Postdoctoral opportunities to study gene regulatory networks and climate change resilient plants at the University of Manitoba

The Wilkins Lab is looking to hire at least one postdoctoral researcher to join the lab in 2020 (January, May, September). We study the evolution and diversification of gene regulatory networks in agricultural crops and forest trees. Our goal is to characterize the modes of resilience that will allow plants to grow well in future climate conditions. Achieving these goals will require interdisciplinary work that combines wet and dry lab analyses, and large unbiased and small targeted experiments.  Our work is principally in rice, canola and hybrid poplar. In the lab we use functional genomic assays to discover, validate, and manipulate regulatory interactions in plants.

There are multiple projects available in the lab related to the discovery of molecular and physiological mechanisms of drought response in controlled and field conditions and related to high temperature stress response and the circadian clock. There are also several large data sets that we have recently generated which are available for immediate analysis.

I am looking for postdoctoral researchers who are eager to work across disciplines (molecular stress physiology, evolutionary and computational biology) and who are interested in the fundamental biology of gene regulation and in applying discovery to application to agriculture and forestry. I am seeking students who are eager to work in productive and respectful environment, and who look forward to actively participating in lab life (journal clubs, mentoring, troubleshooting, fun, etc.).

I am a co-principal investigator on the Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability NSERC CREATE grant (gefses.com) and all lab members would be eligible to participate in this program.

To apply, please email me (olivia.wilkins@umanitoba.caa CV, cover letter, and contact info for two references. Applications will be read until the positions are filled. In your cover letter please include a statement that describes your interests in our lab and research project, as well as your general career goals. I am accepting students for January, May, and September 2020.

About the lab: oliviawilkinslab.com

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Post-doctoral researcher and PhD student, University of Victoria

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/) at the University of Victoria seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral researcher and a PhD student to investigate mechanisms of coral resilience to climate change. The projects will draw upon molecular, ecological, and oceanographic data collected over the past decade as part of the Baum Lab’s long-term field program on Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Experience in molecular and/or microbial ecology strongly desired. Interested postdoctoral candidates should also have excellent programming skills, advanced knowledge of bioinformatics and statistics, experience working with large data sets. Aspects of this research could also focus on coral genetics and/or stable isotopes, so interest and experience in these areas could also be beneficial. Experience in coral reef ecosystems beneficial but not required.

The new post-doc or student will join a productive and collegial lab, and will be able to interact with a strong group of ecologists and conservation biologists at UVic. She/he could also spend 1-2 semesters working with our international coral collaborators.

Post-doctoral candidates must have completed their PhD by Spring or Summer 2020, and have excellent academic and publication records. PhD candidates must have completed an MSc degree or a BSc Honours by Spring or Summer 2020. Relevant work or research experience is also considered an asset. Owing to funding requirements, admission to the lab for these positions requires an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp) or an NSERC graduate scholarship (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSD-BESCD_eng.asp). As such, interested candidates must be Canadian (or permanent residents of Canada), have excellent academic (and publication) records, and apply for these funding sources this fall. Postdoctoral applicants who receive an NSERC Fellowship will have their salary topped up by Baum Lab research funds. PhD applicants who receive an NSERC scholarship will have their stipends topped up by an additional internal UVic award.

If you meet the above criteria, please email Professor Julia Baum (baum@uvic.ca) as soon as possible because deadlines for fellowship and scholarship applications are coming up over the several weeks.

Postdoctoral project: Modeling regeneration patterns in the Acadian Forest Region of North America

The K.-C.-Irving Chair in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development at Université de Moncton and the Northern Hardwood Research Institute Inc. (New Brunswick, Canada) are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to fill a position starting in Fall 2019.

The project aims at developing modeling tools to predict regeneration patterns of commercial hardwood species in the Acadian Forest Region of North America. The project will produce deliverables targeted for the scientific community, forest companies and governmental agencies about the predicted impacts of environmental and sylvicultural factors on regeneration of commercial hardwood species. These deliverables will contain specific recommendations that forest companies and governmental agencies can use to sustainably conduct their sylvicultural activities in hardwood and mixed-wood stands.

Supervision : Marie-Andrée Giroux (Université de Moncton) and Gaétan Pelletier (Northern Hardwood Research Institute Inc., Edmundston)

Collaborators: Chris Hennigar (ERD-NB), Nelson Thiffault and Mathieu Fortin (Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Canadian Forest Service)

Fellowship : 45 000$

Duration : 1 year

Required qualifications : • PhD in forestry, biology, environment, mathematics, statistics or related discipline (if the PhD is in mathematics or statistics, experience in the following disciplines is required: forestry, biology or environmental sciences). PhD must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date. • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals • Strong skills in: analyses (mathematical and/or statistical modelling), scientific communication (written and oral), collaborative work • Autonomy

Language: English (required), French (preferred)

Closing date: Open until filled

Application: CV (including a list of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals), letter of motivation, names and contact information of 3 referents

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 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)

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.