Post-Doctoral Position in Plant Defence Evolution – University of Toronto at Mississauga (with Prof. Marc Johnson)

Prof. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org) is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Plant Defence Evolution against herbivores and pathogens at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The successful candidate will examine the mechanisms and evolutionary processes affecting adaptive and non-adaptive evolution of plant chemical and non-chemical defences. The specific topic of research will depend on the successful candidate’s interests, but could for example include the population genomics of defence, macroevolution evolution of defence, the effects of sexual reproduction on defence, and more. The Johnson lab uses many natural and agricultural systems to study plant defence evolution (Arabidopsis, Oenothera, Trifolium, Glycine, Brassica, etc.), and there is opportunity to use these systems or to develop a new system, depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to integrate experiments, population genomics, evolutionary genetics, plant chemistry, and modeling approaches. This project is ideally suited to individuals seeking to perform productive cutting-edge research while building collaborations across traditional disciplines. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in plant evolutionary biology or the evolution of plant-animal interactions; previous work in plant defence evolution specifically is an asset but not a requirement.

To learn more about the Johnson Lab’s research on plant defence evolution please visit www.evoeco.org or see:

Anstett et al. 2016. Can genetically based clines in plant defence explain greater herbivory at higher latitudes? Ecology Letters 18:1376-1386.

Thompson, K. A., and M. T. J. Johnson. 2016. Antiherbivore defenses and natural selection on floral traits. Evolution 70:796-810.

Hollister et al. 2015. Recurrent loss of sex is associated with accumulation of deleterious mutations in Oenothera. Mol Biol Evol 32:896-905.

Johnson et al. 2015. Coevolution Between Plant Reproduction and Defense Against Herbivores. AREES 46:191-213.

Johnson et al. 2014. Macroevolution of plant defenses against herbivores in the evening primroses. New Phytologist 203:267-279.

Agrawal et al. 2012. Insect herbivores drive real-time ecological and evolutionary change in plant populations. Science 338:113-116.

Johnson et al. 2009. Plant sex and the evolution of plant defenses against herbivores. PNAS 106:18079–18084.

In addition to being a part of the EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org), the post-doctoral researcher will be a member of the Department of Biology (http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca).

The UTM campus has excellent facilities for plant-insect research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), housing, and 225 acres of fields, forests, many trails and a wild salmon/trout river for recreation. Toronto and Mississauga are world-class cities that are interconnected and culturally diverse. They boast an abundance of restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Starting salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Sept. 1, 2018

Duration: 1- 3 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence Dec. 6. Please send applications to marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) CV, iii) PDFs of top three publications, and iv) contact information for three references.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. The position will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Contact information:

Marc T. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Urban Environments (CUE)
Associate Professor
Depts. of Biology & EEB
University of Toronto – Mississauga
marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

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Post-Doctoral Researcher position, University of Toronto – Mississauga

Prof. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org) is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Urban Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The successful candidate will examine how urbanization influences adaptive and non-adaptive evolution in plants or plant-animal interactions. We presently use several systems to study urban evolution (Trifolium repensImpatiens capensisBrassica rapa) and there is opportunity to use these systems or to develop a new system, depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to integrate experiments, genomic and modeling approaches. This project is ideally suited to individuals seeking to perform productive cutting-edge research while connecting with a global network of collaborators and the public. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in plant evolutionary biology or plant-animal interactions; previous work in urban systems is not a requirement.

To learn more about the Johnson Lab’s research on urban evolutionary ecology please see:

Johnson, M. T. J., and J. Munshi-South. 2017. The evolution of life in urban environments. Science 358: DOI: 10.1126/science.aam1832.

Thompson, K. A., M. Renaudin, and M. T. J. Johnson. 2016. Urbanization drives the evolution of parallel clines in plant populations. Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. B 283:20162180.

Johnson, M. T. J., K. A. Thompson, and H. S. Saini. 2015. Plant evolution in the urban jungle. Am. J. Bot. 102:1951-1953.

In addition to being a part of the EvoEco Lab, the post-doctoral researcher will be a member of the new Centre for Urban Environments (www.urbanenvironment.ca),  the Department of Biology (http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology), and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca).

The UTM campus has excellent facilities for research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), housing, and 225 acres of fields, forests, many trails and a wild salmon/trout river for recreation. Toronto and Mississauga are world-class cities that are interconnected and culturally diverse. They boast an abundance of restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Starting salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Sept. 1, 2018

Duration: 1- 3 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence Dec. 6. Please send applications to marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) CV, iii) PDFs of top three publications, and iv) contact information for three references.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. The position will will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Marc T. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Urban Environments (CUE)
Associate Professor
Depts. of Biology & EEB
University of Toronto – Mississauga
marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

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MSc Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Sex Response in Seedlings to Abiotic Drought Stress Under Greenhouse Conditions in a Clonal Species

We are seeking a qualified MSc student to lead a greenhouse study on the effects of drought stress on sex performance of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Provenance and sex performance of seedlings will be compared through ecophysiological assessments, growth, biomass allocation and water use efficiency. This project is part of a broader study that aims to understand the role of sex and ecophysiological responses in shaping the distribution and long-term survival of aspen under climate change.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in forestry, plant genetics, ecology, or related field.
  • An understanding of forest genetics and ecophysiology.
  • Experience with ecophysiology equipment such as an IRGA and pressure chamber.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds will be required. Additional funding is available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. Students will be required to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources, as well as via teaching opportunities.

Start date: January, May or September 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.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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PhD Student Opportunity , Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Field Assessment of Size and Sex of Native Trembling Aspen Stands Along the Boreal Forest Fringe

We are seeking a PhD student to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the stand structure and gender distribution of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) along the boreal fringe. The student will select and sample aspen stands along the boreal forest fringe and link physiological and phenological responses to growth, wood quality characteristics and sex. This project is part of a broader study that aims to understand the role of sex and ecophysiological responses in shaping the distribution and long-term survival of aspen under climate change.

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

  • An MSc degree in forestry, plant genetics, ecology, or related field.
  • An understanding of tree genetics, phenology and ecophysiology.
  • Experience in field work and working in remote locations under minimal supervision.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is partially funded through an NSERC Discovery Grant and additional scholarship funds will be required. Additional funding is available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. Students will be required to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources, as well as via teaching opportunities.

Start date: January, May or Sept. 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.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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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity , Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Parental Selection and Assessing the Potential Impacts of Elite Breeding in White Spruce

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student to test the hypothesis that gene expression of gibberellic acid in white spruce (Picea glauca) seedlings can be used as an indicator of trees with superior growth characteristics. Faster growing parents will be selected based on growth data and physiological markers for gibberellic acid and gene expression based on greenhouse trials. With identification of elite parents, an advanced breeding strategy will be designed and implemented using tools such as a differential evolution algorithm developed from animal breeding.

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

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forest genetics or related field, and familiarity with ecophysiology.
  • An advanced understanding of tree breeding strategies.
  • Experience in field work and tree breeding.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000/year, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 3.5 years (PhD) with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.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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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Understanding Patterns and Mechanisms Driving Clone Size and Gender Performance in Trembling Aspen in Alberta

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student who is interested in genetics, ecology, ecophysiology and their interaction on the landscape. The goal of this project is to describe the patterns of aspen (Populus tremuloides) clone size and gender distribution in active aspen forest management regions in Alberta, while also using genetic markers to understand recent declines in aspen health due to drought.

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

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forestry, ecology, genetics or related field.
  • A strong background in quantitative genetics, and/or plant ecophysiology.
  • A GPA >3.5 and evidence of success.
  • Familiarity with an IRGA or other ecophysiology equipment.
  • Experience in field work.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000 /year for PhDs, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 2 or 3 years, with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Immediate/Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following information:

  • 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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Graduate student positions, Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa

The Bennett Lab at Carleton University (www.josephrbennett.worpress.com) seeks graduate students (PhD, MSc) for projects helping to improve threatened species conservation, manage invasive species, and optimize resource management to promote biodiversity. Research will entail a combination of fieldwork (in southern Ontario or southern British Columbia) and modeling. There are opportunities for collaboration and possible co-supervision with leading researchers in Canada, Australia, the US and UK, including government partners who can expose students to policy formulation and implementation. There is also considerable scope for students to determine the direction of their projects (e.g. emphasizing ecological, numerical or conservation management aspects).

Applicants should have some experience in fieldwork and ecological modeling. Computer programming experience (e.g. R, MATLAB) is desired, but training will be provided.

Canadian applicants are encouraged to apply; however, exceptional applicants from other countries will be considered.

Applicants should provide 1) curriculum vitae; 2) contact information for two references; 3) unofficial university transcripts; and 4) a short (<1 page) statement of research interests. Inquiries and application materials can be directed to Joseph Bennett: joseph.bennett@carleton.ca

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more than 27,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities. Conservation biology is a particular strength at Carleton University, with world-leading research groups including the Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory (GLEL; http://www.glel.carleton.ca/), Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory (FECPL; http://www.fecpl.ca/), and Environment Canada’s National Wildlife Research Centre.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of about one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

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Five PhD positions in “Assessing climate change impacts on timber resource availability in western-central Canada: Economic implications and mitigation”

We are currently recruiting graduate students, starting Jan. May, or September 2018, to be part of team researchers examining climate change impacts on Canada’s boreal forests. This project is funded by a NSERC strategic project.

Positions are available at Lakehead University, supervised by Dr. Han Chen (see lab site http://hchen.lakeheadu.ca/) and Dr. Chander Shahi (http://cshahi.lakeheadu.ca/index.html)

One position, supervised by Dr. Andrew Park of University of Winnipeg (https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/biology/people/faculty-staff/andrew-park.html) will be registered at Lakehead University One position at University of Alberta under Dr. Fangliang He’s supervision (https://sites.ualberta.ca/~fhe/)

Ideal applicants shall have strong academic records with backgrounds in ecology, biology, forest sciences or a related field. Experience with ecological modelling, Geographic Information Systems, and statistical analysis in R or SAS is highly desirable, as is a basic knowledge of climate science and anthropogenic climate change. Candidates should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in research. A record of prior publications will be valued.

International applicants must meet English language requirements, as required by the graduate admission requirements of Canadian universities. Students with scholarships are highly welcome but prior financial support is not required, since this is a fully funded project. Outstanding MSc candidates may also be considered.

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PhD position available to study spatial ecology of bumble bee pollinators of blueberry in Canada

We are seeking a graduate student to begin work on a PhD in January 2018, to join the labs of Paul Galpern and Ralph Cartar at the University of Calgary, in a biology department with considerable expertise in pollination and pollinator ecology, and beneficial insects.

The funded research will involve landscape-scale study of wild-nesting bumble bee pollinators of blueberries in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.  It will examine landscape context, off-crop foraging alternatives, distance-based foraging, foraging competitors, and reproductive success of bumble bee colonies in the context of wild bumble bees providing ecosystem pollination services to blueberry crops.  The project will involve an integration of landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, and will span basic and applied ecology.

Applications are welcome immediately, and selection of a candidate will likely happen before 31 October 2017. Canadian applicants already holding an MSc would best fit the short timeline for entry into the program by January 2018. Salary stipend is $23,000 per year, some of which would obtain from TAing a course in the Fall term.

To apply, please email a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of 3 referees to:  Paul Galpern <paul.galpern@ucalgary.ca> or Ralph Cartar <cartar@ucalgary.ca>

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M.Sc. Opportunity: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in Moose Ecology

Description

Moose populations in North America are starting to decline with reasons not well understood. Moose are the primary source of protein for many Indigenous groups and preserving this species is not only important in terms of food acquisition and sustaining ecological integrity, but essential for securing traditional ways of life and cultural values associated with this species. An M.Sc. student will investigate the demographics of declining moose populations in Ontario with a focus on integrating Indigenous Knowledge with western science techniques. The M.Sc. candidate will be based out of Laurentian University and will collaborate with Dr. Jesse Popp, Dr. Frank Mallory, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, and Indigenous communities within the Anishinabek Nation.

Qualifications

Competitive candidates will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Zoology, or a related field with a grade average of 70% or higher. Previous experience in large mammal ecology is desirable, but not essential. Experience in Indigenous cultural settings considered an asset.

Anticipated Start Date

January 2018

Stipend

~$17,000 per year (funding pending)

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, c.v., and a list of 3 references electronically to: Dr. Jesse N. Popp, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Laurentian University, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON. P3E 2C6, jpopp@laurentian.ca

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