Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecological Forecasting of Boreal Bird Population Responses to Climate and Landscape Change

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Cumming lab at Université Laval, Québec City, in collaboration with J.A. Tremblay of Environment and Climate Change Canada. BAM is a long-term, international research collaboration supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. The position is offered for one year, with the possibility of extension for two or three years, conditional on performance, eligibility, and funding.

The successful applicant will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada. The goal of this project is to evaluate the impacts of past, present and future forest management on bird populations in SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified vs. non-certified forests. This position will apply spatial simulation models to forecast species responses to forest management, anthropogenic disturbance, and climatic change (e.g., Cadieux et al. 2020Micheletti et al. 2021), in order to identify effective methods to sustain their populations. The project may also include the application of spatial prioritization methods for conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018). This position will work closely with a research associate who will lead the development of species-specific habitat models for forest birds (see Crosby et al. 2019 and Adde et al. 2020), and with project graduate students. This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce national and regional avian density models. The postdoc will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to research partners in government, industry, ENGOS, and academia.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, to have been awarded not more than 3 years before taking up this position. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Significant experience with advanced statistical or computational methodologies are essential (including R programming skills, while field experience in boreal systems and experience in multidisciplinary collaborations will be assets. Proficiency in French and English, both written and spoken, is preferred.

The preferred start date is September 1st 2022, but later or earlier dates may be negotiable. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances, but the preferred location is Université Laval (Québec City), to facilitate effective engagement with the growing modelling team. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants. This is a lab-based position, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000 including benefits. Additional funds are available to cover operating, conference and publication costs. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be fully considered. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and of the University environment to apply.

To Apply:
Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three referees. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, and WHEN is your earliest availability. Apply by email to bamp@ualberta.ca with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted until 30.05.2022 or until the position is filled.

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Post-doctoral Fellows and PhD opportunities focusing on genomic applications to caribou conservation-Trent University

Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca), a long-term national scale program, are recruiting PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) focusing on genomic applications to caribou conservation. This national-scale collaborative research program on caribou conservation genomics is supported by whole-genome sequences of caribou representing diverse subspecies, ecotypes and populations, with additional genomes being planned for sequencing, and development of targeted caribou-specific loci for Population Genomic surveys of a long-term (20-year) database of samples (40,000 across Canada). The national network supporting these positions include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada; Canadian Wildlife Service; Parks Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources & Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 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.

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

The following positions/projects are available:

PDF studying Demographic Parameters in caribou ranges across Canada using applications such as spatial capture-recapture (sCR); density estimation;; population modelling; and network analyses. Position requires strong quantitative skills, and experience in software development will be considered an asset.

PDF in establishing metrics for large-scale and long-term Genomic Monitoring of caribou through the implementation of sequencing technologies, e.g. high/low coverage genomes and amplicon sequencing, and development of analytical pipelines . Position requires strong bioinformatic skills, and knowledge of molecular genomic protocols will be considered an asset. 

PhDs supporting the above projects will be considered in addition to projects related to caribou ecotype dynamics in Ontario’s Ring-of-Fire region; assessment of genomic erosion in isolated caribou populations (natural and captive) and at the southern range margins of boreal caribou; and an assessment of rapidly evolving genomic elements in adaptive genes of caribou subspecies and ecotypes across Canada.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to: pawilson@trentu.ca or micheline.manseau@ec.gc.ca  

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Ph.D. Opportunity: Moose Ecology in Saskatchewan

Job Title:  Moose ecology and conservation in the boreal forest of Saskatchewan

Location:       University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Closing:        Please contact me by June 15, 2022. M.Sc. preferred. Candidates should have publications in mainstream peer-reviewed journals and a GPA equivalent of A or higher over the past two years of coursework.

Apply:           Email CV and pdf copies of both undergrad and graduate transcripts. Email to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca.  Please write “Moose Ecology” as the subject line. 

Description: In collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, industrial partners, and Indigenous groups, USask is developing a long-term research program on the ecology of moose in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. This opportunity is specific to moose to understand the linkage between habitat selection and survival, and gain important insight into population dynamics (survival, recruitment, and trend), harvest, and relationships with predators and other ungulates. The Ph.D. is fully funded commencing Sept 1, 2022, and will interface both theory and applied ecology to inform management of moose in Saskatchewan and abroad. Habitat selection and fates of approximately 100 moose in Saskatchewan will allow us to develop a deeper understanding of moose population ecology in an area undergoing rapid landscape change and the emergence of novel disease, including meningeal worm. The student will help develop and test theory on causes and consequences of landscape and environmental change, while helping us to meet objectives of developing a strong understanding of the applied ecology to inform management. Field work will principally occur in winter and include coordinating logistics and participating in moose captures and GPS collaring, and especially timely investigation of moose mortality sites. This Ph.D. will complement the graduate and post-doctoral projects of several students, whom will be working together to promote a multidisciplinary project aimed at conserving wildlife and promoting northern food security.

The project is fully funded at $25,000 CAD per year; however, students will be expected to apply for internal and external scholarships, including NSERC PGS-D scholarships (if Canadian).

The successful student will have an opportunity to engage with a large lab working on related questions with respect to large-mammal population dynamics. There will also be opportunities to work collaboratively with a diversity of staff from the Ministry of Environment. Students can expect to publish outside of one’s own thesis topic as part of whole-lab research questions.

Evidence of familiarity with ungulate population dynamics, generalized linear models, and programming in the R language is an asset.

Interested applicants should contact me as soon as possible by email (philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca), and be prepared to submit a current CV with copies of transcripts.  

Website: http://mcloughlinlab.ca/lab/ 

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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
https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

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TWO Postdoctoral Positions in Precision Conservation in Prairie Croplands – Application deadline: June 15, 2022

Precision agricultural data, collected automatically by GPS-enabled sensors on farming equipment, represents an exciting and underused opportunity to improve crop yields and support environmental sustainability in agricultural systems. The Prairie Precision Sustainability Network (PPSN) is a new collaboration between the Universities of Calgary and Saskatchewan in Canada that aims to provide data-driven support to crop growers across western North America.

Our team we will measure the potential for low yield areas on crop fields to be set aside from production, a management decision that could support both environmental sustainability and profitability objectives. This is part of a new area of research known as “precision conservation.”

We seek TWO postdoctoral data scientists trained in any discipline who will bring their strong analytical and computational skills to model these big data sets. By connecting satellite imagery, precision agricultural, agronomic and economic data we will map this potential across the Canadian prairie region.

The innovative tools we will develop have the potential to support win-wins-wins (for farm profitability, for carbon stores and for nature conservation) across a vast region at the centre of the North American continent (500,000 km2 in size).

Qualifications:

– Recent PhD in any relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, remote sensing, environmental science, statistics, ecology, agriculture, economics, and others)

– Demonstrated experience building advanced statistical and/or machine learning models;

– Expertise coding in R and/or Python; and,

– Excellent written and oral communication skills

To apply for this 1.5 year position (with extension possible), please send a CV and a cover letter describing your modelling and analytical skills to Dr. Paul Galpern (paul.galpern@ucalgary.ca  ). You may also wish to include written samples of research demonstrating these skills. For full consideration, please submit your application on or before June 15, 2022 via email. Preferred start date is on or before September 2022, but is negotiable. Salary: $65,000 CAD + medical benefits.

For more information on our team’s research please visit: profiles.ucalgary.ca/paul-galpern and recent publications in Paul Galpern’s Google Scholar profile. Questions are very welcome!

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Research Landscape/Wildlife Ecologist

Title: Research Ecologist in the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. 

Possible Duty Stations (all in California): Arcata, Davis, Redding, or Riverside.

Responsibilities: We seek to fill a full-time, permanent position for a research landscape ecologist capable of addressing questions concerning forest vertebrates in California.  The scientist will be an integral part of research teams comprised of scientists, professionals, technicians, and administrative staff.  Research expertise of the applicant may be on species, populations, communities and/or ecosystem level questions, but the successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in, and the ability to, advance knowledge of how vertebrate populations of special concern respond to combined changes in climate, habitat, and human use of resources.  Experience in modeling relevant to the research questions above and/or evaluation of monitoring data collected on vertebrate species at risk will be particularly valued.   

This position will be housed in the research branch of the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Applicants should have an interest in participating on multi-disciplinary research teams involving scientists throughout the Pacific Southwest Station, and in working with the management branch of the Forest Service to co-produce knowledge that helps inform decision-making.  The selected candidate will receive mentorship from a local team of scientists in all aspects of the position and how to be effective in the Agency.    

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological discipline relevant to landscape ecology, wildlife biology, or ecology. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence, creative problem solving, the ability to build a research program as documented through peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to collaborate.

Salary: GS-11, 12 or 13, depending on qualifications

Applications: This is an outreach notice, not a formal job announcement.  The formal announcement will appear on USAJOBS as a “Biological Scientist” in about 1 month and be open for at most 10 days.  Prior to applying for the position on USAJOBS, interested applicants can send a letter of interest and a c.v. to bret.harvey@usda.gov.  Please place “Biological Scientist / Landscape Ecologist” in the email header.

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

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CCSES Postdoctoral Researcher -Application deadline is May 31, 2022

The Canadian Consortium of Science Equity Scholars (CCSES) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to engage in discipline-based education research to improve equity in science courses across four post-secondary institutions. The CCSES is a group dedicated to improving equity in university-level science courses to better support all students, especially those who are historically or currently underrepresented.

A deep and diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent pool is necessary to foster the innovation needed to address global challenges, from pandemics to climate change. However, achievement and employment in science disciplines continue to suffer from representation disparities. Our research aims to discover how the instructor-created classroom climate impacts students’ sense of belonging, and how sense of belonging impacts interest and persistence in STEM.

The Consortium goals are to:

  • Discover how the instructor-created classroom climate impacts students’ sense of belonging across science courses, institutions, and demographic groups, and identify the specific inclusive teaching practices that promote equity.
  • Develop and share high-quality tools to investigate equity in STEM classes across Canada.
  • Reframe approaches to university-level science equity work by applying critical research methodologies.
  • Cultivate a national community of science equity scholars across education and science faculties to facilitate continued research and innovation.

The successful candidate will play a key role in all aspects of the project. The duties may include:

  1. Research: Design of qualitative approaches suitable to the goals above, implementation of critical perspectives, literature review, consultation on quantitative research design, data analysis, co-authoring publications.
  2. Leadership and planning: Mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants, leading and administering core research team meetings, co-organizing tri-annual Consortium-wide research meetings, co-organizing annual Consortium virtual retreat, organizing monthly CCSES reading group.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D) in discipline-based education research (e.g. biology education research, chemistry education research, physics education research), any field of education, or science with related education research experience.
  • Bring experience commensurate with the CCSES goals of incorporating critical perspectives and giving voice to students through complementary qualitative analysis. Mixed-methods research experience is an asset.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Possess strong organization, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have experience with research ethics review processes.
  • Be interested in opportunities and new challenges including leadership development.

As a key frontline member of the CCSES, the postdoctoral researcher will be at the centre of a nationwide network of post-secondary researchers with the shared goal of improving equity in science education. They will enhance their own research expertise, and develop leadership, project management, and organizational skills that will be an asset to them in their future careers, within or outside of academia.

The researcher will be hired at one of the four CCSES institutions (University of British Columbia – Vancouver, University of Calgary, York University, or University of Toronto – Scarborough), but will work collaboratively with the core research team (including faculty members from biology, chemistry, and physics departments) and report directly to consortium co-directors Drs. Jared Stang (University of Calgary) and Jaclyn Stewart (University of British Columbia). This position is a 50% appointment.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Canadian Human Rights Act or B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

To apply, please submit as a single pdf file the following:

  • A one-page letter of interest, addressing how your prior research experience will contribute to this project and how this project fits into your career goals.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) including an up-to-date list of publications.
  • A two-page research statement.
  • References do not need to be included and will be requested for short-listed candidates.

Deadline for applications is May 31st, 2022. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2022. Start date is negotiable.

The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal annually for up to three years.

Applications may be sent to Dr. Jaclyn Stewart at jstewart@chem.ubc.ca

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge

The Ecosystems and Global Change Group led by Prof Andrew Tanentzap at the University of Cambridge (www.ecosystemchange.com) is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA).  The PDRA will join a new project funded by the NERC UKRI Changing the Environment (https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/changing-the-environment/) programme based at the Centre for Landscape Regeneration (https://www.clr.conservation.cam.ac.uk/).  The project seeks to develop nature-based solutions for the joint extinction and climate crises. It involves a highly interdisciplinary team of over 50 researchers from across 14 University Departments. The PDRA will interact with this larger team and receive additional supervision from Prof Paul Dupree (www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/dupree) and Dr Adam Pellegrini (pellegriniecologylab.com).

The goal of the post is to assess the outcomes of landscape restoration for ecosystem services and biodiversity in peatlands. The PDRA will be responsible for generating a molecular-level understanding of how microbes degrade peat and upscaling this knowledge to inform climate change mitigation. The work will centre around field-scale trials and plot-based experiments testing regenerative agriculture approaches in the East Anglian Fenlands. The PDRA will relate the composition and activity of soil microbes to molecular-level changes in organic matter composition and plant cell degradation to explain variation in greenhouse gas emissions across the study sites. The ideal candidate will be adept at integrating eDNA approaches with environmental chemistry. The PDRA will also collaborate with other members of the research programme to monitor soil biodiversity with eDNA.

The post can start immediately, and funds are available for up to 48-months subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period. Salary ranges from £33,309 to £40,927 per year.  The successful candidate must have a proven track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, ideally demonstrating innovative approaches towards relating molecular- and ecosystem-level data. They will have a PhD in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, or a related subject.  A track record in project and team management and engagement with external stakeholders is highly desirable.

Questions about the post should be directed to Prof Andrew Tanentzap (ajt65@cam.ac.uk).

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Funded PhD on “Agricultural practices and bee biodiversity” in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia and the Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University

Farmers have adopted a number of new crop technologies and land management practices over the past century, resulting in a host of inter-correlated changes to agricultural landscapes. These changes include the adoption of novel pesticides, shifts towards genetically-modified crops, and increasing homogeneity (monoculture) of crop types. At the same time, serious concerns are being raised that these changes may be driving biodiversity declines in economically important species, including bees. This unique PhD opportunity is intended foster student engagement and training across the natural and social sciences. The advisory committee will consist of natural scientists and environmental economists and provide the student an opportunity to learn a diverse set of cross-disciplinary skills in these fields. Students with training in quantitative ecology, ecological data science, and/or environmental studies are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with a MSc in one of these disciplines are preferred, although students with only a BSc but with strong disciplinary overlap and excellent grades and references will also be considered to enter the fast track PhD option. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Risa Sargent and Leithen M’Gonigle (https://www.sfu.ca/biology/faculty/M%27Gonigle/index.html). To apply, please send a letter of intent describing your background and interest in the position, along with your academic transcripts and contact information for two references, to risa.sargent@ubc.ca. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Possible start dates: September 2022, January 2023 or September 2023.

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