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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Faculty position in Cellular Physiology

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Cellular Physiology in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Geography. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Biology (or the equivalent) and with expertise in System Biology. We are looking for candidates who examine genotype-phenotype-environment relationships using omic tools to unravel genetic bases of adaptations. Any model species are welcome except humans. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to teaching at the undergraduate and/or the graduate levels, supervise graduate students, develop honors projects, be active in research, and contribute to all activities concerning the life of our Department and University.

She or he will be part of a departmental team working in Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Physiology, Molecular Ecology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Global Change Biology and Paleontology. The appointed candidate will also have the opportunity to be part of the departmental research group BORÉAS working on various aspects of Northern research.

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a public French-language university that ranks consistently among the top small-size universities in Canada for its productivity and quality of research. Teaching is solely in French, therefore candidates must demonstrate an adequate knowledge of French or very strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required. The Université du Québec à Rimouski is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Priorities will be given to women, aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as people with disabilities. All qualified applications are encouraged to apply however in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian and permanent residents.

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application including their curriculum vitae, a statement describing their current and proposed research program (maximum 5 pages), as well as a statement of their teaching philosophy (in French or English), as well as the name of three contacts who can provide reference letters. These documents must be sent via email by August 1st 2020 at 16h30.

Dr. France Dufresne
Departmental head
Département de biologie, de chimie et de géographie
Université du Québec à Rimouski
300, allée des Ursulines
Rimouski, QC G5L 3A1
Canada
Email: France_dufresne@uqar.ca

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Postdoctoral Positions in Human-Environment Modelling at the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo, Canada

We are seeking 1-2 postdoctoral fellows for research in modelling human-environment systems, under the co-supervision of Prof. Madhur Anand (Global Ecological Change & Sustainability Laboratory, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph: https://www.uoguelph.ca/~manand/Madhur_Anand/Welcome.html) and Prof. Chris Bauch (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo: https://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~cbauch/index.php).

Applicants will be working on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Modelling the interactions between climate dynamics and social processes with application to climate policy (e.g. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007000)
  2. Using machine learning algorithms to analyze the structure and dynamics of social media networks concerning climate change, and simulation modelling of network dynamics.
  3. Modelling agricultural trade networks and/or dynamics of agroecological mosaics (e.g. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1604987113https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-07202-y), with potential field work in Brazil and/or India.

Applicants should have an outstanding publication record, and strong skills in oral and written communication, literature review and synthesis, team collaboration, and initiative.  Applicants also require background training or research experience that is relevant to one of the three topics.  Modelling approaches range from mathematical models to agent-based models, but should be empirically-driven.

Successful applicants may have their primary appointment either at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, or at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, depending on the research project. Many collaborative opportunities are available. Please send enquiries with CV to manand@uoguelph.ca and cbauch@uwaterloo.ca to initiate discussions. Enquiries will be reviewed beginning immediately until a suitable candidate is found.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and positions are for two years, subject to satisfactory performance.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION in Ecology and Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions, Lab of Dr. Lien Luong

A post-doctoral position is available starting January 2021 to study the ecology of fear in host-parasite interactions. Hosts avoid exposure to infection by avoiding infective stages, associated cues, infected individuals, or alter their habitat use to avoid encountering parasites. These non-consumptive effects (NCE) are known as the “ecology of fear”. Potential projects include, but are not limited to investigating the: 1) state-dependent nature of NCE, 2) trait-mediated NCE, 3) NCE of parasites on host metabolism, and 3) evolutionary consequences of NCE. Successful applicants will investigate these questions using a fruit fly-mite system, applying concepts and techniques from behavioral ecology, physiological ecology, and/or experimental evolution.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, or related fieldsstrong
  • English written and oral communication skills
  • experience in small animal respirometry preferred
  • ability to work as a part of a collaborative team
  • previous experience supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • track record of first author, peer-reviewed publications

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three academic references to Dr. Lien Luong (lluong@ualberta.ca).

Closing date:The position will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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