POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION IN BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY: POSITION NUMBER 30425 – DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, CANADA

POSITION START DATE: As soon as possible

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 30, 2021

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow, 12 months term

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$50,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: We are using our long-term dataset (>2000 individuals over 19 years), as well as field research, test fundamental hypotheses on life history, alternative reproductive tactics and cooperative breeding in an arid-adapted African ground squirrel, using behavioural, molecular and endocrine techniques. Females in this species are cooperative breeders living in family groups with multiple breeders, and males live in all-male bands (unrelated individuals). Both male and female groups are non-territorial, lack dominance hierarchies and display little aggression. They are long-lived, despite a small body size, and have few offspring, similar to large mammals. Males have two alternative tactics – they either delay dispersal and stay with their family, or disperse and join all-male bands. Tactics do not differ in reproductive success but less than 30% of males of either tactic sire offspring. In complex animal societies, females usually live with their close kin but these close kin are also their closest competitors. Thus sociality can be seen as a tug-of-war between cooperation and competition among groupmates. In female Cape ground squirrels, most breeding attempts fail to wean offspring, but the reasons for this reproductive skew are unclear. Reproductive conflict within the family group is not apparent, so such skew is unexpected.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position focus on the analysis and writing of manuscripts on a range of possible topics, including predation risk, personality, spatial mark-recapture, kinship, and heritability.  However, the PDF will also have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions within the context of behavioural and animal ecology.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To contribute significantly to data interpretation and statistical analysis in the lab
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To collaborate in the experimental design and implementation of research projects with graduate and undergraduate students
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g., arranging travel to field sites, overseeing a research program.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD (or successful PhD viva at commencement of contract) in behaviour ecology, evolutionary biology or a related field
  • Ability to process and analyse datasets using cutting edge statistical tools (e.g., Bayesian, social network analysis, spatial mark-recapture, complex GLMMs)
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, particularly R
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and team management skills

CONTACT:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to:

Dr. Jane Waterman, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Jane.Waterman@umanitoba.ca

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

POSTDOCTORAT EN SYLVICULTURE – Évaluations des traitements sylvicoles expérimentaux pour réussir l’aménagement durable de la forêt boréale

Contexte : Le Canada est le troisième pays du monde en termes de superficie forestière avec 347 millions ha. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, le traitement sylvicole le plus utilisé a été la coupe totale, représentant 93% de la surface récoltée dans la forêt boréale canadienne. Les impacts de cette méthode de coupe sur la forêt vierge en ce qui a trait à la perte de biodiversité, à la vulnérabilité de la régénération, aux perturbations naturelles et à la durabilité des ressources forestières sont bien connus. Nous vivons une situation critique dans la forêt boréale en raison de l’homogénéisation, de la simplification de la structure forestière, de l’uniformisation des peuplements en ce qui a trait aux essences, ainsi que du rajeunissement généralisé du couvert forestier. Pour ces raisons, il importe de développer des traitements sylvicoles novateurs afin de fournir des stratégies alternatives de gestion forestière visant à la diversification des peuplements, et à l’augmentation de la capacité d’adaptation et de la résilience face au changement climatique en forêt boréale canadienne. L’aménagement forestier écosystémique propose l’utilisation de coupes partielles afin d’intégrer les objectifs écologiques, économiques et sociaux dans la planification sylvicole. Bien que les coupes partielles soient de plus en plus utilisées, elles ne sont pas adaptées aux conditions canadiennes et y demeurent peu étudiées, notamment les coupes progressives régulières (CPR). Pour cela, une évaluation sylvicole des CPR, apte à fournir des outils d’applications de ces traitements dans la stratégie forestière du Canada est requise.

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PROJET DE POST-DOCTORAT EN ENVIRONNEMENT – « Two-eyed seeing » des tourbières du nord du Québec

Nous cherchons une personne stagiaire postdoctorale pour travailler dans un vaste projet multidisciplinaire sur les tourbières de la région d’Eeyou-Itschee Baie James dans le nord du Québec, Canada. Le stagiaire postdoctoral aura l’opportunité passionnante d’intégrer différents types de données sur les tourbières de la région afin de générer un outil de conservation et de planification écologique. Certains sous-projets ont généré des données biologiques sur les plantes, les lichens, et la faune (oiseaux, amphibiens et mammifères). D’autres sous-projets ont intégré les connaissances autochtones sur les tourbières et les caractéristiques des sites d’importance pour les communautés autochtones.

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATION ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON REGION

Summary: The Yellowstone to Yukon vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the northern Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.  As well as providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape” conservation. This multi-year applied research project is concluding its second year. This 2-year position will build on the first phase of the project that focused on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and beginning to compile and model the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of recreation use. In phase two, the focus will be on finalizing and testing functional models of disturbance from recreation; expanding the models to include additional areas of human use and species of interest; and working closely with partners to translate the data into information systems that can inform policy and management decisions. The position is ideal for landscape and recreation ecologists or conservation scientists with strong geospatial and modeling skills and the desire to conduct & communicate applied research that informs conservation. https://blogs.unbc.ca/recreationecology/

Project description:  The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers and partners to:

develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization; working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and, develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region, e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components.

This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and project management skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and how research can inform conservation and management. Activities may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in geography, ecology, or conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial and modeling skills. An interest and background in wildlife ecology, recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research to inform planning.

Essential skills and experience include: 

  • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing large spatial databases, analyzing and mapping spatial and temporal data, generating predictive models using count data (e.g. GLM, GLMM), understand model selection and multi-model inferences, working with complex ecological data including resource/step selection functions and species distribution models, satellite imagery and remote sensing data
  • Publication record (e.g., led writing of journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)
  • Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and project management

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians
  • Literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners
  • Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)
  • Experience with R-Shiny would be considered an asset

We welcome applications from people who identify as part of marginalized, minoritized, and/or other under-represented groups.

Setting: Based at the Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta with significant time spent at the UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia; some travel within the Y2Y region. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is supported until such time as the Y2Y head office reopens.

Start date: The appointee will preferably start on or before September 1, 2021.

Salary range: $55,000-60,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience. Second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

To apply: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, explaining how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca. Questions about disability-related accommodations during the application and/or interview process may be directed to Simon Ongom, Y2Y Financial Controller, simon@y2y.net.

Closing date: Deadline May 20, 2021 or until position is filled with interviews anticipated in June 2021.

Web posting: www.y2y.net/careers

Projet post-doctoral : « two-eyed seeing » des tourbières du nord du Québec – Date limite pour appliquer: 1 juin 2021

Nous cherchons une personne stagiaire postdoctorale pour travailler dans un vaste projet multidisciplinaire sur les tourbières de la région d’Eeyou-Itschee Baie James dans le nord du Québec, Canada. Le stagiaire postdoctoral aura l’opportunité passionnante d’intégrer différents types de données sur les tourbières de la région afin de générer un outil de conservation et de planification écologique. Certains sous-projets ont généré des données biologiques sur les plantes, les lichens, et la faune (oiseaux, amphibiens et mammifères). D’autres sous-projets ont intégré les connaissances autochtones sur les tourbières et les caractéristiques des sites d’importance pour les communautés autochtones.

Nous cherchons une personne détentrice d’une doctorat qui a les caractéristiques suivantes :

Une capacité démontrée à initier des recherches caractérisées par l’originalité, la créativité et l’innovation;

Une expérience de collaboration avec les communautés autochtones et les détenteurs de connaissances autochtones;

Un doctorat en écologie, biologie de la conservation, études autochtones, sciences de l’environnement ou dans un domaine connexe de la théorie de la décision; ou un doctorat dans un autre domaine et une expérience postdoctorale dans l’un de ces domaines;

La capacité de fonctionner en Français et en Anglais (université française, 1 communauté francophone et 2 communautés anglophones). La capacité de parler Cri ou Anicinape est un avantage certain.

Durée du post-doctorat: minimum 1 an avec possibilité d’extension, en particulier si la personne candidate est prête à collaborer à la rédaction de demande de subvention. La position est disponible dès maintenant et doit être comblé au plus tard en septembre 2021.

Le poste est à l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, associée à la Chaire de recherche industrielle CRSNG-UQAT sur la biodiversité nordique en contexte minier. Nous sommes ouverts à discuter de travail à distance, avec des visites dans les communautés impliquées dans le projet, une fois que la situation sanitaire mondiale le permettra. La directrice principale est Nicole Fenton de l’Institut de recherche sur les forêts, en association avec Hugo Asselin de l’École d’étude autochtones et en collaboration avec Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle de la Wildlife Conservation Society et l’University of Saskatchewan.

Pour appliquer envoyer votre CV à Nicole Fenton (nicole.fenton@uqat.ca) avant le 1 juin 2021. La personne candidate pourrait être choisi avant cette date à la suite de la réception d’une application exceptionnelle.

Stage postdoctoral sur les Variables Essentielles de Biodiversité pour le Réseau d’observation de la biodiversité du Québec

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
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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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