Postdoctoral Fellowship in Habitat Management for Woodland Caribou, University of Northern British Columbia

ABOUT THE POSITION

The University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with fRI Research is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) for a 1.5-year term. The position is focused on developing strategic-level recommendations to guide forest harvesting and silvicultural prescriptions that maintain habitat for woodland caribou across managed landscapes in west-central Alberta. That includes a comparison of habitat disturbance resulting from fire and forest harvesting and the dynamics of those two disturbance types over time. The PDF will engage with university, industry and government researchers and managers to define the scope of investigation. Within that context, there is considerable latitude to define the specific research questions.

The project is supported by an extensive purpose-built set of data that describe stand conditions and vegetation communities across a range of disturbance types within areas occupied by caribou. Also, the PDF may access an extensive database of location data for caribou found across the study area. We anticipate that the PDF will produce a habitat-supply model that allows for strategic planning of forest harvest and silviculture that aids in the conservation and recovery of woodland caribou.

The PDF will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia but will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy experts from fRI Research, the Alberta Government, and the forest industry. Ché Elkin (University of Northern BC), Chris Johnson (University of Northern BC), and Laura Finnegan (fRI Research) are the project leads. Woodland caribou is Threatened in Canada. This project provides an opportunity to conduct science that informs conservation solutions for a high-profile species. That includes working closely with foresters, biologists, and planners tasked with understanding and conserving caribou.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The PDF will lead research that informs our understanding of natural and anthropogenic disturbance across the range of woodland caribou in west-central Alberta, with a particular focus on forest harvest and fire. The research will inform the development of a decision-support model that provides guidance to forest management and planning.
  • The PDF will be responsible for writing and publishing collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as associated data collection and management.
  • Primary knowledge areas include wildlife-habitat relationships, disturbance ecology, spatial timber supply, and habitat modelling.
  • Knowledge of natural resource or conservation policy is an asset.
  • The PDF will have demonstrated experience with project management and collaborative science that involves quantitative analyses.

SALARY AND TERM

  • The position is for a 1.5-year term.
  • The salary is $58,000 and benefits consistent with those provided by the University of Northern BC. There are some funds for travel associated with the position.
  • The successful applicant will be based at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC. There may be opportunities to complete the project by distance through regular video-conference meetings with the project team.
  • The start date is negotiable, but we are targeting November 15 or earlier.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum qualifications are a PhD degree that is focused on terrestrial ecology (e.g., wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, forest ecology), applied biology or ecological modelling.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative team setting.
  • Expertise in spatially-explicit simulation modelling is an asset, specifically forest growth models.
  • Demonstrated expertise with quantitative analysis. Ability to code in R or Python an asset.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Ché Elkin (che.elkin@unbc.ca ) with the subject line “Caribou Habitat PostDoc Application”. In your cover letter briefly address how you meet each of the requirements of the position. Also, please explain your research strengths and the questions you might pursue as part of a broad effort to improve the science and policy focused on managing caribou habitat in the context of wildfire or forest harvest. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Elkin.

We plan to fill the position as soon as possible.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other prohibited grounds of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code.

The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at wellbeing@unbc.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.

UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~80,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and
https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

Postdoctoral Fellowship studying the annual cycle for waterfowl to prioritize conservation investments, and examining global dynamics of Arctic-nesting geese, University of Saskatchewan

The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a 12-month postdoctoral fellow to lead two projects focused on movement ecology of migratory birds. The first project comprises development of novel movement models, streamlining GPS-acceleration (ACC) tracking device duty cycles, and data summarization to connect the full annual cycle and prioritize conservation investments for waterfowl. The second project harnesses the full annual approach to study greater white-fronted geese representing five populations distributed in Asia, Europe and North America. The postdoctoral fellow will use an existing (and building) data set from GPS-ACC tracking devices deployed on greater white-fronted geese to quantify and compare migration strategies, movements and behavior to guide next steps in global conservation planning of this species. There also are opportunities to explore population-specific research questions, consistent with the expertise of the selected candidate. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate on several projects in movement and population ecology in the Weegman lab.

This project is an international partnership among researchers at Aarhus University (Denmark), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Canadian Wildlife Service, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Institute for Waterbird and Wetlands Research (Germany), Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Leiden University (Netherlands), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (Germany), National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, University of Saskatchewan, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field

Skills in Program R

Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication

Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

Preferred qualifications: 

Skills in JAGS

Experience forming and running animal movement models

Knowledge and experience in avian ecology

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $60,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 7 Oct 2022

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca).

PDF & PhD Positions in Caribou Conservation Genomics

Supported by Genome Canada and NSERC Alliance, Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca) are recruiting PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) focusing on caribou conservation.

Project opportunities include studying caribou ecotypes in Ontario’s Ring-of-Fire region; the adaptive genomics of caribou including climate change and rapidly evolving genes; genomic erosion in isolated caribou populations (natural and captive) and at the southern range margins of boreal caribou; landscape genomics of Mountain caribou in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon; ancient DNA; and a comparison of caribou across the boreal range.

The national network supporting these positions include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS); Parks Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNRF), and other provincial (e.g. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and territorial jurisdictions (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut); wildlife management boards and Indigenous communities (e.g. the Sahtu Wildlife Management Board); and industry such as MB Hydro. Field work and partnership placement opportunities are available.

Positions may be based out of Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at the National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

One or more of the following will be considered assets:

  1. Bioinformatics and computational biology;
  2. Molecular genomic protocols; and
  3. Estimation of demographic parameters using spatial capture-recapture (sCR); density estimation; population modelling; and network analyses.

PDF salaries are $55,000 – $60,000 per year including benefits, with positions ranging up to 2-3 years. Competitive PhD stipends will be provided.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to:

Dr. Paul Wilson                       pawilson@trentu.ca

Dr. Micheline Manseau          micheline.manseau@ec.gc.ca

Postdoctoral Fellowship quantifying American black duck reproductive metrics and Canadian boreal forest environmental covariates, University of Saskatchewan – Application deadline: 30 Sept 2022

The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a two-year postdoctoral fellow to lead a project focused on quantifying reproductive metrics in American black ducks, with hypothesis tests of environmental drivers on breeding areas. We anticipate the postdoctoral fellow will use machine learning algorithms to retrospectively assess egg-laying, full-term incubation and brood-rearing in black ducks, using GPS and acceleration (ACC) data from tracking devices fitted to individual females. Black ducks nest primarily in the eastern Canadian boreal forest, a large remote region where assessing reproductive success with field crews is not practical. While machine learning algorithms have been widely used to classify behaviours from ACC data, they have not been customized for reproductive metrics. The postdoctoral fellow also will determine feasibility of environmental covariates in the Canadian boreal forest (e.g., spatial layers for beaver ponds, commercial logging) for hypothesis tests about the reproductive period. We have deployed 200 devices and anticipate another 300 devices will be deployed in the next two years to collect information about the reproductive period. The devices collect GPS information every hour and ACC information every 10 minutes. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with a PhD student studying the full annual cycle for black ducks.

There are other projects in our group using similar GPS-ACC devices on Atlantic brant and greater white-fronted geese to assess the reproductive period in the context of annual cycle movements, behaviour and habitat use. The postdoctoral fellow will work with graduate students on those projects to develop best practices for using machine learning to identify reproductive metrics. We anticipate broad applicability of results for studying migratory birds that are cryptic or nest in inaccessible areas. In addition, there will be opportunities to collaborate on and lead other projects linking population and individual processes in migratory birds in the Weegman lab.

This project is an international partnership among the Black Duck Joint Venture, Canadian Wildlife Service, University of Saskatchewan, US Fish and Wildlife Service and member states of the Atlantic Flyway (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia).

Minimum qualifications:
Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field
Skills in Program R
Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication
Ability to work independently and as part of a research team

Preferred qualifications: 
Skills in JAGS
Experience forming and running machine learning algorithms, demographic and animal movement models
Knowledge and experience in avian ecology

Salary and benefits:  Approximately $60,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

Start date: January 2023

Last date to apply: 30 Sept 2022

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca).

Kelp Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are invited for a 2-year Kelp Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on the status and drivers of kelp forest ecosystems and their potential to support wild salmon recovery in the Broughton Archipelago.

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Project Context and Goals:

Kelp forests support biodiversity and provide critical habitat for salmon, herring, abalone and other culturally and commercially important species. Community knowledge holders of the Mamalilikulla, ‘Na̱mg̱is, and Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations of the Broughton area in coastal B.C. have observed declines in kelp forest communities over the past several decades, concurrent to large declines of many local salmon populations. In 2019, these First Nations came together to restore wild salmon populations in their territories by forming the Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative (BATI), which features a community-based Ecosystem Monitoring Team. This Indigenous-led program has a long-term outlook for research and restoration in their traditional territories, including the restoration of important nearshore habitat such as kelp forests. To support this work, these First Nations have enlisted partners (Kelp Rescue Initiative, Salmon Coast Field Station, UVic SPECTRAL Remote Sensing Laboratory, and others) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the status and drivers of kelp forest ecosystems and their potential to support wild salmon recovery in the Broughton Archipelago, in collaboration with the BATI Ecosystem Monitoring Team when possible.

Postdoctoral Position:

The Kelp Conservation Postdoctoral Fellow will coordinate with collaborators to seamlessly integrate knowledge between related project components in the Broughton area. The post-doc will be responsible for three (3) components of a larger DFO-funded project and other on going research initiatives in the area: i) Lead a manuscript to assess changes and key drivers of kelp forest cover and shoreline occupancy over time, ii) contribute to a manuscript on use of kelp forests by salmon and other culturally, commercially, and ecologically important fish species, and iii) produce a public report to provide science advice to First Nations, provincial, and federal managers regarding kelp forest protection and restoration in the Broughton Archipelago. The post-doc will contribute to field data collection efforts, analyze data from a variety of sources, and write up high-quality reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications. The position will be supported by staff at the Salmon Coast Field station, who will support data collection and environmental monitoring efforts, sometimes in coordination with the BATI Ecosystem Monitoring Team and the UVic SPECTRAL and remote Sensing Laboratory. The post-doc will also have opportunity to be involved in related collaborative research efforts.

PROGRAMME DE BOURSES LIBER ERO DU CANADA – 2023 APPEL A CANDIDATURES

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer un appel à candidatures post-doctorales pour le programme de bourses Liber Ero. Le programme de bourses Liber Ero soutient les boursiers post-doctoraux qui s’attaquent à des problèmes de conservation urgents et pertinents pour le Canada. Le programme offre des bourses de deux ans et vise à former la prochaine génération de scientifiques de la conservation, formés aux dernières méthodes et aux compétences nécessaires pour influencer les politiques et améliorer la conservation des lieux sauvages et des ressources naturelles du Canada.

La bourse Liber Ero est ouverte aux candidats de tout pays dont les recherches contribuent à la réalisation des objectifs de conservation au Canada. Les boursiers doivent être accueillis dans une institution canadienne, avec des équipes de mentorat tirant parti de l’expertise des organisations non gouvernementales, du gouvernement et des universités. Les candidatures sont acceptées dès maintenant, la date limite étant le 1er novembre 2022. Voir http://liberero.ca/fr pour plus de détails.

Les questions peuvent être adressées à Kerry Kenwood, coordinatrice du programme, en envoyant un courriel à info@liberero.ca.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Quantifying the trophic roles of Northern shrimp on the Labrador Shelf

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems
Research, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland
(MUN), in St. John’s, Canada. The successful candidate will collaborate with Drs.
Tyler Eddy, Arnault Le Bris, & Jonathan Fisher from MUN and Drs. Krista Baker
(Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – St. John’s) and Wojciech Walkusz (DFO –
Winnipeg). This postdoctoral fellowship provides exceptional collaborative research
opportunities with industry partners from the Canadian Association of Prawn
Producers & Northern Coalition. Travel funds are included in the fellowship.

Click here for more information.

Offre de contrat de postdoc sur la génétique quantitative des grillons

Nous recrutons un postdoc de 2 ans (début septembre 2022) pour travailler sur un projet utilisant la sélection artificielle pour améliorer la productivité des grillons d’élevage (Gryllus sigillatus). Le projet sera réalisé sous la codirection de Clint Kelly et Denis Réale, à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, en collaboration avec la ferme à grillon Entomo Farms basée à Peterborough (ON, Canada). Il comporte une partie appliquée à l’amélioration génétique des élevages de grillons, mais la personne embauchée pourra aussi développer des recherches innovantes sur des sujets de son choix en lien avec le projet.

Les candidat.e.s devront posséder un doctorat en biologie, avec de bonnes connaissances en génétique quantitative, en biologie évolutive et sur les théories des traits d’histoire de vie. L’anglais sera un atout important pour interagir avec Entomo Farms. La personne retenue devra avoir un permis de conduire pour se rendre régulièrement à Entomo Farms, en Ontario.

Si vous êtes intéressés, merci d’envoyer votre CV, une lettre de motivation, et les noms de trois personnes de références à Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) avant le 15aout 2022. Le projet est financé par MITACS et le salaire est de 45 000 Can$ / an. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter Clint Kelly (kelly.clint@uqam.ca) ou Denis Réale (reale.denis@uqam.ca)

Postdoctoral positions in applied and evolutionary genomics at York University, Toronto, Canada

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available starting Fall of 2022. Projects include:

1) Molecular palynology: To better understand the role of nutrition in bee health, our group is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in DNA barcoding and meta-barcoding to identify the source and diversity of pollen collected by honey bee colonies situated near and far from a large number of crops in Canada (https://beecsi.ca/).

2) Comparative population genomics of eusocial insects: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to study the relationship between genome evolution and social evolution using population genomic datasets on a large number of insects that vary in their social organization.

3) Genome wide association studies and marker-assisted selection in honey bees: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in genome wide association studies to chart the honey bee genotype-phenotype map and apply this knowledge in honey bee breeding.

Duration: 2 years

Salary: $55,000 per year, including benefits

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their expertise, a CV, reprints of relevant papers, and contact information for 3 referees to honeybee@yorku.ca. We will evaluate the applications as they are received.

In addition to the honey bee lab, York University is home to the Center for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Successful candidates will have a chance to interact with the diverse faculty, fellows and students at BEEc, and participate in BEEc activities and training initiatives.