Doctoral student position in salmon ecology and evolution, University of Helsinki

A Doctoral student position, is available at the University of Helsinki, Finland, to work in Academy Research Fellow Tutku Aykanat’s research group. The position is a part of a 5-year Academy of Finland funded project, and aims to understand the processes shaping Atlantic salmon demography in the wild.

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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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Funded Ph.D. project: Dispersal and metacommunity dynamics of boreal bryophytes

We are looking for a Ph.D. student with an interest in community ecology, bryology and ecological statistics for a funded research project at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). The student would be co-advised by Nicole Fenton (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicole_Fenton2) and Philippe Marchand (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philippe_Marchand3).

Project description

Bryophytes constitute a major part of the plant biodiversity in boreal forests and provide key ecosystem services such as nitrogen fixation (via symbiotic associations with cyanobacteria), soil moisture regulation, as well as food and shelter for invertebrates and small mammals. Despite their ecological importance, we know relatively little about the metapopulation and metacommunity dynamics of bryophytes at the landscape scale; such knowledge would be needed to set habitat retention size and connectivity targets for forest management. This is especially true of epixylic (deadwood-inhabiting) species that face high habitat turnover.

Using an existing bryophyte community database collected by the UQAT bryology lab (hundreds of plots distributed across a 73 000 km² forested area in north-western Québec), the Ph.D. student will apply novel modelling approaches to determine the importance of habitat availability, species interactions and dispersal limitations in determining the range of different groups of epixylic bryophytes. By combining the bryophyte community data with historical data on forest disturbances (fire, harvest) in the study area, they will also estimate metapopulation characteristics (colonization and extinction rates) of key species based on their dispersal and reproductive traits.

Desired start date: Winter 2021 (Fall 2020 start date possible for Canadian applicants)

 Location: The student will be based at the Rouyn-Noranda campus of UQAT, as part of the Forest Research Institute (FRI, http://www.uqat.ca/etudes/irf/), and the Centre for Forest Research (http://www.cef-cfr.ca/). The FRI team is dynamic and offers a good environment for students (student association, activities, etc.). Rouyn is a cultural and interesting city with an excellent quality of life (hiking, canoeing, swimming, films, music, festivals, restaurants). http://www.ville.rouyn-noranda.qc.ca/

Financing: Stipend of 21 000$/year for 3 years (with possibility of extension for a 4th year).

To submit your application, send a letter of motivation describing your interests, skills and experience relevant to this project, your résumé, and the names of two references to Nicole Fenton (nicole.fenton@uqat.ca) and Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca). We will start reviewing applications on June 19th, 2020.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa

Mathematical modeling for connectivity: From structural to functional
indicators for freshwater biota

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in modelling
fish population dynamics in watersheds. The goal of this research is to
relate structural to functional indicators of connectivity in river
networks. The research is conducted in collaboration with Environment
and Climate Change Canada and other partners. Specifically, it is part
of the “Pathway to Canada Target 1”
(see https://www.conservation2020canada.ca/the-pathway).

The research will use mathematical models, numerical simulation, data
fitting and scenario testing. The position is based at the University
of Ottawa, but the research will be carried out in close collaboration
with researchers from the “Pathway” network. Applicants should have a
PhD in quantitative/theoretical ecology, mathematical biology, or a
related field with strong expertise in modelling, data integration and
simulation, as well as excellent writing and communication skills.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in
the range of $40.000 – $45.000 CDN (including benefits). Some funding
for travel to collaborators and/or workshops and conferences will be
available in addition. The position is expected to start in September
2020. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility
to extend for a second year, based on performance.

Review of applications will begin June 15 and continue until the
position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, their CV,
and at least two names of potential referees. The cover letter should
explain the applicant’s experience related to the project. Applications
should be sent to Frithjof Lutscher (flutsche@uottawa.ca). Only
complete applications will be considered. See
http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/flutsche/ for more information about
Prof Lutscher’s lab.

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence for Marine Bioacoustics

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence for Marine Bioacoustics, affiliated to the Department of Natural Sciences, for a period of 2.5 years, with the possibility for extension. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad, although flexibility will of course be given with respect to working remotely on a temporary basis. The starting date is as soon as possible or negotiable with the Faculty.

This position will be associated with the Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) at the Department of Natural Sciences and work in close cooperation with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) at the Department of Information and Communication Technology and the Mechatronics Priority Research Centre at the Department of Engineering Sciences. The CCR is a Priority Research Centre in cooperation with the University of Oslo, Institute of Marine Research (HI), GRID-Arendal, and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), with researchers in behavioural and evolutionary ecology and the application of artificial intelligence to marine ecosystem monitoring. The CCR comprises more than 30 employees, including Professors, Professors II, Researchers, Post-docs, and PhD Fellows, with active national and international collaboration. CAIR is a Priority Research Centre comprising about 35 Professors, Post-docs, and PhD Fellows, with a focus on fundamental and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning research. CAIR has a particular competency in both explainable AI and deep neural networks and has numerous research collaborations both with industry and other research partners. The Mechatronics Priority Research Centre consists of about 40 professors, postdocs, and PhD students with 10 research themes, including expertise in signal processing, applied machine learning, industrial IT, and intelligent monitoring. Together, members of the three research centres make up the highly collaborative ‘ArtiFISHal Intelligence Group’, in which the applicant will participate.

See https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/187633/post-doctoral-research-fellow-in-artificial-intelligence-for-marine-bioacoustics for more information.

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PhD Positions in Computational and Mathematical Population Ecology – Kim Cuddington (http://ecotheory.uwaterloo.ca), Department of Biology.

We use large datasets, computational, statistical and mathematical approaches to answer questions about temperature for invasive species, species at risk and ecosystem engineers. Work that involves modelling or data analysis can be done while sheltering in place, and late entry to the program is still possible. Possible projects include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Creating mathematical models of the impacts of an engineering predator on its prey
  2. Incorporating autocorrelated temperature data and thermal response curves in structured population models of aquatic species at risk or invasive forest pests (e.g. Emerald Ash borer)
  3. Modelling microclimate conditions (under-bark, river, plant canopy) to calculate the autocorrelation and probability of extreme temperature thresholds
  4. Experimentally determining the effects of autocorrelated temperatures on thermal responses of insect invertebrates or fish

We provide four years of funding for students in a PhD program.

Please send an inquiry email providing an unofficial transcript, a brief statement of research interests in ecology, and contact information for three references (kcuddingATuwaterlooDOTca). The application for graduate studies is here (https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/application-admission/apply-online), but please contact me directly regarding the deadlines.

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION IN LAKE FOOD WEB ECOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF QUÉBEC AT MONTRÉAL, MONTRÉAL, CANADA

The NSERC Lake Pulse Strategic Network in collaboration with the FisHab project is looking to fill a new postdoctoral fellow (PDF) position based at the University of Québec at Montréal. The PDF will work towards integration of plankton and fish datasets to analyze multi-trophic diversity and food web structure in a survey of hundreds lakes across Canada. Biogeographical variation in biodiversity and food web across lakes from different ecozones and impacted by different anthropogenic stressors will be the focus. Datasets to be analysed consist of prokaryotic metagenomic and 16S rRNA datasets, as well as phytoplankton and zooplankton taxonomic and functional databases, complemented by a broad range of land use, physical and chemical environmental variables. The project also involves various non-academic partners

Candidates with strong statistical, numerical analyses and modelling capabilities are sought. Candidates should also have familiarity with lake food web ecology, limnology, biodiversity science, and/or fish ecology.

The PDF will be supervised by Dr. Beatrix Beisner at the University of Québec at Montréal in collaboration with several other GRIL researchers including: Dr. Vincent Fugère (UQTR), Dr. Yannick Huot (University of Sherbrooke) and Dr. David Wash (Concordia University). Anticipated start date : Summer 2020 Salary: $48 000 – $50 000 Cdn per year plus benefits, renewable for a 2nd year based on progress and availability of project funds. Qualifications: A PhD, earned ideally in the past two years (since 2018). The ideal candidate will have good working knowledge of English and French if possible. Applications: Send a cover letter, a recent CV and contact information for at least two referees to Dr. Beatrix Beisner, Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM via email (beisner.beatrix@uqam.ca). Closing date for applications is June 10, 2020.

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Seeking applications for the BRAES Post-doctoral Fellowship in Landscape Ecology

Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services [BRAES], University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in applied connectivity conservation research and planning. This is a full time 12-month position. The position can start as early as June 2020 (preferred), but no later than September 2020.  The successful candidate would preferably reside in Kelowna, BC, or secondarily Ottawa, ON, but due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with Covid-19, we will consider a temporary remote employment arrangement within Canada.

The candidate will work under the joint mentorship of Drs. Jason Pither, Adam Ford, and Lael Parrott at UBC, and in close collaboration with scientists from Environment & Climate Change Canada. The fellow will be encouraged to take a leadership role in facilitating interactions among BRAES research labs and community partners. This position is an excellent opportunity to work with government and other stakeholders to support evidence-based connectivity conservation planning, thereby contributing to Canada meeting its Biodiversity Goals and Targets.

One expected output from these efforts is a co-authored perspectives or synthesis paper, addressing scientific and methodological challenges in connectivity conservation research and planning. Using the team’s contributions to a symposium of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE 2020, Toronto) as a starting point, the post-doctoral fellow will work with symposium contributors to gather their diverse perspectives, synthesize relevant literature, organize workshops, and liaise with additional stakeholders.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Ecology or relevant discipline and have excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate should possess relevant experience and domain knowledge in conservation and connectivity research or planning, be able to engage diverse collaborators, and think critically about relevant methods.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 9,500 students in seven faculties with strong graduate programs, and offers excellent opportunities for fostering regional, national, and international collaborations. The campus is situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, a region of critical importance to Canada meeting its biodiversity targets.

The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) is a group of over 30 faculty members and their graduate students working in ecology, biodiversity and conservation, and environmental sustainability on UBC’s Okanagan Campus.  BRAES’ special strength is its multidisciplinary focus, with members from departments of biology, mathematics and statistics, literary and cultural studies, earth and environmental sciences, physical geography, economics and creative arts.  BRAES has a strong record of applied research in conservation ecology.  To learn more about BRAES, visit: braes.ok.ubc.ca

UBC offers an excellent research environment and support for postdoctoral fellows. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows, please visit https://www.postdocs.ubc.ca/ Information about the surrounding community, can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife-relocation/.

Remuneration:

A salary of $48,000 per year including benefits, plus a stipend of $3,000 to cover direct research expenses.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send application materials to the BRAES Institute coordinator, Carolina Restrepo (carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca) with the subject line “Postdoctoral Position in Landscape Ecology.” All application materials should be submitted by Friday May 29th, 2020.

Applicants are asked to submit:

(i) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;

(ii) a curriculum vitae that includes publication record;

(iii) and the names and contact information of three referees.

Inquiries may be directed to Jason Pither (jason.pither@ubc.ca).

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 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.

 

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