Post-doctoral position available in animal ecology – space use, Université Laval, Québec (Canada)

As part of the research program Caribou Ungava (, we are seeking a post-doctoral candidate interested in continuing a project on space use by migratory caribou.

Migratory caribou perform annual spring and fall migrations in Nunavik representing more than 1000 km. The large herds of migratory caribou in northern Quebec and Labrador have sharply declined in recent years and the causes of decline are still not well understood. Climate change and anthropogenic disturbance may decrease habitat quality for migratory caribou during migration. This project aims at better understanding the factors involved in habitat selection of migratory caribou during migration. Using GPS locations on >500 migratory caribou over 10 years we will define migratory corridors and assess their variation through time according to environmental changes. The identification of migratory routes and the factors determining the behavior of caribou is essential to direct conservation efforts towards the most critical habitat.

Director : Steeve Côté (Department of Biology, Laval University)
Co-director: Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate change Canada)
Start date : as soon as possible for a duration of 18 months
Funding : $35 000 to $45 000 annual fellowship depending on experience and social benefits

Required skills :

  • PhD in animal ecology or similar subject;
  • Strong academic and publication records;
  • Rigor, autonomy, written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with spatial analyses

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, a CV, copies of University transcripts and 3 names that could provide a reference to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada; (418) 656-2131 # 403490