Postdoctoral position: Population genomics of the invasion of the Great Lakes by sea lamprey, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

POSITION START DATE: We’re targeting a start between March and July 2020, but we may be able to be flexible with start dates. Funding is for two years

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: We will begin review of applications 9 Feb 2020 and the position will remain open until filled

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are native to the Atlantic Ocean and invasive in the Great Lakes, where they cause significant damage to the ecosystem and fishery. The objectives of this project are to use whole genome re-sequencing data to 1) model the invasion history of the Great Lakes system and 2) search for signatures of selection in the freshwater populations.

Sea lamprey likely moved into Lake Erie and the upper Great Lakes following completion of the Welland Canal which allowed passage around Niagara Falls. Current population connectivity among the upper Great Lakes, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, and between the marine and invasive freshwater populations is not well characterized. Our goal is to use whole genome re-sequencing of individuals sampled across 20 sample sites within the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain, and along the Atlantic coast to model the demographics of the invasion history and gene flow within this system.

The primary management tool currently in use to control the invasive sea lamprey populations is lampricide treatment. The use of lampricides has reduced and held adult sea lamprey abundance to ~10% of that observed prior to the start of control efforts thus potentially exerting strong selection. We are in the position to test for the evolution of lampricide resistance at a suite of candidate genes associated with physiological and transcriptomic responses to experimental lampricide applications identified in ongoing related work. Given the very different environmental conditions experienced in marine and freshwater environments, we also may find evidence for selection associated with selection pressures other than lampricide applications (e.g., associated with osmoregulation and life history trait variation).

Please send any additional questions about the position to colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to model gene flow and the demography of the invasion at the best resolution our data affords, and to test for signatures of selection associated with candidate loci for lampricide resistance.

We also want to stress that the PDF will have the opportunity to develop and pursue other research questions of their own interests. You will be joining a well funded sea lamprey research program that is jointly led by Margaret Docker, Ken Jeffries, and myself Colin Garroway, and comprised of 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students, and 2 MSc students with additional students working on related questions in other species.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To contribute significantly to and lead experimental design, data interpretation, and statistical analysis related to the above described research objectives.

  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators and arranging travel to meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership, and involvement with professional bodies.

 QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (current or expected at commencement of contract) in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics.

  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and 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:

Colin Garroway
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Manitoba
garroway-lab.com
Colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, 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.

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.

POSTDOC & PhD POSITIONS – EVOLUTIONARY MITOCHONDRIAL BIOLOGY – UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL. Application deadline: February 14, 2020.

A postdoctoral position and a PhD position are available in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie Breton (Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology) at the Université de Montréal (http://labobreton.ca/) to study the role of mitochondria and their genomes in adaptation and speciation processes. The projects take a multidisciplinary approach using epigenetic, genetic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, and biochemical methods in different animal/organismal model systems, including yeasts, bivalves and flatworms.

The postdoc position is available immediately and is renewable annually depending upon progress. The PhD is expected to start in September 2020.

Applicants should have recently obtained a PhD degree (for the postdoc position) and a MSc degree (for the PhD position) in biology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a related field. The ideal postdoc candidate is expected to be self-motivated, resourceful, with a record of scientific rigor, productivity, and creativity; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and a strong publication record. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Those with interest and experience in mitochondrial biology, genetics and epigenetics such as DNA methylation are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior experience in Southern, Northern and Western analysis and immunoprecipitation is beneficial. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to design and perform experiments and interpret data independently.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter with the description of research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information of two references (in pdf format) to s.breton@umontreal.ca before February 14, 2020.

Please note that only those selected for an interview (Skype or telephone) will be contacted.

Sophie Breton, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Mitochondrial Biology
Département de Sciences Biologiques
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Canada

Postdoctoral position: Climate change, fire behavior, plant physiology

The Physiological Ecology Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (PI Sean Michaletz; www.michaletzlab.org) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to study fire behavior and its effects on plant physiology and forest dynamics.

The postdoc will help develop, test, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances.  This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model.  The modeling framework will be tested and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA.  The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team (bit.ly/2DBhPQc) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA.  The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE).  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine mathematical models with data to study links between climate change, disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and forest ecosystem processes.

Funding is available for at least 3 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Additional support is available for conference and fieldwork travel.  Start date is February 2020 but may be flexible.  Information on benefits is available at https://goo.gl/PDZX5p.  The lab strongly supports positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

Required skills include experience combining process-based models with field data in an Earth system, geoscience, or ecophysiology context.  Desired skills include experience with field work, knowledge of fire ecology, hydrology, and plant physiology, domain modeling and code development using programming languages such as Fortran or C++, high performance and parallel computing, and numerical simulation models (computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, ecohydrology, forest dynamics).  Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or obtained within the last five years.  The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the project also requires willingness to work on a team.

To apply, please send a CV, a one page statement explaining why the position best matches your career goals, a recent publication, and names and contact information for three references to Sean Michaletz at sean.michaletz@ubc.ca.  The application deadline is January 1st 2020, but review will begin when applications are received and continue until the position is filled.  Please feel free to contact Sean Michaletz at any time with questions or to discuss projects.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Postdoctoral fellow – Practical and advanced models to understand, predict, manage and preserve biodiversity in an era of global change

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to advance the development and applications of a new generation of biodiversity forecasting models. We aim at combining biodiversity, spatial ecology, and climate change sciences with advanced statistics to develop biodiversity predictors based on complex spatial and temporal variation of landscapes and climate.  The overall goal is to improve our knowledge and projections for biodiversity changes that are applicable to local, large and global scales.  The position will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and the research offers an outstanding opportunity for collaborating with our large network of national and international organizations including academic institutions, government agencies and stakeholders.  The fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Studies and be considered to become a fellow of the NSERC-CREATE training program in Computational Biodiversity Science and Services.

Inquiries should be send to: pedro.peres-neto@concordia.ca and/or jp.lessard@concordia.ca

Pedro R. Peres-Neto
Professor & Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity
Department of Biology
Concordia University

Postdoc opportunity: agent-based modelling of caribou responses to forest management (Guelph/Ottawa/Hearst Ontario)

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a collaborative applied ecological modelling project with John Fryxell (University of Guelph, https://www.fryxell-lab.com ), Josie Hughes (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada, https://jshughes.org ), and Hearst Forest Management Ltd. Assess the implications of forest management plans for boreal caribou using agent-based movement and spatial population viability models.

Start date: negotiable
Deadline: open until filled
Duration: 2 years
Salary: 60,000$ per year

Location: University of Guelph or National Wildlife Research Centre (Ottawa) & Hearst, Ontario.
Eligibility: PhD must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project start date. Not restricted to Canadians.

More information: http://bit.ly/hearstCaribou

To apply, please send your CV and statement of interest to josie.hughes@canada.ca.

PDF POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Postdoctoral Fellow position available in invasion ecology with Drs. Hugh MacIsaac and Sarah Bailey. We seek candidates for a position to address risk assessment associated with colonization pressure in aquatic invasion ecology. The successful applicant will review pertinent literature, assess risk associated with mock zooplankton communities in experimental mesocosms, and model relative risk associated with colonization pressure and propagule pressure in ballast water communities. Appointment is initially available for one year, with renewal contingent on funding.

Applicants must possess a PhD in plankton ecology and/or invasion ecology, a strong publication record, and strong quantitative and verbal skills.  Experience working with large data sets, and on collaborative projects with multiple stakeholders is beneficial.

The position is based primarily at GLIER with Hugh MacIsaac, though some work and analyses will occur with Sarah Bailey at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Burlington, Ontario.

Applications should include a cover letter, c.v., statement of research interests, and the names of two references. Application materials should be directed to Dr. Hugh MacIsaac at aquaticexplorer@yahoo.com.