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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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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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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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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Two year postdoctoral position at Université de Montréal, at the interface between spectranomics and phylogenetics.

The Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory (CABO) seeks to understand how environmental changes are altering plant biodiversity in Canadian ecosystems, using spectranomics (spectral signatures and images of plant leaves and canopies). CABO is funded by NSERC’s Discovery Frontiers Program and involves researchers from four Canadian universities: Université de Montréal, McGill University, University of British Columbia, and Université de Sherbrooke.

 As part of a team of multidisciplinary researchers who are addressing core research questions, making use of field and imagery data collected across CABO sites in forests, grasslands, wetlands, and tundra, we are looking to fill a two year postdoctoral position at the interface between spectranomics and phylogenetics.

 This postdoctoral position will be held at the Université de Montréal (IRBV), under the supervision of Anne Bruneau and Etienne Laliberté. We aim for a starting date of September 2020, with some flexibility. Further information can be found here.

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