GRADUATE STUDENT POSITIONS – DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Toronto is currently recruiting graduate students to begin in May 2019, Sept. 2019, or Jan. 2020. We will be accepting domestic and international PhD students, and domestic MSc students. PhD students starting with a BSc have guaranteed funding for 5 years, including a tuition waiver.

Our graduate students conduct research in both field and lab settings on a variety of organisms, and using a variety of approaches including genomics, bioinformatics, experimentation, modelling and theory. Our department has outstanding faculty with research strengths in several areas including:

  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Population, community, and landscape ecology, including global change ecology
  • Mating systems and life history evolution
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Paleobiology
  • Disease ecology and evolution

Interested students should consult the full list of EEB faculty and research topics to identify a prospective supervisor(s):
http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/research/areas.htm

Application Instructions: Prospective applicants should first contact one or more potential faculty advisors (or co-advisors) and consult the additional application details about EEB admissions on the departmental website:
http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/grad/prosp.htm

If one or more professors indicate that they may be willing to support them and their research, applicants should complete the School of Graduate Studies’ online application.

EEB’s graduate students actively engage in all aspects of our community of scholars, including reading/discussion groups, seminars, professional development workshops (e.g., R/Python coding, writing and scientific communication, academic soft skills, career options) and social events (e.g., Darwin Day celebrations, Atwood Colloquium, New Student Welcome and retreat to our field station at the Koffler Scientific Reserve, celebratory Grad Student Appreciation dinner).

The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution in Canada and the world, and our department has with over 60 faculty members, located on three campuses, specializing in ecology and evolution. EEB enjoys strong links with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Global Change Science, and the School of the Environment. The EEB-affiliated Koffler Scientific Reserve field station is dedicated to ecological and evolutionary research (www.ksr.utoronto.ca). EEB also partners with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for access to lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (www.harkness.ca) and to long-term data sets. Genomics is supported by several high-performance computing resources including SciNet (www.scinethpc.ca), bioinformaticians, as well as staff in the Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function.

Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to live and study.

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.

GRADUATE POSITIONS IN INVASION ECOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Peter M. Kotanen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga

 I am looking for new Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to start work in 2019. My lab studies the ecology of plants and their natural enemies (herbivores and pathogens) in Ontario and elsewhere. Recent work has centred on the effects of insects and soil pathogens on non-native species, and whether damage depends on latitude, population isolation, and other factors. I’m also planning new projects studying factors setting northern range limits of invaders, and investigating herbivore tolerance of invasive species. Information on our research can be found at my home page: www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota.

We are a thriving department at a leading research institution, with excellent resources and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. All graduate students are guaranteed a stable minimum income, currently $26,750 from a variety of sources, which provides for tuition (ca. $8500) and living expenses ($18,250). Additional support is available for research and conference travel. Information on application procedures and our tri-campus graduate program can be found at our grad student website, http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/grad.htm. This year, we are inviting applications for Canadian M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates and a limited number of foreign Ph.D. positions. Application are now open, and we will begin to review them in January 2019 for start dates in the summer or fall of 2019. Interested students should first contact me via e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca.

Some recent publications: 

  • Nunes & Kotanen (2018) Does local isolation allow an invasive thistle to escape enemy pressure? Oecologia 188: 139-147.
  • Nunes & Kotanen (2018) Comparative impacts of aboveground and belowground enemies on an invasive thistle. Ecology and Evolution 8: 1430-1440.
  • Fitzpatrick, Gehant, Kotanen, & Johnson (2017) Phylogenetic relatedness, phenotypic similarity, and plant-soil feedbacks. Journal of Ecology 105: 786-800.
  • Anstett, Nunes, Baskett, & Kotanen (2016) Sources of controversy surrounding latitudinal patterns in herbivory and defence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10: 789-802.
  • Kambo & Kotanen (2014) Latitudinal trends in herbivory and performance of an invasive species, common burdock (Arctium minus). Biological Invasions 16: 101-112.

Peter M. Kotanen
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6 CANADA
e-mail: peter.kotanen@utoronto.ca
www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota

[This notice may be downloaded at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3pkota/students_wanted_2018.pdf]

Graduate position – Ecology and Evolution of Host-parasite Interactions

A graduate research position (PhD) is available in Dr. Lien Luong’s research group (https://grad.biology.ualberta.ca/luong/) at the University of Alberta. Students interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases and/or parasite-host interactions are encouraged to apply.

Levels of parasitism vary continuously in nature, with some species shifting along a continuum from benign to pathogenic over ecological and evolutionary time scale. One of our aims is to investigate the ecology and evolution of parasites that express variation in host exploitation strategies, a form of phenotypic plasticity. Facultative parasites present a unique and interesting opportunity for addressing these questions because they regularly shift from free-living to parasitic lifestyles depending on the environmental conditions. The facultative ectoparasitic mite, Macrocheles subbadius feeds and reproduces on highly ephemeral habitats. Mites become parasitic under certain circumstances by attaching to and feeding on Drosophila fruit fly hosts. Our research group also utilizes insect respirometry to investigate the physiological ecology of exposure to and infection by mites and a nematode parasite.

The Department of Biological Sciences at U of A is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse departments of its kind in Canada. We offer research-orientated, thesis-based graduate programs at both the MSc and PhD levels. Study programs are tailored individually to graduate student needs and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking. All students accepted into our MSc program have guaranteed funding for at least 2.3 years and 5 yrs for the PhD program. Teaching training is provided and is mandatory for all students on graduate teaching assistantships. With ~200 graduate students, >65 full-time faculty, excellent support facilities and ample research funding, a vibrant and exciting learning environment is provided. For more information about applying to the graduate program: http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/programs/graduate/prospective/

To apply, please send a brief explanation of your research experience and interests and a copy of your curriculum vitae to lluong@ualberta.ca. For more information, please contact Dr. Lien Luong (lluong@ualberta.ca).

Graduate Students in Flying Squirrel – Adaptive Genomics

A collaborative research program on inter- and intra-specific characterization of adaptive genes to assess adaptive potential under changing environmental and climate models, disease-spectra, and introgression is seeking PhD students with strong quantitative skills. This project is a partnership between academic and provincial government agencies and builds on a multi-year dataset. Students with interest or experience in conservation genomics, molecular ecology, landscape ecology/genetics and/or bioinformatics will be considered.  Specific projects range from assessing the adaptive differences and hybridization between northern and southern flying squirrels, to characterizing the spatial genetic structure and environmental variables influencing populations within these species. Projects will build on neutral genetic markers and existing transcriptome and whole genomes to expand into genome-wide surveys of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) analyses, functional genes and mitogenomics for larger-scale population genomic profiling. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references.

Please submit applications to:

Dr. Paul J. Wilson
Professor of Forensic Science and Conservation Genomics, Biology Department
Trent University DNA Building
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON, K9L 0G2
pawilson@trentu.ca
Website: http://wilsoncrcresearch.ca/

or

Dr. Jeff Bowman
Research Scientist
Wildlife Research & Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Trent University DNA Building
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON, K9L 0G2
jeff.bowman@ontario.ca
http://people.trentu.ca/jebowman

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

Financement de doctorats en épidémiologie et géo-informatique

Promouvoir le contexte épidémiologique des nouvelles menaces de maladies infectieuses détectées par le réseau mondial d’information sur la santé publique

(Date de début prévue : janvier 2019, peut-être plus tôt) 

La Division des sciences des risques pour la santé publique du Laboratoire national de microbiologie de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada offre un financement pour deux postes de doctorat de trois ans  

Contexte du financement et portée du projet : L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada (ASPC) a reçu du financement du Programme canadien pour la sûreté et la sécurité (PCSS) pour un projet portant sur l’élaboration d’une série d’outils analytiques avancés et leur intégration au GPHIN (Global Public Health Intelligence Network / Réseau mondial d’information sur la santé publique). Ce projet vise à améliorer la fonctionnalité actuelle de GPHIN en tant que système de surveillance des renseignements sur la santé pour le Canada et la communauté internationale. Le GPHIN a été créé en tant que réseau mondial pour détecter, cibler, évaluer, prévenir et atténuer les nouvelles menaces pour la santé humaine. Il s’agit du premier système au monde de surveillance tous risques qui fonctionne tous les jours, 24 heures sur 24, qui est axé sur le Web et qui utilise des techniques de traitement du langage naturel et d’apprentissage automatique pour balayer Internet afin de trouver des données de source ouverte. Le GPHIN a réussi à fournir un avertissement précoce et une surveillance prospective du SRAS en 2003, de la grippe H1N1 en 2009, du MERS-CoV en 2012-2013 et de l’Ebola en 2014-2015. Le projet portera sur l’amélioration des fonctionnalités existantes et sur l’intégration d’autres outils analytiques au sein du GPHIN.

Nous avons besoin de deux chercheurs au doctorat motivés qui ont de l’intérêt et de l’expérience en épidémiologie et géo-informatique afin de se joindre à une équipe multidisciplinaire. Notre équipe offre un environnement de travail stimulant et riche. L’ASPC est l’organisme responsable du projet, en partenariat avec Ressources naturelles Canada, l’Université McGill, l’Université du Québec à Montréal et le Centre canadien coopératif de la santé de la faune. 

Étudiant au doctorat no 1 (basé à Toronto ou à Guelph, Ontario)

Cet étudiant se concentrera sur : (i) l’exploration de modèles mathématiques capables d’estimer et de prévoir l’intensité d’un éventail de maladies infectieuses au début d’une épidémie ou d’un événement; (ii) élaborer et valider les modèles ciblés à l’aide des données rétrospectives du GPHIN; (iii) explorer des modèles capables d’estimer la propagation (importation) internationale de maladies; et (iv) élaborer et valider des modèles d’importation à l’aide de données rétrospectives du GPHIN.

Exigences :

  • Maîtrise dans un domaine pertinent, y compris l’épidémiologie, les mathématiques, la biostatistique ou d’autres domaines des sciences de la santé (moyenne minimale de 3,5).
  • Solides antécédents en épidémiologie quantitative; la préférence sera accordée aux candidats ayant de l’expérience en modélisation des maladies infectieuses. 

Étudiant au doctorat no 2 (basé au Québec)

Cet étudiant se concentrera sur l’élaboration de modèles pour déterminer les populations vulnérables aux menaces de maladies infectieuses. Les résultats visés du projet comprennent le développement d’outils qui peuvent être utilisés par le GPHIN pour communiquer le potentiel de propagation des menaces détectées, à l’échelle mondiale, et nationale. Des modèles statistiques seront utilisés pour évaluer les liens entre les données sur les événements ou les cas de menace émergents et les données à haute résolution pour l’environnement (climat, couverture terrestre, conditions météorologiques ou météorologiques), les populations humaines et les populations de vecteurs ou réservoirs. Des outils de visualisation des données seront développés pour communiquer de façon dynamique les résultats des modèles au moyen du tableau de bord épidémiologique du GPHIN.

Exigences :

  • Maîtrise en sciences dans un domaine pertinent, dont la géo-informatique, géomatique, les statistiques, l’épidémiologie, l’écologie (moyenne pondérée minimale de 3,5).
  • Solides antécédents en biostatistique et SIG; la préférence sera accordée aux candidats ayant de l’expérience en géomatique, la cartographie bayésienne des maladies ou en modélisation écologique. 

Modalités pour les deux postes :

  • Expérience et intérêt dans le domaine des systèmes de santé publique et de surveillance;
  • Maîtrise du codage et de l’élaboration de modèles (p. ex. R, Python);
  • Capacité de prendre des initiatives, de travailler de façon autonome et de faire partie d’une équipe multidisciplinaire;
  • Solides compétences analytiques, bonnes aptitudes en communication verbale et écrite;
  • Compétences en gestion de projet;
  • Les deux chercheurs au doctorat travailleront avec le GPHIN et les chercheurs de McGill pour intégrer les modèles et les résultats en tant qu’outil à intégrer dans l’environnement de développement du GPHIN.

Directrices : Dre Erin Rees et Dre Victoria Ng de l’ASPC

Admissibilité : Ces postes sont édictés dans le cadre du Programme fédéral d’expérience de travail étudiant (PFETE). Le candidat doit être inscrit au PFETE pour être admissible.

Financement et salaire : Ce poste est financé pour trois ans, avec un salaire commençant à 25 000 $. Des fonds supplémentaires sont disponibles pour la formation, les licences de logiciels et pour les déplacements aux réunions et conférences. 

Pour postuler :

Veuillez envoyer une lettre de présentation (une page), un CV, votre dernier relevé de notes de l’université et deux références (nom et coordonnées) à l’adresse : erin.rees@canada.ca et victoria.ng@canada.ca.

Date de clôture : postes ouverts jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient pourvus.

Pour plus de détails sur cette offre, veuillez communiquer avec

Dre Erin Rees (erin.rees@canada.ca) et Dre Victoria Ng (victoria.ng@canada.ca)

Graduate studies in Theoretical Ecology or Epidemiology – Memorial University

The Hurford Lab (http://amyhurford.weebly.com/) at Memorial University is recruiting graduate students at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our research group studies population dynamics incorporating temperature effects, animal movement, disease, and evolution. We formulate and test specific hypothesis using mathematical models and parameterize and evaluate our models using data. We analyze mathematical models that are systems of ordinary differential equations, delay differential equations, partial differential equations, integrodifference equations, or optimization problems and these models are applied to a wide variety of systems including green crab, rabies, and salmon lice. Specific research projects may include optimal pest treatment strategies in seasonal environments, temperature effects on population dynamics and movement, explicit models of animal movement and contact rates, or collaborative work deriving models related to laboratory research on antibiotic resistance in Klebsiella. Our research usually involves computer coding and numerical methods and many scripts pertaining to lab research are available here: https://amyhurford.weebly.com/publications.html

A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available for conference travel. The ideal candidate will have experience deriving and analyzing mathematical models, formulating scientific questions, computer programming, mathematical analysis, and scientific writing, however, all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford (ahurford@mun.ca). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before November 15, 2018, but applications received after this date may be considered.

Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com).

Graduate student positions in plant evolutionary ecology at the University of Guelph

I am looking for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in studying (1) the evolution and maintenance of gynodioecy (a breeding system where female and hermaphroditic plants coexist) or (2) the effect of pollinator declines on floral evolution in native wildflowers.

For more information on these projects and my lab, check out:

www.christinamariecaruso.com

Students will have considerable freedom to develop their projects, and could start in either Fall 2019 or Winter 2020.

Interested candidates should email me at carusoc@uoguelph.ca. Please include a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine). Because of funding restrictions, preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Christina M. (Chris) Caruso
Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada

Assistant Professor – Mycology – # 1803891. Application deadline: November 12, 2018.

The Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Mycology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2019.

We are searching for an outstanding scientist who addresses fundamental questions in fungal biology. The department is particularly interested in an individual who would bring complementary research, teaching and technical expertise. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Systematics, speciation, biodiversity
  • Fungal metabolism and biochemistry
  • Population genetics

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or closely related field, post-doctoral experience, and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by publications in top ranked, peer reviewed and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of top international stature. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by publications in top ranked, peer reviewed and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of top international stature. The candidate must also demonstrate excellence in teaching. This can be accomplished through strong endorsements from referees and a teaching portfolio, including a coherent statement of teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, and excellent course evaluations, or demonstrated excellent performance in other teaching related activities, including performance as a teaching assistant, student mentorship, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, or excellent conference posters or presentations.

The successful applicant is expected to develop and maintain an active, independent, innovative and externally funded program of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga. This individual will also be appointed to the tri-campus graduate Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. For more information on the Department of Biology please visit our webpage
at www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology.Information on the graduate unit can be found at www.eeb.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto Mississauga and its affiliated institutions offer a stimulating and supportive environment with a variety of facilities and a highly interactive community of researchers. We seek applications from individuals whose research program would complement existing departmental research strengths. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department of Biology, with other departments at UTM, as well as with faculty at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, three representative publications, and the teaching portfolio to include a statement on teaching philosophy and experience, course evaluations, teaching accomplishments, or evidence of other teaching related activities. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format:

1) Letter, CV, research statement, and teaching portfolio
2) Publications

Applicants should arrange for three signed letters of reference from individuals familiar with the candidate’s research and teaching to be sent directly to: Dr. Joel Levine, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to: biology.utm@utoronto.ca.

If you have any questions regarding this position please contact Prof. Joel Levine at biology.utm@utoronto.ca.

Closing date for submissions is November 12, 2018 11:59 pm EST.

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.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

MSc opportunity, rattlesnake road-ecology work in British Columbia

We anticipate an opening for an MSc student continuing work on the road-ecology of a population of Western Rattlesnakes in the Okanagan valley of British Columbia.   We are looking for someone with a genuine, demonstrated interest in animal ecology, rather than solely a fascination with snakes.   We anticipate an early-April start date in the field, although there likely will  be opportunity to do some advanced work (with pay) prior to the spring emergence of snakes.

Inquiries and/or statements of interest from prospective students should be directed to Karl Larsen at Thompson Rivers University.   Following that, an unofficial copy of transcripts along with a Cv (providing references) will be needed.

Karl W. Larsen    klarsen@tru.ca
Professor, wildlife ecology & management
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Thompson Rivers University