Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Modelling, Department of Biology, University of Victoria, joint with Salmon Coast Field Station

Application deadline: Consideration of applications will begin on August 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Description: Applicants are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Modelling. 

The successful applicant will provide a key ecologically modelling expertise to a multi-partner research initiative.  Specifically, they will

  • Develop and apply models to quantify the effects of forest harvesting on salmon abundance for all Pacific salmon species in coastal BC, with a focus on those in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory;
  • Collaborate on the research with partners including Ecofish Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Fisheries Group; and
  • Assist with organizing knowledge generation and knowledge translation activities including workshops and meetings.

The research will be conducted under the supervision of Mark Lewis (University of Victoria) with interactions with a broader supervisory group, including Marty Krkosek (University of Toronto) and Morgan Hocking (Ecofish).  The candidate will be located at the University of Victoria and the Salmon Coast Field Station.

This is a two-year position with funding from the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.  The position is available with a preferred start date of January 1, 2024.  The salary will be $60,000 per year plus benefits.  Additional funding is also available to support research-related travel, including collaborative meetings and the dissemination of research results at meetings, conferences or workshops.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • A PhD in Ecological Modelling or a related field;
  • A demonstrated track record in applying statistical modelling to complex data sets;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience as a team player in collaborative research projects.

Application Instructions: Applications will be accepted by email. To apply, please submit the following items as pdf files to Kim Budinski (

1. A cover letter that outlines your qualifications and experience, interest in this position,
and available start date;

2. An up to date curriculum vitae (CV) that includes contact information for three referees and
explains any career interruptions;

3. A list of graduate courses taken, and grades obtained;

4. Up to three examples of representative research publications; and

5. An EDI statement including past experiences and activities and future plans to advance
diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Consideration of applications will begin on August 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Acknowledgments and further information:

Salmon Coast ( is a charity that serves as a hub for coastal research, enabling high-quality and innovative science to sustain wild salmon and their ecosystems. Salmon Coast is located in Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis territory, in the Broughton Archipelago, near Echo Bay, BC.

The University of Victoria acknowledges and respects the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

For more information regarding the Lewis Research Group please see