4 Postdoc and 5 PhD student positions studying structure and function of trees using drone-based remote sensing

The FastPheno project is soliciting applications for several postdoctoral and fully funded grad student positions. This project will combine the next generation of high-throughput drone-based phenotyping platforms, plant ecophysiological and genomics approaches to understand forest dynamics and tree resilience to climate change impacts. The positions are part of a large project with researchers from the University of Toronto, Université Laval, Natural Resources Canada and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec.

We are looking to hire postdocs and grad students with complimentary skills and interests. Successful applicants will work in Toronto or Quebec in an interdisciplinary team of researchers of the four participating organizations in a highly collaborative environment. If you have a background or interest in one or several of the following areas, you should send us your application: Plant biology, ecophysiology and ecology of trees, remote sensing, tree genetics and genomics, data sciences, bioinformatics, and statistical modeling.


I. Postdocs (two positions) remote sensing of vegetation and ecophysiology

The postdoctoral fellows will take leads in the FastPheno project activities on drone-based collection and processing of hyperspectral and LiDAR data from multiple experimental field sites and forest stands located in Quebec and Southern Ontario. Candidates must hold a PhD in remote sensing, plant biology, forestry, or a related field. Strong background in photosynthesis, ecophysiology, leaf traits, remote sensing and big data analysis and experience with machine learning algorithms is required. Experience with retrieval of plant physiological and structural information using hyperspectral or LiDAR information is an advantage.

II. Postdoc (one position) statistical modelling and integration of adaptive traits for genomic selection

The postdoctoral fellow will take leads in the FastPheno project activities on developing and validating the relationship between adaptive traits and drone derived data and refine prediction models of phenology from phenotype trait data. Candidates must hold a PhD in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong background in advanced bioinformatics, statistical genomics, and model-data integration is required. Experience with plant biology, molecular ecology, genomic selection models and machine learning algorithms is an advantage.

III. Postdoc (one position) integration and visualization of genotype and adaptive trait phenotype data

The postdoctoral fellow will take the leads in the FastPheno project activities aiming to implement a new data browser and visualization tool which integrates genomic resources and drone derived phenotype data. Candidates must hold a PhD in bioinformatics, environmental informatics, computer science or a related field. Strong background in plant biology, database design, data visualization and experience with scripting languages (e.g., Python, Rcran tools, Matlab) is required. 2

Postdoctoral candidates must have received their PhD after January 2018 Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to work independently and in a collaborative team environment, and proven capability to publish in peer-review journals.

IV. PhD students (five positions) forest dynamics – growth, canopy structure and ecophysiology

The PhD students will investigate climate adaptation in trees and focus on specific leaf traits. This includes e.g., leaf optical properties, chlorophyll-a fluorescence, and photosynthetic pigments, which will be upscaled to the canopy scale by coupling with drone-derived hyperspectral and LiDAR data. Integration of these data will eventually allow to derive tree level structure and physiology from remote sensing.

PhD candidates must hold an undergraduate or master’s degree in plant biology, forestry, or a related field. Experience in one or more of the following areas: Plant physiology, ecophysiology, plant molecular biology, ecology. Experience or an interest in learning programming languages such as Python, Rcran tools or Matlab for the analysis of large data sets is an advantage.


Potential applicants should send their CV, a list with the names and contact information of 2-3 references and a max. one1 page motivation letter in a single PDF file to ensmingerlab@utoronto.ca. Use the words FastPheno Application in the subject line of your email followed by the number (I. to IV.) of the position you are applying for. The Deadline for submitting your application is October 1, 2021, however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For questions on individual positions or the overall project please email ensmingerlab@utoronto.ca.

For questions and further information about the co-investigators and their research use the following email addresses and visit their websites:

Ingo Ensminger: ingo.ensminger@utoronto.ca, http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/ensminger/

Julie Godbout: julie.godbout@mffp.gouv.qc.ca, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julie-Godbout

Nathalie Isabel: nathalie.isabel@canada.ca, https://www.genomiqueforestiere.chaire.ulaval.ca/?page_id=4428#

Ilga Porth: ilga.porth@sbf.ulaval.ca, http://www.cef-cfr.ca/index.php?n=Membres.IlgaPorth?userlang=en

Nicholas Provart: nicholas.provart@utoronto.ca, http://provart.csb.utoronto.ca/


Postdoctoral Positions in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics, York University

The honey bee lab (www.yorku.ca/zayedlab) at York University’s Dept. of Biology (Toronto, Canada) has several positions available starting Fall of 2021. Projects include:

1) Ecological genomics and pollinator health: Our group is leading a national initiative called BeeCSI (https://beecsi.ca/) to identify stressor specific biomarkers for use in pollination conservation. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with experience in transcriptomics and interest in bee biology to participate in both wet-lab and bioinformatic components of this research.

2) Comparative population genomics of eusocial insects: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to study the relationship between genome evolution and social evolution using population genomic datasets on a large number of insects that vary in their social organization.

Starting Salary: $55,000 per year

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their CV to Amro Zayed (honeybee@yorku.ca).

In addition to the honey bee lab, York University is home to the Center for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Successful candidates will have a chance to interact with the diverse faculty, fellows and students at BEEc, and participate in BEEc activities and training initiatives.


Liber Ero Fellowship Program – call for post-doctoral applications

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, 2021.  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
Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program
University of British Columbia


Post-Doc Position: STP-chip Development

Project Summary:

Drs. Daniel Heath (University of Windsor) and Kenneth Jeffries (University of Manitoba) have an opening for a Post-Doc to assist in the development of the Stress-response Transcriptional Profiling (STP) chip–a suite of quantitative gene expression assays to assess fish health and responses to environmental stressors. The Post-Doc will coordinate with P.I.s, graduate students, lab managers, and industry professionals from collaborating institutions to develop a robust collection of cDNA, tissue samples, and transcriptomic sequence data for the STP-chip design, testing, and validation.

Candidates are required to have a PhD in Biology or related field, extensive experience with bioinformatic analyses, and practical knowledge of R-based software use. Lab experience with qRT-PCR and RNA-seq analysis is preferred. Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and time-management skills with a track record of success in managing multiple projects and deadlines are essential qualities for this position. A full summary of the functions and duties of the position can be found on our site: https://gen-fish.ca/post-doc-position/.

How to Apply:

Applicants are asked to send an updated CV, representative publications, a cover letter and/or statement describing the candidate’s past experience and accomplishments, interests (generally and with respect to the specifics of this position), and the names and e-mails of at least two references. These materials should be combined into a single pdf document and sent to Dr. Jeffries (Ken.Jeffries@umanitoba.ca).

The Heath and Jeffries labs are committed to increasing gender, ethnic, disciplinary, and cultural diversity. They aim to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within our field of research in Canada.

Start Date:

The position is expected to start as soon as possible, September 2021.

We will review applications as they arrive, beginning August 2021.


Postdoctoral Researcher: Integrating climate microrefugia into networks of protected and conserved areas

We seek to recruit a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join a collaborative effort between the University of Ottawa and Environment and Climate Change Canada to better understand how to integrate climate microrefugia into networks of protected and conserved areas. The researcher will play a key role in this collaboration, developing a framework and applying methods to provide guidance for biodiversity conservation, including Species at Risk recovery planning. The objectives of the project are to: (1) identify climate-vulnerable species dependent on microrefugia, (2) develop a framework to guide the identification of climate microrefugia in climate-informed conservation planning, and (3) develop guidance on the integration of climate refugia into planning frameworks. The researcher will be mentored by Dr. Heather Kharouba (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Climate Change Canada) and there will be opportunities to work with a diverse set of other collaborators. The location of the position is flexible with remote work possible.

The position is available to be filled as early as September 2021 with a preferred start date no later than October 1, 2021 and is expected to be of 18 months duration, with potential extension to 2 years. Renewal after the first year is contingent upon performance.

Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in ecology, natural resource sciences, conservation biology, or a related field; evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed publications; experience in ecology, one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation, climate change/global change ecology; strong quantitative and computational skills (statistics, GIS, R, github); and excellent communication abilities.

Canadian and international applicants are welcome. The Kharouba and Naujokaitis-Lewis labs are committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment. Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin August 16, 2021 but will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should send the following: (1) A cover letter that briefly indicates how the applicant meets the criteria, and includes a brief short statement of research interests; (2) Curriculum Vitae; and (3) Names and email addresses of three references. Please send application, and informal inquiries about the position, to Dr. Heather Kharouba (heather.kharouba@uottawa.ca).


Opportunity: post-doctoral appointments (3 years, 2 years) on ecosystem and biodiversity modeling

We currently have two openings at the post-doctoral level, to work on the coupling between biodiversity and ecosystem models in order to develop a flexible, modular simulation toolkit to assist stakeholder-engaged design of biodiversity monitoring networks. The work of these post-doctoral scientists will aim at coupling models of biodiversity status and ecosystem trends, by developing a biomonitoring optimization program that can recommend locations to monitor ecosystem status, within a biological region of interest, that are optimal now and under climate change scenarios, in order to capture relevant changes in biodiversity.

By working closely with the GEO BON secretariat, as well as the nascent Québec-BON, will support the development of a methodology to provide information on the optimal Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) and Ecosystem Function Indicators (EFI) to monitor in order to make sound policy recommendations.

Ultimately, this project will result in an assessment of the feasibility of multi-purpose spatial networks of locations that can inform on statuses and trends for biodiversity, with extensions to zoonotic diseases, showing how the methodology of ecosystem sciences translates to ecosystem conservation and global health.

See https://poisotlab.io/opportunities/ for more information.


PHD (2) AND POSTDOC (1) POSITIONS OFFERED – People and trees: intimately connected by a shared microbiome in an urban world

AIM: Identify the direct and indirect impacts of urban tree diversity on public health to help city-planners reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases in at-risk populations. 

Because this aim is considerable, we seek to constitute a team of members with complementary interests and skills. The specific tasks of each member will be determined at hiring.

OBJECTIVES: Over a gradient of social inequalities in two Canadian cities, we will: (1) compile tree diversity indicators using advanced ground-based and 3D remote sensing approaches; (2) identify and quantify airborne microorganisms, pollen, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by urban trees; (3) measure relationships between tree diversity, microbial diversity, pollen, VOCs, and public health (i.e., prevalence of asthma and allergies). Finally, we will (4) disseminate our results through an application that will allow end-users to estimate the health value of city-planning scenarios at the neighborhood level.

Click here for more information.


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION OFFERED – Research Chair on the urban forest and PaqLab, UQAM

Career goal.

To find a better job quickly (but not too quickly). And you get paid to do it!


Your predecessors were successful.


Competitive salary (!) and benefits to match. In other words, Canadian academia will do anything to make sure you achieve the goal above.

Job description.

  • Pursue your own research projects, in line with the interests of the Chair and the PaqLab
  • Publish lots of papers
  • Share your skills with the students of the lab
  • Possible co-supervisions at different levels (interns, MSc, PhD)
  • Help with grant writing
  • Participate actively in the life of the lab

Prospective candidates should contact us with the following information:

  • Letter of interest – tell us why you are interested
  • CV – tell us about yourself, because it’s not just about grades
  • Contact information for two references

Informal inquiries are welcome. Position based at UQAM (Montreal) – flexible start date, but soon. 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. The PaqLab offers an inclusive, equitable, respectful, healthy, and open-minded work environment (because we work there too!). I’m also a member of the Centre for Forest Research (CFR), and so will you. You are not doing this for the money, I know (!) but in case you are interested, your salary will be around 50,000$, for an initial one year contract.

Alain Paquette
Chaire de recherche sur la forêt urbaine
Centre for Forest Research (CFR)
Université du Québec à Montréal


Post-doc opportunity in conservation biology: species at risk (SAR) & invasive species in a Priority Place

The Rooney Lab is recruiting a PDF to apply the Conservation Standards approach to assess the threats of invasive species in wetlands of Ontario’s Priority Place, Long Point Walsingham Forest, with special emphasis on species at risk recovery
More Info: https://uwaterloo.ca/rooney-lab

Background: Environment & Climate Change Canada–Canadian Wildlife Service (ECCC-CWS) released their conservation and action plan for the Long Point Walsingham Forest Priority Place, following the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation


Invasive species were identified as a key threat to the coastal wetlands through this process, leading to the goal that 90% of the vegetation in the Coastal Wetlands be native by 2025.

Duties: Work collaboratively with partners in ECCC-CWS, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Birds Canada to develop a strategy using the Conservation Standards. Develop a wetland monitoring program to support early detection/rapid response of novel invasive wetland plants & support the safe management of established ones. Evaluate the effects of invasive Phragmites australis management on select SAR & native vegetation recovery. Participate actively in lab learning and collaborative research endeavors, including mentoring graduate students.

  • Start date flexible, but commence by January 2022
  • $50,000/y for two years, with renewal contingent on performance

Required: PhD in Conservation Biology, Invasion Biology, or related field; a record of research excellence and scientific publishing; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with NGO and government partners; expertise in env. monitoring and assessment.

 Desired: Experience with the Conservation Standards; past successes in knowledge co-production with non-academic partners; technical skills in experimental design, community analysis, coding in R.

Instructions: Applications due July 30, 2021. Email rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, Subject: Priority Place PDF 2021; 1) cover letter stating your research interests and relevant experience; 2) a short CV noting your scientific and leadership contributions; 3) contact information for 3 references.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Rooney Lab is committed to equity in hiring and BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ individuals are encouraged to apply.