Postdoctoral position in boreal caribou habitat modelling

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to apply, and address limitations of, existing woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) response models. This work will focus on an ecologically important region of growing industrial development interest (e.g., mines, roads) in Northern Ontario, Canada. This is a full-time 12-month position, with the possibility of extension pending funding. This position provides the opportunity for the selected candidate to work in both academic and federal government realms. This position is based in the Biology Department at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario thought remote work is possible. Please see full position details here: https://bit.ly/2ZV1mCc
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Survey about the experiences of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences

We invite you to participate in a survey about the experiences of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

This is a global survey that will contribute to understanding the specific challenges ECRs face in progressing through their academic careers, and balancing work and personal life. The survey will also provide insights into the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on academics at the early career stage.

You can access the survey here:

 https://uniofqueensland.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elLeXK3pdv8pksR

What do you need to know?

– The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete

– It is anonymous and all questions are voluntary

– It is open to all Early Career Researchers working in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences (including related disciplines such as environmental social science)

– The survey closes at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 28th August 2020.”

– For any enquiries about the research, please contact Dr Catarina SilvaDr Cecilia Villacorta-Rath or Dr Claudia Benham.

We understand that it is hard to find time in a busy work day to complete surveys, and we appreciate your time and contributions to this study.

Best wishes,

 Dr Catarina Silva, Dr Cecilia Villacorta-Rath and Dr Claudia Benham

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Postdoctoral positions in evolutionary or applied 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 for a postdoctoral fellow with demonstrable expertise in genomics and bioinformatics starting Fall of 2020.

We have multiple projects available, ranging from pure research on the genetics and evolution of eusociality and colony level traits in insects, to a large Genome Canada funded project called BeeCSI to develop stressor-specific biomarkers for bees. We are also open to developing new projects based on mutual research interests.

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 between now and October 2020. We will evaluate the applications as they are received.

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 Master’s and PhD positions in quantitative forest insect ecology

Location: Toronto (UofT) and Montreal (McGill and UQAM)

Start Date: January 2021

Application deadline: August 31, or until suitable candidates are found

We are searching for quantitatively-oriented, enthusiastic, and creative students to tackle problems related to the spatial ecology of forest insect outbreaks. Selected students will have the opportunity to work with a diverse and collaborative research team examining the spatial and temporal dynamics of spruce budworm outbreaks in eastern Canada. Team members include Patrick James (U. Toronto), Dan Kneeshaw (UQAM), Brian Leung (McGIll), Elise Filotas (TELUQ), Mathieu Bouchard (MFFPQ), Deepa Pureswaran (NRCAN-CFS), and Rob Johns (NRCAN-CFS).

The focal subject of this work is the outbreak dynamics of the spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana), a native defoliator that affect millions of hectares of coniferous forest during outbreaks. Despite nearly a century of research, there remain many outstanding mysteries associated with budworm outbreaks and their effects on forests. Developing greater understanding of these underlying population dynamics is essential to improve forecasting and for developing proactive sustainable forest management strategies.

Two projects are available. The general questions associated with these projects are: 1) what determines where, when, and the rate at which populations of spruce budworm increase? 2) How will future climate and forest management regimes affect future outbreak risk and severity?

Both projects will involve leveraging large spatial-temporal databases on forest insect outbreaks to develop predictive statistical, machine learning, and spatially explicit simulation models of outbreak dynamics.

Potential students should have an strong interest in developing skills and expertise in forestry, ecology, scientific computing (e.g., R), GIS, statistics, and modelling. Pre-existing expertise in these areas would be an asset

To apply, please send a short letter of motivation, a current CV, recent transcripts, and the names of two references as a single PDF to Dr. Patrick James at patrick.james@utoronto.ca

We encourage all qualified students to apply. Final selection will however give preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents given current COVID-19 related uncertainty around international travel.

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Postdoc position – University of Toronto

Consequences of population outbreaks on genetic structure and demographic inference

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An opportunity is available in the James Lab at the University of Toronto for a creative and enthusiastic researcher interested in the consequences of cyclic irruptive population dynamics on spatio-temporal patterns of genetic variation. This project will use demo-genetic simulation models to better understand how spatially synchronous outbreaks of forest insect pests affect the development of spatial genetic structure and our ability to make inference regarding underlying demographic and evolutionary processes.

Location: The position is based in the Graduate Department of Forestry at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) and is for two years starting in January 2021 (or sooner if possible). Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Project: The postdoc will develop and implement spatial simulation models to explore the effects of outbreak frequency, dispersal capacity, range expansion, landscape heterogeneity, and effective population size on population genetic inference. The post doc will be expected to contribute to the functioning of the lab, assist in supervising students, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and to participate in scientific conferences.

Requirements: Applicants must have completed their PhD by the start date (which is somewhat flexible) and should have a strong record of scholarly publications and scientific presentations. In terms of technical qualifications, I am looking for someone with experience in population dynamics, population genetics, landscape genetics/genomics, statistical modelling, and an interest in using demo-genetic simulations to ask fundamental questions in population and landscape genetics. Competencies in scientific programming (e.g., R, Python), data wrangling, and effective communication are also required.

Work environment: The Graduate Department of Forestry is a tight-knit community of forestry-oriented researchers and students with strong connections to the other departments across the U of T. The department’s interdisciplinary nature facilitates strong relationships with industry, multiple levels of government, and environmental non-profits. The University of Toronto is a world-class academic institution based in is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The James Lab is an energetic and rapidly growing team of ecologists interested in spatial and temporal dynamics in forest systems. More information about the lab can be found here:  www.jameslab.ca

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references as a single .pdf document to Patrick James (patrick.james@utoronto.ca). The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

We encourage all qualified students to apply. Final selection will however give preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents given current COVID-19 related uncertainty around international travel.

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Dean, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph

Deadline: Appointment effective date to be determined

Position Description: University of Guelph is a research-intensive, top-ranked comprehensive university, with nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students across 85 different majors. Guelph is recognized for its academic reputation, for being student-centered, and for its strong sense of community. Guelph’s seven colleges conduct leading edge teaching and research in the physical and life sciences, arts, business, social sciences, and agricultural and veterinary sciences. Guelph is a unique place with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. The University applies its knowledge and discoveries to shape understanding and effect lasting positive change. The University is deeply committed to mobilizing research into action and has a robust track record of successful commercialization, particularly in the food and agriculture space. Discoveries at the University of Guelph are fueling job creation, supporting sustainable food production, protecting the environment, improving the quality of life, and empowering those who are frequently marginalized. Within the University, research is infused into teaching, creating experiential educational opportunities that enrich the student experience and provide transferable skills that make graduates more competitive in the job market.

The College of Biological Science (CBS) is a research-intensive and learner-centered globally recognized academic faculty with a mission to expand the understanding of life, from DNA to cells to complex ecosystems. With a focus on experiential learning and research productivity, instructors within the College of Biological Science are at the forefront of teaching innovation, working to incorporate and develop innovative ways to engage students and communicate science. The College includes approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students making important discoveries about health, nutrition, ecology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, physiology and more. The College offers 13 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs across three departments and one institute: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean of the College of Biological Science (CBS) will be responsible for ensuring that the continued renewal and implementation of the College’s strategic plan aligns with and supports the objectives and aspirations of the College and the strategic mission and directives of the University. The Dean will provide ideas and insight and will leverage the College’s culture of innovation and collaboration to continue to pursue opportunities that build on the strengths and momentum of the College. The Dean will lead the evolution and growth of the College through new initiatives and opportunities while supporting the unique culture and sense of community within CBS. Fundamental to this role will be the recruitment of high-quality, full and part-time faculty members and staff that enhance the diversity and capacity of the College, as well as budget management and provision of academic support services. The Dean will work collaboratively with decanal colleagues to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching across the University. Working closely with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Dean will share responsibility for the undergraduate science program. In conjunction with the Vice-President (Research), the Dean will provide leadership of the development of impactful and innovative research and collaborative partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders. The Dean will foster a supportive and collegial culture that invites diverse ideas and perspectives, and reects a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigeneity.

As the ideal candidate, you possess a doctoral degree and are eligible for appointment as a full professor in the College of Biological Science. You are a strategic and collegial leader with a demonstrated ability to lead strategic initiatives and organizational change. You have excellent communication and management skills and a proven record of leadership in administration involving both financial and human resource management, as well as research and education. You possess an exemplary record of outstanding research achievement and scholarship as well as an impressive track record of teaching and student advocacy. You are adept at building relationships and promoting partnerships between the College and the private sector, government, other universities, and the wider community. You bring experience managing change in a competitive and complex environment and managing competing interests in a consultative and effective manner.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw or Beth McLennan at 1-866-822-6022. How to apply for the CBS Dean position (https://kbrs.sharefile.com/d-sae4917065e6466c8). Completed applications can be submitted online (https://kbrs.ca/Career/13573).

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://www.uoguelph.ca/diversity-humanrights/ sites/uoguelph.ca.dhr/files/public/Inclusion%20Framework%20Endorsed%20April%202017.pdf) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Natural disturbance modelling

S. Leroux (https://shawnleroux.wixsite.com/lerouxlab), A. Hurford (https://amyhurford.weebly.com/), and K. Hargan (https://www.kathrynhargan.com/) at Memorial University of Newfoundland are looking to recruit a collegial post-doctoral fellow (PDF) for two years. The PDF will join our collaborative and productive research group where we are integrating principles of population, ecosystem and paleo ecology to understand the mechanisms governing spruce budworm dynamics in Eastern Canada.

The PDF is funded by the Healthy Forest Partnership (http://healthyforestpartnership.ca/) from Natural Resources Canada. Our team will integrate spatial statistical and mathematical models with paleolimnology and empirical data to improve the detection of budworm hotspots and drivers of forest susceptibility to budworm outbreak on the island of Newfoundland with the capacity to be extended to other regions. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to mentor BSc and MSc students and to develop collaborative relationships with research scientists with the Canadian Forest Service (https://coniferlab.wixsite.com/home) and the diverse team of researchers involved in the Healthy Forest Partnership.

Applicants should be critical thinkers with an interest in advancing research questions. They should have a track-record for publishing their research in reputable journals, be capable programmers, and effective science writers. There is a preference for candidates with a strong quantitative background in the areas of mathematical biology, spatial ecology, and/or species distribution modelling. The salary is $49K + 12% benefits per year.

Memorial hosts a diverse and engaging group of scientists studying ecology and evolution in the departments of Biology, the Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology program (Psychology), Geography, and Ocean Sciences. Departmental and inter-departmental events include regular discussions, workshops, and seminars from invited speakers. These intra-and inter-lab events encourage an important cross-fertilization of emerging ideas in ecology and evolution and exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Please email your application to S. Leroux (sleroux@mun.ca). Please send the application as a single *.pdf document and include a cover letter outlining your background, aspirations, and interests; a current CV including the names of three references; and two publications for which you are most proud.

We value equity, diversity, and inclusion and we encourage all interested applicants to apply. Some flexibility in start date and work location (i.e., remote) is available for the ideal candidate. We will begin evaluating applications on July 17, 2020 and the position will remain open until filled.

Thank you in advance.

Shawn, Amy, Kathryn

Our lab is diverse; we have students that are strong in mathematical modelling, spatial analyses (GIS, remote sensing) and field-based studies. We have access to state-of-the-art scientific research equipment through recent funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, MUN’s Core Research And Instrument Training Network (CREAIT) (e.g. Stable Isotope Laboratory, Core Logging Facility, etc.) as well as high powered computing resources through the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet). If you are interested in working in our lab, please send me a cv, transcript and brief statement of your research interests. I am always keen to hear from students with diverse backgrounds and a strong interest in either basic or applied ecology. ​

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Graduate student and postdoc positions in plant ecology and plant conservation in Canada

The McCune lab at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, is looking for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows interested in plant ecology and plant conservation in Canada.

Potential projects include: analyzing the influence of habitat amount on the probability of occurrence of rare species, measuring genetic variation between isolated rare plant populations, modeling habitat suitability for rare plants across a landscape, and experimental rare plant translocations. Some projects require fieldwork while others involve GIS or lab-based work only. Fieldwork will occur primarily in southern Ontario or in southern Alberta.

The University of Lethbridge is a smaller University with a vibrant community of scientists. Lethbridge is a very affordable and friendly city only 2.5 hours from Calgary, and only 1.5 hours from stunning mountain Parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Wilderness Provincial Park.

If you are interested, please email Jenny McCune (jl.mccune (at) uleth.ca) and tell me about your research interests and experiences. Include your CV and unofficial transcripts.

I am committed to diversity and inclusion and I welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Additional Information:

website: https://jlmccune.weebly.com/
U of L Biological Sciences: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/biological-sciences
U of L Graduate Studies: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/

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Funded MSc and PhD positions in avian evolutionary physiology

About the projects

We are seeking 1-2 MSc/PhD students interested in avian evolutionary physiology. Areas of research include: the impact of temperature during development on adult physiology, climatic warming as a constraint on activity in wild birds, and understanding the fine-scale movement of individuals using of automated radio-telemetry. Specific thesis topics are flexible, and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas.

Requirements

You should have an interest in animal physiology/evolutionary physiology. Experience and/or interest in use of R would be an asset (although not required). To apply for an MSc, you will require a B.Sc. Hons (or equivalent) in Biology or a related field. PhD applicants will require a completed MSc or equivalent, by the start date. Positions are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but strong international candidates are encouraged to apply. We seek a diversity of ideas and perspectives in the lab, so we especially welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

Funding

The minimum stipend for an MSc student is $19,274 for each of 2 years; a PhD student is $21,274 for each of 4 years. Students holding external funding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying?

Send an email, with your CV and a brief statement of research interests to: Gary Burness, Professor, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (garyburness@trentu.ca). Enquires are welcome.

Start date: Jan 2021. Applications will be considered until positions are filled.

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Graduate assistantship in fish conservation genomics

The Mandeville Lab in the University of Guelph Department of Integrative Biology is recruiting a MSc student to study hybridization in Catostomus fishes (suckers) in the Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, USA.

Hybridization following species introductions or disturbance can pose a threat to imperiled native species and presents a challenge for conservation and management. The student recruited for this MSc position will use genomic data to evaluate the efficacy of a fisheries management intervention designed by Colorado fisheries biologists to prevent hybridization of threatened native species with introduced species by excluding introduced species from important spawning habitat. Work will involve generating and analyzing genomic data for adult spawners and larval fish, and identifying the extent of hybridization in larval fish cohorts from before and after the intervention. We will also assess longitudinal trends in ancestry of larval fish along the length of the spawning tributary to identify how far parental species migrate to spawn.

Research in the Mandeville lab focuses generally on describing evolutionary processes using computational approaches and large genomic datasets. Understanding evolutionary processes is essential for identifying how biodiversity arises and is maintained, and is also crucial for conservation of threatened species. We work primarily on fish and in aquatic systems, and many of our projects feature collaboration with conservation and management agencies. This specific project is funded by and in collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Applicants with interests in fisheries genetics, conservation, evolutionary biology, ecology, or related  fields are encouraged to apply. Desired qualifications include the ability to balance working independently and collaboratively, excellent work habits, and strong writing skills. This project will involve extensive work with large genomic datasets and high performance computing. No prior computational experience is required, but applicants must be willing to learn and excited about building their computational skills. Due to fiscal constraints, Canadian students (including permanent residents) will be given priority.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), and contact information for three references to Dr. Liz Mandeville, emandevi@uoguelph.ca. The Mandeville Lab is committed to increasing and supporting diversity in STEM, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is September 2020, but some flexibility is possible in terms of start date or initial remote work. For more information about the lab, please see https://mandevillelab.uoguelph.ca.

 

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