Web developer for a project in biodiversity sciences

The Réseau d’observation de la biodiversité du Québec (BD-QC) is developing an IT infrastructure that will be used to document in real time the state of biodiversity and its changes. The direction of the BD-QC Network is located in the Faculty of Science at the Université de Sherbrooke and the supervision is carried out by Professor Dominique Gravel of the Department of Biology. 

As part of this project, we are currently hiring a web developer will be responsible for overseeing the deployment of a web portal that documents biodiversity change.

Full-time job, 35 hours per week.
Duration of the position: 1 year with the possibility of renewal, annually over 5 years.
Start date: as soon as possible.
More information here.


Postdoctoral positions in genomics, pollen meta-barcoding, and ecology at York University, Toronto, Canada – Closing date: April 20th 2021

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available starting Summer of 2021. Projects include:

1) Developing bio-markers for honey bee health: Our group is leading a national initiative called BeeCSI (https://beecsi.ca/) which will systematically expose honey bees to a large number of relevant stressors to identify transcriptional biomarkers associated with exposure. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in transcriptomics and interest in honey bee biology to participate in both wet-lab and bioinformatics components of this research.

2) Molecular palynology: To better understand the role of nutrition in bee health, our group is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in DNA barcoding and meta-barcoding to identify the source and diversity of pollen collected by honey bee colonies situated near and far from a large number of crops in Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with collaborator and molecular palynology expert, Dr. Rodney Richardson (University of Maryland), in addition to collaborating with other researchers on the BeeCSI team (https://beecsi.ca/).

3) Landscape and bee health: We are assembling a rich dataset of pests, pathogens, pesticides, pollen diversity and transcriptomic profiles in a very large number of honey bee colonies from across Canada. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in spatial ecology to study how landscape interacts with multiple stressors to influence honey bee health in the field.

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 April 20th 2021. We will evaluate the applications as they are received.

In addition to the honey bee lab, York University is home to the Center for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Successful candidate will have a chance to interact with the diverse faculty, fellows and students at BEEc, and participate in BEEc activities and training initiatives.

Duration: 2 years
Salary: $50,000 including benefits.


Post-Doctoral and Graduate Student Opportunities in Conservation Genomics

EcoGenomics is a national-scale collaborative research program based in Canada and focused on caribou conservation genomics. We are currently seeking post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to participate in a large-scale project funded by Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program and aiming at developing a national non-invasive monitoring approach for caribou.

Caribou is currently one of the most significant at risk species in Canada, attributable to its widespread distribution, its potential susceptibility to climate change, and its cultural and sustenance significance to Indigenous Peoples. Caribou population monitoring based on fecal pellet collection at feeding sites in winter has been proven as an effective sampling method for non-invasive long-term population monitoring. Host genetic information along with metagenomics data for diet and health indicators from fecal samples can gather a range of parameters needed to identify factors, including changing environmental conditions, affecting caribou populations across Canada. These positions will be supported by already generated data including a large number of whole-genome sequences of caribou representing populations of different evolutionary and demographic histories, targeted caribou-specific loci for Population Genomic surveys from a long-term database of samples (estimated at 40,000 across Canada) and metagenomics data (plant and microbiome). The large-scale national network supporting these positions, under the overall direction of Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent University) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (Environment & Climate Change Canada/Trent University), include partnerships with the Canadian Forest Service, Laval University and the University of Manitoba; the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium, Parks Canada, provincial and territorial jurisdictions; wildlife management boards; and industry.

The following positions and areas of research interest are being recruited:
Post-doctoral fellow in conservation genomics (Dr. Wilson and Dr. Manseau, Trent University) with advanced experience in landscape genetics/genomics to focus on areas such as factors affecting population structure and population demographic status, adaptive potential of different caribou ecotypes and populations. This work will inform management decisions including the identification of critical habitat and protected areas, permitting of industrial activities, landscape restoration efforts, translocation or captive rearing conservation efforts.

Post-doctoral fellow in metagenomics (Dr. Christine Martineau, Canadian Forest Service and Dr. Arnaud Droit, Université Laval) with experience in developing and applying a metabarcoding approach targeting multiple taxonomic marker genes to characterize the caribou diet and microbiome in fecal pellets and relate these results to population parameters and landscape attributes. Experience with the analysis of shotgun metagenomics dataset would be an asset. This work will contribute to best practices in the design of sampling schemes for diet and microbiome surveys across caribou ranges and provide new indicators to monitor the recovery of caribou populations.

PhD students are also being recruited for questions relating to of Landscape Genomics, Spatial Structure/Network analysis, Population modelling and Adaptive Genomics.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three references. The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.

Please submit applications to:
Ryan Vieira
Research Program Manager, EcoGenomics, Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9J7B8
Email: ryanvieira@trentu.ca




Location: Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 112 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2, Canada (initial appointment may be based on remote work due to immigration and COVID-19 travel restrictions)

Duration: 1 year (based on funding in place), starting April or May, 2021 (or as negotiated)

Salary: $50,000 CAD/year, inclusive of benefits

Description: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with Ph.D.-training in population ecology and familiarity with integrated population models (IPMs). Background in the ecology of large-herbivore populations will be an asset. The fellow will be principally charged with applying IPM-approaches to wild bison of northern Canada (Yukon), with the goal of estimating population size, trend, vital rates (age-structured survival and reproduction) and sustainability of harvest. In addition, we seek to prioritize collection of future datasets to optimize demographic estimation and monitoring in future years. Data available for developing a quantitative framework to bison-harvest management include detailed records on captures and fates from close to 200 radio-collared bison conducted over 31 years (1988–-2019); age-at-harvest data for about 2000 animals harvested from 1998–2019; mark-recapture population estimates from 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016; and calf:adult ratios for most years. This is a collaborative project with local bison managers and opportunities for engagement with Indigenous communities, government biologists, and the hunting community in Yukon.

Further to the above, the fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to theory on IPM development using a reference population of feral horses (Sable Island, Canada; ongoing 15-year, whole-island individual-based dataset of life histories [~1300 life histories, N = 500 horses]), and assist in developing an IPM for a free-ranging feral horse population in Alberta, Canada. Additional opportunities and latitude to conduct research using these datasets is anticipated (on the general topic of density dependence in theoretical and applied large mammal ecology).

Depending on funding availability, this 1-year post-doc may be extended presenting additional opportunities to collaborate on projects in theoretical and applied (large) animal ecology (species of focus may include feral horses, bison, caribou, etc.). The post-doc will have access to devoted office space, campus resources, and required technology (although initially work must be expected to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Position requirements:

  1. Ph.D. with a focus on quantitative methods in population ecology;
  2. Experience with demographic studies in both frequentist and Bayesian frameworks;
  3. Experience in using mark-capture-recapture models;
  4. Demonstrated proficiency with R and excellent programing skills;
  5. Demonstrated desire and proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals;
  6. Excellent written and personal communication skills;
  7. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

Closing: Please submit application materials by March 20, 2021.

Apply: Email to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca and thomas.jung@gov.yk.ca. Please write “Postdoctoral Fellowship” as the subject line. Include in your email a motivation letter, CV, and contact information for two references. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed online.

About us: http://mcloughlinlab.ca/lab/


PhD position in terrestrial toxicology

But first, you must love mites.  We are looking for a student with an MSc, who has published a paper and is interested in pursuing their Ph.D studying terrestrial ecotoxicology. We study Oppia nitens, an oribatid mite, and now a standard toxicity test species.  Oppia as we fondly call it, is found around the world and is one of the soils most abundant invertebrates. It’s critical to numerous ecological services, its adult can live up to 15 years, but little is known about Oppia nitens. Our lab was the first one to develop the initial reference toxicity test, develop the rapid avoidance test, and now we are just finishing sequencing the genome of Oppia.

We’ve developed a new toxicity test that tracks the colour change of their cuticle as a proxy for growth from young to mature adults. We hope to use this new endpoint to assess how Oppia nitens interact with singles and mixtures of toxicants in the soil and also link their biological performance to important ecological processes in the real world.
Our lab works closely with Dr. Juliska Princz at Environment Canada and has research links throughout Europe. This opportunity will allow you to network with government and industrial agencies, as well as open the door to international collaborations as well. If you are interested in terrestrial toxicology and want to do your Ph.D in Toxicology, at one of the top environmental toxicology departments in the world, please contact Dr. Alix Conway at alix.conway@usask.ca to submit your application. In your application, please let us know what your MSc was about, provide a copy of your published paper you are most proud of, describe your experience in R/python, as well as why you are interested in soil terrestrial toxicology. 

Assistant Professor, Biodiversity – Food Security Linkages – Application deadline: 18 March, 2021

Posting Number: F166P
Type of position: Tenure Stream
Department/Unit: Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences
Location: Truro

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture invites applications for a tenure stream Assistant Professor position with Teaching (40%), Research (40%) and Service (20%) responsibilities. We are seeking outstanding candidates with a demonstrated track record of expertise related to linking biodiversity and food security. The successful candidate will commence as early as July 1, 2021.

Agricultural practitioners are at the same time providing food security, supporting economic development, and stewardship of the terrestrial landscape. While global food security is one of the greatest challenges facing agriculture, agriculture is also recognized as one of the primary contributors to global biodiversity loss. Loss of these services provided by biodiversity can subsequently reduce food security and disrupt sustainable food systems through decreasing the safety and availability of regionally produced food.

The successful candidate will teach and conduct research related to sustainable food production systems, specifically focusing on the interface and tradeoffs between UN Sustainable Development Goals 15 (Life on Land) and 2 (Zero Hunger). Within the context of global climate change, research may include: analysis of the links and tradeoffs between agricultural food security and ecosystem services provided by biodiversity; development of food systems that maintain or enhance biodiversity; landscape scale analysis of agricultural land use patterns and their impact on biodiversity; and/or study of how crop diversity impacts food security.

About the Opportunity

The successful candidate will be evaluated on their potential to become an international leader in the field of agroecology and will be expected to develop a strong externally funded, internationally recognized research program for training graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate will be a multidisciplinary researcher who has demonstrated potential to collaborate with faculty members from across all departments in the Faculty of Agriculture. We seek a team-player and team-builder who can forge synergies within and among academia, government research institutions, industry, and other stakeholders within and beyond the Atlantic Region. We want a clear and stimulating communicator who can inspire students, support Faculty initiatives, serve on Faculty committees, and participate in growing the reputation of the Faculty and University.

The successful applicant must:

  • Hold a PhD in Agroecology or a closely related discipline such as applied ecology, environmental sciences, or other disciplines with a demonstrated link between agriculture, environment, and food security;
  • Demonstrate an ability or potential to acquire research funding through grant-writing and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Demonstrate experience in, or potential to, teach effectively at an undergraduate level, and
  • Demonstrate potential to become an international leader in their field, and potential to develop a strong externally funded program including Tri-Council funding (https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/).

Desirable assets include:

  • Eligibility for membership as a Professional Agrologist in Nova Scotia,
  • Demonstration of professional development related to teaching, and
  • Experience teaching to international students.

A complete application package for this position should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience related to this position (2 pages maximum).
  • A detailed CV.
  • A prospective research plan which includes your approach to EDI* (3 page maximum).
  •  A statement on teaching interests, experience, and philosophy which includes your approach to EDI* (2 page maximum)
  • Reprints of three recent publications related to agronomy or a closely related discipline.
  • Names, addresses and emails of three references (applicants selected for further consideration will be notified before referees are contacted).

EDI – A statement relating to how equity, diversity, and inclusivity will be integrated and promoted within your teaching and research (up to 2 paragraphs in each of your teaching and research statements).

The Faculty of Agriculture (http://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture.html) is on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Faculty offers technical, undergraduate, and graduate (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) programs in agriculture, aquaculture, environment, and related life and social science disciplines, and is home to approximately 1,000 students and 50+ professors, including current and past Canada Research Chairs. Dalhousie University is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 18,500 students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries.

The Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences is home to a vibrant team of scientists and instructors focused on four priority areas: environmental sciences and agroecology, plant and horticultural sciences, food science, and landscape architecture (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/plant-food-env.html).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit https://www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Dalhousie University recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: https://www.dal.ca/policies.

For further information regarding this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact the Chair of the selection committee, Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, Faculty of Agriculture: andrew.hammermeister@dal.ca.
Review of applications will begin 18 March 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Open Date:    02/16/2021
Close Date:    03/18/2021
Open Until Filled      Yes
Quick Link for Direct Access to posting:  http://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/5123

Position Details

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. Sample Publication(s)
  6. List of referees

PhD opportunity in ecological forecasting of vegetation dynamics in the Northwest Territories, Canada

A 3-year PhD position is available in the Cumming lab at Laval University in Québec City. The position, fully funded by Polar Knowledge Canada, is offered through a collaboration of the Cumming, Baltzer, McIntire and Turetsky labs and the NASA Arctic–Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). The objective is to develop spatially explicit forecasts of the distribution and abundance of terrestrial lichens and other forage plants, accounting for changes in climate, fire regime and permafrost. The applications are to the conservation and management of woodland and boreal caribou, and to assessing human food security. Other members of this interdisciplinary team are applying statistical upscaling methods to model the distribution of these plants from vegetation plot data and remote-sensed imagery. The successful candidate will a) incorporate these statistical models into spatial simulation tools; b) collaboratively develop management scenarios and ecological/economic indicators; and c) evaluate these scenarios by simulation experiment. The candidate may also contribute to the statistical modelling and related projects. The forecasting models will be implemented in SpaDES, a new suite of R packages for spatial simulation and reproducible science, now being applied extensively across Canada.

The critical qualifications are strong quantitative skills and an interest in spatial simulation, independent of disciplinary background. Proficiency in written communication in English is also essential. Programming experience, especially in R, will obviously be an asset, but the necessary skills can be acquired through courses and workshops. The student will also be encouraged to spend at least one semester with Dr. McIntire and the SpaDES development team at the Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC (travel expenses will be covered).

The position is to start by September 1st, 2021. Earlier availability and the pandemic permitting, the successful candidate will also participate in this summer’s field season, from June-August in the Northwest Territories. Applicants should submit a short statement of interest, a sample of their scientific writing, a current CV, and names of three referees to the undersigned, by email. Applications received by March 30th will receive full consideration.

Support for relocation expenses is available to qualified applicants.

Steve Cumming
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt,
Université Laval
Centre d’étude de la forêt


PhD opportunity: species distribution and abundance models of Canadian owls

A PhD position, with three years partial NSERC funding, is available in the Cumming lab at Laval University, Québec City. The position will be instrumental to a new collaboration between two long-standing Canadian research groups in avian ecology, the Boreal Avian Modelling Project and Birds Canada, and researchers in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Using a new compilation of long-term nocturnal owl survey data from across Canada, the successful applicant will develop species distribution models to explain and predict the occupancy or density of owl species within the Canadian boreal region, and to estimate their total population sizes. Examples of the statistical techniques we have previously used for forest songbirds and waterfowl can be consulted here and here. The applications are to avian conservation and population assessment in Canada’s managed forest lands. Depending on the interests of the applicant, the thesis could also include elements of spatial simulation and forecasting e.g. of owl responses to climate change, or of population ecology.

The critical qualifications are strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Proficient written communication in English is desirable. This is a lab-based position, but there will be opportunities to take part in nocturnal owl surveys in Québec and/or Ontario. The student will be encouraged to spend a term with Dr. Danielle Ethier at the Birds Canada National Headquarters in Port Rowan, Ontario (expenses will be paid).

The position begins September 1st, 2021. Applicants should submit a short statement of interest, a sample of their scientific writing, a current CV, and names of three referees to the undersigned, by email. Applications received by March 15th will receive full consideration.

Support for relocation expenses is available to qualified applicants

Steve Cumming
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt,
Université Laval
Centre d’études de la forêt

Danielle Ethier
Birds Canada
Port Rowan, Ontario.

Philip Dewit
Wildlife Monitoring Program Lead
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


PhD project in animal ecology at Laval University, Québec, Canada – Application deadline: February 28th, 2021

As part of the research partnership on Tick-Moose-Climate interactions
(www.albipictus.com), we are seeking a student interested in undertaking
doctoral studies in animal ecology.

More specifically, we are offering a project on the spatio-temporal
interactions of moose (Alces alces) and winter tick (Dermacentor
albipictus) and the susceptibility of moose to winter tick infestations.

Background: Understanding the changes in moose habitat selection and
activity budget in relation to the degree of tick infestation is essential to
study behavioural mechanisms that may affect moose recruitment and
survival. Moose using the same sites in spring, when adult ticks leave their
host, and in fall, when the larva seek a host to colonize, could promote the
development of epizootics. Some forest management practices could also favour
ticks by multiplying the habitats favourable to ticks and by concentrating moose in

Main objectives: 1) Evaluate activity budget and habitat selection of moose
depending on tick load, 2) assess habitat selection of the winter tick, and 3)
determine the conditions that favour the co-occurrence of moose and winter ticks.

Director: Steeve Côté (Département de biologie, Laval U.); Co-directors: Christian Dussault (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs) and Joe Nocera (Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, U. of New

Start date: May or September 2021

Funding: Scholarship of $24 000/year during 3 years (MITACS) and an additional year at $21,000/year (NSERC) available.

Required skills:

  • Strong academic record;
  • Experience in animal ecology and spatial analyses;
  • Interest and skills in statistical analysis of large and complex datasets and epidemiology;
  • Rigor, autonomy, written and oral communication skills;
  • A good knowledge of French and English;Have published at least one scientific paper as first author in a peer-reviewed journal.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter presenting your scientific interests, your CV, university transcripts and three references before February 28th, 2021 to:

Steeve Côté, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada
steeve.cote@bio.ulaval.ca; (418) 656-2131 Ext: 403490


Research Scientist, Species at Risk and Ecological Forecasting, Fredericton, NB, Canada – Application deadline: March 5, 2021

Applications are invited for an entry-level two year term research scientist “Post-Doc” position in the area of Species at Risk and Ecological Forecasting at the Atlantic Forestry Centre (AFC) of the Canadian Forest Service – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in Fredericton, New Brunswick (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/research-centres/afc/13447). The successful candidate will plan, develop and conduct independent and collaborative research on the ecology and management of species at risk within the context of managed, forested landscapes. The scientist will be responsible for collaborating with provincial, industrial, and federal agencies to implement a broad scale avian monitoring program using acoustic recording units, develop occupancy models with provincial forest inventory databases, and integrate habitat models into forest succession and forest management models. The incumbent will join a multidisciplinary team and develop collaborations with research staff within Atlantic Forestry Centre, other CFS research centres, and academic institutions.

Any questions related to the position can be directed to Chris Edge (christopher.edge@canada.ca) or Mike Lavigne (mike.lavigne@canada.ca).

Closing date for applications is March 5, 2021 – 23:59, Pacific Time. Applicants must apply on-line at the following site: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1552691. It is important to provide evidence of education, productivity and experience as described on-line to be considered for this position.

Fredericton (pop. 85,000) is located on the scenic Saint John River, and has a collaborative research community being home to the University of New Brunswick and several government research centres, a thriving arts community that includes the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, and affordable housing. http://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/