Ph.D (or M.Sc.) student position (Canada)

A graduate student position is available with Dr. Craig Purchase at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

A Ph.D. student is preferred but I will consider taking M.Sc. students with highly relevant backgrounds.

We conduct research on a variety of marine and freshwater fishes. Lab research includes life history variation, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, sperm & egg quality, habitat selection and conservation biology.

I am primary looking for a student who’s research project would address evolutionary ecology questions related to fish reproduction, and will likely focus on aspects of sperm biology. It is not an aquaculture-oriented project. I may take other students for other projects. Most of the work will focus on wild Atlantic salmon, but other species may be involved.

For more information on my research program visit A PhD student will receive a financial package of at least $80,000 (strong students are likely to obtain significantly more). Start date should be January or May 2018.

Interested students should send a cover letter, CV, and unofficial copy of transcripts to I am most interested in students that have backgrounds in fish reproduction, or salmon biology, or sperm biology (any taxa).

Review of applications will begin immediately (posted June 19/17) and continue until the position is filled.





WCS Canada and Lakehead University are seeking a recent PhD graduate for a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation biology. The project will focus on applying advanced ecological modeling techniques to understand the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed. This project supports a broader long-term collaborative research program between WCS Canada and Moose Cree First Nation (Resource Protection Unit), which is using field-based research (acoustic telemetry, physiological measurements) to understand the impacts of a hydroelectric facility on lake sturgeon. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing models (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models) to predict the impacts of various development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations, and publish their results in the peer-reviewed literature. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with the fieldwork collecting acoustic telemetry and physiological data from lake sturgeon within the Moose River basin. As well as having opportunities to contribute to the Lakehead University academic community, such as through seminars, there will be opportunities to contribute to WCS Canada’s applied conservation efforts and outreach activities, such as through blog posts, community presentations, and commenting on policy and management proposals.

Position objectives:

1) Model the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed and publish results as a peer-reviewed publication.
2) Conduct lake sturgeon ecological field research (physiological measurements and acoustic telemetry).


1) Recent PhD graduate in relevant field (e.g., fisheries, spatial ecology, quantitative ecology, conservation, etc.). Senior PhD candidates are also encouraged to apply, but the successful applicant must defend their PhD prior to starting this position.
2) Demonstrated ability to apply advanced modelling techniques (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models, etc.) to ecological problems.
3) Demonstrated ability to manage safe and effective field-based research projects, including associated logistics and personnel is preferred.
4) Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences.
5) Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary work environment.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV (including contact information for 3 references), and a brief and relevant example of your written work to WCS Canada by email or mail:

By email: with the subject “FRESHWATER PDF”
By mail: Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite #204, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3A7

About WCS Canada:

WCS Canada ( was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.

About the Rennie Lab at Lakehead University:

Our research is focused on the metabolic and community ecology of altered environments. Human activities often create change in the form of multiple stressors, altering the community composition of aquatic ecosystems. Accurately measuring those changes is a critical first step to understanding ecosystem responses to stress. Our research group focuses on understanding how those community changes alter ecosystem energetics and function. Two broad research themes are: 1) understanding the role of multiple stressors (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the community structure and energetics of aquatic ecosystems and 2) understanding ways in which the behaviour and life histories of aquatic organisms can influence population size and ecosystem structure. For more information, see:


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

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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: and


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 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:

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

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 (, 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 or Mark Lewis at

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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: 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: More detail on Dr. Finlay’s lab can be found at


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 ( 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 (