Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University

Concordia University in Montreal, Canada is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships valued at $47,500 per year (plus benefits) for each of two years, in the following discipline:

Research program title: The gene to ecosystem consequences of fisheries-induced evolution on sustainable fisheries
Supervisor(s): Dr. Dylan Fraser

Dr. Pedro Peres-Neto

Reference Number: 4000
Program description: We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to advance knowledge of the genomic consequences of fisheries-induced evolution for fish and fisheries. This is an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experimentally-replicated depletion of natural populations of a socio-economically important fish (brook trout) in closed ecosystems where the species is invasive and the target of removal efforts, in exceptionally pristine places (Rocky mountain alpine lakes). The position will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and the research offers an outstanding opportunity for training in applied genomics and fisheries science and is affiliated with an NSERC Strategic Project between three universities (Concordia University, UQAM, Calgary), Parks Canada, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Fisheries & Oceans Canada.
Academic qualifications required: A PhD in population, evolutionary and/or conservation genomics. Applicants should be team-oriented and autonomous, and have a strong publication record and demonstrable quantitative skills (e.g. R stats, bioinformatics); experience with GWAS is an asset.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy

Timeline and Application Process:

Application deadline:              open until the position is filled but no later than April 1, 2018

Fellowship start date:             no later than July 1, 2018

Submission process:

Application checklist:

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to: Cynthia Raso at (Horizon.Postdocs@concordia.ca)

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

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Postdoctoral Position in Marine Genomics Dalhousie University

Support is available for a postdoctoral position at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for research on the genomics of commercially exploited marine fishes. The successful candidate will have a background in bioinformatics and genomics, including genome assembly, and will be co-supervised by Paul Bentzen (paul.bentzen@dal.ca) and Daniel Ruzzante (daniel.ruzzante@dal.ca; http://ruzzante.ca ). The project will involve collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO).

The position is available for 2 years, starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The successful candidate will hired for one year, renewable for the second year pending satisfactory performance. Applicants please send a statement of research interests, CV, copies of up to 4 publications and the names and e-mail addresses of two people willing to act as academic references to: Daniel Ruzzante (daniel.ruzzante@dal.ca) and Paul Bentzen (paul.bentzen@dal.ca). Review of applications will start December 1.

Informal inquiries are welcome.

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Post-Doctoral Position in Plant Defence Evolution – University of Toronto at Mississauga (with Prof. Marc Johnson)

Prof. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org) is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Plant Defence Evolution against herbivores and pathogens at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The successful candidate will examine the mechanisms and evolutionary processes affecting adaptive and non-adaptive evolution of plant chemical and non-chemical defences. The specific topic of research will depend on the successful candidate’s interests, but could for example include the population genomics of defence, macroevolution evolution of defence, the effects of sexual reproduction on defence, and more. The Johnson lab uses many natural and agricultural systems to study plant defence evolution (Arabidopsis, Oenothera, Trifolium, Glycine, Brassica, etc.), and there is opportunity to use these systems or to develop a new system, depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to integrate experiments, population genomics, evolutionary genetics, plant chemistry, and modeling approaches. This project is ideally suited to individuals seeking to perform productive cutting-edge research while building collaborations across traditional disciplines. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in plant evolutionary biology or the evolution of plant-animal interactions; previous work in plant defence evolution specifically is an asset but not a requirement.

To learn more about the Johnson Lab’s research on plant defence evolution please visit www.evoeco.org or see:

Anstett et al. 2016. Can genetically based clines in plant defence explain greater herbivory at higher latitudes? Ecology Letters 18:1376-1386.

Thompson, K. A., and M. T. J. Johnson. 2016. Antiherbivore defenses and natural selection on floral traits. Evolution 70:796-810.

Hollister et al. 2015. Recurrent loss of sex is associated with accumulation of deleterious mutations in Oenothera. Mol Biol Evol 32:896-905.

Johnson et al. 2015. Coevolution Between Plant Reproduction and Defense Against Herbivores. AREES 46:191-213.

Johnson et al. 2014. Macroevolution of plant defenses against herbivores in the evening primroses. New Phytologist 203:267-279.

Agrawal et al. 2012. Insect herbivores drive real-time ecological and evolutionary change in plant populations. Science 338:113-116.

Johnson et al. 2009. Plant sex and the evolution of plant defenses against herbivores. PNAS 106:18079–18084.

In addition to being a part of the EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org), the post-doctoral researcher will be a member of the Department of Biology (http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca).

The UTM campus has excellent facilities for plant-insect research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), housing, and 225 acres of fields, forests, many trails and a wild salmon/trout river for recreation. Toronto and Mississauga are world-class cities that are interconnected and culturally diverse. They boast an abundance of restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Starting salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Sept. 1, 2018

Duration: 1- 3 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence Dec. 6. Please send applications to marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) CV, iii) PDFs of top three publications, and iv) contact information for three references.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. The position will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Contact information:

Marc T. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Urban Environments (CUE)
Associate Professor
Depts. of Biology & EEB
University of Toronto – Mississauga
marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

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Post-Doctoral Researcher position, University of Toronto – Mississauga

Prof. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab (www.evoeco.org) is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Urban Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The successful candidate will examine how urbanization influences adaptive and non-adaptive evolution in plants or plant-animal interactions. We presently use several systems to study urban evolution (Trifolium repensImpatiens capensisBrassica rapa) and there is opportunity to use these systems or to develop a new system, depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise. The post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to integrate experiments, genomic and modeling approaches. This project is ideally suited to individuals seeking to perform productive cutting-edge research while connecting with a global network of collaborators and the public. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in plant evolutionary biology or plant-animal interactions; previous work in urban systems is not a requirement.

To learn more about the Johnson Lab’s research on urban evolutionary ecology please see:

Johnson, M. T. J., and J. Munshi-South. 2017. The evolution of life in urban environments. Science 358: DOI: 10.1126/science.aam1832.

Thompson, K. A., M. Renaudin, and M. T. J. Johnson. 2016. Urbanization drives the evolution of parallel clines in plant populations. Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. B 283:20162180.

Johnson, M. T. J., K. A. Thompson, and H. S. Saini. 2015. Plant evolution in the urban jungle. Am. J. Bot. 102:1951-1953.

In addition to being a part of the EvoEco Lab, the post-doctoral researcher will be a member of the new Centre for Urban Environments (www.urbanenvironment.ca),  the Department of Biology (http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology), and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca).

The UTM campus has excellent facilities for research (wet and dry lab infrastructure, growth chambers, greenhouses), housing, and 225 acres of fields, forests, many trails and a wild salmon/trout river for recreation. Toronto and Mississauga are world-class cities that are interconnected and culturally diverse. They boast an abundance of restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (theatres, sports, bars, clubs), and an abundance of parks and water.

Starting salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits

Start date: Flexible, but preferably before Sept. 1, 2018

Duration: 1- 3 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence Dec. 6. Please send applications to marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) CV, iii) PDFs of top three publications, and iv) contact information for three references.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work. The position will will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Marc T. J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Urban Environments (CUE)
Associate Professor
Depts. of Biology & EEB
University of Toronto – Mississauga
marc.johnson@utoronto.ca

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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity , Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Parental Selection and Assessing the Potential Impacts of Elite Breeding in White Spruce

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student to test the hypothesis that gene expression of gibberellic acid in white spruce (Picea glauca) seedlings can be used as an indicator of trees with superior growth characteristics. Faster growing parents will be selected based on growth data and physiological markers for gibberellic acid and gene expression based on greenhouse trials. With identification of elite parents, an advanced breeding strategy will be designed and implemented using tools such as a differential evolution algorithm developed from animal breeding.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forest genetics or related field, and familiarity with ecophysiology.
  • An advanced understanding of tree breeding strategies.
  • Experience in field work and tree breeding.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000/year, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 3.5 years (PhD) with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

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PhD/PDF Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Understanding Patterns and Mechanisms Driving Clone Size and Gender Performance in Trembling Aspen in Alberta

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student who is interested in genetics, ecology, ecophysiology and their interaction on the landscape. The goal of this project is to describe the patterns of aspen (Populus tremuloides) clone size and gender distribution in active aspen forest management regions in Alberta, while also using genetic markers to understand recent declines in aspen health due to drought.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forestry, ecology, genetics or related field.
  • A strong background in quantitative genetics, and/or plant ecophysiology.
  • A GPA >3.5 and evidence of success.
  • Familiarity with an IRGA or other ecophysiology equipment.
  • Experience in field work.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000 /year for PhDs, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 2 or 3 years, with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Immediate/Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas (bthomas@ualberta.ca and cc Morgan Randall mrandall@ualberta.ca) the following information:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.

 

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Postdoctoral Associate in Marine Microbial Ecology

We are seeking two or three post-docs to join an interdisciplinary lab working at the intersection of plankton ecology and the consequences of climate change. We have several active projects including work on marine microbial biogeography and bioinformatic analysis of eukaryotic (protist) transcriptomes. The position is located at Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, Canada). We have strong collaborative relationships with colleagues at MIT and other US universities. Funding is provided by the Simons Foundation and NSERC Canada.

We are seeking independent, creative researchers with a keen interest in developing new computational skills. Your primary focus will likely be in one of statistical modelling, time-series analysis, or bioinformatics.

You should have a PhD with research experience in one or more of statistics, oceanography, or marine ecology. Strong computing skills with experience with R and Bayesian statistical modeling tools would be an asset. Your application should include a c.v., contact information for three referees, and a brief description of your research experience, interests and goals. Send your inquiries or application as a pdf to Andrew Irwin, airwin@mta.ca. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

For more information about the lab go to mmab.ca.

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