Postdoctoral positions in genomics, pollen meta-barcoding, and ecology at York University, Toronto, Canada – Closing date: April 20th 2021

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available starting Summer of 2021. Projects include:

1) Developing bio-markers for honey bee health: Our group is leading a national initiative called BeeCSI (https://beecsi.ca/) which will systematically expose honey bees to a large number of relevant stressors to identify transcriptional biomarkers associated with exposure. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in transcriptomics and interest in honey bee biology to participate in both wet-lab and bioinformatics components of this research.

2) Molecular palynology: To better understand the role of nutrition in bee health, our group is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in DNA barcoding and meta-barcoding to identify the source and diversity of pollen collected by honey bee colonies situated near and far from a large number of crops in Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with collaborator and molecular palynology expert, Dr. Rodney Richardson (University of Maryland), in addition to collaborating with other researchers on the BeeCSI team (https://beecsi.ca/).

3) Landscape and bee health: We are assembling a rich dataset of pests, pathogens, pesticides, pollen diversity and transcriptomic profiles in a very large number of honey bee colonies from across Canada. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in spatial ecology to study how landscape interacts with multiple stressors to influence honey bee health in the field.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their expertise, a CV, reprints of relevant papers, and contact information for 3 referees to honeybee@yorku.ca between now and April 20th 2021. We will evaluate the applications as they are received.

In addition to the honey bee lab, York University is home to the Center for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Successful candidate will have a chance to interact with the diverse faculty, fellows and students at BEEc, and participate in BEEc activities and training initiatives.

Duration: 2 years
Salary: $50,000 including benefits.

Post-Doctoral and Graduate Student Opportunities in Conservation Genomics

EcoGenomics is a national-scale collaborative research program based in Canada and focused on caribou conservation genomics. We are currently seeking post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to participate in a large-scale project funded by Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program and aiming at developing a national non-invasive monitoring approach for caribou.

Caribou is currently one of the most significant at risk species in Canada, attributable to its widespread distribution, its potential susceptibility to climate change, and its cultural and sustenance significance to Indigenous Peoples. Caribou population monitoring based on fecal pellet collection at feeding sites in winter has been proven as an effective sampling method for non-invasive long-term population monitoring. Host genetic information along with metagenomics data for diet and health indicators from fecal samples can gather a range of parameters needed to identify factors, including changing environmental conditions, affecting caribou populations across Canada. These positions will be supported by already generated data including a large number of whole-genome sequences of caribou representing populations of different evolutionary and demographic histories, targeted caribou-specific loci for Population Genomic surveys from a long-term database of samples (estimated at 40,000 across Canada) and metagenomics data (plant and microbiome). The large-scale national network supporting these positions, under the overall direction of Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent University) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (Environment & Climate Change Canada/Trent University), include partnerships with the Canadian Forest Service, Laval University and the University of Manitoba; the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium, Parks Canada, provincial and territorial jurisdictions; wildlife management boards; and industry.

The following positions and areas of research interest are being recruited:
Post-doctoral fellow in conservation genomics (Dr. Wilson and Dr. Manseau, Trent University) with advanced experience in landscape genetics/genomics to focus on areas such as factors affecting population structure and population demographic status, adaptive potential of different caribou ecotypes and populations. This work will inform management decisions including the identification of critical habitat and protected areas, permitting of industrial activities, landscape restoration efforts, translocation or captive rearing conservation efforts.

Post-doctoral fellow in metagenomics (Dr. Christine Martineau, Canadian Forest Service and Dr. Arnaud Droit, Université Laval) with experience in developing and applying a metabarcoding approach targeting multiple taxonomic marker genes to characterize the caribou diet and microbiome in fecal pellets and relate these results to population parameters and landscape attributes. Experience with the analysis of shotgun metagenomics dataset would be an asset. This work will contribute to best practices in the design of sampling schemes for diet and microbiome surveys across caribou ranges and provide new indicators to monitor the recovery of caribou populations.

PhD students are also being recruited for questions relating to of Landscape Genomics, Spatial Structure/Network analysis, Population modelling and Adaptive Genomics.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three references. The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.

Please submit applications to:
Ryan Vieira
Research Program Manager, EcoGenomics, Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9J7B8
Email: ryanvieira@trentu.ca

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN INTEGRATED POPULATION MODELLING AND LARGE MAMMAL ECOLOGY – Closing date: March 20, 2021 

Location: Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 112 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2, Canada (initial appointment may be based on remote work due to immigration and COVID-19 travel restrictions)

Duration: 1 year (based on funding in place), starting April or May, 2021 (or as negotiated)

Salary: $50,000 CAD/year, inclusive of benefits

Description: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with Ph.D.-training in population ecology and familiarity with integrated population models (IPMs). Background in the ecology of large-herbivore populations will be an asset. The fellow will be principally charged with applying IPM-approaches to wild bison of northern Canada (Yukon), with the goal of estimating population size, trend, vital rates (age-structured survival and reproduction) and sustainability of harvest. In addition, we seek to prioritize collection of future datasets to optimize demographic estimation and monitoring in future years. Data available for developing a quantitative framework to bison-harvest management include detailed records on captures and fates from close to 200 radio-collared bison conducted over 31 years (1988–-2019); age-at-harvest data for about 2000 animals harvested from 1998–2019; mark-recapture population estimates from 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016; and calf:adult ratios for most years. This is a collaborative project with local bison managers and opportunities for engagement with Indigenous communities, government biologists, and the hunting community in Yukon.

Further to the above, the fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to theory on IPM development using a reference population of feral horses (Sable Island, Canada; ongoing 15-year, whole-island individual-based dataset of life histories [~1300 life histories, N = 500 horses]), and assist in developing an IPM for a free-ranging feral horse population in Alberta, Canada. Additional opportunities and latitude to conduct research using these datasets is anticipated (on the general topic of density dependence in theoretical and applied large mammal ecology).

Depending on funding availability, this 1-year post-doc may be extended presenting additional opportunities to collaborate on projects in theoretical and applied (large) animal ecology (species of focus may include feral horses, bison, caribou, etc.). The post-doc will have access to devoted office space, campus resources, and required technology (although initially work must be expected to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Position requirements:

  1. Ph.D. with a focus on quantitative methods in population ecology;
  2. Experience with demographic studies in both frequentist and Bayesian frameworks;
  3. Experience in using mark-capture-recapture models;
  4. Demonstrated proficiency with R and excellent programing skills;
  5. Demonstrated desire and proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals;
  6. Excellent written and personal communication skills;
  7. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

Closing: Please submit application materials by March 20, 2021.

Apply: Email to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca and thomas.jung@gov.yk.ca. Please write “Postdoctoral Fellowship” as the subject line. Include in your email a motivation letter, CV, and contact information for two references. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed online.

About us: http://mcloughlinlab.ca/lab/

PhD position in terrestrial toxicology

But first, you must love mites.  We are looking for a student with an MSc, who has published a paper and is interested in pursuing their Ph.D studying terrestrial ecotoxicology. We study Oppia nitens, an oribatid mite, and now a standard toxicity test species.  Oppia as we fondly call it, is found around the world and is one of the soils most abundant invertebrates. It’s critical to numerous ecological services, its adult can live up to 15 years, but little is known about Oppia nitens. Our lab was the first one to develop the initial reference toxicity test, develop the rapid avoidance test, and now we are just finishing sequencing the genome of Oppia.

We’ve developed a new toxicity test that tracks the colour change of their cuticle as a proxy for growth from young to mature adults. We hope to use this new endpoint to assess how Oppia nitens interact with singles and mixtures of toxicants in the soil and also link their biological performance to important ecological processes in the real world.
Our lab works closely with Dr. Juliska Princz at Environment Canada and has research links throughout Europe. This opportunity will allow you to network with government and industrial agencies, as well as open the door to international collaborations as well. If you are interested in terrestrial toxicology and want to do your Ph.D in Toxicology, at one of the top environmental toxicology departments in the world, please contact Dr. Alix Conway at alix.conway@usask.ca to submit your application. In your application, please let us know what your MSc was about, provide a copy of your published paper you are most proud of, describe your experience in R/python, as well as why you are interested in soil terrestrial toxicology. 

Assistant Professor, Biodiversity – Food Security Linkages – Application deadline: 18 March, 2021

Posting Number: F166P
Type of position: Tenure Stream
Department/Unit: Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences
Location: Truro

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture invites applications for a tenure stream Assistant Professor position with Teaching (40%), Research (40%) and Service (20%) responsibilities. We are seeking outstanding candidates with a demonstrated track record of expertise related to linking biodiversity and food security. The successful candidate will commence as early as July 1, 2021.

Agricultural practitioners are at the same time providing food security, supporting economic development, and stewardship of the terrestrial landscape. While global food security is one of the greatest challenges facing agriculture, agriculture is also recognized as one of the primary contributors to global biodiversity loss. Loss of these services provided by biodiversity can subsequently reduce food security and disrupt sustainable food systems through decreasing the safety and availability of regionally produced food.

The successful candidate will teach and conduct research related to sustainable food production systems, specifically focusing on the interface and tradeoffs between UN Sustainable Development Goals 15 (Life on Land) and 2 (Zero Hunger). Within the context of global climate change, research may include: analysis of the links and tradeoffs between agricultural food security and ecosystem services provided by biodiversity; development of food systems that maintain or enhance biodiversity; landscape scale analysis of agricultural land use patterns and their impact on biodiversity; and/or study of how crop diversity impacts food security.

About the Opportunity

The successful candidate will be evaluated on their potential to become an international leader in the field of agroecology and will be expected to develop a strong externally funded, internationally recognized research program for training graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate will be a multidisciplinary researcher who has demonstrated potential to collaborate with faculty members from across all departments in the Faculty of Agriculture. We seek a team-player and team-builder who can forge synergies within and among academia, government research institutions, industry, and other stakeholders within and beyond the Atlantic Region. We want a clear and stimulating communicator who can inspire students, support Faculty initiatives, serve on Faculty committees, and participate in growing the reputation of the Faculty and University.

The successful applicant must:

  • Hold a PhD in Agroecology or a closely related discipline such as applied ecology, environmental sciences, or other disciplines with a demonstrated link between agriculture, environment, and food security;
  • Demonstrate an ability or potential to acquire research funding through grant-writing and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Demonstrate experience in, or potential to, teach effectively at an undergraduate level, and
  • Demonstrate potential to become an international leader in their field, and potential to develop a strong externally funded program including Tri-Council funding (https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/).

Desirable assets include:

  • Eligibility for membership as a Professional Agrologist in Nova Scotia,
  • Demonstration of professional development related to teaching, and
  • Experience teaching to international students.

A complete application package for this position should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience related to this position (2 pages maximum).
  • A detailed CV.
  • A prospective research plan which includes your approach to EDI* (3 page maximum).
  •  A statement on teaching interests, experience, and philosophy which includes your approach to EDI* (2 page maximum)
  • Reprints of three recent publications related to agronomy or a closely related discipline.
  • Names, addresses and emails of three references (applicants selected for further consideration will be notified before referees are contacted).

EDI – A statement relating to how equity, diversity, and inclusivity will be integrated and promoted within your teaching and research (up to 2 paragraphs in each of your teaching and research statements).

The Faculty of Agriculture (http://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture.html) is on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Faculty offers technical, undergraduate, and graduate (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) programs in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, and related life and social science disciplines, and is home to approximately 1,000 students and 50+ professors, including current and past Canada Research Chairs. Dalhousie University is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 18,500 students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries.

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences is home to a vibrant team of scientists and instructors focused on four priority areas: environmental sciences and agroecology, plant and horticultural sciences, food science, and landscape architecture (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/plant-food-env.html).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit https://www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Dalhousie University recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: https://www.dal.ca/policies.

For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact the Chair of the selection committee, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, Faculty of Agriculture: andrew.hammermeister@dal.ca.
Review of applications will begin 18 March 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Open Date:    02/16/2021
Close Date:    03/18/2021
Open Until Filled      Yes
Quick Link for Direct Access to posting:  http://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/5123

Position Details

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Sample Publication(s)
  6. List of referees

Doctorat en prévision écologique de la dynamique de la végétation dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Canada

Un poste de doctorat de 3 ans est disponible au laboratoire de Steve Cumming à l’Université Laval à Québec. Le poste, entièrement financé par Polar Knowledge Canada, est offert grâce à une collaboration entre les laboratoires Cumming, Baltzer, McIntire et Turetsky ainsi que NASA Arctic–Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). L’objectif du projet est de développer des prévisions spatialement explicites de la distribution et de l’abondance des lichens terrestres et autres plantes fourragères, en tenant compte des changements du climat, du régime des feux et du pergélisol. Les applications de ce projet incluent la conservation et la gestion du caribou des bois et de la forêt boréale ainsi que l’évaluation de la sécurité alimentaire humaine. D’autres membres de cette équipe interdisciplinaire appliquent des méthodes de mise à l’échelle statistique pour modéliser la distribution de ces plantes à partir de données de parcelles de végétation et d’images télédétectées. Le candidat ou la candidate retenu a) intégrera ces modèles statistiques dans des outils de simulation spatiale; b) élaborera en collaboration des scénarios de gestion et des indicateurs écologiques / économiques; et c) évaluera ces scénarios par expérience de simulation. Le candidat ou la candidate peut également contribuer à la modélisation statistique et aux projets associés. Les modèles de prévision seront mis en oeuvre dans SpaDES, une nouvelle suite de progiciels R pour la simulation spatiale et la science reproductible, qui est maintenant largement appliquée à travers le Canada.

Les qualifications essentielles sont de bonnes compétences quantitatives et un intérêt pour la simulation spatiale, indépendamment du contexte disciplinaire. La maîtrise de la communication écrite en anglais est également essentielle. Une expérience en programmation, notamment en R, sera évidemment un atout, mais les compétences nécessaires peuvent être acquises grâce à des cours et des ateliers. L’étudiant ou l’étudiante sera également encouragé à passer au moins une session avec le Dr McIntire et l’équipe de développement SpaDES au Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, C.-B. (les frais de déplacement seront couverts).

Le poste doit commencer le 1er septembre 2021. Plus tôt, et si la pandémie le permet, le candidat ou la candidate retenu participera également à la saison sur le terrain cet été, de juin à août, dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Les candidats et candidates doivent soumettre une brève déclaration d’intérêt, un échantillon de leur rédaction scientifique, un CV à jour et les noms de trois références à Steve Cumming par courrier électronique avant le 30 mars.

Un soutien pour les frais de déménagement est disponible.

Steve Cumming
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt,
Université Laval
Centre d’étude de la forêt

PhD opportunity: species distribution and abundance models of Canadian owls

A PhD position, with three years partial NSERC funding, is available in the Cumming lab at Laval University, Québec City. The position will be instrumental to a new collaboration between two long-standing Canadian research groups in avian ecology, the Boreal Avian Modelling Project and Birds Canada, and researchers in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Using a new compilation of long-term nocturnal owl survey data from across Canada, the successful applicant will develop species distribution models to explain and predict the occupancy or density of owl species within the Canadian boreal region, and to estimate their total population sizes. Examples of the statistical techniques we have previously used for forest songbirds and waterfowl can be consulted here and here. The applications are to avian conservation and population assessment in Canada’s managed forest lands. Depending on the interests of the applicant, the thesis could also include elements of spatial simulation and forecasting e.g. of owl responses to climate change, or of population ecology.

The critical qualifications are strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Proficient written communication in English is desirable. This is a lab-based position, but there will be opportunities to take part in nocturnal owl surveys in Québec and/or Ontario. The student will be encouraged to spend a term with Dr. Danielle Ethier at the Birds Canada National Headquarters in Port Rowan, Ontario (expenses will be paid).

The position begins September 1st, 2021. Applicants should submit a short statement of interest, a sample of their scientific writing, a current CV, and names of three referees to the undersigned, by email. Applications received by March 15th will receive full consideration.

Support for relocation expenses is available to qualified applicants

Steve Cumming
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt,
Université Laval
Centre d’études de la forêt

Danielle Ethier
Birds Canada
Port Rowan, Ontario.

Philip Dewit
Wildlife Monitoring Program Lead
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Projet de doctorat en écologie animale à l’Université Laval, Québec, Canada – Date limite pour soumettre sa candidature: 28 février 2021

Dans le cadre des travaux du partenariat de recherche sur les relations Tique-
Orignal-Climat (www.albipictus.com), nous sommes à la recherche d’un(e)
candidat(e) intéressé(e) à entreprendre des études de doctorat dans le
domaine de l’écologie animale.

Plus précisément, il s’agit d’un projet sur les interactions spatio-temporelles
de l’orignal (Alces alces) et de la tique d’hiver (Dermacentor albipictus) et la
susceptibilité des orignaux aux infestations par la tique d’hiver.

Problématique : Les connaissances sur les changements dans la sélection de
l’habitat et le budget d’activité des orignaux en lien avec le degré
d’infestation par la tique sont essentielles pour étudier les mécanismes
comportementaux susceptibles d’affecter le recrutement et la survie de l’orignal.
La réutilisation des mêmes sites par l’orignal au printemps, lorsque la tique adulte
quitte son hôte, et à l’automne, lorsque la larve cherche un hôte à coloniser,
pourrait favoriser le développement des épizooties. Certains aménagements
forestiers pourraient favoriser la tique en multipliant les habitats propices à ce
parasite et en y concentrant les orignaux.

Principaux objectifs : 1) évaluer le budget d’activité et la sélection de l’habitat de l’orignal en fonction de la charge de tiques, 2) évaluer la sélection de l’habitat par la tique d’hiver, et 3) déterminer les conditions qui favorisent la cooccurrence de l’orignal et de la tique d’hiver.

Directeur : Steeve Côté (Département de biologie, U. Laval) ; Co-directeurs : Christian Dussault (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs) et Joe Nocera (Département de la foresterie et de la gestion environnementale U. du Nouveau-Brunswick)
Début : Mai ou Septembre 2021
Financement : Bourse de 24 000$/an pendant 3 ans (MITACS) et une année supplémentaire à 21 000$/an (CRSNG)
disponibles

Compétences recherchées :

  • Posséder un très bon dossier académique ;
  • Avoir de l’expérience en écologie animale et analyses spatiales ;
  • Posséder des aptitudes et de l’intérêt pour l’analyse statistique de bases de données volumineuses et l’épidémiologie ;
  • Être rigoureux, autonome et avoir des aptitudes pour la communication orale et écrite ;
  • Bonne connaissance des langues française et anglaise ;
  • Avoir déjà publié au moins un article scientifique comme premier auteur dans une revue avec comité de lecture.

Pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez faire parvenir une lettre de présentation expliquant brièvement vos intérêts, un cv et une copie de vos relevés de notes universitaires accompagnés des coordonnées de trois références avant le 28 février 2021 à :
Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada
steeve.cote@bio.ulaval.ca; (418) 656-2131 poste 403490

Research Scientist, Species at Risk and Ecological Forecasting, Fredericton, NB, Canada – Application deadline: March 5, 2021

Applications are invited for an entry-level two year term research scientist “Post-Doc” position in the area of Species at Risk and Ecological Forecasting at the Atlantic Forestry Centre (AFC) of the Canadian Forest Service – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in Fredericton, New Brunswick (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/research-centres/afc/13447). The successful candidate will plan, develop and conduct independent and collaborative research on the ecology and management of species at risk within the context of managed, forested landscapes. The scientist will be responsible for collaborating with provincial, industrial, and federal agencies to implement a broad scale avian monitoring program using acoustic recording units, develop occupancy models with provincial forest inventory databases, and integrate habitat models into forest succession and forest management models. The incumbent will join a multidisciplinary team and develop collaborations with research staff within Atlantic Forestry Centre, other CFS research centres, and academic institutions.

Any questions related to the position can be directed to Chris Edge (christopher.edge@canada.ca) or Mike Lavigne (mike.lavigne@canada.ca).

Closing date for applications is March 5, 2021 – 23:59, Pacific Time. Applicants must apply on-line at the following site: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1552691. It is important to provide evidence of education, productivity and experience as described on-line to be considered for this position.

Fredericton (pop. 85,000) is located on the scenic Saint John River, and has a collaborative research community being home to the University of New Brunswick and several government research centres, a thriving arts community that includes the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, and affordable housing. http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/

Post-doctoral position, Concordia University – New threats from pest insects in the boreal forest of northwestern Quebec

In this project we aim to develop risk models for emerging forest insect threats and damage throughout northwestern Quebec. The post-doc will conduct fieldwork with a team under their supervision to monitor invasive woodborers using pheromone traps and to assess damage from defoliators in natural regeneration and plantations. The post-doc will use these experimental results to develop risk models of stand/landscape conditions that could promote forest insect damage. Specific objectives are to: 1. Evaluate pathways for human-aided introduction of woodborers along a latitudinal gradient 2. Evaluate how forest composition and forest management influence risk of establishment of woodborers and defoliators.3. Expand and adapt forest pest monitoring for biodiversity inventory.

The successful candidate will combine strong entomological and quantitative skills with experience in fieldwork, managing a research team and liaising with partners. Ability to communicate professionally in English and French is also required.

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