Post-doctoral position available in animal ecology – space use, Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

As part of the research program Caribou Ungava (www.caribou-ungava.ulaval.ca), we are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in continuing a project on space use by migratory caribou.

Migratory caribou perform annual spring and fall migrations in Nunavik representing more than 1000 km. The large herds of migratory caribou in northern Quebec and Labrador have sharply declined in recent years and the causes of decline are still not well understood. Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance may decrease habitat quality for migratory caribou during migration. This project aims at better understanding the factors involved in habitat selection of migratory caribou during migration. Using GPS locations on >500 migratory caribou over 10 years we will define migratory corridors and assess their variation through time according to environmental changes. The identification of migratory routes and the factors determining the behavior of caribou is essential to direct conservation efforts towards the most critical habitat.

Director : Steeve Côté (Department of Biology, Laval University)
Co-director: Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate change Canada)
Start date : as soon as possible for a duration of 18 months
Funding : $35 000 to $45 000 annual fellowship depending on experience and social benefits

Required skills :

  • PhD in animal ecology or similar subject;
  • Strong academic and publication records;
  • Rigor, autonomy, written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with spatial analyses

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, a CV, copies of University transcripts and 3 names that could provide a reference to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada
steeve.cote@bio.ulaval.ca; (418) 656-2131 # 403490

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aquatic Ecology at McGill University sponsored by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie (GRIL) 

The GRIL node at McGill University comprises eight aquatic scientists (see list below) that span a broad range of expertise; we are advancing knowledge regarding landscape-scale processes, long-term changes in aquatic structure and function, ecosystem-scale trophic interactions, genomics and molecular ecology, eDNA/eRNA, microbiomes, invasive species, and eco-evolutionary dynamics. We are connected to a larger interuniversity group (GRIL) that has a long-standing history of research excellence (now in its 29th year of continuous funding from the Quebec government).

To advance bold new ideas and to facilitate collaborations within our group, as well as other McGill students & faculty, we are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in Aquatic Ecology. The successful candidate will conduct their own original research in collaboration with at least two GRIL members, and will participate in (or lead) broader group projects that advance collaboration and interaction among members.

Assuming satisfactory performance, the selected postdoctoral fellow will be provided funding for two years, receiving a salary of $44,000/yr. + McGill University benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will also receive a research stipend of at least $6000/yr.

Application requirements: Candidates should submit their CV, a research proposal in Aquatic Ecology (no more than 2 pages in length), three representative publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Candidates should be sure to contact GRIL-McGill members (the list below) with whom they would conduct their research, and to develop their research proposal in consultation with those members. More information can be found on each of the respective PI websites listed below. We will start reviewing applications on April 15, 2019. Please send your applications as a single PDF file (with file name as GRIL_lastname.firstname.pdf) to andrew.hendry@mcgill.ca

GRIL-McGill members, websites & their areas of expertise:

Rowan Barrett (associate member)                                         
Adaptation, Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics

Elena Bennett
EcosystemServices, Land-Water links, Biogeochemistry

Jeffrey Cardille
Machine learning, Earth Engine, Remote sensing

Melania Cristescu
Metabarcoding, Population Genetics, Invasive Species

Gregor Fussmann                                                                            
Experimental & Community Ecology, Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Irene Gregory-Eaves
Global Change, Anthropocene, Paleoecology

Andrew Hendry
Eco-evolutionary dynamics, Contemporary Evolution

Anthony Ricciardi
Biological Invasions, Animal Ecology, Food Webs

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Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Nitrogen Use Efficiency Physiology of Conifers at the University of Alberta

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating nitrogen use efficiency in white spruce.  The successful candidates will use ecophysiological approaches to identify and characterize determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in this conifer species, and to compare nitrogen use efficiency parameters amongst families.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  This project is part of Spruce Up, a large-scale genomics project funded by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, Genome BC, and Genome Alberta. Depending on the successful candidate’s background and interests, the incumbent may participate in related Spruce Up research activities, such as proteomic identification of proteins important for N remobilization in white spruce.

Successful candidates will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Janice Cooke (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta).  Depending on the scope of the successful candidate’s individual project within the larger project, they will actively collaborate with Dr. R. Glen Uhrig (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Benoit Rivard (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta), Dr. Nathalie Isabel (Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre) and/or Dr. Ingo Ensminger (Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga).

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in plant physiology, ecology, genetics, genomics or related discipline, and cannot have received this PhD prior to 2015.  Candidates with a background in plant physiology and who have strong skills in statistical analyses will be given priority.  Knowledge of nitrogen utilization (uptake, allocation, partitioning, remobilization, metabolism) will also be prioritized.  Experience in conducting plant experiments in growth chamber/greenhouse conditions and in the field is preferable.  The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues from universities, governments and other research organizations is essential.  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately.  As per Department of Biological Sciences policy, the initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon satisfactory performance. The salary range is $45000-$50000 per annum for Year 1, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at http://www.postdoc.ualberta.ca/. Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to janice.cooke@ualberta.ca.

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATIONAL ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON (Y2Y) REGION

SUMMARY: The Y2Y vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. As well providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape conservation”. This applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of use. The results will be used to inform and manage access.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers, conservationists, and partners in the US and Canada to:

  • develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;
  • working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and,
  • develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region (e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components, and where managing recreation differently could advance conservation priorities).

This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and research in non-profit and academic sectors. This may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development. 

QUALIFICATIONSPh.D. in conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial skills. An interest and background in recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research that informs management and conservation. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets outside conservation science, from people who identify as under-represented minorities, and international applications. 

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics, classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets, LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)
  • Publication record (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)
  • Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and multi-tasking

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians
  • Literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Grant writing and working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners
  • Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)

SETTING: Based in either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia (significant time spent at the other location) and travel within the Y2Y region.

START DATE: The appointee will preferably start on or before June 1, 2019.

SALARY: $45,000-50,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience, second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

TO APPLY: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, 1-3 writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca.

CLOSING DATE: Application review will begin February 15, 2019, with interviews anticipated in spring 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

WEB POSTING: www.y2y.net/RecEcolPostdoc

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATIONAL ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON (Y2Y) REGION

SUMMARY: The Y2Y vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. As well providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape conservation”. This applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of use. The results will be used to inform and manage access.

 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers, conservationists, and partners in the US and Canada to:

·        develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;

·        working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and,

·        develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region (e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components, and where managing recreation differently could advance conservation priorities).

 This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and research in non-profit and academic sectors. This may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial skills. An interest and background in recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research that informs management and conservation. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets outside conservation science, from people who identify as under-represented minorities, and international applications.

 Essential skills and experience include:

–         Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics, classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets, LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)

–         Publication record (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)

–         Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and multi-tasking

 Desired skills and experience include:

–         Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians

–         Literature reviews and meta-analyses

–         Grant writing and working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners

–         Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)

SETTING: Based in either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia (significant time spent at the other location) and travel within the Y2Y region.

 START DATE: The appointee will preferably start on or before June 1, 2019.

SALARY: $45,000-50,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience, second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

 TO APPLY: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, 1-3 writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca.

 CLOSING DATE: Application review will begin February 15, 2019, with interviews anticipated in spring 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

 WEB POSTING: www.y2y.net/RecEcolPostdoc

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Postdoctoral researcher: Modeling social-ecological dynamics in recreational fishery landscapes

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to model social-ecological dynamics in recreational fisheries landscapes. This is a unique opportunity for a researcher with strong quantitative skills and broad interests in fisheries, social-ecological dynamics, and/or economics to collaborate with our diverse, NSF-funded team, which includes fisheries scientists and aquatic ecosystem ecologists, resource and environmental economists, and social and sustainability scientists. The researcher will also have access to extensive existing social and ecological data sets including results from new large-scale experiments.

This position will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies with project lead PI Dr. Chris Solomon. There will be extensive collaboration with other project co-PIs and graduate students at Arizona State University (Dr. Marco Janssen), the University of Washington (Dr. Sunny Jardine), Rutgers University (Dr. Olaf Jensen), and the University of Notre Dame (Dr. Stuart Jones), and with partners in governmental and non-governmental organizations. The researcher may also engage with ongoing project field work if desired, although the primary responsibilities will be modeling and synthesis.

The desired start date is around September 2019. The initial appointment will be for 18 months, with possible extension. The Cary Institute offers competitive salary and benefits, a stimulating environment known for excellent postdoctoral mentoring, and proximity to urban and rural amenities. To apply, visit the online posting and submit a single pdf file containing a brief cover letter, names and contact info for three references, and a curriculum vitae. Questions about the position can be directed to Chris Solomon at solomonc@caryinstitute.org. Review of applications will begin 7 January 2019.

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Two postdoctoral positions: Ecosystem ecology of coupled terrestrial-aquatic systems

We seek two postdoctoral researchers to collaborate with us in testing and developing theory around coupled terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems. Successful candidates would pursue research focused on one or more of the following themes:

  • Broad-scale Biogeochemical Modeling – This project uses models and geospatial data to explore how aquatic systems process C, N, and P at regional to continental scales, and to predict how these processes will respond to global change. Applicants to this position should have experience with dynamical modeling and/or geospatial analyses with a preferred focus on biogeochemical processes.
  • Forecasting Lake Carbon Dynamics – This project asks how hydrologic variation at multiple temporal scales influences lake processing, storage, and export of carbon. Data from a network of instrumented watersheds, long-term monitoring, and a nearby National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site provide the foundation for empirical analysis and model testing. Previous experience with forecasting or data assimilation in any research domain is highly desirable for this position, as is experience with lake carbon cycling or limnology.
  • Controls on Food Web Productivity – This project uses existing datasets, including long-term, whole-lake manipulations, to test recently developed theory describing effects of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon and nutrient loads on lake food web productivity. Significant statistical modeling experience is required for this position, and experience modeling lake or stream ecosystem metabolism is especially desirable.

We encourage applicants who have strong quantitative skills, a solid publication record, and who have, or will soon obtain, a Ph.D. in Ecology, Limnology, Geosciences, or related fields. Successful candidates will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY) or the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), and have the opportunity to interact with a vibrant and collaborative research group conducting large-scale experiments and other field campaigns at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC). Both positions are intended to be two years with initial appointment for one year and renewal assuming satisfactory performance. The start date for these positions is flexible.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, feel free to contact Dr. Stuart Jones, (University of Notre Dame; sjones20@nd.edu) or Dr. Chris Solomon (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; solomonc@caryinstitute.org). To apply for a position, submit a curriculum vitae, brief statement of interest, and contact information for three references to sjones20@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2019.

The Cary Institute and University of Notre Dame are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employers. It is the policy of these institutions to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Postdoc: Temperature variation and endangered aquatic species

We are seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to work on temperature variation and extinction risk.  It seems likely that the transient dynamics of small populations far from a stable age or size distribution may interact with autocorrelated environmental variation in ways that could significantly increase the extinction risk. In collaboration with National Research Council Canada (CNRC-NRC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the postdoctoral researcher will examine the impact of autocorrelated temporal variation on the transient dynamics of structured population models of SARA-listed aquatic species. The position will require the analysis of temperature threshold probabilities and autocorrelation in addition to population modelling.

Candidates must hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Ecological modelling, Mathematical Biology, Statistics of Ecological Systems) at the time of appointment and have experience working in a research environment. The anticipated start date is January 2019. This is a one year position with possibility of being renewed for a second year (contingent on funding).  The salary is $42,000 plus health benefits. More information is available at https://uwaterloo.ca/biology/sites/ca.biology/files/uploads/files/postdoc_cuddington_kim.pdf,

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Kim Cuddington via email: kcudding@uwaterloo.ca: 1. A complete CV, 2. A statement on how the applicant can fit the position (max one page), 3. unofficial transcripts, 4. Names and contact information for three referees

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

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Postdoctoral research opportunity, Aquatic Microbial Ecology / Carbon Biogeochemistry

Start date: Winter – Spring 2019

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A postgraduate fellowship is available in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), to carry out research at the interface of aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, associated to the NSERC-funded Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems. The research project will focus on issues related to the assembly and functioning of freshwater aquatic bacterial communities and their links to environmental factors, and will take a whole network approach to reconstruct the taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional microbial successions that occur along the aquatic continuum, from soils to the sea through interconnected rivers and lakes.

The research may also explore the chemical succession that occurs in the molecular structure and reactivity of the dissolved organic carbon pool along this same aquatic continuum, with the ultimate objective of determining the connections and interactions that may exist between these two key components of all aquatic ecosystems. The project may involve highly spatially resolved sampling along the aquatic continuum and across gradients and ecotones, focusing on lakes and rivers in the boreal region of Québec, and will apply a combination of high-throughput sequencing and microarray technologies, metabolic and physiologic measurements of bacterial communities, and advanced analytical approaches to characterize the molecular composition of DOM.

We seek a highly motivated candidate who is ready to embrace a multidisciplinary challenge and to work in a highly collaborative team context. Our students and postdocs are part of a dynamic and culturally and scientifically diverse aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, microbial, plankton and ecosystem ecology. Those interested should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references to Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries for further information are welcome.

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Postdoctoral Positions in Human-Environment Modelling a at the University of Guelph, Canada for 2019

We are seeking 1-2 postdoctoral fellows to join the Global Ecological Change & Sustainability Laboratory directed by Prof. Madhur Anand (manand@uoguelph.ca) at the University of Guelph, starting in 2019 with experience & interest in one or more of the following:

1. Coupled human-ecological modelling (minimum skills needed: dynamical systems mathematical modelling, advanced computer programming for agent-based modelling) applied to agroecological mosaics, forest dynamics and/or other environmental systems (e.g., Henderson et al. 2016, PNAS).
2. Human-environment network analysis & modelling (applied to a variety of terrestrial ecosystems and human social systems including trade networks of food and other resources (e.g., Fair et al. 2017 Scientific Reports).
3. Vegetation dynamics of forest-grassland (not savanna) mosaics of the world, with potential field work in Brazil and/or India (experience in disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, etc. — sample ecosystem found in Silva & Anand (2011) Ecosystems).

Many collaborative opportunities are available. Please send enquiries (with CV) to manand@uoguelph.ca to initiate discussions. Enquiries will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2018 until a suitable candidate is found. post may been deleted on April 1, 2019

Madhur Anand, Professor
Global Ecological Change (GEC) & Sustainability Laboratory
School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
519-824-4120 x56254; manand@uoguelph.ca
Lab Website:  http://www.uoguelph.ca/~manand/Madhur_Anand
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