PhD/MSc on the assembly of ecological networks along abiotic gradients (Montreal: Canada). Application deadline: February 1st, 2020.

Our lab is looking for graduate students to work on the assembly of ecological networks along environmental gradients (http://jeanphilippelessard.com/). We aim to use newly developed theoretical and analytical models using functional traits to infer ecological processes underlying the structure of interaction networks. We further aim to assess how the relative influence of such processes shaping resource-consumer networks vary along broad-scale environmental gradients. The selected students will have the freedom to develop her/his own project under this topic, and will have the opportunity to use existing empirical datasets and generate new ones. Our lab is currently working on hostparasite interactions in dragonflies along temperature gradients, plant-root microbe interactions in alpine ecosystems and plant-frugivore interactions at the global scale.

Potential applicants interested in these projects should have a good knowledge of network and trait-based ecology concepts and methods, strong analytical skills in R or other programing language, and the ability to handle large datasets. Prior experience conducting fieldwork and/or is an important asset for projects requiring new data acquisition. Prior knowledge of plants and/or insects and/or microbes is an asset.

Expected starting date is August 2020, but could be as early as May 2020. The position includes funding for stipend and research activities, but students that are competitive for external funding will have priority. Concordia University also offers entrance fellowship for students with strong academic and/or research experience record. Funded positions involve some teaching in the Department of Biology at Concordia University. Selected applicant(s) is/are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings. Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a must.

Applicants should email Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard (jp.lessard@concordia.ca). This email should include: (i) 3-4 paragraphs describing research interests, relevant past experiences, and fit for the position (ii) an updated CV, and (iii) all unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. Complete applications must be received by the school of graduate studies (http://www.concordia.ca/admissions/graduate.html) by February 1st, 2020. Applicants from minorities and/or Latin countries are encouraged to apply.

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