Post-doctoral Visiting Fellowship Opportunity on Recovery Strategies for Depleted Populations of Pacific Salmon

Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow program


We are seeking a Visiting Fellow to lead a research project on evaluating recovery strategies for depleted populations of Pacific salmon with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The Principal Investigators of the project are Dr. Carrie Holt (PBS), Kendra Holt (IOS) and Ann-Marie Huang (Annacis Island); key collaborators include representation from DFO Science and Fisheries Management: Mike Hawkshaw, Jeff Grout, Sarah Hawkshaw, and Robyn Forrest.


Our goal is to create a framework for developing recovery plans for Pacific salmon that evaluates trade-offs between conservation objectives and other fisheries management objectives. Within Canada, there are approximately 450 Conservation Units (CUs) of Pacific salmon, of which a large proportion have been assessed or are expected to be assessed with poor status below conservation thresholds. However, progress on implementing recovery strategies has been limited by a lack of tools to evaluate management actions. Our specific objectives are to identify management approaches (e.g., target exploitation rates, harvest control rules) to achieve recovery, and develop tools to identify CU-specific management actions. This will include exploring how to achieve targets in the context of multiple mixed-stock fisheries. The successful candidate will develop a simulation model within a Management Strategy Evaluation, MSE, context to evaluate a range of management strategies for achieving recovery and will consider environmental forcing of population dynamics that may impact productivity and confound recovery efforts. The project will work closely with fisheries management to link tool development with priorities for decision-making through a series of meetings and workshops.


Applicants must have completed a PhD in fisheries science or a related discipline within the past five years. Experience using R programming language is essential. Candidates with experience in simulation modelling of population dynamics on marine fish species and evaluating impacts on fisheries and management will be given priority. Successful candidates will have a proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.

LOCATION OF TENURE FLEXIBLE: Pacific Biological Station (PBS), Nanaimo, BC; Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS), Sidney, BC; or Annacis Island, Delta, BC. The west coast of Canada, and Vancouver Island in particular, is well known for its rainforests, beaches, and mountains. It is a destination for kayaking, hiking, surfing, skiing, diving, biking and camping.


This fellowship is available to start October 1, 2017 and will be completed September 31, 2019 with a salary of $62,000 CAD per annum. The Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow program is administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). More details about the program can be found at: All candidates must meet NSERC eligibility requirements


Interested applicants should email: 1) CV; and 2) cover letter outlining the experience and skills they bring to the project to: Carrie Holt,

Short-listed applicants will be invited to develop a full application through the NSERC system. CVs will be accepted until the position is filled.



We seek a quantitative ecologist and modeller to join an NSERC-funded project on avian conservation in managed boreal forests. In partnership with industry and government, our goal is to forecast bird species responses to the landscape changes that occur through forestry activities at local, regional, and national extents. The successful candidate will work with a team of avian ecologists, forest scientists, statisticians and technical staff to forecast the consequences of alternate forest management and conservation plans and identify forest management practices that best support conservation goals. The forecasting tools will be implemented in SpaDES, a new system for spatial simulation in R ( The major component of the work will be designing simulation experiments and ecological indicators to evaluate alternate forest management plans, estimate model forecast error, and design sampling regimes to reduce such errors.


  • Ph.D. in ecology, forestry, environmental sciences, applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, or a related field;
  • High-level programming skills (e.g., R, Python);
  • Experience with statistical modelling;
  • Experience with spatial simulation modelling;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, in English.
  • Experience with any of the following are valuable assets: forest management planning methods and tools; conservation planning methodologies; wildlife-habitat or species distribution modelling; GIS; Remote Sensed data; workflow automation tools; French.

The direct supervisors will be Eliot McIntire (Pacific Forestry Centre, expertise in applied ecology, conservation and ecological forecasting) and Steven Cumming (Université Laval, expertise in forest landscape dynamics, avian habitat modelling, and spatial simulation). Additional collaborators include Erin Bayne (University of Alberta), Fréderic Raulier (Laval), and Marcel Darveau (Laval), post-doctoral fellows and graduate students across Canada, and government research scientists. The successful candidate will be team member of the Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM), a long term research program in the ecology and dynamics of avian populations and their habitats in the boreal forest of North America (see

Location of tenure: The position will be located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at the Pacific Forestry Centre, with travel to Quebec City (Université Laval) and/or Edmonton (University of Alberta) to work with collaborators. No field work is required.

Start date, duration, & compensation: The position will start as soon as possible. The duration is one year, renewable once based on performance. The annual salary is $53,161 Cdn plus benefits.

To Apply: Please provide a letter of interest, your CV, and an example of your writing skills in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript. Your letter should indicate how you meet each of the criteria, and state when you are able to start and when you can relocate to British Columbia. We will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, but will begin reviewing as soon as the first is received. Send application packages to:

Nicole Barker, BAM Coordinating Scientist,

Postdoctoral Researcher Position, Molecular Biology/Developmental Genetics. Application deadline: May 15, 2017.

Maddin Lab
Vertebrate Paleontology & Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University


The Maddin Lab is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team of students and researchers. The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research projects related to the evolutionary development of amphibians (e.g., brain developmental genetics, brain-skull interactions, fate mapping and genetics of cranial origins, etc.). The successful candidate may additionally have an opportunity to initiate new projects complementary to our research.

Start date and term

Start September 1st, 2017. One year position, with possible extension pending funding.


  • A PhD in Molecular Biology, Development, Genetics or related discipline
  • Experience with standard experimental techniques in Molecular Biology
  • Experience designing and conducting experimental procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication (both oral and written)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with researchers and students
  • Established record of scholarly dissemination (peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, etc.)
  • Experience working with amphibian models will be considered an asset


Salary and benefits consistent with Carleton University policy and dependent on experience.

To apply

Please send a 1) cover letter outlining key experimental qualifications, research interests and experiences, 2) a CV including publications, awards, lab experience, conference participation, and 3) contact info for three references to by May 15th.

Post­doctoral Research Opportunity – Modelling Atlantic Salmon Life Histories

A two-year postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to model the life history of Atlantic salmon. The research will be undertaken under the supervision of Jeffrey Hutchings in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Confirmed funding sources for the project include the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation ( and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (

The over-arching goal of the project is to construct a stochastic, dynamic model that can be used to address fundamental questions pertaining to population viability of Atlantic salmon. The work will involve, but not be limited to, analyses of per capita population growth, life-history elasticity, model sensitivity, and patterns of density dependence (including Allee effects) at different spatio-temporal scales. The model parameters will be based on a review, undertaken by the successful applicant, of data throughout the geographic range of the species, updating one undertaken in 1998.

Applicants will hold a PhD and have demonstrated expertise in modelling animal population dynamics. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, to collaborate effectively with academic and government scientists, to collate and analyse large data sets, and to be competent in statistical modelling.

Salary: $50,000 CAD per annum. Funding for the postdoctoral position has been secured for two years.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin 15 April 2017. The anticipated start date is 15 May 2017 or shortly thereafter.

Address application materials to (+1 902 494 2687) to whom any questions can also be addressed.