Postdoctoral Research Associate in Peatland Ecosystem Modeling at the University of Western Ontario

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Ontario Forest Research Institute (OMNRF – OFRI), is available immediately for a collaborative project investigating carbon dynamics in the face of disturbance and climate change in forested peatlands of Canada’s boreal zone.  The successful candidate will use quantitative modeling approaches to calibrate and incorporate soil and decomposition data into established peatland carbon models (CaMP, DNDC) using data from two experimental peatland sites.

This position is part of the BRACE (Biological Response to A Changing Environment) project, a large-scale, field-based initiative in conjunction with the OMNRF – OFRI, and the Canadian Forest Service – Great Lakes Forestry Centre.  A considerable dataset spanning multiple years has already been developed for this project.  Successful candidates will be based in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario, in the laboratories of Dr. Zoë Lindo and Dr. Brian Branfireun, will be co-supervised by Dr. Jim McLaughlin and collaborate with Dr. Maara Packalen at the OMNRF-OFRI.

Candidates must have a PhD degree from a recognized university in ecology, physical geography, or related discipline with a strong background in process-based ecosystem science.  Candidates must have demonstrated skills in Visual C++ 6.0 and executed in PC Windows.  Experience in conducting field-based experiments and remote field experience is desirable but not required.  The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues from universities, governments and other research organizations is essential.  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to independently prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The position is available immediately and the successful applicant would be expected to begin the position by May 1, 2019.  The initial postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with extension for an additional year depending upon funding and satisfactory performance.  The salary range is $50000-$55000 per annum, commensurate with qualifications and experiences.  A benefits package is included, as described at

Interested candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, cover letter with a statement of qualifications and experience, and names of three references to

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, but evaluation of applications will begin April 1st.