Postdoctoral position: Climate change, fire behavior, plant physiology

The Physiological Ecology Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (PI Sean Michaletz; www.michaletzlab.org) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study fire behavior and its effects on plant physiology and forest dynamics.

The postdoc will help develop, test, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances.  This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model.  The modeling framework will be tested and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA.  The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team (bit.ly/2DBhPQc) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA.  The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE).  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine mathematical models with data to study links between climate change, disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and forest ecosystem processes.

Funding is available for at least 3 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is February 2020 but may be flexible.  Information on benefits is available at https://goo.gl/PDZX5p.  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

Required skills include experience combining process-based models with field data in an Earth system, geoscience, or ecophysiology context.  Desired skills include experience with field work, knowledge of fire ecology, hydrology, and plant physiology, domain modeling and code development using programming languages such as Fortran or C++, high performance and parallel computing, and numerical simulation models (computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, ecohydrology, forest dynamics).  Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or obtained within the last five years.  The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the project also requires willingness to work on a team.

To apply, please send a CV, a one page statement explaining why the position best matches your career goals, a recent publication, and names and contact information for three references to Sean Michaletz at sean.michaletz@ubc.ca.  The application deadline is January 1st 2020, but review will begin when applications are received and continue until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact Sean Michaletz at any time with questions or to discuss projects.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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Postdoctoral fellow – Practical and advanced models to understand, predict, manage and preserve biodiversity in an era of global change

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to advance the development and applications of a new generation of biodiversity forecasting models. We aim at combining biodiversity, spatial ecology, and climate change sciences with advanced statistics to develop biodiversity predictors based on complex spatial and temporal variation of landscapes and climate.  The overall goal is to improve our knowledge and projections for biodiversity changes that are applicable to local, large and global scales. The position will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and the research offers an outstanding opportunity for collaborating with our large network of national and international organizations including academic institutions, government agencies and stakeholders.  The fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Studies and be considered to become a fellow of the NSERC-CREATE training program in Computational Biodiversity Science and Services.

Inquiries should be send to: pedro.peres-neto@concordia.ca and/or jp.lessard@concordia.ca

Pedro R. Peres-Neto
Professor & Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity
Department of Biology
Concordia University

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Postdoc opportunity: agent-based modelling of caribou responses to forest management (Guelph/Ottawa/Hearst Ontario)

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a collaborative applied ecological modelling project with John Fryxell (University of Guelph, https://www.fryxell-lab.com ), Josie Hughes (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada, https://jshughes.org ), and Hearst Forest Management Ltd. Assess the implications of forest management plans for boreal caribou using agent-based movement and spatial population viability models.

Start date: negotiable
Deadline: open until filled
Duration: 2 years
Salary: 60,000$ per year

Location: University of Guelph or National Wildlife Research Centre (Ottawa) & Hearst, Ontario.
Eligibility: PhD must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project start date. Not restricted to Canadians.

More information: http://bit.ly/hearstCaribou

To apply, please send your CV and statement of interest to josie.hughes@canada.ca.

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Postdoctoral Fellow position available in invasion ecology with Drs. Hugh MacIsaac and Sarah Bailey. We seek candidates for a position to address risk assessment associated with colonization pressure in aquatic invasion ecology. The successful applicant will review pertinent literature, assess risk associated with mock zooplankton communities in experimental mesocosms, and model relative risk associated with colonization pressure and propagule pressure in ballast water communities. Appointment is initially available for one year, with renewal contingent on funding.

Applicants must possess a PhD in plankton ecology and/or invasion ecology, a strong publication record, and strong quantitative and verbal skills.  Experience working with large data sets, and on collaborative projects with multiple stakeholders is beneficial.

The position is based primarily at GLIER with Hugh MacIsaac, though some work and analyses will occur with Sarah Bailey at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Burlington, Ontario.

Applications should include a cover letter, c.v., statement of research interests, and the names of two references. Application materials should be directed to Dr. Hugh MacIsaac at aquaticexplorer@yahoo.com.

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Postdoctoral opportunities to study gene regulatory networks and climate change resilient plants at the University of Manitoba

The Wilkins Lab is looking to hire at least one postdoctoral researcher to join the lab in 2020 (January, May, September). We study the evolution and diversification of gene regulatory networks in agricultural crops and forest trees. Our goal is to characterize the modes of resilience that will allow plants to grow well in future climate conditions. Achieving these goals will require interdisciplinary work that combines wet and dry lab analyses, and large unbiased and small targeted experiments.  Our work is principally in rice, canola and hybrid poplar. In the lab we use functional genomic assays to discover, validate, and manipulate regulatory interactions in plants.

There are multiple projects available in the lab related to the discovery of molecular and physiological mechanisms of drought response in controlled and field conditions and related to high temperature stress response and the circadian clock. There are also several large data sets that we have recently generated which are available for immediate analysis.

I am looking for postdoctoral researchers who are eager to work across disciplines (molecular stress physiology, evolutionary and computational biology) and who are interested in the fundamental biology of gene regulation and in applying discovery to application to agriculture and forestry. I am seeking students who are eager to work in productive and respectful environment, and who look forward to actively participating in lab life (journal clubs, mentoring, troubleshooting, fun, etc.).

I am a co-principal investigator on the Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability NSERC CREATE grant (gefses.com) and all lab members would be eligible to participate in this program.

To apply, please email me (olivia.wilkins@umanitoba.caa CV, cover letter, and contact info for two references. Applications will be read until the positions are filled. In your cover letter please include a statement that describes your interests in our lab and research project, as well as your general career goals. I am accepting students for January, May, and September 2020.

About the lab: oliviawilkinslab.com

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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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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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