Postdoctoral Fellowship in Riparian Ecology and Management, University of Northern British Columbia – Application deadline: June 15, 2022

ABOUT THE POSITION

The University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Research Program are recruiting a two-year term postdoctoral fellow. The position is focused on a quantitative assessment of the implications of riparian management in British Columbia for terrestrial wildlife and non-fish aquatic biodiversity. Outcomes will inform recommendations for improved management and further research. The fellow will engage with university and ministry researchers to define the scope and scale of investigation and identify appropriate research questions. There may be opportunities to apply existing quantitative data or generate novel datasets depending on the strengths and interests of the fellow.

Research foci and approaches may include: quantification of riparian change and associated threats to wildlife and biodiversity; assessment of effectiveness of current riparian management for habitat or distribution of focal species or other biodiversity values; measurement of the response of specific taxa or communities to the disturbance or management of riparian areas; or broad-scale assessment of the vulnerability of riparian ecosystems to human stressors.

The fellow will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia, but will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy experts from the BC provincial government. John Rex (British Columbia Ministry of Forests) and Chris Johnson (University of Northern BC) are the project leads. This is an excellent opportunity to develop cutting edge science that informs policy and research for a diverse set of natural resource and conservation values.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The fellow will lead quantitative research designed to support improvements to riparian policy and practices in BC. The focus is wildlife and terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, not fish or fish habitat.
  • Primary knowledge areas include riparian associated wildlife and biodiversity, and landscape and riparian ecology.
  • Knowledge of natural resource or conservation policy is an asset.
  • The fellow will have demonstrated experience with project management and collaborative science that involves quantitative analyses and the application of natural resource or conservation policy.
  • The fellow will be responsible for writing and publishing collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as associated data collection and management.

SALARY AND TERM

  • The position is for a 2.5-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.
  • This successful applicant will be based at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum qualifications are a PhD degree in forest ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, or natural resource policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative team setting.
  • Expertise in Geographic Information System software is likely an asset.
  • Demonstrated expertise with quantitative analysis and statistical modeling.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. John Rex (john.rex@gov.bc.ca ) with the subject line “Riparian 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 biodiversity across riparian ecosystems. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Rex.

Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2022. 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
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