Opportunité de stage postdoctoral: modèles de risque pour des ravageurs forestiers émergents dans le nord-ouest du Québec

Ce projet vise à développer des modèles de risque pour des ravageurs forestiers émergents dans le nord-ouest du Québec.  Le/la chercheur(e) postodoctoral(e) mènera une équipe de terrain pour dépister les xylophages exotiques selon un gradient latitudinal et pour quantifier les dommages causés par les défoliateurs dans la régénération naturelle et dans les plantations. Le/la chercheur(e) utilisera ces résultats expérimentaux pour développer des modèles de risque qui identifient les types de peuplement et de paysage qui accroissent les risques de ravages entomologiques. Les objectifs de recherche sont : 1. Identifier les voies d’invasion pour le transport anthropique de xylophages exotiques; 2. Évaluer le rôle de la composition et de la gestion forestière sur le risque relié aux xylophages et aux défoliateurs; 3. Étendre le suivi des ravageurs forestiers pour inclure un inventaire de biodiversité.

Le/a candidat(e) possédera des connaissances avancées en entomologie et en analyse des données multivariées, de l’expérience de terrain, de gestion d’équipe et de liaison avec des partenaires.  Le bilinguisme français/anglais est aussi requis.

Les demandes sont soumises directement à l’école des études graduées de l’université Concordia.    Pour plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : Emma.Despland@concordia.ca or Tim.Work@uqam.ca

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

MATHEMATICAL MODELING FOR CONNECTIVITY: FROM STRUCTURAL TO FUNCTIONAL INDICATORS FOR FRESHWATER BIOTA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in modelling fish population dynamics in watersheds. The goal of this research is to relate structural to functional indicators of connectivity in river networks. The research is conducted in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada and other partners. Specifically, it is part of the “Pathway to Canada Target 1” (see https://www.conservation2020canada.ca/the-pathway).

The research will use mathematical models, numerical simulation, data fitting and scenario testing. The position is based at the University of Ottawa, but the research will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers from the “Pathway” network. Applicants should have a PhD in quantitative/theoretical ecology, mathematical biology, or a related field with strong expertise in modelling, data integration and simulation, as well as excellent writing and communication skills.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in the range of $40.000 – $45.000 CDN (including benefits). Some funding for travel to collaborators and/or workshops and conferences will be available in addition. The position is expected to start in September 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility to extend for a second year, based on performance.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, their CV, and at least two names of potential referees. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s experience related to the project. Applications should be sent to Frithjof Lutscher (flutsche@uottawa.ca).

See http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/flutsche/ for more information about Prof Lutscher’s lab.

NSERC Postdoc – Reconstructing Hyperdiverse Tropical Marine Food Webs:

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/; @BaumLab) at the University of Victoria seeks an NSERC post-doctoral fellow to conduct research investigating fundamental and applied ecological questions with a focus on tropical coral reef food webs.

The post-doc will have immediate access to a large reef fish dataset collected on the world’s largest atoll, both before and after a prolonged marine heatwave that transformed the ecosystem’s foundation (90% loss of live coral cover). The data set is comprised of samples from more than ~2,800 reef fishes from 30 species, with representative species from all major functional groups. Fish were collected from sites with distinct exposures to chronic local anthropogenic disturbance. Bulk stable isotope data are already in hand, and there is the potential to also address questions using compound specific isotope analyses, as well as  metabarcoding of fish stomach samples.

Research could address fundamental food web ecology questions (e.g. trophic structure, niche width, food chain length), as well as applied questions about how local and global stressors alter hyperdiverse food webs. Candidates must have experience processing and analyzing stable isotope data.

The candidate will need to secure their own core salary (e.g. through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (due October 17th, https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp). NSERC PDF salaries will be supplemented by $5,000/year. The successful candidate will also receive support to attend, and present at, least one major scientific conference per year.

Applicants should have excellent critical thinking and science communication skills, a solid track record of publishing their research in reputable journals, and be proficient in R and in conducting stable isotope analyses.

We are especially interested in candidates from demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in STEM due to historic and ongoing inequalities, including women and BIPOC scholars. We are a collegial, collaborative and productive group committed to enhancing diversity and equity in STEM, to open science and outreach, and to conducting world-class conservation-relevant research.

Qualified, eligible candidates should send a CV, statement of research interest, two of their publications as examples, and a list of three references to Prof. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca), and be prepared to develop a competitive NSERC PDF proposal with Prof. Baum’s support for this year’s deadline.