PhD position in wildlife parasitology and evolutionary ecology at the University of Calgary

I am seeking a motivated graduate student interested in evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, quantitative genetics and wildlife biology to join my group at the University of Calgary. Research in my laboratory uses molecular and evolutionary ecology approaches to improve our understanding of the processes modulating variation in fitness-related traits and adaptive evolution in free-living wildlife populations.

I am currently recruiting a PhD student to study the genetic basis and fitness consequences of variation in complex gastro-intestinal parasitic nematode infections in natural environments using the Sable Island horse long-term population study as a model. The project, conducted in collaboration with Phulip McLoughlin (U of Saskatchewan), John Gilleard (U. of Calgary), and Alastair Wilson (U. of Exeter), will involve characterising complex strongyle infections in >500 horses over multiple years using DNA metabarcoding, and applying pedigree-based multivariate quantitative genetics and selection analyses to study the evolution of resistance to mixed infections. Interactions between nematode infections and the bacterial microbiome will also be investigated. For additional information about the study system see:

Debeffe et al. 2016. Negative covariance between parasite load and body condition in a population of feral horses. Parasitology 143:983-997.

Gold et al. 2019. Quantitative genetics of gastrointestinal strongyle burden and associated body condition in feral horses. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 9:104-111.

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills or interest in parasitology, molecular ecology, quantitative genetics, wildlife biology or evolutionary ecology. The student will be based at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine or the Department of Biological Sciences, and receive a minimum stipend of $CA23,000/year. Start date is flexible but would ideally be between September 2019 and September 2020.

More information about the lab is available at https://sites.google.com/site/jocelynpoissant/home. Interested students should send a brief email outlining research interests, along with a CV and unofficial copies of transcripts to jocelyn.poissant@ucalgary.ca. I also welcome inquiries regarding other potential projects in the laboratory.

Come and join the Joint Secretariat as the Resource Coordinator for the Fisheries Joint Management Committee. Closing Date: June 7th, 2019

Do you enjoy working in the Environmental field? Are you passionate about protecting fisheries and marine mammal habitat? Interested in working on the leading edge of environmental and climate-based issues?

The Resource Coordinator is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC) to meet its mandate on matters related to fish and marine mammal renewable resource management, and conservation, regulation, research for fisheries and marine mammal populations and their habitat as well as enforcement of harvesting regulations, for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).

This role works directly with ISR community members, the FJMC, the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of the North West Territories, Non-government Organizations (NGO) and colleagues within the Joint Secretariat. While based in Inuvik, there is travel throughout the ISR.

The successful candidate will have a university degree in an Environmental, Biological or Renewable Resources field as well as at least two years’ work experience related to fisheries and marine mammal management and conservation. The Joint Secretariat is open to candidates that have a relevant combination of knowledge and experience in lieu of formal education.

Preference is given to candidates with knowledge of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, prior living and/or working experience in Northern Canada and a proven ability to work independently and without close supervision in a co-operative environment.

The Joint Secretariat offers a competitive salary and benefits along with a supportive and exciting work environment, with lots of room to grow.

Preference will also be given to beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

Closing Date: June 7th, 2019

Applications should be sent to Lee Vincent (lee@visionaryseeds.com).

PhD (or MSc) POSITION IN ECOLOGY (REINDEER/CARIBOU) (MATING SYSTEMS – FEMALE CHOICE – MALE VOCALIZATIONS)

1 PhD (or MSc) research position is available in my lab starting September 2019.

The aim of the project is to test some of the key predictions of mating systems theory. This research will involve using a long-term individual-based data (breeding phenology and rutting behaviour data from 1996 to 2017). This project also involves manipulative experiments and observational fieldwork in northern Finland (playback experiment, phenology of the vocalization during the rut, etc).

Suitable candidates will have an MSc (or BSc) in Biology or a similarly recognized degree. The ideal candidate must have: Very strong quantitative skills (statistics) – Experience in field research settings – Be determined to complete a PhD degree – Have a good academic background (good GPA). The candidate should be ready to work in remote areas and to work in team.

I am particularly interested in candidate with some experience or background in Vocalizations/Acoustics (or willing to learn rapidly).

Financial support is available for three years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc), but if eligible, candidates will be encouraged to apply for external grant (FQRNT and NSERC). Students with a successful scholarship will receive a bonus on top of their scholarship.

If interested, send me by email (robert.weladji@concordia.ca) before May 30, 2019: a copy of your CV, transcript and a short statement of purpose, as well as the name and email addresses of 2 references.

Robert Weladji
Department of biology
Concordia University

robert.weladji@concordia.ca
www.robertweladji.com

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION ON ECOSYSTEM MODELLING AND ALLEE EFFECTS

Salary = $45,000 per annum for 18 months

DESCRIPTION

We seek a post-doctoral researcher with some modelling and, preferably also, programming experience to work with projects related to aquatic food web dynamics. The post-doc will work as part of a Finnish-Canadian team working on the Gulf of St Lawrence (GoStL) ecosystem. The objective is to parameterize an allometric trophic network (ATN) model to the study system dynamics and account also for abiotic drivers.

The key research question is to explore under which conditions predator-driven Allee effects may occur and prevent species recovery. This will be investigated through analyses of the complex dynamics of the GoStL ecosystem, coupled with abiotic influences. Results derived through the analyses of the empirical GoStL system will be further generalized by systematic analyses of randomly generated marine food webs.

The main task of the post-doc is to compile data on the GoStL food web and associated abiotic time series and then parameterize the ATN model and analyse its dynamics. The research team will provide support for the use and development of the models. To establish efficient collaboration with the team, the post-doc should visit the Finland-based team twice during the project.

KEY RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS

Dr Doug Swain (Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Université de Moncton, Canada): empirical work on GoStL key species
Dr Tommi Perälä (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): main ATN model developer
Prof Anna Kuparinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Dalhousie University, Canada): team leader, ATN modeller
Prof Jeffrey Hutchings (Dalhousie University, Canada): specialist on Allee effects and fish life histories

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Anna Kuparinen, University of Jyväskylä (anna.k.kuparinen@jyu.fi)
or
Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University (jhutch@dal.ca)

Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities, Mount Allison University, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellows will:

  • Work as part of a leadership team that will connect universities, governments, and Indigenous community partners across Canada.
  • Engage in community-led, interdisciplinary research that embraces multiple ways of knowing,
  • Participate in national workshops, knowledge gathering, data analysis, and scientific and community-focused communication:

PDF1 (MTA) will weave Indigenous Knowledge and Western science to aide in understanding how wildlife populations (e.g. behavior, abundance, diversity) and Indigenous communities (e.g. cultural practices, food sovereignty) are influenced by environmental change (e.g. climate change, disturbance);

PDF2 (UBC) will link field monitoring methods (e.g. via Indigenous Guardianship), Indigenous Knowledge, and Western science (Bayesian Integrated Population Models) to estimate changes in wildlife abundance and to support conservation, harvesting, and other management priorities.

Click here for more information.

OFFRE DE PhD EN ÉCOLOGIE HUMAINE. Date limite: 17 juin 2019.

L’étude des populations humaines préindustrielles offre une occasion unique de répondre à des questions en biologie évolutive qui nécessitent des données longitudinales sur plusieurs générations. Nous utilisons une remarquable base de données constituée à l’Université de Montréal qui comprend les événements de vie de plus de 800 000 personnes nées entre 1608 et 1750. Les dates de naissance et de décès sont connues dans plus de 80% des cas et la généalogie des femmes mariées est connue dans 95% des cas, faisant de cet ensemble de données l’un des plus détaillés du genre au monde.

Notre objectif est d’étudier les effets de la condition de vie précoce sur le fitness et de mesurer comment l’héritabilité de ce dernier dépend du contexte de vie (familial, environnemental) entre les populations et entre les générations. D’autres questions d’intérêt de la part du doctorant(e) sont les bienvenues.

Les candidats doivent avoir une formation de niveau MSc en écologie et en évolution et doivent posséder ou être intéressés par l’acquisition de solides compétences biostatistiques. Du financement est disponible pour trois ans, mais les candidats devront également demander des subventions externes (e.g. FRQNT, CRSNG).

La date de début prévue est septembre 2019. Le candidat au doctorat sera co-encadré à l’Université de Sherbrooke et à l’Université Bishop’s et sera appelé à interagir avec nos collaborateurs en démographie à l’Université de Montréal (Alain Gagnon et Lisa Dillon).

Si vous êtes intéressé, envoyez un courriel à Patrick Bergeron (patrick.bergeron@ubishops.ca) ou à Fanie Pelletier (fanie.pelletier@usherbrooke.ca) avant le 17 juin, incluant une lettre de présentation, une copie de votre CV et votre relevé de notes.

Opportunité de recherche doctorale ou post-doctorale: Écologie écosystémique des lacs de montagne le long des gradients d’altitude et de la récolte de truites exotiques

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal Canada

Date de début: mai 2020

Un étudiant au doctorat ou un boursier postdoctoral dispose d’une opportunité excitante d’examiner le métabolisme des écosystèmes lacustres et les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans les lacs des Rocheuses le long de gradient d’altitude et de récolte d’ombles de fontaine exotiques. Le projet fait partie d’un programme de recherche collaborative dans le cadre duquel nous récoltons de manière sélective des populations entières d’ombles de fontaine exotiques à différentes altitudes dans le cadre d’expériences répétées à l’échelle de l’écosystème. Le projet impliquera des collaborations avec des chercheurs de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, de l’Université Concordia et de Parcs Canada.

Le candidat sélectionné aura l’avantage de travailler avec un ensemble de données existant, mais pas encore publié :

– Collecte de données estivales sur trois ans concernant le métabolisme des écosystèmes (à partir de 2017)

– Deux à trois ans de collecte estivale pour les gaz à effet de serre (à partir de 2017)

Le candidat retenu participera à l’élaboration et à la conception du projet en participant à la saison de terrain de 2020 dans les parcs nationaux Kootenay et Banff, au Canada.

Le candidat sélectionné aura la chance de bénéficier de l’expérience de travailler dans un groupe hautement collaboratif avec des expertises dans les écosystèmes aquatiques à l’UQAM et dans les pêcheries à l’université de Concordia. Le poste se trouve à l’UQAM qui est situé au centre-ville de Montréal, une ville canadienne dynamique et connectée à l’international.

Les candidats qualifiés auront idéalement un diplôme de maîtrise (ou doctorat) en sciences des écosystèmes aquatiques. De l’expérience dans le traitement des données d’oxygène dissous à haute fréquence et des mesures au niveau de l’écosystème, telles que le métabolisme de l’écosystème sera appréciée.

Les candidats intéressés doivent envoyer une lettre de motivation, des relevés de notes, un CV et les coordonnées de deux références universitaires / de recherche, à:

Alison Derry, professeure associée
Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
CP 8888, Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8
Courriel: derry.alison@uqam.ca
Tél.: 514-987-3000 ext. 3496 | Fax: 514-987-4647
Site Web: http://aquaticecoevo.uqam.ca/English/Homepage.html

 

M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. positions in Invertebrate Symbioses in the Proctor Lab, University of Alberta

I am looking for M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students to work on projects described in my current NSERC-funded research program “Invertebrates as housekeepers and bodyguards: exploring the ecology of terrestrial and freshwater cleaning and defensive symbioses.” Projects are outlined here: https://hproctorlabuofa.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/summary-of-current-nserc-discovery-grant.pdf.

Students should have strong backgrounds in ecological and evolutionary theory and experience with invertebrate collecting and/or identification. Having a Class 5 driver’s licence or the capacity to get a Class 5 licence within 6 months of starting your degree is a necessity for the projects on aquatic invertebrates. Having experience in handling live birds or small mammals would be advantageous for the feather mite project.

The Department of Biological Sciences guarantees funding for the first 2.3 years of an M.Sc. program and the first 5 years of a Ph.D. program (or until thesis defense, whichever comes first), at the minimum rate of approximately $25,197 (M.Sc.) and $25,917 (Ph.D.) per year, subject to annual review of academic and teaching performance. For details on how to apply including minimum GPA and language requirements, see links at https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/. Biological Sciences has two start times for graduate programs, the beginning of January and the beginning of September. Most students start in September but I am open to January starts. Just be aware that finding rental housing in Edmonton is a bit more difficult in January (and it’s a lot colder than in September!).

If you are interested, please email me at hproctor@ualberta.ca. Include in your email a brief statement of which of the projects you’re most interested in and why, a copy of your CV, and your unofficial transcript(s).

Graduate Student Opportunity in ECOLOGY/BIOINFORMATICS, University of Guelph

About the Project

A MSc/PhD graduate student position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cottenie in the Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Biological Science (www.cottenielab.org).  The main research theme in my lab (www.cottenielab.org) centers around metacommunity dynamics, and we study this in a wide variety of systems, from fish to small mammals to macroinvertebrates to transposable elements within the genome. I am currently expanding my research focus to microbiome studies, and the first species that I will study is the microbiome of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park. This is a collaboration with the Norris lab who study these year-round residents of the boreal forest that rely on food cached during the late summer and fall for over winter survival and late-winter reproduction. Some of the questions we are interested in are determining the effect of very local dispersal (vertical transmission from parents to offspring) and regional dispersal (dispersal of parents and offspring in the landscape) on the oral and gut microbiome of Canada Jay individuals.

Requirements 

I am looking for an enthusiastic graduate student who wants a research project that combines ecological field work with bioinformatics to study relevant questions in ecology through advanced statistical analyses in R.

This position is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Other strong candidates are also welcome to apply.

Funding

MSc students in the College of Biological Science are funded at a minimum of $21,259 per year, and the minimum guaranteed duration of support is 6 semesters.  For more details regarding funding, see Student Stipend Information.

Depending on eligibility, students may also apply for a wide range of internal and external scholarships.  See the full list of available Scholarships and Awards for more information.

Interested in applying?

To learn more about this project and the application process, contact me (cottenie@uoguelph.ca) with your CV and your research interests. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this project, depending on your interests and future goals, you could either apply as an MSc student in Integrative Biology (www.uoguelph.ca/ib) or as an MSc student in Bioinformatics (https://www.uoguelph.ca/bioinformatics/). Since this might change the research focus, we can determine together the most relevant program for you.

I also encourage you to visit the websites above to determine what the University of Guelph can offer you during your graduate education, and I highly recommend that you contact my current graduate students to get a sense of what my advisor style is, and whether it would fit with your needs. My graduate students are Anna Solecki (asolecki@uoguelph.ca), Brent Saylor (bsaylor@uoguelph.ca), Carolyn Trombley (ctromble@uoguelph.ca), Jenny Gleason (jgleason@uoguelph.ca), Marie-Eugenie Maggia (mmaggia@uoguelph.ca), and Simon Denomme-Brown (denommes@uoguelph.ca).

Why Choose Guelph?

The University of Guelph is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities and our faculty attract more research dollars per capita than any other comprehensive university in Canada.

The Department of Integrative Biology resides within the College of Biological Sciences and is a diverse department dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship. It is home to 36 full-time faculty who lead research in three overlapping themes: comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students are able to pursue studies in all aspects of biology from genes to entire ecosystems, and tailor their program of study to their individual interests and background. The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology is recognized as one of the finest in the country for research, training, and scholarship.

Volunteer Research Assistant position at the Kalahari Mole-rat Project

The Research

We are looking for two volunteer research assistants to carry out exciting experiments with captive Damaraland mole-rats, a cooperatively breeding subterranean rodent, at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari Desert.

The research the successful applicants will be taking part aims to experimentally investigate the hormonal and transcriptomic mechanisms underlying dominance and the transition from cooperation to conflict in a highly social mammal.

What you can gain from this role

This position is particularly suited, but not exclusively, for people aiming to carry on their academic education. Successful applicants can expect to gain invaluable experience in animal handling procedures and in conducting and managing experiments. They will also gain database skills (MySQL) and will be provided with the opportunity to work on a personal analysis project. Costs of food and accommodation while at the project will be covered. A contribution towards travel costs will be made (300 Euros/Year)

Candidate requirements

Applicants should be available for 6 to 12 months. They should be hardworking, enthusiastic, physically fit, and prepared for long hours in the laboratory. Successful applicants will be responsible to run experiments and will be involved in data collection, data editing and animal handling. Previous experience in the dissection and tissue collection of rodents (including brain) will be considered an asset.

If you are interested in this position send your CV and cover letter stating your availability to Philippe Vullioud (philippe.vullioud@gmail.com). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a Skype interview.

Deadline: 10th May 2019: (spontaneous applications beyond this date are welcome)