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 ( 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 ( 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

  • a letter of application,
  • a CV,
  • a statement of research interests,
  • and the names and email addresses of three references.

Postdoctoral fellowship in statistical ecology – Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

The Forest Research Institute (IRF) at UQAT and the Center for Forest Research (CEF) are hiring a postdoctoral fellow in statistical ecology. This full-time position is divided equally between independent research and statistical consulting activities.

Candidates may propose their own research project based on the analysis of existing datasets, or join one of the following ongoing projects:

  • Developing a multi-model framework to forecast the progression of spruce budworm epidemics;
  • Spatial analysis of interspecific interactions in research plots covering a series of successional stages in the mixed boreal forest.

In the consulting role, the postdoctoral fellow will support CEF graduate students and researchers on statistical aspects of their project, such as sampling designs, choice of statistical methods and computational tools. The fellow may also prepare and teach short workshops on statistical methods or statistical programming in R.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science or a related field.
  • Strong expertise in statistics applied to environmental science research, including sampling design; data processing, analysis and visualization; and R programming.
  • Teaching or consulting experience related to statistics, and experience analyzing geospatial data, would be assets.

Note that the instructional language at UQAT is French, and working proficiency in French is required for the consulting role.

Annual salary: 45 000$

Duration: A one year contract, with possibility of renewal, starting in the summer of 2018.

Location: The Forest Research Institute at UQAT ( offers a dynamic and highly collaborative research environment. The UQAT campus is located in the city of Rouyn-Noranda, which offers various cultural events (film, music festivals) and outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, skiing) contributing to its quality of life.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and relevant experience related to this position, your curriculum vitae, as well as the contact information for two references, to Philippe Marchand ( Review of applications will begin April 30th, 2018 and continue until the position has been filled.



Postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph, starting summer or fall 2018. Salary is $50,000 per year, for up to two years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record, who work on issues ranging from, but not restricted to, agro-ecosystem ecology, climate change modelling, spatial ecology, diversity-function relationships and ecosystem services, and/or biostatistics. The successful applicant will be expected to be organized, work collaboratively in the lab and field, to lead their own research projects, have strong analytical capabilities, and be willing and able to mentor and support other lab members. The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada []. There is no formal application deadline; applications will be received until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.