NSERC Postdoc – Reconstructing Hyperdiverse Tropical Marine Food Webs:

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/; @BaumLab) at the University of Victoria seeks an NSERC post-doctoral fellow to conduct research investigating fundamental and applied ecological questions with a focus on tropical coral reef food webs.

The post-doc will have immediate access to a large reef fish dataset collected on the world’s largest atoll, both before and after a prolonged marine heatwave that transformed the ecosystem’s foundation (90% loss of live coral cover). The data set is comprised of samples from more than ~2,800 reef fishes from 30 species, with representative species from all major functional groups. Fish were collected from sites with distinct exposures to chronic local anthropogenic disturbance. Bulk stable isotope data are already in hand, and there is the potential to also address questions using compound specific isotope analyses, as well as  metabarcoding of fish stomach samples.

Research could address fundamental food web ecology questions (e.g. trophic structure, niche width, food chain length), as well as applied questions about how local and global stressors alter hyperdiverse food webs. Candidates must have experience processing and analyzing stable isotope data.

The candidate will need to secure their own core salary (e.g. through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (due October 17th, https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp). NSERC PDF salaries will be supplemented by $5,000/year. The successful candidate will also receive support to attend, and present at, least one major scientific conference per year.

Applicants should have excellent critical thinking and science communication skills, a solid track record of publishing their research in reputable journals, and be proficient in R and in conducting stable isotope analyses.

We are especially interested in candidates from demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in STEM due to historic and ongoing inequalities, including women and BIPOC scholars. We are a collegial, collaborative and productive group committed to enhancing diversity and equity in STEM, to open science and outreach, and to conducting world-class conservation-relevant research.

Qualified, eligible candidates should send a CV, statement of research interest, two of their publications as examples, and a list of three references to Prof. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca), and be prepared to develop a competitive NSERC PDF proposal with Prof. Baum’s support for this year’s deadline.