Postdoctoral Fellowship: Microbiome Influences on Coral Resilience to Climate Change University of Victoria, Canada. Deadline to Apply: July 2nd, 2018.

The Baum Lab at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) seeks to recruit an outstanding, highly quantitative postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to lead research investigating how the relationships between corals and their microbial partners (bacteria, Symbiodinium) vary with local and global stressors, and the extent to which the microbiome influences coral resilience to thermal stress.

Research Context and Specific Focus: Climate change poses an imminent threat to the world’s coral reefs. The 2015-2017 mega El Niño unleashed globally unprecedented heat stress on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, a large coral atoll in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. With its strong spatial gradient of local human disturbance, Kiritimati offers an excellent platform for studying how local and global stressors interact. We tagged, sampled and tracked >1,000 individual coral colonies from multiple species over space (across Kiritimati’s local disturbance gradient) and time (before, during and after the El Niño event) to characterize coral-associated microbial communities. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct bioinformatics and statistical analyses to synthesize our longitudinal next- generation sequencing (16S and ITS2) data set from these coral samples to investigate: 1) how coral-associated microbial communities vary with local disturbance and with multiple stressors (local disturbance and heat stress), and the influence of microbial communities on resilience to thermal stress; 2) covariance between coral-associated microbial and symbiont communities under single and multiple stressors. The fellow would also have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork on Kiritimati in the summers of 2019 and/or 2020. Together, these activities provide the opportunity to address questions of fundamental importance to coral reef resilience under climate change.

Required Qualifications:

  • A PhD in ecology, oceanography, mathematical biology, statistics, or computer science;
  • Excellent publication record (Minimum of 8 peer-reviewed publications);
  • Considerable experience processing, manipulating, and modelling large next- generation sequencing data set. Demonstrated proficiency with Unix, R and/or Python, and with software tools for bioinformatics pipelines and microbiome analyses;
  • Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research;
  • Experience working with microbial or Symbiodinium data sets and an in-depth understanding of the related literature;
  • Excellent time management skills, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on projects to completion;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to communicate research findings at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Research Environment: The postdoc will be based in Prof. Julia Baum’s lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com; @BaumLab) in UVIC’s (https://www.uvic.ca/) Department of Biology. The Baum lab is a supportive and stimulating research environment, with a group of scientists who are committed to scientific outreach and policy, to open science, and to enhancing diversity in STEM. UVic is one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities (https://www.macleans.ca/schools/university-of-victoria/), has a vibrant ecology community (https://uvicecology.weebly.com/) and is located in beautiful Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The PDF will also work collaboratively with Prof. Rebecca Vega-Thurber (http://vegathurberlab.oregonstate.edu) & Dr. Ross Cunning (http://www.rosscunning.com/).

Funding: Funding is available for a one-year initial period to cover the postdoctoral fellows’ salary ($55,000 per annum including medical and dental benefits), a new laptop computer and attendance at a major conference. Funding for a second and third year is contingent on the postdoctoral candidate applying, and being successful in the competition for either:

1) an NSERCPostdoctoral Fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp; Notes: Candidates for this fellowship must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; Fellowship is $45,000 per annum with an October 15, 2018 deadline, and would be topped up to $55,000, assuming satisfactory progress in year one; or

2) a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html; Notes: This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities; Fellowship is $70,000 per annum with an August 18, 2018 internal UVic deadline.

Both of these fellowships are highly competitive and require academic excellence and an outstanding publication record (e.g. ~8-12 peer-reviewed publications in quality journals). Dr. Baum will work with the successful applicant this summer/fall to craft the appropriate postdoctoral fellowship application. International applicants are also strongly encouraged to determine if PDF funding opportunities are available from their home country that would enable them to hold the fellowship internationally, in the Baum Lab.

To apply: Candidates should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca) in a single PDF document, with your last name in the file name and the subject heading “Coral Microbiome PDF”:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position, how your prior research experience qualifies you for the position, and your career goals;
  • a CV (including publication list and clear specification of relevant quantitative skills; publication list may include publications in advanced stages of preparation that will be in the review process by the above postdoctoral fellowship deadline dates);
  • names and contact details for three references.

Start date: September 2018 (flexible); Applicant must be highly competitive for, and available to write PDF applications in time for this year’s deadlines. If starting in the lab this fall, applicant should also be available to attend the Baum Lab’s lab retreat Labour Day weekend.

Deadline to Apply: Monday July 2nd, 2018.

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Opportunity for a Postdoctoral position: Modeling individual variability in behaviour and demography of boreal caribou. Application deadline: June 15th, 2018.

Boreal caribou is a cultural keystone species for Indigenous peoples and an indicator of broad-scale changes in ecosystem dynamics. Despite their ecological and cultural value, boreal caribou are imperiled across much of their range, and are listed as threatened on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). Accordingly they are subject to a comprehensive national recovery strategy and action plan (Environment Canada 2017, 2012). The mechanisms behind variation in the population trajectories of boreal caribou are critical to understand. Many studies suggest a high-level of adaptation to local or range-wide ecological and climatic conditions as well as individual variation in behaviour including the responses to human and natural disturbance, and ultimately survivorship and population dynamics. Such findings have relevance to our understanding of intraspecific behavioural plasticity, the species’ inherent potential to adapt to rapidly changing environments and our ability to forecast population trajectories. However, there has been no work to systematically quantify this variability within and among herds across Canada.

To address this knowledge gap, we seek to quantify intraspecific variability in the habitat ecology and demographic outcomes for populations of boreal caribou that are representative of the range of variability in ecological, climatic and human factors, the range of observed behaviours being considered as analogues for future adaptive strategies. Our goal is to build agent-based models to explore the response of individual caribou to landscape change, including future changes in vegetation communities, human and natural disturbance, and climate. Reproductive and survival outcomes from simulated caribou will allow us to explore the population implications of environmental change and to evaluate management actions designed to increase the likelihood of persistence of these caribou across the boreal range.

Our collaborative team is offering a postdoctoral research opportunity with the following objectives:

  1. Quantify the variation in habitat selection among individual caribou and relate it to individual survival, including the spatial representation of predation and disease.
  2. Adapt an existing mechanistic energetics model to calculate the reproductive consequences of caribou demonstrating the range of identified distribution strategies along a disturbance gradient.
  3. Develop or adapt, and apply, Agent-Based Models (ABM) to investigate the seasonal movements and distribution strategies of caribou considering internal state, motion and navigation capacities.
  4. Relate the resulting movement to factors such as vegetation change, predation risk, and climate
  5. Apply the ABM to contemporary landscapes and to future landscapes under climate-driven changes in natural disturbances (e.g. fire), emergent or altered distribution of plant communities, and changes in the nature and intensity of the human footprint.

The project will start in September 2018, and is planned to end in July or August 2019 (11-12 months), with the possibility of a 1-year extension. The postdoctoral fellow could be based either at U. Laval (Québec city, under the supervision of Steve Cumming), at UQAR (Rimouski, under the supervision of Martin-Hugues St-Laurent), at UNBC (Prince George, under the supervision of Chris Johnson), at ECCC (Ottawa, under the supervision of Cheryl Ann Johnson) or at NRCan (Victoria, under the supervision of Eliot McIntire). The candidate will interact with the other members of research team and will be invited to travel between the different research centers.

Requirements:

  • Highly motivated and determined to complete a project and to publish the findings.
  • Track-record publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Interest in spatial ecology and experience analysing location data.
  • Advanced understanding of statistical and spatial analyses (R, SAS, STATA).
  • Ability and willingness to work productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to speak French is an asset, but is not essential.

How to apply: If interested, please send a CV with contact information (phone, email address) of at least 2 references and a cover letter before Friday June 15th, 2018 to one of the following researchers:

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NEW POSITIONS FOR 2018 – Postdoctoral Fellow positions with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in fisheries genomics in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Positions: Several postdoctoral fellow positions (3-4) are available in the Bradbury Lab at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Halifax, NS). Species of primary interest for the lab include Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Charr, Atlantic Cod, and Common Lumpfish but current projects include other anadromous fish and species of marine invertebrates as well.  The lab’s research is broadly concerned with the application of genomic tools to inform fisheries management and marine conservation.  The lab is increasingly focusing on genomic architecture using high density SNP arrays to better understand the genetic basis of biocomplexity.

Candidates must have a PhD in fisheries science, population genetics, genomics, oceanography or a related field.

Application: Please email Ian Bradbury (ibradbur@me.com) with (1) a letter describing your interests in this position and your previous research experience, and (2) a recent CV. Formal applications must be submitted through the Fisheries and Oceans Postdoctoral Research Program. Review of will applications begin right away with several positions available immediately, and will continue throughout 2018.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology The Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (weel.gitlab.io) is looking to recruit a collegial post-doctoral fellow (PDF) for two years, pending renewal at one year. The position has a competitive salary and benefits. The PDF will join a collaborative and productive research group where we test notions related to habitat selection, social behavior, and predator-prey dynamics in a range of taxa.

Applicants should be critical thinkers with an interest in advancing research questions. They should have a track-record for publishing their research in reputable journals, be capable programmers, and effective science writers. Some specific tasks will benefit from an advanced understanding of resource selection, movement ecology, and predator-prey dynamics. There is a preference for applicants who have worked with iSSAs, engaged in network ecology (social or otherwise), conducted GIS in R, and are familiar with GitLab.

The position will accord a fair amount of academic freedom, with an emphasis on generating reproducible primary science. The position will also provide access to current datasets within the lab, and opportunities to collaborate with graduate students and lead team projects. There will be an emphasis on training and creating opportunities for advancement, which will include mentoring students (e.g., honors and/or MSc students), participating in proposal writing, and managing research projects.

Memorial hosts a diverse and engaging group of scientists studying ecology and evolution in the departments of Biology, the Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology program (Psychology), Geography, and Ocean Sciences. Departmental and inter-departmental events include regular discussions, workshops, and seminars from invited speakers. These intra-and inter-lab events encourage an important cross-fertilization of emerging ideas in ecology and evolution and exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Competitive applicants are encouraged to contact post-docs and senior PhDs in the WEEL group to obtain an informed opinion of the potential provided by this position and environment.

Please email your application to me (eric.vanderwal@mun.ca). I would appreciate if the application was a single *.pdf document. Please include a cover letter outlining your background, aspirations, and interests; a current CV including the names of three references; and two publications for which you are most proud.

Some flexibility in start date is available for the ideal candidate. Position will remain open until filled.

Thank you in advance.

~Eric

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Postdoctoral Researcher in global change and plant community ecology in Finland/Germany

University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. The following job is open in the University of Oulu, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, and is in cooperation with Physiological Diversity Department, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Location of work will be at least partly in Leipzig, Germany (this can be negotiated).

Brief description of the project/position:

We seek a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher to work with an international researcher team in a project funded by Academy of Finland (“Biotic modulators of plant community resistance and resilience to multiple global changes”). The postdoctoral researcher will be working with a range of questions and data sets related (but not limited) to interactions among herbivory, plant competition, climate change and nutrient enrichment, and how these interact to impact plant community composition and diversity, flowering phenology and/or ecosystem functioning. The research is based on experimental approaches in different ecosystems (grasslands, tundra). Successful applicant will be based at least partly in Leipzig, Germany, and will be doing field work both in Germany and Finland, possibly also in other countries. We are particularly interested in applicants with strong experimental background, field work experience, expertise in plant traits, plant-herbivore interactions, and/or climate and global change ecology. Excellent writing and communication skills, strong statistical skills, ability to work in an international team and mobility (willingness to travel in several countries) are requirements for this position.

Essential qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in ecology or in a similar field
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Willingness to be mobile
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated experimental, statistical and writing skills to independently carry out field experiments, analyze data and write publications

Desirable qualifications:

  • Good communication skills in an international team
  • Creative and independent scientific thinking
  • Good statistical modelling skills with R
  • Good knowledge of global change ecology, plant-herbivore interactions and/or plant traits

The position is currently funded for two years. The salary will be based on the levels 5 – 6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The total salary for these levels (before tax) currently ranges from about 3300 – 3700 Euros/month for full-time employment, depending on qualifications and performance.

Apply online latest on Sunday 31.05.2018 at 24:00 (Finnish local time). Please include the following attachments in your application: Cover letter (describing experience relevant to this position, research interests, general career goals, motivation and why this position is of interest to you), Curriculum Vitae, list of publications, and contact information for three references.

The position is filled as of 1.8.2018 or as soon as possible (the start date is flexible in order to accommodate the best applicants, and could also start earlier). A trial period of 6 months is applied to the position.

Further details are available from Dr. Anu Eskelinen (anu.eskelinen(at)idiv.de) who is the PI of the project. Please also see the following web page: https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=38880.

To apply for the job: https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/application_edit_welcome.html?field_id=0&job_name=Postdoctoral+Researcher+in+global+change+and+plant+community+ecology+in+Finland%2FGermany&job_id=5574&jc=1&lang=en&place_id=44&did=5600

Link to the job announcement: https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=1&id=00005574&lang=en

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Algoma University

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship – Plant and Soil Ecology

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Summary:

The Plant and Soil Ecology Lab (Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada) is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral fellow available starting in January 2019. Research will focus on the temporal dynamics of plant-soil biotic interactions with an emphasis on exotic plant invasions.

The postdoc should have:

  • a Ph.D. in soil microbial ecology;
  • a strong background in experimental design and statistics;
  • knowledge of meta-analysis;
  • experience in setting up greenhouse and/or field experiments;
  • expertise in molecular techniques;
  • excellent oral communication skills and a strong publication record;
  • the capacity to work independently and in a team.

The lab is located on campus in the Biosciences and Technology Convergence Centre. In addition to excellent plant growth facilities, the lab is fully equipped for PCR-based techniques and traditional microbiology. Exceptional greenhouse facilities and a long-term field research site are available through the Ontario Forestry Research Institute located only 10 minutes away.

Funding is available for one year possibly renewable for a five-year period (pending funding and a positive evaluation). Salary: $50,000, which includes benefits.

Please submit your application by email (cover letter and CV) including the names of three referees and sent to Dr. Pedro M. Antunes before June 15th, 2018.

About Algoma University

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma University’s campus is situated at the center of the Great Lakes bordering Michigan, USA. The surrounding nature is absolutely stunning and the city offers a welcoming, peaceful and active living environment to its residents. Due to its smaller size, the University prides itself on its unique ability to offer students an individualized and personalized education, including opportunities for one-on-one time with its knowledgeable and caring faculty and staff.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  Algoma University encourages applications from all qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

E-mail: pedro.antunes@algomau.ca   Website: http://people.auc.ca/antunes

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Two postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Ecology: Biodiversity and stability in spatial ecological systems

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, based at the CNRS- Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station in Moulis, France (http://www.cbtm-moulis.com). The Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling aims to foster and perform innovative theoretical research into the ecological and societal causes and consequences of biodiversity changes.

The two positions are open within the BIOSTASES (BIOdiversity, STAbility and sustainability in Spatial Ecological and social-ecological Systems) project led by Michel Loreau and funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant (http://www.cbtm-moulis.com/m-214- biostases.html).

  • Postdoctoral fellow 1 is expected to develop novel theory on the diversity and stability of spatially distributed food webs.
  • Postdoctoral fellow 2 is expected to test some of our theoretical predictions on the relationship between biodiversity and stability in ecological systems using meta- analyses.

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

(1) have a PhD in ecology, mathematics or a related field; (2) have strong mathematical or quantitative skills;
(3) be creative and independent;
(4) have a good publication record. 

The positions are available for a period of two years starting during the second half of 2018, preferably in August or September. Salary is in the range €30,300–42,100 per year depending on experience. Review of applications will begin on May 3rd, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. 

To apply, e-mail to Michel Loreau via Dalila Booth dalila.booth@sete.cnrs.fr

  • a letter of application,
  • a CV,
  • a statement of research interests,
  • and the names and email addresses of three references.
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Postdoctoral fellowship in statistical ecology – Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

The Forest Research Institute (IRF) at UQAT and the Center for Forest Research (CEF) are hiring a postdoctoral fellow in statistical ecology. This full-time position is divided equally between independent research and statistical consulting activities.

Candidates may propose their own research project based on the analysis of existing datasets, or join one of the following ongoing projects:

  • Developing a multi-model framework to forecast the progression of spruce budworm epidemics;
  • Spatial analysis of interspecific interactions in research plots covering a series of successional stages in the mixed boreal forest.

In the consulting role, the postdoctoral fellow will support CEF graduate students and researchers on statistical aspects of their project, such as sampling designs, choice of statistical methods and computational tools. The fellow may also prepare and teach short workshops on statistical methods or statistical programming in R.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science or a related field.
  • Strong expertise in statistics applied to environmental science research, including sampling design; data processing, analysis and visualization; and R programming.
  • Teaching or consulting experience related to statistics, and experience analyzing geospatial data, would be assets.

Note that the instructional language at UQAT is French, and working proficiency in French is required for the consulting role.

Annual salary: 45 000$

Duration: A one year contract, with possibility of renewal, starting in the summer of 2018.

Location: The Forest Research Institute at UQAT (http://www.uqat.ca/recherche/foret/) offers a dynamic and highly collaborative research environment. The UQAT campus is located in the city of Rouyn-Noranda, which offers various cultural events (film, music festivals) and outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, skiing) contributing to its quality of life.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and relevant experience related to this position, your curriculum vitae, as well as the contact information for two references, to Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca). Review of applications will begin April 30th, 2018 and continue until the position has been filled.

 

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Postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph, starting summer or fall 2018. Salary is $50,000 per year, for up to two years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record, who work on issues ranging from, but not restricted to, agro-ecosystem ecology, climate change modelling, spatial ecology, diversity-function relationships and ecosystem services, and/or biostatistics. The successful applicant will be expected to be organized, work collaboratively in the lab and field, to lead their own research projects, have strong analytical capabilities, and be willing and able to mentor and support other lab members. The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada [asm@uoguelph.ca]. There is no formal application deadline; applications will be received until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.

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