Opportunity for a PhD or a Postdoctoral position – Modeling individual variability in behaviour and demography of boreal caribou

Boreal caribou is a cultural keystone species for Indigenous peoples and an indicator of broad-scale changes in ecosystem dynamics. Despite their ecological and cultural value, boreal caribou are imperiled across much of their range, and are listed as threatened on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). Accordingly they are subject to a comprehensive national recovery strategy and action plan (Environment Canada 2017, 2012). The mechanisms behind variation in the population trajectories of boreal caribou are critical to understand. Many studies suggest a high-level of adaptation to local or range-wide ecological and climatic conditions as well as individual variation in behaviour including the responses to human and natural disturbance, and ultimately survivorship and population dynamics. Such findings have relevance to our understanding of intraspecific behavioural plasticity, the species’ inherent potential to adapt to rapidly changing environments and our ability to forecast population trajectories. However, there has been no work to systematically quantify this variability within and among herds across Canada.

To address this knowledge gap, we seek to quantify intraspecific variability in the habitat ecology and demographic outcomes for populations of boreal caribou that are representative of the range of variability in ecological, climatic and human factors, the range of observed behaviours being considered as analogues for future adaptive strategies. Our goal is to build agent-based models to explore the response of individual caribou to landscape change, including future changes in vegetation communities, human and natural disturbance, and climate. Reproductive and survival outcomes from simulated caribou will allow us to explore the population implications of environmental change and to evaluate management actions designed to increase the likelihood of persistence of these caribou across the boreal range.

Our team is offering a postdoctoral research opportunity or a PhD position with the following objectives:

  1. Quantify the variation in habitat selection among individual caribou and relate it to individual survival, including the spatial representation of predation and disease.
  2. Adapt an existing mechanistic energetics model to calculate the reproductive consequences of caribou demonstrating the range of identified distribution strategies along a disturbance gradient.
  3. Develop or adapt, and apply, Agent-Based Models (ABM) to investigate the seasonal movements and distribution strategies of caribou considering internal state, motion and navigation capacities.
  4. Relate the resulting movement to factors such as vegetation change, predation risk, and climate.
  5. Apply the ABM to contemporary landscapes and to future landscapes under climate-driven changes in natural disturbances (e.g. fire), emergent or altered distribution of plant communities, and changes in the nature and intensity of the human footprint.

The project will start in September 2019 or January 2020, with a grant for a 2-year (postdoc) or a 4-year (PhD) period. The candidate will be based at UQAR (Rimouski, QC), under the supervision of Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, and co-supervised by Chris Johnson at UNBC (Prince George, BC), where he/she will have to spend 6-12 months. Our collaborative team will count on the expertise of Cheryl Ann Johnson (ECCC, Ottawa, ON), Steve Cumming (U. Laval, Québec city, QC) and Eliot McIntire (NRCan, Victoria, BC). The candidate will interact with the other members of research team and will be invited to travel between the different research centers.

Requirements:

  • Highly motivated and determined to complete a project and to publish the findings.
  • Track-record publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Interest in spatial ecology and experience analysing location data.
  • Advanced understanding of statistical and spatial analyses (R, SAS, STATA).
  • Ability and willingness to work productively in a team environment.
  • Ability to speak French is an asset, but is not essential.

How to apply: If interested, please send a CV with contact information (phone, email address) of at least 2 references and a cover letter before Friday August 23rd, 2019 (to start in September 2019) or before Monday September 30th, 2019 (to start in January 2020) to:

Five two-year postdoctoral positions in plant biodiversity

The Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO) seeks to understand how environmental changes are altering plant biodiversity in Canadian ecosystems, using spectranomics (spectral signatures and images of plant leaves and canopies). CABO is funded by NSERC’s Discovery Frontiers Program and involves researchers from four Canadian universities: Université de Montréal (UdeM), McGill, University of British Columbia (UBC), and Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS).

We are currently looking for five two-year postdocs to address core research questions of our project, making use of field and imagery data collected in the first two years (2018 and 2019) of CABO across sites in forests, grasslands, wetlands, and tundra. The five research topics of interest are listed below, with the name of the primary supervisor and location of tenure for the postdoc in parentheses. For all positions we seek candidates with high-level skills in handling and analysis of the relevant data types (preferably in R or Matlab), and a proven record of publishing on relevant topics. Details about each project are available by following the links below.

  1. Phylogenetic structure of leaf spectra (Anne Bruneau , UdeM; details here)
  2. Leading dimensions of leaf spectral variation, and predicting traits from spectra (Etienne Laliberté , UdeM; details here)
  3. Plant spectral diversity as an integrator and predictor of community-level taxonomic and functional diversity (Mark Vellend , UdeS; details here)
  4. Vegetation community and functional trait mapping from airborne and UAV hyperspectral imagery (Margaret Kalacska , McGill; details here)
  5. Mapping plant traits across Canadian ecosystems using Hyperion data (Nicholas Coops , UBC; details here)

Applicants should send a letter explaining their motivation and relevant skill set, a CV and the names of three references to caboscience@gmail.com . Applicants should mention in their letter of motivation which of the five topic(s) they want to work on, and justify this choice.

The deadline for sending in applications is October 15th 2019 , but we will consider applications until all five positions are filled. The expected start date would be in January 2020, with some flexibility.

Programme postdoctoral Liber Ero – appel de candidatures pour bourses postdoctorales

Bonjour,

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer un appel à candidatures du programme postdoctoral Liber Ero. Le programme Liber Ero soutient des postdoctorantes et postdoctorants exceptionnels qui désirent relever d’importants défis de conservation de la nature au Canada. Le programme vise à former la prochaine génération de scientifiques en conservation de la nature aux plus récentes méthodes et à leur donner les compétences nécessaires pour influencer les politiques de gestion des ressources naturelles et des lieux sauvages du Canada, et améliorer la conservation de ces derniers.

Le programme Liber Ero est ouvert aux scientifiques de tous les pays qui désirent travailler à promouvoir les objectifs de conservation du Canada. Les chercheurs post-doctorants devront œuvrer au sein d’une organisation (université, organisme) canadienne, et recevoir le support d’une équipe de mentorat dont les membres proviennent d’organisations non gouvernementales, du gouvernement, ou d’universités. Les candidatures sont acceptées dès maintenant et jusqu’au 1er novembre 2019 (date limite). Consultez  http://liberero.ca/fr pour plus de détails. Nous vous invitons à faire circuler cette information auprès de candidates et candidats éventuels.

Pour en savoir plus sur les boursiers et boursières Liber Ero et leurs projets, consultez la page suivante:  http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/.

Cordialement,
Sally Otto
Directrice, Programme postdoctoral Liber Ero

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM. Application deadline: September 30, 2019.

Job Description

The Faculty of Science, University of Windsor, invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) to lead a project in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in STEM under the mentorship of Dr. Tricia Breen Carmichael, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. The position will involve conducting research to advance the science and practice of EDI in academic STEM and related fields. The PDF will work closely with the faculty mentor and the EDI Working Group with a view to diversifying STEM at the University of Windsor, by identifying barriers and enablers for action. The PDF will employ a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary approach that will include discourse analysis, network analysis, case studies, and interviews with key stakeholders in the fields of race/immigration, gender identity, sexual orientation, indigeneity, and disability in order to gain a deep and rich understanding of practices and discourses of students, faculty, researchers and policy-makers in this area. This study will guide the development of innovative ways to address EDI-related issues in STEM, where, despite a strong record of advancing equality and human rights, inequalities remain on the basis of gender identity, race, indigeneity, disability, and sexual orientation.

Typical responsibilities will include the following:

  • Generate a set of research questions and develop a research plan in collaboration with the lead mentor and in consultation with other faculty engaged in EDI issues
  • Lead and manage project activities, including conducting literature reviews, preparing interview questions, recruiting and interviewing subjects, conducting network and critical discourse analyses, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing materials for internal Research Ethics Board review
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research results including project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, as well as workshops with faculty and staff at the University of Windsor
  • Develop proposals for regional and national research funding
  • Seek opportunities for collaborative research and publication
  • Contribute to policy development around EDI in the Faculty of Science
  • Participate in the Faculty of Science EDI Working Group
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned

Educational Requirements PhD in any field in STEM or the Social Sciences and related disciplines

Qualifications and Experience

  • Solid background in one or more of the following research areas: critical theoretical perspectives on diversity and inclusivity; gender equality and LGBTQ2S+ rights; indigenization of curricula; identifying barriers to EDI in STEM
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods experience, including conducting interviews and surveys, critical discourse analysis, and data analysis
  • Proficiency in designing and carrying out research projects in higher education and/or STEM professions concerning diversity
  • Successful and proven track record of managing projects, meeting deadlines, peer-reviewed publications, and high-quality conference presentations Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a research team, mentor student researchers, and take the lead in organizing collaborative work
  • Strong organizational, project management, and oral and written communication skills  

Application Instructions

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Start date: Arranged in consultation with faculty mentor and will begin as early as Nov. 1, 2019.
Term: One year, with the potential to be renewed for a second year.

Apply to Dr. Tricia Breen Carmichael (tbcarmic@uwindsor.ca) via email with the subject “Postdoc EDI in STEM”. The full application will include a single PDF file consisting of:

  • a cover letter describing your research interests and suitability (maximum two pages)
  • a CV, including a list of your publications
  • a statement on your strengths and experiences in increasing EDI
  • contact details of three professional references.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Applications submitted through employment agencies will not be considered.

Additional Information

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. We are committed to strengthening these relationships within the University and beyond, and to ensure that indigenous perspectives and knowledge systems are incorporated and fully acknowledged in the work of this committee and our collective scholarship. The University of Windsor is a welcoming community that is committed to equity and supports diversity in its teaching, learning, and work environments. The University recently signed on to the NSERC Dimensions Charter in a commitment to embed EDI principles in policies, practices, action plans, and culture. In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at grantappts@uwindsor.ca. Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) at www.uwindsor.ca/ohrea. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Windsor is a comprehensive, student-centred university with 15,500 students from more than 85 different countries enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including several professional schools. The University’s strength as an internationally oriented, multi-disciplinary institution actively enables a broad diversity of students, faculty, and staff to make a better world through education, scholarship, research, and engagement. Located on the scenic Detroit River waterfront in Canada’s southernmost city, the University of Windsor provides a dynamic, supportive, diverse, and safe campus adjacent to urban amenities. For more information, please visit the University website at http://www.uwindsor.ca.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITIONS in Connectivity Conservation Science

Advancing National-scale Protected Areas Network Connectivity: 

Integrating Functional Connectivity and Climate Change

The Landscape Ecology Research Group (LERG) at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking two postdoctoral research scientists with expertise in spatial connectivity modelling, conservation planning and prioritisation, and global change ecology. ECCC is co-leading the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative (http://www.conservation2020canada.ca/), which is a national multi-jurisdictional effort aimed at reversing the decline of biodiversity, including research to design and establish effective, resilient, and connected networks of protected areas throughout Canada. Both postdoctoral positions will advance the science and enable the evidence-based design of a connected and resilient network of existing and future networks of protected areas. Postdoctoral fellows will conduct research independently and in collaboration with a larger team, drawing on the expertise of ECCC scientists, academic partners, and other stakeholders.

  1. The Functional Connectivity Postdoctoral Research Scientist will develop a national-scale functional connectivity analysis approach informed by habitat requirements and dispersal traits of representative sets of species for different areas of the country. Dispersal traits may be informed by genomic methods. This research will build on existing regional-scale methods for selecting representative focal species and analyzing multi-species functional connectivity to identify protected areas and regions where connectivity conservation planning is most needed, and to identify areas important for achieving or maintaining connectivity. This research will also help inform the development and selection of national-scale connectivity indicators. Contact Dr. Josie Hughes at josie.hughes@canada.ca for more information.
  1. The Climate Connectivity Postdoctoral Research Scientist will initiate and conduct research on integrating climate change into protected areas network connectivity assessments. Initial work will centre around the development of a framework to identify and prioritise actions aimed at climate-wise connectivity conservation. Additional lines of inquiry may include applying prioritisation of actions to achieve connectivity and protected area network targets across a set of case studies, which vary across the axes of climate change vulnerability and degree of human-modified/natural area intactness. Contact Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis at ilona.naujokaitis-lewis@canada.ca for more information.

Successful candidates will be term Federal Government employees, hired as a Scientific Researchers (SE-RES) with their associated benefits. The salary will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate and will range between $55,870 and $64,690. The duration of employment will be approximately 19 months (until March 31, 2021). Both positions will be based at the National Wildlife Research Centre located on Carleton University campus in the nation’s capital city of Ottawa.

Application Procedure: Please apply as soon as possible though the Government of Canada’s Postdoctoral Research Program process:

Landscape Ecology Research Group (LERG) Connectivity Working Group Research Scientists:

  • Dr. Josie Hughes: Stochastic landcover change projection models, and modelling the implications of landcover changes for wildlife. Development of modelling and analysis tools to inform the assessment and development of conservation plans.  https://jshughes.org/
  • Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis: Impacts of climate change and other stressors on wildlife and landscapes and improving our ability to predict future impacts on biodiversity. Climate change adaptation strategies and conservation planning. https://inlewis.wordpress.com/
  • Dr. Micheline Manseau: Wildlife landscape genetics, landscape connectivity, population monitoring, phylogenetics, indigenous knowledge. http://lecol-ck.ca/research-projects/
  • Dr. Darren Pouliot: Remote sensing, machine/deep learning applications, and land surface characterization across a diverse range of Canadian ecosystems. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Da_Pouliot

 ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

 Official Language Requirement:

  • English Essential

Education:

  • Graduation within the last three years* with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field of ecology, conservation biology or with a specialization related to the duties of the position
  • *Special consideration may be given to applicants who were unable to apply during the 3-year period due to a significant career interruption or delay.

Experience:

  • Experience in planning and conducting research
  • Experience in working with a team of researchers and support staff
  • Experience with quantitative ecological modelling techniques such as statistical or mechanistic modelling of spatial population dynamics or connectivity
  • Experience with optimisation and prioritisation techniques including conservation spatial prioritisation.
  • Experience with project management would be an asset.

 Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high-quality and impactful research
  • Demonstrated ability to assemble, process, and analyse large data such as climate and global or national-scale land-use land-cover data.
  • Demonstrated use of scientific computing tools (e.g. R, python, Julia, github, etc) for repeatable and transparent analysis.
  • Spatial modelling skills: R, QGIS, Google Earth Engine, ARCGIS, etc.

Competencies:

  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Judgement
  • Teamwork
  • Interactive Communication

 Condition(s) of Employment:

  • Reliability security clearance

Operational Requirements: 

  • Willingness and ability to travel (within and/or outside Canada)

POST-DOCTORAL STUDENT POSITION. Deadline for application: August 30, 2019.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow for the following project, to be based at the University of Western Ontario (city of London), or at the Laurentian Forestry Centre (Quebec City)

Integrating acclimation capacity of tree species into assessments of climate change impacts on Canada’s boreal forest: covariance between stand-level forest growth simulations and national tree-ring data

Project Description:

Understanding how the boreal forest will respond to climate change is crucial for predicting not only the ecological and economic impacts of rising CO2 and temperatures on this biome, but also for predicting how quickly the entire Earth’s climate will warm in the next century and beyond.   These questions are particularly pressing for the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), whose mandate is to provide science and policy expertise and advice on national forest sector issues. To meet these goals in the context of a changing climate, CFS needs to understand how the boreal forest, which dominates the Canadian landscape, will be affected by rising CO2 and temperatures. However, a key uncertainty in CFS’s forest carbon science is the need for an improved representation of climate change impacts on tree and forest productivity. Recent work has shown that boreal conifer species show contrasting responses to rising CO2 and temperatures, implying that some species will acclimate to climate change while other tree species will decline in the coming decades. CFS model uncertainty assessments indicate that improved representation of forest growth processes is key to better estimating carbon dynamics of Canada’s forests.

The candidate for this postdoctoral position will have the responsibility of using forest growth models to assess whether incorporating acclimation and species-level variation in parameterization improves our ability to explain regional growth differences in Canada’s boreal forests, as validated using an extensive network of tree-ring and plot data from the Canadian National Forest Inventory (NFI) program. The Canadian NFI and tree-ring data will be compiled to examine patterns of climate sensitivity of tree growth over time and space, and to evaluate model predictions. Canada’s NFI provides information for 62 tree species from annually resolved ring-width measurements from over 5000 trees, distributed across Canada’s boreal forest.
Supervision of the post-doc: The post-doc will be co-supervised by Danielle Way (University of Western Ontario) and Martin Girardin (UQAM / Canadian Forest Service), working closely with Juha Metsaranta (Canadian Forest Service), in a team that also includes Norm Hüner (University of Western Ontario) and Peter Reich (University of Minnesota). The project brings together a team of researchers with complementary skills, spanning the biochemical and physiological expertise needed to ascertain how boreal tree species are impacted by elevated CO2 and temperatures, to the modeling expertise needed to predict recent and future changes in boreal forest growth and carbon cycling under a changing climate.
Qualifications: PhD in biology, forest science, environmental science, or atmospheric and climate science, good academic record, and ability to perform and program in R.
Financial Support: Taxable annual salary of $44,250 Canadian, plus benefits, for two years.

Send a cover letter, complete CV, address of 2 references and transcripts of previous studies by e-mail to:

Martin P. Girardin Biol. Ph.D.
E-mail: martin.girardin@canada.ca
Chercheur scientifique/research scientist
Service canadien des forêts/Canadian Forest Service
Centre de Foresterie des Laurentides/Laurentian Forestry Centre
1055, rue du P.E.P.S.
Case postale 10380 Succ Sainte-Foy,
Québec, Qc
G1V 4C7
Tel: (418) 648-5826
Fax: (418) 648-5849

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (www.jonwmoore.org) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist to join our team at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada!

Organization Overview

We study aquatic ecology in collaboration with diverse partners to inform management and conservation, with a focus on salmon and their watersheds. Our lab is part of the Earth to Oceans Research Group – a group aimed at addressing global environmental issues through an interdisciplinary collaborative science approach.

Project Description

Watershed cumulative effects, climate change, and salmon: This project will focus on the cumulative effects of climate change and land use on stream temperatures and flow, with application to migratory salmon. The candidate will be responsible for initiating a literature review that synthesizes the state of knowledge about this subject. Support for this position comes from the Ocean and Freshwater Science Contribution Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a background in areas such as multiple stressors, watershed management, ecohydrology, and a strong record of publication. PhD’s will be preferred, but exceptional earlier-career candidates (e.g., post Masters) will be considered with the appropriate skillsets and experience.

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a Postdoc or research scientist. This position is full-time for one year initially, with potential longer-term extension based on performance and funding. Ideal start date is the beginning of September 2019.

How to Apply

Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to adminjwm@sfu.ca with the subject header “2019 OFSCP application”. Applications will be reviewed starting Aug 5, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The CV should reference relevant work and educational experience and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should be two pages or less and should address three topics:

  1. Relevant experience
  2. Collaborative approach and experience working with diverse stakeholders and
    scientists
  3. Interest and potential research directions for this project. The letter should also communicate the timing of availability.

Both documents should be pdf files and the file names should start with the last name of the applicant.

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

https://y2y.net/about-us/employment-opportunities/y2y_unbc-pdf-ad.pdf

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 2-year applied research project will focus on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Yellowstone to Yukon region and compiling and modeling the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of recreational use. The position is ideal for landscape and recreation ecologists or conservation scientists with strong geospatial skills and the desire to conduct & communicate applied research that informs management.

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:

  1. develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Yellowstone to Yukon region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization;
  2. 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,
  3. develop functional models of disturbance in the Yellowstone to Yukon 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 skills. An interest and background in 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 databases, multivariate and/or spatial statistics; classifying and applying ecological risk analysis to large remotely sensed/geospatial data sets; LiDAR or satellite imagery, imagery interpretation and analysis, automating or scripting solutions (e.g., Python)
– Publication record (e.g., 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)

We welcome international applications and from people who identify as under-represented minorities.

Salary: $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.

Setting: Based at either Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta (preferred) or UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia.  Significant time spent at the other location and some travel within the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Start date: The appointee will preferably start on or before November 1, 2019.

To apply: Deadline August 23, 2019 with interviews anticipated in September 2019.  Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, 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 <at> unbc.ca.

Web posting: https://y2y.net/about-us/employment-opportunities/y2y_unbc-pdf-ad.pdf

Fully-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Genomics of Aquatic Microbial/Microplankton Ecology & Invasion Biology

The Heath Research Group at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a project investigating microbial/microplankton community dynamics associated with fresh and marine water environments and their potential for ecological invasiveness. As UV ballast water treatment is an important approach to managing aquatic invasive species, this project will target the genomics and transcriptomics of UV DNA damage and repair mechanisms. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have full access to our Institute’s advanced genomics and transcriptomics infrastructure and work closely with our Industry partner (Trojan UV). GLIER is internationally recognized as a leader in aquatic invasive species (AIS) research, informing national government policies and international shipping agreements.

What are the desired qualifications?

  • PhD in biology, molecular biology, limnology, bioinformatics or related field awarded after May 2014.
  • Strong background in molecular biology and genomics.
  • Experience in bioinformatics (especially meta-barcoding, metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics) is essential; an understanding of microbial/microplankton community dynamics is desired.
  • Ability to develop research projects as demonstrated by record of accomplishment.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills to present and explain technical information, and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Most importantly, the successful candidate will have a strong motivation to learn new things, solve problems, participate in fieldwork and pursue research in an interdisciplinary framework.

Apply to Dr. Daniel Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) via email with the subject “Postdoc Aquatic & Invasion Ecology.” The full application will include a single PDF file consisting of:

  • a cover letter describing your research interested and suitability (maximum two pages).
  • a CV, including a list of your publications.
  • contact details of three professional references.

Application deadline: open until filled

Start date: ASAP

Location: Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research,
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Post-doctoral Fellow In Terrestrial Mammal Applied Ecology, University of Victoria and InnoTech Alberta

The Applied Conservation Macro Ecology Lab, a partnership between InnoTech Alberta (Alberta’s R&D Agency) and the University of Victoria, is accepting applications for a post-doctoral fellow. The PDF will be based in Victoria and co-supervised by Dr. Jason T Fisher in the School of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Brad Anholt in the Biology Department.

The PDF will help execute the Wildlife CAMERA Project, a 4-year research project examining the effects of landscape change, climate change, landscape management, and predator control on mammal communities across western Canada’s boreal forest and mountain chains. The project capitalizes upon substantial existing data from several landscape-scale camera arrays, offering opportunities for quick early publications. We are deploying several additional camera arrays to capture gradients of change and management. The PDF will help the project PIs design and execute the project, provide scientific oversight, create innovative questions, conduct statistical analyses, and write multiple scientific publications. The PDF will play a mentorship role for a team of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students working on similar questions, and will collaborate with other academic, government, and industry researchers.

Density estimation using spatial-recapture modelling will weigh heavily in analysis, so we are seeking someone with experience in Bayesian hierarchical analysis, preferably with experience in SCR. Nonetheless the questions we ask are diverse and will span individual behavior, species activity patterns, species co-occurrence, predator-prey and competition relationships, and community ecology. Examples of past and ongoing research can be found at http://jasontfisher.ca.

The candidate will have exceptional demonstrated analytical skills using R (and preferably software for implementing Bayesian analysis), a well-rooted knowledge of mammal ecology, an interest in applied science, and ability to work across academia and other sectors. The position is for one year, with an extension for a second year pending success in the first. The PDF salary is $65,000 / yr, and the applicant is expected to apply for external funding to help support the position (though the position is not contingent upon success).

Please provide a CV, two of your best publications, names of three references, and a statement (1-page maximum) of short- and long-term career goals. Position open until filled. Submit your inquiries or application to Jason.fisher@innotechalberta.ca. The ACME Lab strongly believes that diversity generates the best science, so encourages inquiries from scientists of all backgrounds and orientations.