Fully-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Genomics of Aquatic Microbial/Microplankton Ecology & Invasion Biology

The Heath Research Group at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a project investigating microbial/microplankton community dynamics associated with fresh and marine water environments and their potential for ecological invasiveness. As UV ballast water treatment is an important approach to managing aquatic invasive species, this project will target the genomics and transcriptomics of UV DNA damage and repair mechanisms. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have full access to our Institute’s advanced genomics and transcriptomics infrastructure and work closely with our Industry partner (Trojan UV). GLIER is internationally recognized as a leader in aquatic invasive species (AIS) research, informing national government policies and international shipping agreements.

What are the desired qualifications?

  • PhD in biology, molecular biology, limnology, bioinformatics or related field awarded after May 2014.
  • Strong background in molecular biology and genomics.
  • Experience in bioinformatics (especially meta-barcoding, metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics) is essential; an understanding of microbial/microplankton community dynamics is desired.
  • Ability to develop research projects as demonstrated by record of accomplishment.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills to present and explain technical information, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Most importantly, the successful candidate will have a strong motivation to learn new things, solve problems, participate in fieldwork and pursue research in an interdisciplinary framework.

Apply to Dr. Daniel Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) via email with the subject “Postdoc Aquatic & Invasion Ecology.” The full application will include a single PDF file consisting of:

  • a cover letter describing your research interested and suitability (maximum two pages).
  • a CV, including a list of your publications.
  • contact details of three professional references.

Application deadline: open until filled

Start date: ASAP

Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research,
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada


Post-doctoral Fellow In Terrestrial Mammal Applied Ecology, University of Victoria and InnoTech Alberta

The Applied Conservation Macro Ecology Lab, a partnership between InnoTech Alberta (Alberta’s R&D Agency) and the University of Victoria, is accepting applications for a post-doctoral fellow. The PDF will be based in Victoria and co-supervised by Dr. Jason T Fisher in the School of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Brad Anholt in the Biology Department.

The PDF will help execute the Wildlife CAMERA Project, a 4-year research project examining the effects of landscape change, climate change, landscape management, and predator control on mammal communities across western Canada’s boreal forest and mountain chains. The project capitalizes upon substantial existing data from several landscape-scale camera arrays, offering opportunities for quick early publications. We are deploying several additional camera arrays to capture gradients of change and management. The PDF will help the project PIs design and execute the project, provide scientific oversight, create innovative questions, conduct statistical analyses, and write multiple scientific publications. The PDF will play a mentorship role for a team of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students working on similar questions, and will collaborate with other academic, government, and industry researchers.

Density estimation using spatial-recapture modelling will weigh heavily in analysis, so we are seeking someone with experience in Bayesian hierarchical analysis, preferably with experience in SCR. Nonetheless the questions we ask are diverse and will span individual behavior, species activity patterns, species co-occurrence, predator-prey and competition relationships, and community ecology. Examples of past and ongoing research can be found at http://jasontfisher.ca.

The candidate will have exceptional demonstrated analytical skills using R (and preferably software for implementing Bayesian analysis), a well-rooted knowledge of mammal ecology, an interest in applied science, and ability to work across academia and other sectors. The position is for one year, with an extension for a second year pending success in the first. The PDF salary is $65,000 / yr, and the applicant is expected to apply for external funding to help support the position (though the position is not contingent upon success).

Please provide a CV, two of your best publications, names of three references, and a statement (1-page maximum) of short- and long-term career goals. Position open until filled. Submit your inquiries or application to Jason.fisher@innotechalberta.ca. The ACME Lab strongly believes that diversity generates the best science, so encourages inquiries from scientists of all backgrounds and orientations.



Salary = $45,000 per annum for 18 months


We seek a post-doctoral researcher with some modelling and, preferably also, programming experience to work with projects related to aquatic food web dynamics. The post-doc will work as part of a Finnish-Canadian team working on the Gulf of St Lawrence (GoStL) ecosystem. The objective is to parameterize an allometric trophic network (ATN) model to the study system dynamics and account also for abiotic drivers.

The key research question is to explore under which conditions predator-driven Allee effects may occur and prevent species recovery. This will be investigated through analyses of the complex dynamics of the GoStL ecosystem, coupled with abiotic influences. Results derived through the analyses of the empirical GoStL system will be further generalized by systematic analyses of randomly generated marine food webs.

The main task of the post-doc is to compile data on the GoStL food web and associated abiotic time series and then parameterize the ATN model and analyse its dynamics. The research team will provide support for the use and development of the models. To establish efficient collaboration with the team, the post-doc should visit the Finland-based team twice during the project.


Dr Doug Swain (Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Université de Moncton, Canada): empirical work on GoStL key species
Dr Tommi Perälä (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): main ATN model developer
Prof Anna Kuparinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Dalhousie University, Canada): team leader, ATN modeller
Prof Jeffrey Hutchings (Dalhousie University, Canada): specialist on Allee effects and fish life histories


Anna Kuparinen, University of Jyväskylä (anna.k.kuparinen@jyu.fi)
Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University (jhutch@dal.ca)


Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities, Mount Allison University, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellows will:

  • Work as part of a leadership team that will connect universities, governments, and Indigenous community partners across Canada.
  • Engage in community-led, interdisciplinary research that embraces multiple ways of knowing,
  • Participate in national workshops, knowledge gathering, data analysis, and scientific and community-focused communication:

PDF1 (MTA) will weave Indigenous Knowledge and Western science to aide in understanding how wildlife populations (e.g. behavior, abundance, diversity) and Indigenous communities (e.g. cultural practices, food sovereignty) are influenced by environmental change (e.g. climate change, disturbance);

PDF2 (UBC) will link field monitoring methods (e.g. via Indigenous Guardianship), Indigenous Knowledge, and Western science (Bayesian Integrated Population Models) to estimate changes in wildlife abundance and to support conservation, harvesting, and other management priorities.

Click here for more information.


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

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal Canada

Start date: May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Research Position in Watershed Cumulative Effects

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

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

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

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

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


PhD or Postdoctoral Fellowship: Impacts of Multiple Stressors on Nearshore Aquatic Ecosystems in the Great Lakes

We are recruiting a PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow to participate in a multidisciplinary study on the impacts of multiple environmental stressors (nutrient pollution, invasive species, and climate change) on the Laurentian Great Lakes with a focus on nearshore water quality and proliferation of nuisance benthic algae. The study will involve 1) analysis of long-term data from lake and stream surveys in the Toronto region of Lake Ontario and sites throughout the Great Lakes, 2) conducting multi-factor nearshore mesocosm experiments, and 3) statistical modeling to test theoretical and applied hypotheses on nearshore ecosystem structure and function in the Great Lakes.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience (or strong interest) in:

  • aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry,
  • algal and invertebrate physiology or ecology,
  • aquatic mesocosm experiments, and
  • multivariate statistical modeling

Candidates should submit the following as a pdf-file to paul.weidman@uwindsor.ca:

  1. Research statement (< 1 page) showing relevant experience and interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. University transcripts (scanned into the pdf file)
  4. Names and contact information of two references
  5. One or two relevant peer-reviewed scientific publications

Funding is available for 4 years for PhD students or 2 years for PDFs. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Start date: ASAP.

The study will be conducted in partnership with the following organizations, and the candidate may be able to hold the position at any of these locations (see links for more information):

  • Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Toronto, ON
  • Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MOECP), Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch, Etobicoke, ON
  • Canadian Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW), Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington, ON
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Paul Weidman, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
University of Windsor
Email: paul.weidman@uwindsor.ca
Web: http://www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/paul-weidman-0


Dr. Ken Drouillard, Professor
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
University of Windsor
Email: kgd@uwindsor.ca
Web: http://www1.uwindsor.ca/glier/ken-drouillard