PhD or post-doctoral research opportunity: Ecosystem ecology of mountain lakes along gradients in elevation and exotic trout harvest

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal Canada

Start date: May 2020

An exciting opportunity for a PhD student or for a post-doctoral fellow is available to examine lake ecosystem metabolism and greenhouse gas emissions in Rocky mountain lakes along gradients in elevation and exotic trout harvest. The project is a component of a collaborative research program in which we are size-selectively harvesting entire populations of exotic brook trout at different elevations in the design of replicated whole ecosystem experiments. The project will involve collaborations with researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, and with Parks Canada.

The selected candidate will have the benefit of working with an existing, but not yet published dataset for this project:

-Three-years of summer data collection for ecosystem metabolism (2017 onwards)

-Two to three years of summer data collection for greenhouse gases (2017 onwards)

The selected candidate will be expected contribute to the development and design of the project through their involvement in the 2020 field season in Kootenay and Banff National Parks, Canada.

The selected candidate will benefit from working with a highly collaborative research team with strengths in aquatic ecosystems at UQAM and fisheries at Concordia. The position at UQAM is located in downtown Montréal, Canada a vibrant and internationally connected city.

Qualified applicants will ideally have an MSc degree (or PhD degree) in aquatic ecosystem sciences. The selected candidate will ideally have experience with high-frequency dissolved oxygen data and measurement of ecosystem-level metrics, such as ecosystem metabolism.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, unofficial transcripts, a C.V. and contact information for two academic/research references, to:

Alison DerryAssociate Professor
Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Email: derry.alison@uqam.ca
Tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647
Webpage : http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html

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M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. positions in Invertebrate Symbioses in the Proctor Lab, University of Alberta

I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” Projects are outlined here: https://hproctorlabuofa.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/summary-of-current-nserc-discovery-grant.pdf.

Students should have strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification. Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates. Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for the first 2.3 years of an M.Sc. program and the first 5 years of a Ph.D. program (or until thesis defense, whichever comes first), at the minimum rate of approximately $25,197 (M.Sc.) and $25,917 (Ph.D.) per year, subject to annual review of academic and teaching performance. For details on how to apply including minimum GPA and language requirements, see links at https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/. Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students start in September but I am open to January starts. Just be aware that finding rental housing in Edmonton is a bit more difficult in January (and it’s a lot colder than in September!).

If you are interested, please email me at hproctor@ualberta.ca. Include in your email a brief statement of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).

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Graduate Student Opportunity in ECOLOGY/BIOINFORMATICS, University of Guelph

About the Project

A MSc/PhD graduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cottenie in the Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Biological Science (www.cottenielab.org).  The main research theme in my lab (www.cottenielab.org) centers around metacommunity dynamics, and we study this in a wide variety of systems, from fish to small mammals to macroinvertebrates to transposable elements within the genome. I am currently expanding my research focus to microbiome studies, and the first species that I will study is the microbiome of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park. This is a collaboration with the Norris lab who study these year-round residents of the boreal forest that rely on food cached during the late summer and fall for over winter survival and late-winter reproduction. Some of the questions we are interested in are determining the effect of very local dispersal (vertical transmission from parents to offspring) and regional dispersal (dispersal of parents and offspring in the landscape) on the oral and gut microbiome of Canada Jay individuals.

Requirements 

I am looking for an enthusiastic graduate student who wants a research project that combines ecological field work with bioinformatics to study relevant questions in ecology through advanced statistical analyses in R.

This position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Other strong candidates are also welcome to apply.

Funding

MSc students in the College of Biological Science are funded at a minimum of $21,259 per year, and the minimum guaranteed duration of support is 6 semesters.  For more details regarding funding, see Student Stipend Information.

Depending on eligibility, students may also apply for a wide range of internal and external scholarships.  See the full list of available Scholarships and Awards for more information.

Interested in applying?

To learn more about this project and the application process, contact me (cottenie@uoguelph.ca) with your CV and your research interests. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this project, depending on your interests and future goals, you could either apply as an MSc student in Integrative Biology (www.uoguelph.ca/ib) or as an MSc student in Bioinformatics (https://www.uoguelph.ca/bioinformatics/). Since this might change the research focus, we can determine together the most relevant program for you.

I also encourage you to visit the websites above to determine what the University of Guelph can offer you during your graduate education, and I highly recommend that you contact my current graduate students to get a sense of what my advisor style is, and whether it would fit with your needs. My graduate students are Anna Solecki (asolecki@uoguelph.ca), Brent Saylor (bsaylor@uoguelph.ca), Carolyn Trombley (ctromble@uoguelph.ca), Jenny Gleason (jgleason@uoguelph.ca), Marie-Eugenie Maggia (mmaggia@uoguelph.ca), and Simon Denomme-Brown (denommes@uoguelph.ca).

Why Choose Guelph?

The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities and our faculty attract more research dollars per capita than any other comprehensive university in Canada.

The Department of Integrative Biology resides within the College of Biological Sciences and is a diverse department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. It is home to 36 full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes: comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are able to pursue studies in all aspects of biology from genes to entire ecosystems, and tailor their program of study to their individual interests and background. The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology is recognized as one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship.

 

 

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Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

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

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

What you can gain from this role

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education. Successful applicants can expect to gain invaluable experience in animal handling procedures and in conducting and managing experiments. They will also gain database skills (MySQL) and will be provided with the opportunity to work on a personal analysis project. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year)

Candidate requirements

Applicants should be available for 6 to 12 months. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. Successful applicants will be responsible to run experiments and will be involved in data collection, data editing and animal handling. Previous experience in the dissection and tissue collection of rodents (including brain) will be considered an asset.

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

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

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Research Position in Watershed Cumulative Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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PhD position: Wood Turtle Ecology and Response to Forest Harvest, University of New Brunswick, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service

We are looking for a PhD student with broad interest in herpetology and forest management to work on a project investigating Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) response to forest harvest. The four-year project is a before-after design, in which populations will be monitored and turtles will be tracked using GPS-telemetry before and after forest harvest. The goal is to evaluate and develop best-management practices related to management of critical habitat. The student will be expected to develop and investigate questions on movement ecology, habitat selection, habitat management, that involve theory and application. This is a rare opportunity to conduct a controlled large scale ecological experiment to understand how animals respond to habitat change. The position will be based out of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Drs. Chris Edge (https://edgeforestecologylab.wordpress.com/) and Graham Forbes (https://tinyurl.com/y5zusvcl) and begin in September of 2019.

Our ideal candidate will have a broad interest in wildlife biology, conservation biology, species at risk, evolutionary ecology, and/or ecology. Experience with GPS- and/or radio-telemetry, species at risk, forestry, habitat selection, and advanced movement statistics such as utilization distributions, random walk, or Brownian motion are an asset. The project is field based and will require substantial work outdoors. We encourage applicants who are interested in using the data collected in this project to test broad ecological questions related to how animals respond to disturbance and use those responses to predict long-term and broad-spatial population effect.

Interested applicants should send a 1 page cover letter detailing their research interests and CV to Dr. Chris Edge via email (christopher.edge[at]canada.ca). Informal inquiries about the project via email are encouraged. All candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to Canadian Citizens. Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found.

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MSc. student position in Rare Plant Conservation Genetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland-Canada

We are seeking a motivated MSc student to conduct research on the conservation genetics of endangered plant species of Newfoundland in Canada. Two species of Braya (Brassicaceae) and one species of Salix (Salicaceae) are endemic to the Limestone Barrens of Newfoundland (www.limestonebarrens.ca for more information), and are endangered under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. We aim to elucidate the intraspecific genetic variation and population genetic structure for the conservation and management of these endangered species including the establishment of a genetically diverse seed bank, and the identification of stock for future reintroductions. We propose to use Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS), a cost-effective next generation sequencing method that permits the retrieval of millions of short DNA markers, and which we have successfully used in other plant projects at MUN Biology (Podocarpus, Vaccinium, Parajubaea). Other research questions of interest to the student are welcome within the framework of Conservation Biology or Genetics. The MSc student will work under the mentorship of three professors: Dr. Julissa Roncal (plant evolutionary biologist), Dr. Luise Hermanutz (conservation ecologist) and Dr. Lourdes Pena-Castillo (bioinformatician).

Student’s qualifications:

  • A BS degree with Honours in a related discipline (e.g. biology, botany, conservation, ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics)
  • Experience in organismic botany, ecology, conservation science, phylogenetic and/or population genetics analyses, and bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput sequencing data is highly desirable.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, organization and communication skills. Attention to detail.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English is mandatory for international students. TOEFL test required for admission to the university, but not the GRE tests

Position characteristics:

Project start date is September 2019. The MSc program comprises two years with an annual stipend of $19,000. The student is expected to teach on average 10 hr/wk during the fall and winter semesters but not in the spring. The department of Biology at Memorial University has 29 faculty members and over 100 graduate students. Memorial University is Atlantic Canada’s largest university offering a multicultural environment. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note this position is subject to funding.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send their CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals, transcripts, and contact information of 3 references (who have agreed to be contacted) in a single pdf or word file to Dr. Julissa Roncal at Email: jroncal@mun.ca. For more information on the research group visit: http://www.mun.ca/biology/jroncal/

For instructions on how to apply to Memorial’s graduate program visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/index.php

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PhD: Securing ecosystem services by diversifying cropping systems. 

Description: We seek a PhD student (or highly motivated MSc) to characterize the agronomic and ecological attributes of a wide variety of crops for their potential use in diversifying arable cropping systems to promote soil health and other ecosystem services including sustainable yields.

The main objectives of the project is to screen a wide variety of crops for their ecological and agricultural attributes with the intention to build a knowledgebase for the various cover crops that may be implemented in Atlantic Canada to (1) protect and restore soil health in intensive production systems and (2) promote ecosystem services provided by arable lands (i.e. plant beneficial mycorrhizae, plant pollination, biodiversity and yield). The candidate will be involved in leading fieldwork for data collection on plant above and belowground traits as well as soil sampling and processing for characterizing soil biodiversity using next generation sequencing. These data will be used to make informed predictions for their incorporation into diversifying cropping systems (i.e. use in rotation or in diverse mixtures). The candidate will be involved in developing the study design; conducting field sampling activities; managing, analyzing and synthesizing data; communicating with government and industry partners; and disseminating results through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Fredericton Research and Development and Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) on a 4-year, program in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. 

Start date: 1 Sept 2019 (latest) 

Type: The project is for a fully funded four year program. The candidate will be encouraged to apply for scholarships and teaching assistantships. 

Supervisors:
Dr. Cameron Wagg (AAFC, Fredericton)
Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (UNB, Department of Biology) 

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • A degree in Plant and/or Soil Ecology, Agronomy, or related fields
  • An interest in incorporating ecological theory and concepts into agricultural practices
  • A valid driver’s license (or equivalent)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of experimental design and statistical programs (R) would be an asset

Application: Those interested should first email Dr. Cameron Wagg (cameron.wagg@canada.ca and cc Prof. Amy Parachnowitsch (aparachn@unb.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment and Sustainability

The Faculty of Science at the University of Regina invites applicants for nomination as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water, Environment and Sustainability in the Department of Biology.

The candidate will be a global leader in climate change, human-environmental interactions, and/or adaptive management strategies for surface waters. Areas of research strength at Regina include nutrient pollution and water quality, climate and lakes, paleoecology, major element biogeochemistry, ecosystem sustainability and lake management. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration and possess the visionary leadership necessary to replace the current director of the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) after a period of co-direction.

Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the successful candidate include, but are not limited to:

  • commitment to preparing a CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program;
  • an exceptional track record of peer-reviewed publications in freshwater (surface water) science;
  • demonstrated leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration skills.

For additional information about the position, please contact Peter.Leavitt@uregina.ca and links below.

More information about the Department of Biology is available at: https://www.uregina.ca/science/biology/

More information about the Faculty of Science, and a more detailed ad is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/science/

To Apply:

Applicants must submit an application online at: https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html

 Review of applications begins May 6, 2019

As an employer committed to employment equity, we are seeking applications from women scientists for this position. In order to alleviate the under-representation of women in Tier I CRC and senior faculty positions, this position has been targeted to women.

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Funded PhD Position in Cougar Ecology, The University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus [Kelowna, BC, Canada]

Project description: We are recruiting a PhD student for research on the ecology of cougars in southern British Columbia. Cougars are one of the most important large carnivores in this region – interacting with deer, bighorn sheep, and other prey. However, landscape change – from wildfires, forestry, and urbanization – may be altering where and how cougars hunt these prey. These changes may also affect human-wildlife conflict.

The PhD student will examine the links between landscape change and predator-prey interactions using data from GPS-collared cougars. There is ongoing research in this area, incuding several dozen bighorn sheep and mule deer fitted with GPS collars, and arrays of remote cameras. This combination of research projects provides a rare and powerful opportunity to directly measure the spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions. The student will be expected to tackle theoretical and applied questions related to cougar ecology – making advances in both fundamental research and the science-policy interface.

Minimal qualifications: Completion of a MSc is strongly preferred, as are applicants with publications or manuscripts in review. Applicants must have experience working on field research projects, knowledge of GIS, statistics (e.g., R), and a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following topics: 1) movement ecology; 2) predator-prey ecology; 3) the ecology of human-wildlife conflict. The student must be willing to work in a highly collaborative environment that includes: 1) co-supervision by two (nice) PIs; 2) government biologists; 3) other graduate students working on related research projects 4) people from First Nations, eNGOS, and consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife user groups.

Setting: The student will form a nexus between the research labs Drs. Adam T. Ford  (http://atford.weebly.com/) and Karen Hodges (https://biol.ok.ubc.ca/faculty/hodges.html) from the Department of Biology, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, who will co-supervise the student. The PhD Student will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members of, and facilities managed by, the Kelowna-based BRAES Institute (http://braes.ok.ubc.ca/) and the Vancouver-based Biodiversity Research Center (https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/).

Timeline: The ideal start date would be January 2020, but is negotiable. The formal application deadline for January 2020 admission at UBC Okanagan is June 1, 2019, but candidates will not be considered unless they have been in contact with us first and encouraged by us to complete the formal application.

Application instructions: Please email both adam.ford@ubc.ca AND karen.hodges@ubc.ca a single PDF [formatted as: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf] that includes: (1) 1-2 page cover letter indicating i) past experiences in field ecology and research, ii) your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD, and iii) your anticipated fit with the PIs and their labs; (2) a current CV; (3) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts [unofficial is fine]; (4) contact information for 3 references. For the email, please use the subject header “Cougar PhD Application”.

For full consideration, please submit this package no later than May 7,2019. We reserve the right to consider applications submitted after this time.  We will ask only our top candidate(s) to complete the formal UBC Okanagan application, since that entails additional time and expense.

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