Research associate in movement ecology of migratory birds: University of Saskatchewan

Description: A research associate position is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at University of Saskatchewan. The position is funded for 3 years, with likely extension, and provides an opportunity for immediate impact among projects to maximize ecological discovery and conservation planning through field studies and modelling.

The research associate will streamline use of GPS-acceleration duty cycles among thousands of devices for migratory birds, develop code for collation of millions of GPS and acceleration fixes, and help design online resources sharing spatial information from devices. The research associate will be responsible for managing large budgets (>$2M) and coordinating tracking device orders. This role supports study of movements and behaviour of American black ducks, Atlantic brant and eastern mallards, with five graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The research associate will conduct field work in eastern Canada and the US for deployment of devices. The successful applicant will have numerous opportunities to lead development of objectives and analyses for papers within and among projects.

Prerequisites: Competitive candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s or PhD degree in ecology, statistics, data science and analytics, computer science or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods, spatial analysis) and knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Salary and benefits: $60,000-70,000 Canadian plus benefits

Start date: 7 Nov 2022

Last date to apply: 2 Sept 2022 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca):

(1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

Technician, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary – Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

Position Overview

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology in the Faculty of Arts is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Technician.

Reporting to the Pod Manager and working in collaboration with the Archaeology Lab Technician and Department Head, the Technician will support the day-to-day operations of the Anthropology & Archaeology department. This regular full-time position (35 hours per week) is a member of the AUPE bargaining unit. Overtime may be required during peak periods, such as the beginning and end of terms. The incumbent is expected to work on campus.

This position supports undergraduate and graduate teaching and research activities in the following ways:

  1. Curation and management of the department’s biological anthropology labs and collections
  2. Providing support to faculty and students in such areas as data management and statistical analysis, database construction and maintenance
  3. Maintenance of tools and instruments associated with the biological anthropology program (teaching and research)
  4. Operation and management of the department’s digital story-telling lab
  5. Assistance with logistical planning for biological anthropology field research projects and field schools
  6. Assisting with the day to day operations of the department.

The technician acts as a primary point of contact for biological anthropology faculty and sessional instructors teaching courses with a laboratory component and provides support through the management of teaching and reference collections.

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PLUSIEURS POSTES MSc PhD et autres*: Forêts urbaines – vers une adaptation aux changements globaux

Bien qu’une grande partie de la population vive dans les villes et que l’importance des forêts urbaines soit reconnue pour les avantages qu’elles procurent, nous en savons encore étonnamment peu sur elles. Dans un avenir où les vagues de chaleur seront plus fréquentes et plus intenses, les arbres urbains seront essentiels pour garantir l’habitabilité des villes. La planification urbaine doit également tenir compte des inégalités sociales. Enfin, si la plupart des villes canadiennes prévoient planter des milliers d’arbres, peu ont des objectifs mesurables en termes de bénéfices souhaités (comme une réduction des températures) et un plan pour faire face aux défis des changements globaux. Sans de meilleures directives, ces efforts nobles et coûteux risquent de ne pas atteindre les résultats souhaités. Notre ambitieux projet apportera des réponses concrètes à ces défis, tout en développant de nouvelles techniques pour échantillonner et suivre l’évolution des forêts urbaines, et des connaissances en matière d’adaptation aux changements globaux.

Nous avons identifié quatre objectifs principaux contribuant à l’adaptation des forêts urbaines. Nous cherchons à former des scientifiques (MSc et PhD principalement, mais aussi des stagiaires de premier cycle et des postdocs) passionnés par les gens, les villes et les arbres urbains pour travailler sur ces sujets :

  • Accroître notre capacité à recenser tous les arbres urbains; (3 postes)
  • Comprendre pourquoi les arbres meurent en ville, comment ils font face au stress et interagissent avec la biodiversité du sol, e.g. dans les infrastructures de contrôle des eaux pluviales; (4 postes)
  • Modéliser la réponse au stress et élaborer des stratégies d’adaptation; (1-2 postes)
  • Mobiliser les connaissances auprès des parties concernées. L’ensemble de l’équipe académique travaillera avec les partenaires pour réaliser cette tâche très importante.

Les personnes retenues contribueront à un projet interdisciplinaire mené par une équipe composée de chercheuses et chercheurs de différentes universités et de partenaires issus de municipalités, d’entreprises privées et d’organisations à but non lucratif, élargissant ainsi leur réseau professionnel. Les stages avec des partenaires et entre universités seront fortement encouragés.

Les personnes intéressées doivent nous contacter (paqlab@uqam.ca) avec les informations suivantes : lettre d’intérêt, CV, relevés de notes (non officiels) et coordonnées de trois références. Les demandes informelles sont bienvenues. Nous vous encourageons à nous faire part de toute interruption de carrière ou circonstance personnelle ayant eu un impact sur votre cheminement. Les postes peuvent être à l’UQAM, Concordia ou UdeM à Montréal, ou UofT à Toronto. Dates de début flexibles, dès le trimestre d’automne 2022 ou d’hiver 2023 (d’autres commenceront plus tard). Une bourse complète et un soutien tel que des cours de français et un congé de maternité sont offerts. Nous voulons des gens heureux.

Vous pensez que vous n’avez pas de chance à cause de vos origines, d’un handicap ou de vos vêtements? Détendez- ous, on s’en moque, car de la diversité naît l’innovation. Notre équipe offre un environnement de travail inclusif, équitable, respectueux, sain et ouvert d’esprit – parce que nous y travaillons aussi! Une occasion exceptionnelle de rejoindre un groupe de recherche jeune, dynamique et accueillant !

Ce projet est dirigé par Alain Paquette, Tanya Handa et Dan Kneeshaw de l’UQAM, Carly Ziter de Concordia, Danielle Dagenais et Jacques Brisson de uMontréal, et Danijela Puric-Mladenovic de uToronto, ainsi que par une grande équipe de partenaires.

*Il s’agit d’un appel précoce au recrutement. Tous les postes sont en attente de l’approbation du financement de la recherche.

MANAGING EDITOR – Biodiversity Journal

Job description

Biodiversity Conservancy International (BCI) seeks a Managing Editor (ME) for the journal Biodiversity, now in its 23rd volume. The ME must be a competent editor of scientific biological articles and be capable of managing authors and peer-reviewers through the Scholar One platform at Taylor and Francis Journals. Training will be provided for the platform. The ME needs to be able to work cooperatively with the Taylor & Francis editors and with their marketing team to maximize the exposure of articles published in Biodiversity. The work of the ME should help maintain the journal as an important forum for biodiversity research.

The position, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board, is responsible for the content published in the journal. It requires timely production of four issues per year aligning with the production schedule set with publishing partner Taylor & Francis Journals.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining networks within the international community of conservation scholars and biodiversity researchers to solicit high-quality research papers for the journal.
  • Cooperate with the Biodiversity Editorial Board (BEB) and the BCI Board of Directors (BoD) to sustain the journal vision and mission
  • Assist the BoD and the BEB to map out 2-3 year strategic action plan of themed issues
  • Participate in the assessment and timing of Impact Factor applications.
  • Ensure that publishing decisions are fair, consistent, and timely across all submissions
  • Maintain the journal’s high standard for acceptance.
  • Strive for geographic, cultural and topical diversity of research articles, opinion pieces and news stories.
  • Author and reviewer support.
  • Applicants should have good understanding of all aspects of the editorial process and of working with an editorial team.
  • Evaluation of submissions and assigning them for review in consultation with the Editor-In-Chief.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has an editorial and writing background, experience in communications, have good interpersonal and organizational skills, competent in social media platforms, have excellent time-management skills and be knowledgeable of biodiversity conservation issues. He or she must be committed to the journal’s cross-disciplinary aims & scope and be passionate about biodiversity research and conservation. 

Amount

This is a part-time contract position (20-24 hours per week) supported by a royalty fee of CDN $~17,500 per year, payment to be made on a quarterly basis.

Term

The position will be for a term of 3 years after an initial 6-month paid probationary period (July 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022), renewable upon approval by the BCI-BoD. The full 3-year term will commence on January 1st 2023 and continue until January 1st, 2026. The current Managing Editor will act as a consultant to assist in the training of the new ME in the publication process, including the Biodiversity Scholar One site training.

Responsibility

The Me will be responsible to the BCI-BoD and agrees to indemnify and save Biodiversity Conservancy International, its officers, directors, employees, and agents harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, demands, expenses, actions, causes of action, and for any and all liability for damages to property and injury to persons howsoever caused, arising out of or in any way related to this position. BCI holds this indemnity in trust for parties who are not parties to this Letter of Agreement.

Violations and Termination of Agreement

If the ME violates the provisions of this agreement, including maintaining the production schedule for the journal, BCI has the right to terminate this contract and withhold any further payments to the ME.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Stephen Aitken (aitkense@biodiversityconservancy.org) and Hume Douglas (hume.douglas@biodiversityconservancy.org)

Research Landscape/Wildlife Ecologist

Title: Research Ecologist in the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. 

Possible Duty Stations (all in California): Arcata, Davis, Redding, or Riverside.

Responsibilities: We seek to fill a full-time, permanent position for a research landscape ecologist capable of addressing questions concerning forest vertebrates in California.  The scientist will be an integral part of research teams comprised of scientists, professionals, technicians, and administrative staff.  Research expertise of the applicant may be on species, populations, communities and/or ecosystem level questions, but the successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in, and the ability to, advance knowledge of how vertebrate populations of special concern respond to combined changes in climate, habitat, and human use of resources.  Experience in modeling relevant to the research questions above and/or evaluation of monitoring data collected on vertebrate species at risk will be particularly valued.   

This position will be housed in the research branch of the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Applicants should have an interest in participating on multi-disciplinary research teams involving scientists throughout the Pacific Southwest Station, and in working with the management branch of the Forest Service to co-produce knowledge that helps inform decision-making.  The selected candidate will receive mentorship from a local team of scientists in all aspects of the position and how to be effective in the Agency.    

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological discipline relevant to landscape ecology, wildlife biology, or ecology. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence, creative problem solving, the ability to build a research program as documented through peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to collaborate.

Salary: GS-11, 12 or 13, depending on qualifications

Applications: This is an outreach notice, not a formal job announcement.  The formal announcement will appear on USAJOBS as a “Biological Scientist” in about 1 month and be open for at most 10 days.  Prior to applying for the position on USAJOBS, interested applicants can send a letter of interest and a c.v. to bret.harvey@usda.gov.  Please place “Biological Scientist / Landscape Ecologist” in the email header.

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

FOREST DYNAMICS MODELLING RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Do you have experience researching the effects of climate change on forested ecosystem dynamics, disturbance ecology, vegetation modelling, or wood product life-cycle assessments? If so, bring your unique blend of skills to this important role within the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• conduct research in the development of quantitative, statistical and process models to understand the impacts and adaptation of ecosystems to pressures such as climate change and forest disturbance
• assemble, manage, manipulate, integrate, query and format large geospatial, environmental, climatic, edaphic, and biological data sets
• publish research results in scientific journals, technical reports, and other publications and present at scientific meetings, workshop, training courses, seminars, and other appropriate forums
• communicate research results and applications to managers, foresters, collaborators and other clients

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