Two MSc Positions in seascape genetics. Applications are due: November 1 2019.

The D’Aloia Lab at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada, invites applications for two graduate positions in seascape genetics. Our lab integrates field studies with molecular ecology and modeling approaches to address questions about the patterns, causes, and consequences of marine larval dispersal. For more information about our ongoing research, please see: www.cassidydaloia.com. We are seeking to fill the following two positions:

MSc 1: This position will explore the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting the demography and dispersal of Caribbean coral reef fishes. Quantifying the direct and indirect effects of seascape degradation will be a focal point. The student will receive extensive training in subtidal field work, high throughput genotyping, and seascape genetic analyses. This position begins May 2020 and requires SCUBA diving experience (please detail your experience in your cover letter).

MSc 2: This position will quantify a local connectivity network of waved whelk in the Bay of Fundy using genetic population assignment methods.  This position can begin May or September 2020.  Students without diving experience may elect to focus more on the genetic lab work and data analysis portions of this project. Students can also participate in cold-water scientific diving during one or both years (if so, please indicate your experience with or interest in learning more about cold-water SCUBA diving in your cover letter).

All applicants must have a BSc by the start date. Full stipends are guaranteed for two years.

Lab Info: The D’Aloia Lab is committed to building a diverse and supportive team of marine ecologists. We are looking for students who are self-motivated and have a strong work ethic. The nature of marine field work means that being a team player is essential, so we also strongly value collaboration. Because we collect large observational data sets, quantitative skills will be considered an asset.

Department Info: The Department of Biological Sciences at UNBSJ is a productive and collaborative group with a strength in marine biology. Saint John is a wonderful place to live with great access to the outdoors, a low cost of living, and all the perks of a small but vibrant port city.

To Apply: Please send the following to Dr. Cassidy D’Aloia (cdaloia@unb.ca), preferably as a single PDF: (1) a cover letter identifying the position(s) you would like to be considered for and a brief description of how your research experience and interests relate to these positions; (2) your CV; (3) transcripts (unofficial is ok); and (4) contact information for 2-3 references. A writing sample is also welcome, but optional. Applications are due: November 1 2019.

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Coordinating Scientist, Boreal Avian Modelling Project

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) is long-term academic research program aimed at modelling the abundance and distribution of boreal breeding birds in relation to vegetation, climate and human land uses. We use data assimilation and statistical modelling to support the management and conservation of avian populations and habitats, in collaboration with diverse partners in academia, government, the forest industry and environmental organizations: for details, see http://www.borealbirds.ca.  We are seeking a Coordinating Scientist to facilitate project management and research delivery.

Under the direction of BAM Steering Committee, the Coordinating Scientist will have two roles:

  1. They will facilitate efficient project operation and delivery of results. Duties will include work plan development and implementation, project management, partner outreach, assistance with grant preparation, management and reporting, policy development and implementation, and co-ordination of project communications;
  2. They will actively participate in the BAM research program. Duties will include the development, implementation (including data analyses and scientific writing), and dissemination of core research projects in collaboration with BAM research staff, contributing scientists, Steering Committee members and/or other collaborators.

Time allocation will be roughly 50-50 between these two roles. We will also consider applications for a part time position that would be dedicated entirely to project management.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in ecological sciences, natural resource management, or related fields, experience in project management and team supervision, demonstrated abilities in ecological and/or conservation research supported by strong quantitative skills, and a strong interest in the conservation of birds and boreal forests in Canada. Excellent written and oral communication are essential, including prior experience publishing peer-reviewed science. A familiarity with the sectors and agencies involved in boreal forest conservation and management would be an asset, as would fluency in spoken and written French. This position will require some travel within North America. For applicants interested in the part-time project management position only, some research requirements may be waived.

The position is based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB, and available immediately through to March 31st 2022, with opportunity for extension pending available funds. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with starting date no later than January 1, 2020. Full-time salary is $60-70,000/yr plus benefits, dependent on qualifications. Interested individuals should send a digital version of their CV and a statement of interest and qualifications to borealavianmodellingproject@ualberta.ca.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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M.Sc. project in PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (Forest edges)

I am looking for an accomplished and motivated M.Sc. student for study on vegetation structure at forest edges. The project would begin in 2020 in the Masters in Applied Science program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Possible study sites are in Brazil (in the Atlantic Forest near Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo) or in Nova Scotia (e.g., Kejimkujik National Park or Cape Breton). Possible research topics include (but are not limited to): development of forest edges next to regenerating pasture in Brazil, patterns of structural diversity in heterogeneous landscapes, global synthesis of edge influence on vegetation. Methods could include field data collection, spatial pattern analysis, meta-analysis, LiDAR or drone imagery. Results could be linked to conservation, climate change or species at risk.

If you are interested in research on the edge, please contact: Karen Harper, Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary’s University, Karen.Harper@smu.ca

Forest Edge Research Network (FERN), http://karenaharper.com

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MSc or PhD project: Evolutionary ecology of Tree swallows. Application deadline: 11 October 2019.

We are seeking to recruit a student at the MSc or PhD level to join our research team at the Département de biologie, Université de Sherbrooke, starting in January or May 2020.

Our research aims at assessing the effects of environmental heterogeneity on evolutionary-related parameters in a population of Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). The research project of the candidate will thus be developed within this framework. The candidate will participate to a long-term study conducted in southern Québec since 2004 and will benefit from biological data collected on more than 13000 individuals. The candidate will contribute to field work (2-3 months each year) and should ideally have skills in handling birds and a good knowledge of statistical analyses. The Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution, therefore either some knowledge of French or an interest in learning it is essential.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter, as well as the contact information of two references before 11 October to:

Dany Garant : Dany.Garant@Usherbrooke.ca

https://labogarant.weebly.com/

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FUNDED PHD OR MSC POSITION IN BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE ECOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Funding is available for PhD or MSc students in Dr. Morand-Ferron’s lab, University Research Chair in Cognitive Ecology (http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/jmorandf)

Research on cognitive processes (e.g. learning and memory) has historically targeted mechanistic questions via neurosciences and psychology, leaving evolutionary considerations mostly unexamined. As a consequence we still do not understand why cognitive abilities vary so drastically between or within species, or how they evolve in the wild1. Our research aims at quantifying individual variation in cognitive abilities, and investigating its causes (heritability, development, habitat) and consequences (life-history, fitness). 

The proposed model system is that of wild-caught field cricketsGryllus spp. Field crickets have been suggested to use spatial memory of landmarks around their burrow to navigate their environment. We have recently demonstrated that Gryllus texensis can learn the location of food in a maze2 and are now investigating causes and life-history correlates of the observed individual variation in maze performance. The student could pursue this line of research, or investigate other research avenues on individual variation in cognition and behaviour in field crickets. In particular, I am keen to recruit a student for a co-supervision with Dr Sue Bertram at Carleton University (https://suebertram.ca/) on the cognition behind alternative reproductive strategies in Gryllus texensis. 

Selected candidates will be guaranteed a paid position of 20 000$/year (4 years for PhD, 2 years for MSc). Canadian applicants with >80% CGPA in their last two years of studies automatically obtain a uOttawa scholarship covering tuition fees for the duration of their program. International PhD students pay tuition at the level of Canadian students (˜8000$/year). Ideal candidates would have research experience in behavioural ecology, animal cognition, and/or working with insects. The candidate should be excited to join a highly-collaborative research group. There is no deadline for the application, although Skype interviews will start early October and positions may be filled after this time. Start date: Sept 2020 or Jan 2021. 

To apply: Send a 1-page cover letter, resume, and latest unofficial transcript to jmf@uottawa.ca 

Feel free to share this ad. I look forward to reading your application letter.

Dr Julie Morand-Ferron

References:

1 MorandFerron et al. (2016). Studying the evolutionary ecology of cognition in the wild: a review of practical and conceptual challenges. Biological Reviews, 91, 367-389.

2 Doria et al. (2019). Spatial cognitive performance is linked to thigmotaxis in field crickets. Animal behaviour, 150, 15-25.

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Post-doctoral researcher and PhD student, University of Victoria

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/) at the University of Victoria seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral researcher and a PhD student to investigate mechanisms of coral resilience to climate change. The projects will draw upon molecular, ecological, and oceanographic data collected over the past decade as part of the Baum Lab’s long-term field program on Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Experience in molecular and/or microbial ecology strongly desired. Interested postdoctoral candidates should also have excellent programming skills, advanced knowledge of bioinformatics and statistics, experience working with large data sets. Aspects of this research could also focus on coral genetics and/or stable isotopes, so interest and experience in these areas could also be beneficial. Experience in coral reef ecosystems beneficial but not required.

The new post-doc or student will join a productive and collegial lab, and will be able to interact with a strong group of ecologists and conservation biologists at UVic. She/he could also spend 1-2 semesters working with our international coral collaborators.

Post-doctoral candidates must have completed their PhD by Spring or Summer 2020, and have excellent academic and publication records. PhD candidates must have completed an MSc degree or a BSc Honours by Spring or Summer 2020. Relevant work or research experience is also considered an asset. Owing to funding requirements, admission to the lab for these positions requires an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp) or an NSERC graduate scholarship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp). As such, interested candidates must be Canadian (or permanent residents of Canada), have excellent academic (and publication) records, and apply for these funding sources this fall. Postdoctoral applicants who receive an NSERC Fellowship will have their salary topped up by Baum Lab research funds. PhD applicants who receive an NSERC scholarship will have their stipends topped up by an additional internal UVic award.

If you meet the above criteria, please email Professor Julia Baum (baum@uvic.ca) as soon as possible because deadlines for fellowship and scholarship applications are coming up over the several weeks.

 

 

 

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Assistant Professor in Computational Biology. Application dealine: 01 December 2019.

The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Computational Biology at the Assistant Professor level, to commence 01 July 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in Biology or a related discipline, an outstanding research record that includes excellent research output and momentum as well as publishing in high-quality refereed journals, in addition to demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research.

We invite applications from all disciplines in Biology, where the applicant’s primary research focus is using computational methods.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative independent research program and will be able to collaborate with a diverse research group in the Department of Biology.  In addition, there are opportunities to interact with the Centre for Biomolecular Interactions, the Centre for Research in Mass Spectroscopy and the Centre for Disease Modelling. Depending on the candidate’s research area, there is also the opportunity to join York University’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) program Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA).

The successful candidate is expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level, ranging from introductory biology and biostatistics to advanced computational methods. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. Details about the AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at: www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form. Completed self-identification and work status forms should sent to biojobs@yorku.ca with “Computational Biology” in the subject line.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Dr Roberto Quinlan, Chair of the Computational Biology Search Committee, at rquinlan@yorku.ca.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 01 December 2019. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae, an outline of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and copies of three publications to biojobs@yorku.ca with “Computational Biology” in the subject line. Long-listed applicants will be requested to arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Dr. Roberto Quinlan, Chair of the Computational Biology Search Committee, Department of Biology, York University; referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.  Requested letters of recommendation should be submitted to biojobs@yorku.ca with “Computational Biology” in the subject line.

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Postdoctoral project: Modeling regeneration patterns in the Acadian Forest Region of North America

The K.-C.-Irving Chair in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development at Université de Moncton and the Northern Hardwood Research Institute Inc. (New Brunswick, Canada) are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to fill a position starting in Fall 2019.

The project aims at developing modeling tools to predict regeneration patterns of commercial hardwood species in the Acadian Forest Region of North America. The project will produce deliverables targeted for the scientific community, forest companies and governmental agencies about the predicted impacts of environmental and sylvicultural factors on regeneration of commercial hardwood species. These deliverables will contain specific recommendations that forest companies and governmental agencies can use to sustainably conduct their sylvicultural activities in hardwood and mixed-wood stands.

Supervision : Marie-Andrée Giroux (Université de Moncton) and Gaétan Pelletier (Northern Hardwood Research Institute Inc., Edmundston)

Collaborators: Chris Hennigar (ERD-NB), Nelson Thiffault and Mathieu Fortin (Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Canadian Forest Service)

Fellowship : 45 000$

Duration : 1 year

Required qualifications : • PhD in forestry, biology, environment, mathematics, statistics or related discipline (if the PhD is in mathematics or statistics, experience in the following disciplines is required: forestry, biology or environmental sciences). PhD must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date. • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals • Strong skills in: analyses (mathematical and/or statistical modelling), scientific communication (written and oral), collaborative work • Autonomy

Language: English (required), French (preferred)

Closing date: Open until filled

Application: CV (including a list of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals), letter of motivation, names and contact information of 3 referents

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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 PhD or MSc level to investigate the impacts of invasive fishes and invertebrates on freshwater food webs under the context of climate warming. This project examines two major environmental stressors acting on aquatic ecosystems and is highly relevant to risk assessment and aquatic conservation.

The new student will be able to interact with an exceptional group of ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists in the McGill Biology department. She/he could also have the opportunity to interact with government scientists (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and an informal international research network whose members include some of the world’s leading invasion ecologists. Opportunities to do field work or experiments in a research lab overseas (e.g. the U.K., or South Africa) are possible through these collaborations. Furthermore, our students are able to take a unique graduate-level course on Invasion Ecology at McGill.

The candidate will have completed a BSc Honors or MSc degree by Spring 2020, and have some independent research experience and training in aquatic ecology. Owing to funding requirements, we are aiming this advertisement at Canadians (or permanent residents of Canada) who have excellent academic records and are likely to qualify for a major scholarship from NSERC (http://nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp) or Quebec FQRNT  (http://www.frqnt.gouv.qc.ca/en/bourses-et-subventions/). Successful applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the McGill Department of Biology  (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html) to enrol for September 2020. Those students who receive a major scholarship will have their stipends topped up by an additional internal award.

If you meet the above criteria, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.caas soon as possible because deadlines for scholarship applications are coming up over the several weeks.

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Assistant Professor – Microbial Ecology and Evolution – University of Toronto Mississauga. Application deadline: October 12, 2019.

Microbial Biology & Evolution 1902892

The Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Microbial Ecology and Evolution, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or closely related field and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

We are searching for an outstanding scientist who addresses fundamental questions in the ecology, evolution or systematics of viral, prokaryotic (bacteria and cyanobacteria) or eukaryotic (e.g. fungi, simple algae) microbes. The department is particularly interested in an individual whose research, teaching and technical experience would complement our existing departmental strengths. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• genetics, ecology, or evolution of chemical or antibiotic resistance
• ecology and evolution of microbiomes and metagenomes
• host-symbiont coevolution
• ecology, evolution, genetics of microbial diseases
• ecology, evolution, genetics of microbially-mediated mutualisms
• population genetics and genomics of microbes
• systematics (fungal, algal, or protozoan)

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in research with a record of publications in top-ranked, peer reviewed and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards/accolades, and the submitted research statement, as well as strong endorsements by referees of top international stature. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated excellence in teaching related activities that can include performance as a teaching assistant or a course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or conference presentations or posters.

The successful applicant is expected to develop and maintain an active, independent, innovative and externally funded program of research in the Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga. This individual will also be appointed to the tri-campus graduate Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. For more information on the Department of Biology please visit our webpage at www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology. Information on the graduate unit can be found at www.eeb.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto Mississauga and its affiliated institutions offer a stimulating and supportive environment with a variety of facilities and a highly interactive community of researchers. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration within the
Department of Biology, with other departments at UTM, as well as with faculty at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, three representative publications, and a teaching statement with evidence supporting excellence in teaching.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/ how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format: 1) Letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement 2) Publications.
Applicants must arrange for three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the candidate’s research and teaching to be sent directly to: Dr. Joel Levine, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, by email (letters must be printed on letterhead, signed, dated and scanned) to: biology.utm@utoronto.ca.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Prof. Joel Levine at biology.utm@utoronto.ca. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, October 12, 2019 11:59 pm EST.

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.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

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

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