Graduate student positions – integrative ecology of white-footed mice

Graduate-level applications are being accepted for the Functional Ecology lab at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. We study co-adaptations among metabolic, behavioural, performance, and life-history traits using diverse tools ranging from comparative to quantitative genetic approaches. Current openings include field-based projects on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Interested students should visit the Functional Ecology lab webpage (see the “join the lab” page) for more information why and how to apply (http://vincentcareau.weebly.com/)

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MSc and PhD Opportunities in Palynology and Paleoecology at the University of Victoria, Canada

I am seeking MSc and PhD students to join my paleoecology lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (www.uvic.ca/science/biology), starting September 2019. Research in my lab focuses on the ecological dynamics of forests since the last glaciation, wetland succession and peatland carbon accumulation, and the development of paleoecological tools aimed at improving our ability to make inferences about the past.
The available MSc position will focus on investigating morphological differences in fir (Abies spp.) pollen, for application in paleoecological studies. The area of focus for the PhD position is negotiable; PhD students are encouraged to develop their own research projects related to past ecological change. Potential research areas include: long-term forest dynamics including disturbance regimes; the past effects of tephra deposition on plant communities; and, the links between climate, vegetation and carbon accumulation in peatlands. PhD-level research combining paleoecological techniques with neoecological or molecular approaches is also possible.
Research funding and a guaranteed stipend are available. Ideal candidates will have a solid background in plant ecology, palynology, paleoecology or a related discipline, and excellent academic standing. Applicants for the PhD position must have a MSc degree or equivalent experience. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief statement of research interests, CV, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for two academic references to Terri Lacourse (tlacours@uvic.ca).
Information about graduate studies at the University of Victoria can be found at: www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies.
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Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Nitrogen Use Efficiency Physiology of Conifers at the University of Alberta

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating nitrogen use efficiency in white spruce.  The successful candidates will use ecophysiological approaches to identify and characterize determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in this conifer species, and to compare nitrogen use efficiency parameters amongst families.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  This project is part of Spruce Up, a large-scale genomics project funded by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, Genome BC, and Genome Alberta. Depending on the successful candidate’s background and interests, the incumbent may participate in related Spruce Up research activities, such as proteomic identification of proteins important for N remobilization in white spruce.

Successful candidates will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Janice Cooke (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta).  Depending on the scope of the successful candidate’s individual project within the larger project, they will actively collaborate with Dr. R. Glen Uhrig (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Benoit Rivard (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Nathalie Isabel (Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre) and/or Dr. Ingo Ensminger (Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga).

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in plant physiology, ecology, genetics, genomics or related discipline, and cannot have received this PhD prior to 2015.  Candidates with a background in plant physiology and who have strong skills in statistical analyses will be given priority.  Knowledge of nitrogen utilization (uptake, allocation, partitioning, remobilization, metabolism) will also be prioritized.  Experience in conducting plant experiments in growth chamber/greenhouse conditions and in the field is preferable.  The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues from universities, governments and other research organizations is essential.  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately.  As per Department of Biological Sciences policy, the initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon satisfactory performance. The salary range is $45000-$50000 per annum for Year 1, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at http://www.postdoc.ualberta.ca/. Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to janice.cooke@ualberta.ca.

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATIONAL ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON (Y2Y) REGION

SUMMARY: The Y2Y vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. As well providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape conservation”. This applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of use. The results will be used to inform and manage access.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers, conservationists, and partners in the US and Canada to:

  • develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;
  • working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and,
  • develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region (e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components, and where managing recreation differently could advance conservation priorities).

This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and research in non-profit and academic sectors. This may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development. 

QUALIFICATIONSPh.D. in conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial skills. An interest and background in recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research that informs management and conservation. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets outside conservation science, from people who identify as under-represented minorities, and international applications. 

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics, classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets, LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)
  • Publication record (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)
  • Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and multi-tasking

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians
  • Literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Grant writing and working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners
  • Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)

SETTING: Based in either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia (significant time spent at the other location) and travel within the Y2Y region.

START DATE: The appointee will preferably start on or before June 1, 2019.

SALARY: $45,000-50,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience, second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

TO APPLY: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, 1-3 writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca.

CLOSING DATE: Application review will begin February 15, 2019, with interviews anticipated in spring 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

WEB POSTING: www.y2y.net/RecEcolPostdoc

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATIONAL ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON (Y2Y) REGION

SUMMARY: The Y2Y vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. As well providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape conservation”. This applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of use. The results will be used to inform and manage access.

 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers, conservationists, and partners in the US and Canada to:

·        develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;

·        working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and,

·        develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region (e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components, and where managing recreation differently could advance conservation priorities).

 This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and research in non-profit and academic sectors. This may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial skills. An interest and background in recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research that informs management and conservation. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets outside conservation science, from people who identify as under-represented minorities, and international applications.

 Essential skills and experience include:

–         Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics, classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets, LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)

–         Publication record (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)

–         Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and multi-tasking

 Desired skills and experience include:

–         Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians

–         Literature reviews and meta-analyses

–         Grant writing and working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners

–         Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)

SETTING: Based in either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia (significant time spent at the other location) and travel within the Y2Y region.

 START DATE: The appointee will preferably start on or before June 1, 2019.

SALARY: $45,000-50,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience, second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

 TO APPLY: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, 1-3 writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca.

 CLOSING DATE: Application review will begin February 15, 2019, with interviews anticipated in spring 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

 WEB POSTING: www.y2y.net/RecEcolPostdoc

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PhD or MSc POSITION: AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is looking for a graduate student at the MSc or PhD level to investigate how the impacts of non-native freshwater fishes and crayfishes are influenced by climate warming. This is a fully funded position (salary & tuition paid) for 2 years (MSc) to 4 years (PhD).

Our students also have the opportunity to take a unique summer NSERC training program in lake & fluvial ecology (https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=4180) as well as a graduate-level course on Invasion Ecology at McGill.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Dec 2018, and have independent research experience and field training in aquatic ecology. Owing to funding requirements, we are giving priority to Canadians (or permanent residents in Canada); however, exceptional international candidates will be considered if they are deemed likely to qualify for a major scholarship. Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Dept of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html) to enrol for September 1, but the preferred start date to join the lab (with salary) is July 1 to begin field work.

Strong candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The position is open until March 1st, or as soon as candidate is chosen. 

Please provide:

1) An up-to-date c.v.

2) University transcripts (a scanned copy or pdf is acceptable)

3) Names and contact information of at least two referees,

4) A short (~1 page) statement of research interests and relevant experience.

Send applications – as a single combined pdf if possible – to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). The student we select must apply to the Biology department by March 15 for admission into the graduate program for September 2019.

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Postdoctoral researcher: Modeling social-ecological dynamics in recreational fishery landscapes

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to model social-ecological dynamics in recreational fisheries landscapes. This is a unique opportunity for a researcher with strong quantitative skills and broad interests in fisheries, social-ecological dynamics, and/or economics to collaborate with our diverse, NSF-funded team, which includes fisheries scientists and aquatic ecosystem ecologists, resource and environmental economists, and social and sustainability scientists. The researcher will also have access to extensive existing social and ecological data sets including results from new large-scale experiments.

This position will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies with project lead PI Dr. Chris Solomon. There will be extensive collaboration with other project co-PIs and graduate students at Arizona State University (Dr. Marco Janssen), the University of Washington (Dr. Sunny Jardine), Rutgers University (Dr. Olaf Jensen), and the University of Notre Dame (Dr. Stuart Jones), and with partners in governmental and non-governmental organizations. The researcher may also engage with ongoing project field work if desired, although the primary responsibilities will be modeling and synthesis.

The desired start date is around September 2019. The initial appointment will be for 18 months, with possible extension. The Cary Institute offers competitive salary and benefits, a stimulating environment known for excellent postdoctoral mentoring, and proximity to urban and rural amenities. To apply, visit the online posting and submit a single pdf file containing a brief cover letter, names and contact info for three references, and a curriculum vitae. Questions about the position can be directed to Chris Solomon at solomonc@caryinstitute.org. Review of applications will begin 7 January 2019.

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Two postdoctoral positions: Ecosystem ecology of coupled terrestrial-aquatic systems

We seek two postdoctoral researchers to collaborate with us in testing and developing theory around coupled terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems. Successful candidates would pursue research focused on one or more of the following themes:

  • Broad-scale Biogeochemical Modeling – This project uses models and geospatial data to explore how aquatic systems process C, N, and P at regional to continental scales, and to predict how these processes will respond to global change. Applicants to this position should have experience with dynamical modeling and/or geospatial analyses with a preferred focus on biogeochemical processes.
  • Forecasting Lake Carbon Dynamics – This project asks how hydrologic variation at multiple temporal scales influences lake processing, storage, and export of carbon. Data from a network of instrumented watersheds, long-term monitoring, and a nearby National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site provide the foundation for empirical analysis and model testing. Previous experience with forecasting or data assimilation in any research domain is highly desirable for this position, as is experience with lake carbon cycling or limnology.
  • Controls on Food Web Productivity – This project uses existing datasets, including long-term, whole-lake manipulations, to test recently developed theory describing effects of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon and nutrient loads on lake food web productivity. Significant statistical modeling experience is required for this position, and experience modeling lake or stream ecosystem metabolism is especially desirable.

We encourage applicants who have strong quantitative skills, a solid publication record, and who have, or will soon obtain, a Ph.D. in Ecology, Limnology, Geosciences, or related fields. Successful candidates will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY) or the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), and have the opportunity to interact with a vibrant and collaborative research group conducting large-scale experiments and other field campaigns at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC). Both positions are intended to be two years with initial appointment for one year and renewal assuming satisfactory performance. The start date for these positions is flexible.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, feel free to contact Dr. Stuart Jones, (University of Notre Dame; sjones20@nd.edu) or Dr. Chris Solomon (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; solomonc@caryinstitute.org). To apply for a position, submit a curriculum vitae, brief statement of interest, and contact information for three references to sjones20@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2019.

The Cary Institute and University of Notre Dame are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employers. It is the policy of these institutions to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Joint position in PLANT ECOLOGY in the Department of Biology and the McGill School of Environment, McGill University

Position description

 The Department of Biology and the McGill School of Environment invite applications for a joint tenure-track position in Plant Ecology. Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from qualified candidates working within any subfield but are especially interested in candidates whose research clearly links fundamental plant biological processes to environmental issues including, but not limited to, climate change, biodiversity dynamics, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, and ecological forecasting. Expertise in plant eco-physiology with the ability to scale up understanding of physiological processes from plants to ecosystems to landscapes would be an asset. Exceptional candidates in other fields relevant to both units may be considered. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an excellent capacity to work in a broadly interdisciplinary context and experience with or a willingness to engage in collaborative teaching. A competitive start-up package, necessary laboratory infrastructure, and access to a range of shared research facilities will be made available.

Click here for more information.

 

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TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN FOREST SCIENCES, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). Application deadline: February 8th, 2019.

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

Since the creation of UQAT, forest research has been part of the institution’s development plans. Strategic developments, including a partnership with UQAM, have enabled the establishment of a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in ‘’ecology and sustainable forest management’’ and in ‘’valorisation, characterisation and transformation of wood’’. Consequently, UQAT has a well-established reputation in training, research, and technology transfer in forest research, an expertise that is now recognised across Quebec, Canada and the international community. With the creation of the Forest Research Institute (IRF) in 2011, UQAT developed a structure that increases its contribution to forest science and technology. To date, the IRF relies on a team of ten researchers, two Industrial Chairs, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialised laboratories, and an extensive network of partnerships locally and around the world. The Institute attracts over $ 3.5 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognised scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is well known for a commitment to technology transfer as it organises a large number of dissemination activities. Renewed in 2014, the NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management confirms the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and practices for ecosystem-based sustainable forest management. The IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, with significant spin-offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

Position to be filled by the Forest Research Institute:

TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN FOREST SCIENCES
Competition no 2018-106
Date: December 4, 2018

FUNCTION:

The person sought will be primarily active in research. The teaching component of his professorship will be fulfilled mainly by the supervision of graduate students under his supervision enrolled in programs offered at UQAT, including programs under the responsibility of the Forest Research Institute (master’s degree in ecology and doctorate in environmental sciences).

Priority will be given to candidates whose main body of research falls under the themes of natural forest dynamics in the boreal forest and natural disturbance history as well as the development and evaluation of new silvicultural approaches. We will also consider applications with research themes pursued at the Forest Research Institute: forest productivity and ecosystem resilience, key factors for biodiversity conservation in the boreal forest, development and testing of sustainable forest management strategies, characterisation, valorisation and transformation of wood. The candidate must demonstrate in his or her application that he or she is able to quickly initiate his own independent research program. The candidate should also have an expertise that is complementary to that of the other professors of the Forest Research Institute and be willing to actively participate in team research projects.

He or she will have to be able to work in a small university whose mission, among other things, is to contribute to the socio- economic development of the region.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph.D. with a specialization in Forest Science, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or a related discipline.
  • A research record demonstrating significant scientific productivity.
  • Ability to develop a research program by obtaining grants from recognized organizations such as NSERC, FRQNT and other research programs involving partnerships with private organizations or ministries.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken French (language of teaching), or the intent to acquire it.

OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

    • A postdoctoral fellowship as well as experience in industry or government.
    • To be a member of a professional forestry association in Canada, to be a member or to become a member of the Quebec Order of Forest Engineers.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Rouyn-Noranda, Abitibi-Témiscamingue
START DATE: June 3, 2019
DURATION OF CONTRACT: 2 years
SALARY: Salary is based on the qualifications and experience of each candidate according to the current collective agreement.

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

APPLICATION:

Please include a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation in which you will describe your teaching philosophy (including supervision at the graduate level), the main orientations of your proposed research program and your integration in the team of the Forest Research Institute (about two pages), two letters of recommendation, the doctorate diploma or a letter from the thesis director mentioning the date of submission of the thesis.

Specific condition: For your application to be considered, you must enclose an equal access to employment form, duly completed. The form is also available from our website (www.uqat.ca/emplois).

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their complete application package together with a copy of their diploma, specifying the competition number, before Friday February 8th, 2019 at 4:30 pm, to the attention of:

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

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