@ualberta.ca or Mark Lewis at mark.lewis@ualberta.ca.

(This page is https://docs.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/document/d/1IeALgFbFkM_e2mXxucV-7GpEhJnqwWQPhSr2fhEnfps/edit?usp=sharing )

UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies

The Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for the President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies. We welcome applications from diverse candidates working in any area of biodiversity research and on any organisms or ecosystems. Candidates are expected to have an innovative and integrative research program that would extend and complement existing faculty strengths in conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbial evolution, physiology, and systematics. We are especially interested in candidates with a track record of effective societal engagement. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, according to the qualifications of the candidate. Review of applications will begin in the fall and will continue until the position is filled (for full consideration, please submit materials by September 18, 2017).

For more information, please see:

Graduate student opportunity in Hotwater Physa at Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park

We are seeking potential graduate students (MSc preferred) to work on projects that address natural history knowledge gaps, the life history, food requirements, threats, captive rearing, taxonomy, systematics and relatedness to snails in other thermal springs. Fieldwork may be a component of the project.

Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) is a small freshwater snail endemic to thermal springs within Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park situated in northeast British Columbia. The species was assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1998 as Endangered, a status that was re-examined and confirmed in 2000 and 2008. Hotwater Physa was listed as Endangered under the federal Species At Risk Act in 2003. The University of Regina, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada are collaborating on the species’ recovery actions.

Natural history and biological information on Hotwater Physa is limited. The species was first noted in 1973 and taxonomically described in 1985. The initial COSEWIC status report is the earliest information on population estimates, and water quality data such as temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen. Further work completed in 2000 and 2001 provides additional water quality data (temperature and conductivity) and estimated snail abundance along a portion of Alpha Stream. Additional field studies were completed in 2007, 2008, 2012-2016.

These graduate positions will be based out of the University of Regina, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Environment, and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Travel costs between sites, including field work at Liard hotsprings, and to international conferences will be covered.

To apply, please send: 1) a CV; 2) unofficial copies of academic transcripts; and 3) a brief description of your research interests to: kerri.finlay@uregina.ca. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. Start dates are flexible, but preference will be made for students who can begin in Sept 2017 or Jan 2018. For more details on graduate applications see: https://www.uregina.ca/gradstudies/. More detail on Dr. Finlay’s lab can be found at http://kerrifinlay.wixsite.com/kerri.

PhD, MSc, and potential PDF positions in ecology at University of Ottawa

The Conservation and Macroecology research group at University of Ottawa, led by Jeremy Kerr, is offering fully funded PhD (preferred) and MSc positions to address questions related to how habitat and climate changes interact with species’ traits to alter the structure of butterfly and bumblebee communities across environmental gradients. This work includes collaborative opportunities with national and international research leaders and for interactions with policy processes uniquely available in Ottawa. Postdoctoral (PDF) applications will also be considered.

Research will integrate field research with broad-scale (macroecological) models. Projects include opportunities for advances in conservation biology, global change biology, integrating understanding from evolutionary ecology. Projects will fall within the scope of Kerr’s research program (http://www.macroecology.ca/Papers.html) and are supported by an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.

Our research group embraces diversity and we maintain a welcoming and enriching atmosphere in all aspects of our work. Current and past lab members have enjoyed outstanding successes, finding careers in the professoriate, research scientists, and as conservationists.

Successful applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, have skills with R or a strong motivation to learn those skills, excellent capacity to work collegially and supportively with all members of the research group, and an interest in combining field research on butterflies and/or bumblebees and macroecological analyses. Applicants with interests in both pure and applied conservation questions are particularly welcome.

Ottawa is one of Canada’s most exciting and beautiful cities, with exceptional cultural and outdoor activities throughout the year.

For graduate students, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We will begin considering applications on June 26 and will continue doing so until all positions are filled. We are looking for successful applicants to begin as soon as possible.

Send electronic applications, including a brief and informative cover letter, CV, transcript copies (official or unofficial), and the names of two references to Jeremy Kerr (jkerr@uottawa.ca).

Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. Closing Date: Jul 14, 2017.

Competition No.  –  S106632956

Posting Date  –   Jun 09, 2017

Closing Date  –   Jul 14, 2017

Position Type  –  Full Time – Operating Funded

Salary Range  –  $62,877 to $87,627 per year

This regular continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca.

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Assistant Director (Collections Management) and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections.

For further information and to apply, please go to: http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106632956/

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON AMERICAL EELS WITH FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

A two-year postdoctoral fellow or term research biologist position is available to develop a quantitative stock-wide assessment of American Eel, funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) International Governance Strategy. The research will be undertaken under the joint supervision of Dr. Xinhua Zhu of DFO’s Central and Arctic Region (Winnipeg, Manitoba), and Dr. David Cairns of DFO’s Gulf Region (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island), along with academic collaborators from the University of British Columbia and Acadia University.

CONTEXT

The American Eel consists of a single panmictic stock that occupies the West Atlantic Ocean and inflowing waters between Greenland and northern South America. Because of its status as a single stock, assessments should be conducted range-wide. However, both science and management of the American Eel are currently geographically fragmented. Challenges to building an adequate pan-species assessment methodology include the presence of fisheries in some areas and their absence in others, a diverse array of non-fisheries population impactors (e.g. barriers to river migration, invasive parasites, toxic contaminants), and demographic parameters which are highly variable, but poorly known or unknown in large parts of the stock area.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The goal of this project is to construct a workable assessment framework for the American Eel stock. This will involve integration of fisheries-oriented assessment techniques with approaches that address unfished subpopulations and non-fisheries threats, to produce a species-wide understanding of American Eel population dynamics and status. The work will involve, but not be limited to, the application of existing statistical tools to integrate metadata, standardization of abundance and biomass against a set of associated biological, ecological and geographic variables, and geostatistical assessment of the habitat-oriented dependence of spatial distribution of abundance and biomass. The work will require testing the suitability and performance of a variety of conventional or Bayesian statistical toolboxes. Given the collaborative nature of this project, travel will be required to consult and communicate research progress with partners within Canada. This project will also very likely involve some international travel to benefit from recent progress on similar work in other jurisdictions (e.g. Europe and New Zealand). Additionally, through this process, we anticipate the development of collaborative partnerships with academic and government biologists from the US and the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Region, which might facilitate the implementation of range-wide assessment methodologies. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants will hold a PhD degree and have demonstrated expertise in advanced statistical modeling, computational analysis, and scientific programming. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and/or French are assets.  Successful candidates will also have a proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals.  

DETAILS

Salary: $55,000 CAD per annum.

Duration: 2 years with the possibility of extending if additional funding is available

Start date: preferably in the summer of 2017 but a start date in the fall 2017 is possible

Location: There is some flexibility with respect to the location but the candidate will be required to work at one of DFO’s science laboratories.

INSTRUCTIONS

To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, update curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to Xinhua Zhu (Xinhua.Zhu@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) and David Cairns (David.Cairns@dfo-mpo.gc.ca). Applications will be considered immediately, and until the position is filled.

REGULAR PROFESSOR IN ECOLOGY WITH EXPERTISE IN BIOSTATISTICS, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Application deadline: August 7, 2017.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human-scale institution performing activities primarily in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions, in the Hautes Laurentides RCM and with Aboriginal communities. For more than a quarter of a century, UQAT has distinguished itself at several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role at the regional, provincial, national and international scales. Its unique development model builds on partnerships in all its areas of coverage, thus ensuring accessibility to university education. It has developed a wide range of fields that today makes its reputation: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and First Peoples.

Since its creation, forest research has always been an integral component of UQAT’s development plans. Strategic choices and initiatives, among which a partnership with UQAM, have enabled UQAT to create a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in “ecology and sustainable forest management” and “wood valorisation, characterization and processing”. These choices have made UQAT a key hub in education, research and technology transfer, well-respected in Quebec, Canada and abroad. With the creation in 2011 of the Forest Research Institute (IRF), UQAT has developed a structure to contribute further to science and technology. IRF relies on a team of ure researchers, an industrial chair, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialized laboratories, and an extensive network of local and international partnerships and alliances. IRF attracts over $3 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognized scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is involved in technology transfer through the conduct of numerous knowledge 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. IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, and generates significant spin-offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

The Forest Research Institute (IRF) is seeking to fill a position of:

REGULAR PROFESSOR IN ECOLOGY WITH EXPERTISE IN BIOSTATISTICS

Competition no. 2017-10

Date : May 19, 2017

FUNCTION:

The candidate must be able to develop a research program in ecology and conservation of species living in forest landscapes,

and must have an interest in doing research in partnership with companies and government agencies associated with the mining and forestry sectors. This person must be ready to work in a region, in a small university whose mission is, among other things, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. The incumbent will be required to give courses on analysis and modeling of ecological data (ECL7102 and ECL8202) under UQAT’s Master’s degree in Ecology, and will be required to mentor the research work of students completing a Master’s degree in Ecology (http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/?lang=en&menu=mat-eco) or a Doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences (http://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/?lang=en&menu=doc-env). Both graduate programs are offered at UQAT.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph. D. in biology, forestry, environmental science, biogeography or a related discipline, and expertise in biostatistics.
  • High level of scientific productivity ;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French (teaching language), or intention to acquire it.

OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

  • Postdoctoral fellowship and experience in industry or government.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Rouyn-Noranda
START DATE: November 13, 2017

DURATION OF CONTRACT: 2 years (tenure-track position)
SALARY: Salary is established on the basis of each candidate’s qualifications and experience and the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this job offer gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT is an equal opportunity employer (targeted groups: women, visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities).

APPLICATION: An application file includes a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of two individuals who can provide references. To complete your application file, submit a brief letter describing your interest in the position, your teaching philosophy, and the general orientations of your proposed research program.

SPECIFIC CONDITION: For your application to be considered, you must enclose a duly completed employment equity form. Please print it from (www.uqat.ca/emplois).

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their full application file (make sure to indicate the competition number) together with a copy of their doctoral degree by August 7, 2017, 16:30 hours, to the attention of:

Mr. Louis Imbeau, Co-director
Research Forest Institute
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boul. de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) J9X 5E4
Phone: 1 819 762-0971 ext. 8335
Fax: 1 819 797-4727
E-mail: louis.imbeau@uqat.ca

PHD position: GENOMICS OF HOST-PARASITE CO-EVOLUTION

We have a fully-funded 4-year PhD position available in the Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. The PhD student will work on a project aimed at dissecting the genomic bases of the co-evolution between a parasite Schistocephalus solidus and its host, the threespine stickleback.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate. The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in biology or a related discipline, and a background in bioinformatics, statistics (R, Python or Perl) and genomics. The candidate should have strong leadership skills, motivation and creativity and be able to work in a team of collaborators. Starting date could be as early as September 2017.

The Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories are located at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval. IBIS offers a very stimulating training environment and cutting edge on-site platforms in genomics, proteomics and microscopy. The Aubin-Horth Lab members are evolutionary biologists, neuroendocrinologists and behaviour biologists working together using an integrative approach to uncover the mechanisms underlying the alteration of stickleback behaviour by its endoparasite. The Landry lab is an international team of 15 students, PDFs and research associates from different backgrounds (microbiology, biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry) addressing questions in evolutionary cell and systems biology.

For more information on the project, our labs and how to apply, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/AubinHorthLab/posts/1317844904960820