Postdoctoral Researcher Position, Molecular Biology/Developmental Genetics. Application deadline: May 15, 2017.

Maddin Lab
Vertebrate Paleontology & Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University

Summary 

The Maddin Lab is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team of students and researchers. The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research projects related to the evolutionary development of amphibians (e.g., brain developmental genetics, brain-skull interactions, fate mapping and genetics of cranial origins, etc.). The successful candidate may additionally have an opportunity to initiate new projects complementary to our research.

Start date and term

Start September 1st, 2017. One year position, with possible extension pending funding.

Qualifications

  • A PhD in Molecular Biology, Development, Genetics or related discipline
  • Experience with standard experimental techniques in Molecular Biology
  • Experience designing and conducting experimental procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication (both oral and written)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with researchers and students
  • Established record of scholarly dissemination (peer-reviewed publications, conference participation, etc.)
  • Experience working with amphibian models will be considered an asset

Salary

Salary and benefits consistent with Carleton University policy and dependent on experience.

To apply

Please send a 1) cover letter outlining key experimental qualifications, research interests and experiences, 2) a CV including publications, awards, lab experience, conference participation, and 3) contact info for three references to hillary.maddin@carleton.ca by May 15th.

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Assistant Professor, Aquatic Biology, 12-month Limited Term Appointment, Trent University. Application deadline:May 3, 2017.

Trent University invites applications for one 12-month Limited Term Appointment in the field of Aquatic Biology in the Department of Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to start August 15, 2017, subject to budgetary approval. A completed Ph.D. and appropriate teaching experience are required. The successful candidate will teach two half-courses in each of the fall, winter and summer terms of 2017-2018. The courses during the fall and winter terms may include: Introductory Ecology, Advanced Ecology, Methods of Biological Inquiry, Limnology, and River and Stream Biology. Courses for the summer of 2018 will be decided in consultation with successful applicant. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to supervise students in the Reading Course (independent study) and students in the undergraduate Honour’s (Research) Thesis course.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a brief statement of research interests, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three referees who would be willing to write on the candidate’s behalf. Please note that applications will only be accepted in PDF format via email.  Please send applications to biology@trentu.ca, attention Dr. Erica Nol, Chair, Department of Biology.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 3, 2017.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact enol@trentu.ca.

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

PhD Positions in Fungal Evolutionary Genetics

The Corradi Lab is currently seeking motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD level).

Students will be supervised by Dr. Nicolas Corradi within a CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) – affiliated laboratory located in the Department of Biology of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Lab Website: http://corradilab.weebly.com/

The selected candidates will pursue and expand work in one of several new exciting research areas in the lab:

1) Environmental genomics of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

2) Metagenomics of eukaryotic intracellular pathogens (Microsporidia, Rozellomycota)

3) Genome and mating-type organization in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal FungiEnquiries about specific projects can be sent to ncorradiATuottawa.ca.

Applicants are expected to have good background in one (or more) of the following areas:

Mycology, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Plant-microbe interaction, Amplicon-sequencing analysis, Population Genetics/omics, Comparative genomics.

For international applicants, Fluency in French is desired (but not required). 

A complete application package includes 1) a CV, 2) a short description of past research accomplishments and future goals, and 3) the names and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references. Evaluation of applications starts immediately until suitable candidates are found.

The University of Ottawa is a large, research-intensive university, hosting over 40.000 students and located in the downtown core area of Canada’s capital city (http://www.science.uottawa.ca/fac/welcome.html). Ottawa is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very high quality of life (http://www.ottawatourism.ca/fr/)Complete applications can be sent to Dr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradiATuottawa.ca).

Representative Publications:

  1. Corradi N. and A. Brachmann. Fungal mating in the most widespread plant symbionts? Trends in Plant Sciences 2017, 22 (2), 175–183
  2. Ropars J., Kinga Sędzielewska Toro K. Noel J., Pelin A., Charron P., Farinelli L., Marton T., Krüger M., Fuchs J., Brachmann, and N. Corradi. Evidence for the sexual origin of heterokaryosis in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Nature Microbiology 1(6): 16033, 2016.
  3. Corradi N. Microsporidia: Intracellular Parasites Shaped by Gene Loss and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Annual Review of Microbiology 69 (1): 167-183. 2015
  4. Pelin A., Selman M., Laurent Farinelli, Aris-Brosou and N. Corradi. Genome analyses suggest the presence of polyploidy and recent human-driven expansions in eight global populations of the honeybee pathogen Nosema ceranaeEnvironmental Microbiology 17 (11): 4443-4458, 2015.
  5. Riley R.Charron P., Idnurm A., Farinelli L., Dalpé Y., Martin F. and Corradi. Extreme Diversification of the MATA-HMG Gene Family in the Plant – Associated Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. New Phytologist 201(1): 254–268, 2014.

Summer Field Research Assistant. Application deadline: April 21, 2017.

We are seeking a summer field research assistant to aid with fish sampling in several national parks. The main purpose of this research is to study the effects of fisheries induced evolution on populations of brook trout in Rocky Mountain lakes.

The fieldwork, June 10 – August 31 (with the possibility of extension to October 9), 2017, will take place at various field sites in Yoho, Jasper, and Kootenay National Parks, Alberta. A typical day involves long hours of fieldwork (10+ hours) and includes hiking (1 – 10km), carrying heavy equipment, using fyke and gillnets from a boat, handling fish and working within a small team.

Applicants should be confident and comfortable working in a remote setting. Previous field experience collecting biological data and fish handling is preferred, but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Housing and food stipend are provided. Bunk houses will be provided but camping will also be required.

This is an NSERC funded project that will not only provide valuable experience to the applicant, but also provide networking opportunities with partner organizations and

research laboratories at several other universities.

Please sent a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Kia Marin (kmarin@gmail.com) by April 21, 2017 @ 4pm. Kia is a Research Biologist in Dr. Dylan J. Fraser’s Lab at Concordia University (www.dylanfraser.com).

Associate Director, Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Background

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 60 countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS’s Marine Conservation Program works in over 20 countries and all five oceans to protect key marine habitats and marine wildlife, to end overfishing, and to protect key species groups, including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and corals, as well as to inspire an ocean constituency.
WCS has made an institutional commitment to the conservation of sharks and rays globally, and to raise awareness on need to protect these species. WCS includes sharks and rays as one of six priority species groups in the WCS: 2020 Strategic Plan. WCS has also convened a partnership – the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) – to develop and implement a 10-year global strategy for the conservation of these species. In addition, WCS is poised to open the new Ocean Wonders exhibit as part of the New York Aquarium, a $120 million investment that features sharks and rays.

WCS has significantly expanded its Sharks and Rays Program to support scaling-up of shark and ray conservation efforts around the world. Goals of this effort are to: save shark and ray species from extinction; transition fisheries to sustainability; effectively control international trade; and reduce demand for shark and ray products from unsustainable sources. The WCS Sharks and Rays Program consists of scientific research and monitoring; conservation programs; policy reform at local, national and multinational levels; and outreach and education. WCS seeks an Associate Director to manage the Sharks and Rays Program.

To Apply

Please apply online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers and send a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Associate Director, Sharks and Rays – [your name]” to marineprogram@wcs.org. Applications received prior to April 25 will receive priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Position Description

The Associate Director manages the global WCS Sharks and Rays Program. Based in WCS’s Global Conservation Program headquarters located in the Bronx Zoo, NY, the Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program, coordinates with the Vice President of Species Conservation, leads the WCS Sharks and Rays Program Team, and plays a central role with the WCS Marine Conservation Team. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director of the Sharks and Rays Program develops and oversees the program’s strategic direction, manages the program activities in science, conservation and policy, and coordinates shark and ray activities throughout WCS, including with the New York Aquarium. In addition to program management, overall responsibilities include development and fundraising, and communications and marketing, relating to the Sharks and Rays Program, in conjunction with relevant WCS departments. The Associate Director supervises the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator and will shape additional staffing needs. With oversight and coordination by the Associate Director, administration and support for the Sharks and Rays Program are provided by the Marine Program Manager (finances), Marine Program Officer, and Marine Program Assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

Program development and management

  • Advancing the strategic development and implementation of WCS’s global Sharks and Rays Program (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing and overseeing workplans, activities, and outputs to ensure timely completion of deliverables and achievement of Program goals;
  • Overseeing Program responsibilities relating to data collection, analysis, publication, and sharing, which support delivery of the WCS sharks and rays strategy and GSRI global strategy;
  • Guiding and coordinating with field programs to achieve goals of the Sharks and Rays Program in conjunction with regional and country conservation goals, through regular engagement, communication with regional and country directors, and HQ staff;
  • Coordinating between the global conservation work of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and the exhibits and outreach through the New York Aquarium;
  • Facilitating consultancies, partnerships and relationships globally, regionally and locally in support of the Program and the GSRI (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing the annual budget and managing the finances of the Sharks and Rays Program;
  • In coordination with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator, representing the Sharks and Rays Program at meetings, conferences, donor events, etc.

Development and Fundraising

  • Overseeing fundraising to ensure necessary funds exist for the implementation of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and related projects and activities;
  • In conjunction with WCS Global Resources, developing and maintaining relationships with funders and donors, including international and domestic public agencies, private donors, foundations and corporations;
  • Preparing and reviewing funding proposals and related reports, including narratives and budgets, in support of the Program.

Communication

  • Representing the WCS Sharks and Rays Program to external audiences;
  • Developing and coordinating programmatic communications between and among WCS staff, including Public Affairs and Global Resources, as well as external partners, donors 
and the general public, regarding program research, results and accomplishments;
  • Writing, editing, and designing programmatic reports, outreach materials and other 
communications;
  • Facilitating and maintaining constant coordination, collaboration and active dialogue 
between WCS staff and external partners, and supporting the strong and transparent governance of the GSRI partnership.

Experience and Qualifications

  • PhD, Master’s Degree or similar graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as marine/fisheries biology, natural sciences, or conservation policy;
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience, including project management and administration, fundraising and development, field research and conservation, finance and operations;
  • Relevant subject-matter expertise and experience, including understanding of general conservation issues, experience in species and/or marine conservation, and familiarity with shark and ray conservation issues and institutions;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with an ability to inspire a team and oversee/manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent communication skills in writing, editing, and oral presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
  • Effective at both collaborative and independent work;
  • Ability to both take initiative and work as part of a geographically scattered team;
  • Foreign language fluency (e.g., French, Spanish) highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with relevant software and technologies, including the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and Miradi, highly desirable; and
  • Willingness to travel internationally essential.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. WCS offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Ph.D. & M.Sc. Positions – Fisheries productivity in northern boreal lakes

Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on fisheries productivity in boreal freshwater ecosystems. This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, industry, government and other sponsors. The main project goals include: i) community assembly in boreal lakes, ii) modelling food-web dynamics, iii) effects of climate change on fish production, iv) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring, v) primary production in lakes, and vi) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into how to develop habitat offsets for fisheries, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Applicants will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch, but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability. Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)ualberta.ca) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada’s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch
Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology
University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources
751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1
Ph: 780-492-4827
Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca
Website: www.markpoesch.com

Graduate (MSc or PhD) Student Opportunities at the University of Alberta: Response of Soil Microbial Communities to Grazing Management

Grasslands provide valuable ecosystem services such as forage, wildlife habitat, and decreased soil erosion and are responsible for storing 30% of all soil carbon. Soil microbial communities comprise a large fraction of underground biomass in grasslands and mediate ecosystem functioning by facilitating nutrient cycling and energy flow. These microbial communities are the major drivers of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling, and are responsible for associated losses from the soil system, mainly as greenhouse gases (GHGs). Specific rangeland management practices, such as adaptive multi-paddock grazing, may promote soil carbon sequestration and offset greenhouse gases produced by beef production. Grazing imposes a significant impact on grasslands by defoliating plants, altering the plant community, reducing plant litter, and changing water and nutrient cycles; repeated defoliation may favour specific grass species that alter biochemical inputs to the soil and influence soil microbial community composition.

We are looking to hire 2 to 3 motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on a project examining soil carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions from soil microbial communities in prairie ecosystems under adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing management. The students will work in grasslands throughout AB, SK and MB through a large-scale project funded through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Candidates should have a keen interest in studying soil microbial communities via phospholipid (PLFA) and molecular methods (DNA/RNA extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), qPCR of taxonomic and functional gene and transcripts, illumina miseq amplicon library preparation, bioinformatics). Students will be supervised by Cameron Carlyle and/or Edward Bork at the University of Alberta and will work with an interdisciplinary group of researchers (range management specialists, plant ecologists, soil scientists, bio-geochemists, microbial ecologists), and individual ranchers across Canada and the USA. A large portion of research will require students to work on field sites throughout the Canadian prairies. A willingness to work extended hours while in the field is required. Experience in soil and molecular analyses are strong assets. A full (non-probationary) driver’s license is required. Students could begin as early as May 2017, but no later than September 2017. If interested, please submit a cover letter and CV detailing relevant interests and experiences to Karen Thompson at karen4@ualberta.ca.

BOURSE de DOCTORAT pour étudier la contribution du caribou comme espèce parapluie en forêt boréale soumise aux changements climatiques

Le caribou forestier est une espèce parapluie puisque de récents travaux démontrent que plus on aménage son habitat d’une façon qui lui est présentement favorable, mieux on préserve la biodiversité régionale. Suite aux changements climatiques, il est toutefois possible que différentes mesures soient préconisées pour l’aménagement de l’habitat de l’espèce, et que sa contribution comme parapluie de la biodiversité boréale varie suivant ces changements. Le projet doctoral vise à établir le lien entre les changements climatiques, l’aménagement de l’habitat du caribou forestier et son rôle comme espèce parapluie. L’approche empirique impliquera notamment l’étude des interactions entre des caribous forestiers et des loups gris porteurs de colliers GPS le long de transects latitudinaux positionnés au Québec et en Alberta (Canada). Cette information sera mise en relation avec des données de biodiversité animale et végétale inventoriée le long de ces mêmes transects. Les conditions observées le long de ces transects serviront en partie de substitut aux changements climatiques. Des modèles de prévision des changements climatiques seront utilisés afin d’explorer les conséquences de ces changements sur le rôle du caribou forestier comme espèce parapluie. La majorité des données sont donc déjà acquise, de sorte que le doctorant(e) se concentrera largement sur l’analyse des données et la simulation informatique. Il y est néanmoins possible des travaux de terrain supplémentaires prennent place.

Nous sommes à la recherche d’un(e) étudiant(e) au doctorat pour participer à cette étude. L’étudiant joindra un groupe de recherche composé de biologistes, de statisticiens et physiciens qui travaillent conjointement au développement de méthodes permettant d’anticiper les variations des écosystèmes nordiques suivant les changements climatiques. Le candidat idéal devrait avoir une maîtrise en biologie, de même que certaines connaissances en géomatique et de bonnes aptitudes en statistique. L’étudiant(e) sera sous la co-supervision de Daniel Fortin (U. Laval) et Mark Hebblewhite (U. of Montana).

Une bourse de 18 000$/année sera disponible durant 3 ans. Des bourses universitaires s’ajouteront à ce montant. Les étudiant(e)s admissibles aux bourses
CRSNG et FRQNT seront favorisé(e)s.

Documents à fournir par courriel : Si le projet vous intéresse, veuillez faire parvenir une courte lettre spécifiant vos motivations, un CV, vos relevés de notes (non officiels), ainsi que le nom et adresse électronique de trois personnes pouvant fournir des références à votre sujet. L’évaluation des candidatures débutera le 15 avril 2017.

Daniel Fortin
Département de biologie,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine,
Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada
Courriel: Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca

PhD positions available – Amphibian occupancy patterns, population genetics, and disease dynamics

Funded by a Strategic NSERC grant, we are seeking a PhD students to complete our team on research related to the detection and monitoring of amphibians and their pathogens (chytrid fungus, ranavirus) in Canada. Using environmental DNA as a basis for the research, the team will conduct: 1) Habitat occupancy modeling for amphibians and their pathogens; 2) Analysis of the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens and amphibian hosts; 3) Assessment of potential synergistic interactions between pathogens and aquatic contaminants; and 4) Modeling the drivers of amphibian population decline. Students will develop research projects that fit within the context of the broader program, such as: Validation of eDNA for detecting amphibians; Assessment of ranavirus pathogenicity; Chytrid fungus evolutionary dynamics; and Modeling drivers of amphibian occupancy.  We are seeking students to initiate their research in Spring or Fall 2017, with the research to be conducted across southern Ontario. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and names of 3 references to: Dennis Murray, Trent University, dennismurray@trentu.ca (www.dennismurray@trentu.ca) or David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca (http://gearg.jimdo.com/people/head/).

TIER 1 CRC IN ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING

The Faculty of Science at Western University is pleased to announce a search for a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Complex Environmental Systems Modeling and Analysis to be appointed to a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Applications will be considered starting April 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, see:

http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/faculty/CSMA_Ad_Feb12017_ConsensusV41.pdf