SEVERAL POSITIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (and others)*: Urban forests – towards adaptation to global change

Despite a large proportion of the population living in cities and the recognized importance of urban forests in providing benefits to people, we still know surprisingly little about them. In a future with more frequent and intense heatwaves, urban trees will be key in ensuring the livability of cities. Urban planning must also account for social inequities. Finally, while most cities across Canada have plans to plant thousands of trees, few have measurable objectives in terms of desired benefits (such as a reduction in air temperatures) and a plan to face global change challenges. Without better guidelines, these noble and expensive planting efforts may fall short of desired outcomes. Our ambitious project will provide working answers to these challenges, while developing novel techniques to sample and track change in urban forests, and knowledge towards adaptation to global change.

The project has identified four main research objectives contributing to the overarching goal of adapting urban forests to global change. We are seeking to train scientists (MSc and PhD mostly, but also undergrads and postdocs) with a passion for people, cities and urban trees to work on:

  • Increasing our capacity to survey all urban trees; (3 positions)
  • Understanding why trees die in the urban environment, how they cope with stress and interact with soil biodiversity, and how they perform in stormwater control measures; (4 positions)
  • Modelling response and drafting adaptation strategies; (1-2 positions)
  • Mobilize knowledge to concerned stakeholders. All students and researchers will work together with partners to achieve this very important task.

Selected candidates will contribute to an interdisciplinary project led by an expert team of researchers from different universities, and partners from municipalities, private companies, and non-profits, thus broadening their professional network. Internships with partners and between universities will be strongly encouraged.

Prospective students should contact us (paqlab@uqam.ca) with the following information: letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries are welcome. Please don’t hesitate to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on your career goals. Positions may be at UQAM, Concordia or UdeM in Montreal, or UofT in Toronto. Flexible start dates, but some as early as the Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 terms (others may start later). Full scholarship and support such as French language classes and maternity leave is offered. We want happy people.

Think you’re out of luck because of your background, a disability, or the way you dress? Relax, we don’t care, because innovation is born from diversity. Our team offers an inclusive, equitable, respectful, healthy, and openminded work environment – because we work there too! An exceptional opportunity to join a young, dynamic and welcoming research group!

This project is lead by Alain Paquette, Tanya Handa, and Dan Kneeshaw from UQAM, Carly Ziter from Concordia, Danielle Dagenais and Jacques Brisson from uMontréal, and Danijela Puric-Mladenovic from uToronto, as well as a large team of collaborators.

*This is an early call for recruitment. All positions are pending research funding approval.

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Postdoctoral Position on Epigenetic Changes as a Mechanism for Mammalian Population Cycles at the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

I seek a highly talented, engaged, enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow to investigate epigenetic (methylation) changes in snowshoe hares from two population cycles.

Study background: No mammalian population increases without limit. One of the fundamental questions in population ecology is: what are the factors that regulate and limit animal populations? Population cycles in small mammals (3-4 year cycles in voles and lemmings) and snowshoe hares (9-11 year cycles) occur throughout the northern hemisphere and have been studied for over 100 years. They have given us deep insight into the roles of food limitation, predation, stress, social processes, disease, and physical factors as causal mechanisms for these population cycles and for understanding population regulation processes generally. These findings may apply not just to these species, but to other vertebrates as well. In these cyclic species there is an enigma in their demography – the low phase – which can last 1 year in small mammals and 2-4 years in hares. For both, there is no obvious cause (food is abundant, predators are at low numbers, and other detrimental physical factors are absent). There is something intrinsically different about animals present at that time, even when these animals are taken to the lab. The hypothesis is that the environmental experience of the mothers during the peak and decline phases of the cycle programs their offspring through maternal effects. This signature causes these offspring to survive and reproduce poorly during the low phase. It takes one or more generations for this signature to disappear before high functioning animals again are present in the population, producing the increase phase. We hypothesize that this change is an epigenetic modification of key regulatory genes. Though extensive epigenetic work has been done on laboratory species and on humans, no such study has been done in nature on wild species that show these large scale, demographic effects.

We have collected brain tissue samples from snowshoe hares throughout the phases of the cycle and now seek a postdoctoral fellow to analyze these samples using Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing (RRBS).

The postdoctoral fellow must have the following background and expertise:

PhD focusing on epigenetics, or previous postdoctoral research on epigenetics, particularly in the brain.
Experience with brain sectioning, extraction of critical samples from the hippocampus, hypothalamus, and amygdala, and DNA extraction from tissues. This is technique can be learned in my lab if needed.
Experience with library preparation, ideally RRBS.
Expertise with bioinformatics and analysis of sequencing data to determine the biological significance of the methylated regions. Note that the reference genome for snowshoe hares has been carried out by The Centre for Applied Genomics has not been published yet, but we have access to it.
• Evidence of synthesizing epigenetic patterns found to their biological causes and implications.

This postdoctoral fellow is expected to publish manuscripts in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and present their findings at national and international scientific conferences.

The position will be supervised primarily by Prof. Rudy Boonstra (Centre for Environmental Epigenetics and Development [CEED] and Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress [CNS]). This position is a 2-year appointment with a competitive salary of $55,000 CAN/year and a full benefits package.

Please contact Prof. Rudy Boonstra (rudy.boonstra@utoronto.ca) with questions.

Interested applicant should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) an up-to-date CV, (3) two recent publications demonstrating the required background and expertise and (4) contact information for three references.
Please send this material to rudy.boonstra@utoronto.ca for full consideration.
Proposed Start Date: 1 September 2022 or as early as possible.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecological Forecasting of Boreal Bird Population Responses to Climate and Landscape Change

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Cumming lab at Université Laval, Québec City, in collaboration with J.A. Tremblay of Environment and Climate Change Canada. BAM is a long-term, international research collaboration supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. The position is offered for one year, with the possibility of extension for two or three years, conditional on performance, eligibility, and funding.

The successful applicant will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada. The goal of this project is to evaluate the impacts of past, present and future forest management on bird populations in SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified vs. non-certified forests. This position will apply spatial simulation models to forecast species responses to forest management, anthropogenic disturbance, and climatic change (e.g., Cadieux et al. 2020Micheletti et al. 2021), in order to identify effective methods to sustain their populations. The project may also include the application of spatial prioritization methods for conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018). This position will work closely with a research associate who will lead the development of species-specific habitat models for forest birds (see Crosby et al. 2019 and Adde et al. 2020), and with project graduate students. This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce national and regional avian density models. The postdoc will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to research partners in government, industry, ENGOS, and academia.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, to have been awarded not more than 3 years before taking up this position. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Significant experience with advanced statistical or computational methodologies are essential (including R programming skills, while field experience in boreal systems and experience in multidisciplinary collaborations will be assets. Proficiency in French and English, both written and spoken, is preferred.

The preferred start date is September 1st 2022, but later or earlier dates may be negotiable. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances, but the preferred location is Université Laval (Québec City), to facilitate effective engagement with the growing modelling team. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants. This is a lab-based position, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000 including benefits. Additional funds are available to cover operating, conference and publication costs. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be fully considered. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and of the University environment to apply.

To Apply:
Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three referees. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, and WHEN is your earliest availability. Apply by email to bamp@ualberta.ca with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted until 30.05.2022 or until the position is filled.

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Post-doctoral Fellows and PhD opportunities focusing on genomic applications to caribou conservation-Trent University

Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca), a long-term national scale program, are recruiting PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) focusing on genomic applications to caribou conservation. This national-scale collaborative research program on caribou conservation genomics is supported by whole-genome sequences of caribou representing diverse subspecies, ecotypes and populations, with additional genomes being planned for sequencing, and development of targeted caribou-specific loci for Population Genomic surveys of a long-term (20-year) database of samples (40,000 across Canada). The national network supporting these positions include partnerships with Environment & Climate Change Canada; Canadian Wildlife Service; Parks Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources & Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and other provincial (e.g. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and territorial jurisdictions (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut); wildlife management boards and Indigenous communities (e.g. the Sahtu Wildlife Management Board); and industry such as MB Hydro.

Positions may be based out of Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at the National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment & Climate Change Canada. 

The following positions/projects are available:

PDF studying Demographic Parameters in caribou ranges across Canada using applications such as spatial capture-recapture (sCR); density estimation;; population modelling; and network analyses. Position requires strong quantitative skills, and experience in software development will be considered an asset.

PDF in establishing metrics for large-scale and long-term Genomic Monitoring of caribou through the implementation of sequencing technologies, e.g. high/low coverage genomes and amplicon sequencing, and development of analytical pipelines . Position requires strong bioinformatic skills, and knowledge of molecular genomic protocols will be considered an asset. 

PhDs supporting the above projects will be considered in addition to projects related to caribou ecotype dynamics in Ontario’s Ring-of-Fire region; assessment of genomic erosion in isolated caribou populations (natural and captive) and at the southern range margins of boreal caribou; and an assessment of rapidly evolving genomic elements in adaptive genes of caribou subspecies and ecotypes across Canada.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to: pawilson@trentu.ca or micheline.manseau@ec.gc.ca  

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Riparian Ecology and Management, University of Northern British Columbia – Application deadline: June 15, 2022

ABOUT THE POSITION

The University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Research Program are recruiting a two-year term postdoctoral fellow. The position is focused on a quantitative assessment of the implications of riparian management in British Columbia for terrestrial wildlife and non-fish aquatic biodiversity. Outcomes will inform recommendations for improved management and further research. The fellow will engage with university and ministry researchers to define the scope and scale of investigation and identify appropriate research questions. There may be opportunities to apply existing quantitative data or generate novel datasets depending on the strengths and interests of the fellow.

Research foci and approaches may include: quantification of riparian change and associated threats to wildlife and biodiversity; assessment of effectiveness of current riparian management for habitat or distribution of focal species or other biodiversity values; measurement of the response of specific taxa or communities to the disturbance or management of riparian areas; or broad-scale assessment of the vulnerability of riparian ecosystems to human stressors.

The fellow will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia, but will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy experts from the BC provincial government. John Rex (British Columbia Ministry of Forests) and Chris Johnson (University of Northern BC) are the project leads. This is an excellent opportunity to develop cutting edge science that informs policy and research for a diverse set of natural resource and conservation values.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The fellow will lead quantitative research designed to support improvements to riparian policy and practices in BC. The focus is wildlife and terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, not fish or fish habitat.
  • Primary knowledge areas include riparian associated wildlife and biodiversity, and landscape and riparian ecology.
  • Knowledge of natural resource or conservation policy is an asset.
  • The fellow will have demonstrated experience with project management and collaborative science that involves quantitative analyses and the application of natural resource or conservation policy.
  • The fellow will be responsible for writing and publishing collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as associated data collection and management.

SALARY AND TERM

  • The position is for a 2.5-year term.
  • The salary is $58,000 and benefits consistent with those provided by the University of Northern BC. There are some funds for travel associated with the position.
  • This successful applicant will be based at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum qualifications are a PhD degree in forest ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, or natural resource policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative team setting.
  • Expertise in Geographic Information System software is likely an asset.
  • Demonstrated expertise with quantitative analysis and statistical modeling.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. John Rex (john.rex@gov.bc.ca ) with the subject line “Riparian PostDoc Application”. In your cover letter, briefly address how you meet each of the requirements of the position. Also, please explain your research strengths and the questions you might pursue as part of a broad effort to improve the science and policy focused on biodiversity across riparian ecosystems. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Rex.

Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2022. We plan to fill the position as soon as possible.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other prohibited grounds of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code.

The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at wellbeing@unbc.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.

UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~80,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and
https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

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TWO Postdoctoral Positions in Precision Conservation in Prairie Croplands – Application deadline: June 15, 2022

Precision agricultural data, collected automatically by GPS-enabled sensors on farming equipment, represents an exciting and underused opportunity to improve crop yields and support environmental sustainability in agricultural systems. The Prairie Precision Sustainability Network (PPSN) is a new collaboration between the Universities of Calgary and Saskatchewan in Canada that aims to provide data-driven support to crop growers across western North America.

Our team we will measure the potential for low yield areas on crop fields to be set aside from production, a management decision that could support both environmental sustainability and profitability objectives. This is part of a new area of research known as “precision conservation.”

We seek TWO postdoctoral data scientists trained in any discipline who will bring their strong analytical and computational skills to model these big data sets. By connecting satellite imagery, precision agricultural, agronomic and economic data we will map this potential across the Canadian prairie region.

The innovative tools we will develop have the potential to support win-wins-wins (for farm profitability, for carbon stores and for nature conservation) across a vast region at the centre of the North American continent (500,000 km2 in size).

Qualifications:

– Recent PhD in any relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, remote sensing, environmental science, statistics, ecology, agriculture, economics, and others)

– Demonstrated experience building advanced statistical and/or machine learning models;

– Expertise coding in R and/or Python; and,

– Excellent written and oral communication skills

To apply for this 1.5 year position (with extension possible), please send a CV and a cover letter describing your modelling and analytical skills to Dr. Paul Galpern (paul.galpern@ucalgary.ca  ). You may also wish to include written samples of research demonstrating these skills. For full consideration, please submit your application on or before June 15, 2022 via email. Preferred start date is on or before September 2022, but is negotiable. Salary: $65,000 CAD + medical benefits.

For more information on our team’s research please visit: profiles.ucalgary.ca/paul-galpern and recent publications in Paul Galpern’s Google Scholar profile. Questions are very welcome!

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CCSES Postdoctoral Researcher -Application deadline is May 31, 2022

The Canadian Consortium of Science Equity Scholars (CCSES) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to engage in discipline-based education research to improve equity in science courses across four post-secondary institutions. The CCSES is a group dedicated to improving equity in university-level science courses to better support all students, especially those who are historically or currently underrepresented.

A deep and diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent pool is necessary to foster the innovation needed to address global challenges, from pandemics to climate change. However, achievement and employment in science disciplines continue to suffer from representation disparities. Our research aims to discover how the instructor-created classroom climate impacts students’ sense of belonging, and how sense of belonging impacts interest and persistence in STEM.

The Consortium goals are to:

  • Discover how the instructor-created classroom climate impacts students’ sense of belonging across science courses, institutions, and demographic groups, and identify the specific inclusive teaching practices that promote equity.
  • Develop and share high-quality tools to investigate equity in STEM classes across Canada.
  • Reframe approaches to university-level science equity work by applying critical research methodologies.
  • Cultivate a national community of science equity scholars across education and science faculties to facilitate continued research and innovation.

The successful candidate will play a key role in all aspects of the project. The duties may include:

  1. Research: Design of qualitative approaches suitable to the goals above, implementation of critical perspectives, literature review, consultation on quantitative research design, data analysis, co-authoring publications.
  2. Leadership and planning: Mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants, leading and administering core research team meetings, co-organizing tri-annual Consortium-wide research meetings, co-organizing annual Consortium virtual retreat, organizing monthly CCSES reading group.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D) in discipline-based education research (e.g. biology education research, chemistry education research, physics education research), any field of education, or science with related education research experience.
  • Bring experience commensurate with the CCSES goals of incorporating critical perspectives and giving voice to students through complementary qualitative analysis. Mixed-methods research experience is an asset.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Possess strong organization, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have experience with research ethics review processes.
  • Be interested in opportunities and new challenges including leadership development.

As a key frontline member of the CCSES, the postdoctoral researcher will be at the centre of a nationwide network of post-secondary researchers with the shared goal of improving equity in science education. They will enhance their own research expertise, and develop leadership, project management, and organizational skills that will be an asset to them in their future careers, within or outside of academia.

The researcher will be hired at one of the four CCSES institutions (University of British Columbia – Vancouver, University of Calgary, York University, or University of Toronto – Scarborough), but will work collaboratively with the core research team (including faculty members from biology, chemistry, and physics departments) and report directly to consortium co-directors Drs. Jared Stang (University of Calgary) and Jaclyn Stewart (University of British Columbia). This position is a 50% appointment.

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 Canadian Human Rights Act or 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.

To apply, please submit as a single pdf file the following:

  • A one-page letter of interest, addressing how your prior research experience will contribute to this project and how this project fits into your career goals.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) including an up-to-date list of publications.
  • A two-page research statement.
  • References do not need to be included and will be requested for short-listed candidates.

Deadline for applications is May 31st, 2022. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2022. Start date is negotiable.

The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal annually for up to three years.

Applications may be sent to Dr. Jaclyn Stewart at jstewart@chem.ubc.ca

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge

The Ecosystems and Global Change Group led by Prof Andrew Tanentzap at the University of Cambridge (www.ecosystemchange.com) is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA).  The PDRA will join a new project funded by the NERC UKRI Changing the Environment (https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/changing-the-environment/) programme based at the Centre for Landscape Regeneration (https://www.clr.conservation.cam.ac.uk/).  The project seeks to develop nature-based solutions for the joint extinction and climate crises. It involves a highly interdisciplinary team of over 50 researchers from across 14 University Departments. The PDRA will interact with this larger team and receive additional supervision from Prof Paul Dupree (www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/dupree) and Dr Adam Pellegrini (pellegriniecologylab.com).

The goal of the post is to assess the outcomes of landscape restoration for ecosystem services and biodiversity in peatlands. The PDRA will be responsible for generating a molecular-level understanding of how microbes degrade peat and upscaling this knowledge to inform climate change mitigation. The work will centre around field-scale trials and plot-based experiments testing regenerative agriculture approaches in the East Anglian Fenlands. The PDRA will relate the composition and activity of soil microbes to molecular-level changes in organic matter composition and plant cell degradation to explain variation in greenhouse gas emissions across the study sites. The ideal candidate will be adept at integrating eDNA approaches with environmental chemistry. The PDRA will also collaborate with other members of the research programme to monitor soil biodiversity with eDNA.

The post can start immediately, and funds are available for up to 48-months subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period. Salary ranges from £33,309 to £40,927 per year.  The successful candidate must have a proven track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, ideally demonstrating innovative approaches towards relating molecular- and ecosystem-level data. They will have a PhD in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, or a related subject.  A track record in project and team management and engagement with external stakeholders is highly desirable.

Questions about the post should be directed to Prof Andrew Tanentzap (ajt65@cam.ac.uk).

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Research Associate in Environmental Microbial Genomics – University of Cambridge

The Ecosystems and Global Change Group led by Prof Andrew Tanentzap at the University of Cambridge (www.ecosystemchange.com) is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA). The PDRA will join a new project funded by the Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme (https://www.ukri.org/what-we-offer/browse-our-areas-of-investment-andsupport/
canada-inuit-nunangat-uk-arctic-research-programme/
). The project seeks to develop a community-led wildlife health monitoring programme for Nunavik with a highly multidisciplinary team of 14+ Inuit, Canadian, and UK researchers, including anthropologists, epidemiologists, and veterinarians. The PDRA will interact with this larger team and receive additional supervision from Prof James Wood (www.vet.cam.ac.uk/staff/professor-james-wood-obe).

The primary goal of this post is to develop and validate novel techniques to detect wildlife diseases at a watershed-scale using eDNA/eRNA. The PDRA will be responsible for co-designing sampling approaches with Inuit partners and embedding in local communities to sample drainage waters across Nunavik. In the lab, they will use state-of-the-art genomics approaches to estimate the presence and abundance of known pathogens of concern. These estimates will be validated with targeted qPCR assays on tissue samples collected from a range of keystone Arctic species (e.g., caribou, ptarmigan, seal, beluga Arctic char) by local hunting and trapping associations. Using the sequencing data, the PDRA will also identify gene transfer events and emerging zoonosis risks.

A key objective of the project is to build long-term capacity in Inuit Nunangat research in accordance with the National Inuit Strategy on Research. The PDRA will therefore develop online training materials in bioinformatics and deliver a short course at the end of the project on the analysis of genetic sequence data at the Nunavik Research Centre.

The post can start immediately, and funds are available for up to 36-months subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period. Salary ranges from £33,309 to £40,927 per year.

The successful candidate must have a proven track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, ideally demonstrating innovative approaches in the study of eDNA/eRNA. They will have a PhD in microbial genomics, bioinformatics or a related subject. A track record of engagement with community-led science, and some experience with developing training materials, is highly desirable.

Questions about the post should be directed to Prof Andrew Tanentzap (ajt65@cam.ac.uk).

Apply at https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/34625/ by the 13 May 2022.

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