NSERC Postdoc – Reconstructing Hyperdiverse Tropical Marine Food Webs:

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/; @BaumLab) at the University of Victoria seeks an NSERC post-doctoral fellow to conduct research investigating fundamental and applied ecological questions with a focus on tropical coral reef food webs.

The post-doc will have immediate access to a large reef fish dataset collected on the world’s largest atoll, both before and after a prolonged marine heatwave that transformed the ecosystem’s foundation (90% loss of live coral cover). The data set is comprised of samples from more than ~2,800 reef fishes from 30 species, with representative species from all major functional groups. Fish were collected from sites with distinct exposures to chronic local anthropogenic disturbance. Bulk stable isotope data are already in hand, and there is the potential to also address questions using compound specific isotope analyses, as well as  metabarcoding of fish stomach samples.

Research could address fundamental food web ecology questions (e.g. trophic structure, niche width, food chain length), as well as applied questions about how local and global stressors alter hyperdiverse food webs. Candidates must have experience processing and analyzing stable isotope data.

The candidate will need to secure their own core salary (e.g. through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (due October 17th, https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp). NSERC PDF salaries will be supplemented by $5,000/year. The successful candidate will also receive support to attend, and present at, least one major scientific conference per year.

Applicants should have excellent critical thinking and science communication skills, a solid track record of publishing their research in reputable journals, and be proficient in R and in conducting stable isotope analyses.

We are especially interested in candidates from demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in STEM due to historic and ongoing inequalities, including women and BIPOC scholars. We are a collegial, collaborative and productive group committed to enhancing diversity and equity in STEM, to open science and outreach, and to conducting world-class conservation-relevant research.

Qualified, eligible candidates should send a CV, statement of research interest, two of their publications as examples, and a list of three references to Prof. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca), and be prepared to develop a competitive NSERC PDF proposal with Prof. Baum’s support for this year’s deadline.


Post-doc, University of Lethbridge and University of Kentucky

The Lee-Yaw Lab at the University of Lethbridge and the Weisrock Lab at the University of Kentucky are looking for a post-doc who is interested in using genomic data to inform amphibian conservation efforts in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta.

We are specifically using genome-wide estimates of genetic diversity and genotype-environment-associations to identify ideal source populations for the planned reintroduction of long-toed salamanders to high-elevation sites where they had been extirpated by historic fish stocking programs. Tissue samples have already been collected and the ideal candidate will work with current lab members on library preparation and sequencing, as well as lead the bioinformatics for the project. Reintroduction sites are located in the beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park (sister park to Glacier National Park in the USA) and this work is being done in close collaboration with Parks Canada as part of their Nature Legacy Program. Depending on interest and additional funding, there may be opportunities for the successful candidate to be directly involved in the reintroductions and post-reintroduction monitoring to determine establishment success.

Additional Details:

We are seeking candidates with experience generating and analyzing genomic data. This appointment is funded for 18 months, with a possible extension depending on funding (ideally, the candidate will work with us to develop applications for additional external funding). The start date for this appointment is January 1, 2021.

The position is based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Lethbridge is a smaller, affordable city with an active university community. We are about 2 hours south of Calgary, 2 hours north of the Canada-US border, and have fantastic hiking, skiing, and other recreational opportunities close by (Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Provincial Park are ~1.5 hours away; Banff National Park is ~3 hours away). The collaborator labs will be working closely and, depending on COVID restrictions, some activities may take place in Kentucky.

If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Julie Lee-Yaw (julie.leeyaw@uleth.ca) to discuss next steps. Please use the subject line “post-doc” and include a brief statement of your research interests and relevant experience, as well as a current CV.

The Lee-Yaw lab is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and particularly welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Lee-Yaw Lab: https://julleeyaw.weebly.com/
Weisrock Lab: wesirocklab.com
U of L Biological Sciences: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/biological-sciences
Biology U of K: https://bio.as.uky.edu/


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in Species Distribution 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, however, due to University COVID-19 recruitment restrictions at this time we can only consider candidates that currently reside in Canada. Some flexibility in start date and work location (i.e., remote) is available for the ideal candidate. We will begin evaluating applications on August 28, 2020 and the position will remain open until filled.

​Thank you in advance.

Shawn, Amy, Kathryn


Postdoctoral fellowship: Mathematical modelling for infectious disease management

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to derive and analyze mathematical models for infectious disease management. The ideal candidate will have strong training in the formulation and analysis of population dynamic models, good written and oral communication, and strong computational abilities. Expertise in any of the following areas is an asset: stochastic processes, optimal control theory, metapopulation models, network analysis, and statistics. The candidate is expected to develop research that contributes broadly to disease ecology, while also informing public health policy for COVID-19 management.

Specific research projects may include:

  1. Spatial optimal control to delineate the geographic scope of testing and mandatory self-isolation given the location of positive tests and contact networks;
  2. The efficacy of geographically defined mandatory self-isolation requirements relative to, and in combination with, various forms of contact tracing;
  3. The optimal allocation of mandatory testing and self-isolation between travellers and residents;
  4. Comparative statistical analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks, and mechanistic modelling to support hypothesized drivers.

The candidate will be supervised by Drs. Amy Hurford (https://amyhurford.weebly.com/)  and J.C. Loredo-Osti (https://www.mun.ca/math/people/ppl-faculty/loredoos.php) at Memorial University.  The candidate may work remotely, but must be able to take up residence in Canada. The position is for two years with an annual salary of $49K + 12% benefits.

Please email your application as a single *.pdf file to ahurford@mun.ca. The application should include: (1) a cover letter describing your motivation to apply and your relevant training and expertise; (2) a CV; and (3) the contact information for three references. We value equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. Review of applications will begin on August 26, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.


Liber Ero Fellowship Program – call for post-doctoral applications. Application deadline: November 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for
the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program
supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing
conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to
develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the
latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve
conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose
research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be
hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from
expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and
universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of
November 1, 2020.  See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.

Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the
current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Sally Otto


Postdoctoral position in boreal caribou habitat modelling

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

Postdoctoral positions in evolutionary or applied genomics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available for a postdoctoral fellow with demonstrable expertise in genomics and bioinformatics starting Fall of 2020.

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

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their expertise, a CV, reprints of relevant papers, and contact information for 3 referees to honeybee@yorku.ca between now and October 2020. We will evaluate the applications as they are received.


Postdoc position – University of Toronto

Consequences of population outbreaks on genetic structure and demographic inference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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