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/

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.

Click here for more information.

 

Stagiaire postdoctoral(e) sur les Variables Essentielles de Biodiversité

Le Réseau d’observation de la biodiversité du Québec (BD-QC) développe une infrastructure informatique qui servira à documenter en temps réel l’état de la biodiversité et ses changements. La direction du Réseau BD-QC est située à la Faculté des Sciences à l’Université de Sherbrooke et la supervision est réalisée par le Professeur Dominique Gravel du Département de Biologie.

Dans le cadre de ce projet, nous sommes à la recherche d’une stagiaire postdoctorale ou d’un stagiaire postdoctoral qui aura pour tâche le développement et le déploiement d’un protocole pour la création de Variables Essentielles de Biodiversité à partir des données d’observation du Réseau BD-QC.

Poste à temps complet
Durée : 3 ans avec possibilité de renouvellement
Date d’entrée en fonction : dès que possible

 Plus d’information ici.