POSTDOCTORAL POSITION in Pollination and Biodiversity, Simon Fraser University

With Elizabeth Elle and Leithen M’Gonigle, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate with us on analyzing existing (and possibly new) data on plant-pollinator interactions in both natural landscapes and agroecosystems. There is substantial freedom for motivated individuals to design the direction of the work, depending on skills and interests.

Individuals with experience researching pollination and/or with strong skills in some combination of modeling, spatial analysis, and/or interaction network analysis, are encouraged to apply. Taxonomic knowledge of both pollinators and plants is a plus. The successful applicant will primarily collaborate on analysis and publication using existing datasets, but collection of new data (especially to fill gaps) is possible. The position is expected to be available for two years.

Simon Fraser University is in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Department of Biological Sciences has research strength in ecology and evolution to provide an intellectual home for the successful candidate (http://www.biology.sfu.ca/)

To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by email to Elizabeth Elle [elizabeth_elle@sfu.ca] and Leithen M’Gonigle [lmgonigl@sfu.ca]. Review of applications will begin in August and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is anticipated to be ~ January 2019. Salary and benefits will be competitive with NSERC postdoctoral fellowships.

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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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