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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Graduate student and postdoc positions in plant ecology and plant conservation in Canada

The McCune lab at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, is looking for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows interested in plant ecology and plant conservation in Canada.

Potential projects include: analyzing the influence of habitat amount on the probability of occurrence of rare species, measuring genetic variation between isolated rare plant populations, modeling habitat suitability for rare plants across a landscape, and experimental rare plant translocations. Some projects require fieldwork while others involve GIS or lab-based work only. Fieldwork will occur primarily in southern Ontario or in southern Alberta.

The University of Lethbridge is a smaller University with a vibrant community of scientists. Lethbridge is a very affordable and friendly city only 2.5 hours from Calgary, and only 1.5 hours from stunning mountain Parks, including Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Wilderness Provincial Park.

If you are interested, please email Jenny McCune (jl.mccune (at) uleth.ca) and tell me about your research interests and experiences. Include your CV and unofficial transcripts.

I am committed to diversity and inclusion and I welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Additional Information:

website: https://jlmccune.weebly.com/
U of L Biological Sciences: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/biological-sciences
U of L Graduate Studies: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/

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Funded MSc and PhD positions in avian evolutionary physiology

About the projects

We are seeking 1-2 MSc/PhD students interested in avian evolutionary physiology. Areas of research include: the impact of temperature during development on adult physiology, climatic warming as a constraint on activity in wild birds, and understanding the fine-scale movement of individuals using of automated radio-telemetry. Specific thesis topics are flexible, and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas.

Requirements

You should have an interest in animal physiology/evolutionary physiology. Experience and/or interest in use of R would be an asset (although not required). To apply for an MSc, you will require a B.Sc. Hons (or equivalent) in Biology or a related field. PhD applicants will require a completed MSc or equivalent, by the start date. Positions are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but strong international candidates are encouraged to apply. We seek a diversity of ideas and perspectives in the lab, so we especially welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

Funding

The minimum stipend for an MSc student is $19,274 for each of 2 years; a PhD student is $21,274 for each of 4 years. Students holding external funding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying?

Send an email, with your CV and a brief statement of research interests to: Gary Burness, Professor, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (garyburness@trentu.ca). Enquires are welcome.

Start date: Jan 2021. Applications will be considered until positions are filled.

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Graduate assistantship in fish conservation genomics

The Mandeville Lab in the University of Guelph Department of Integrative Biology is recruiting a MSc student to study hybridization in Catostomus fishes (suckers) in the Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, USA.

Hybridization following species introductions or disturbance can pose a threat to imperiled native species and presents a challenge for conservation and management. The student recruited for this MSc position will use genomic data to evaluate the efficacy of a fisheries management intervention designed by Colorado fisheries biologists to prevent hybridization of threatened native species with introduced species by excluding introduced species from important spawning habitat. Work will involve generating and analyzing genomic data for adult spawners and larval fish, and identifying the extent of hybridization in larval fish cohorts from before and after the intervention. We will also assess longitudinal trends in ancestry of larval fish along the length of the spawning tributary to identify how far parental species migrate to spawn.

Research in the Mandeville lab focuses generally on describing evolutionary processes using computational approaches and large genomic datasets. Understanding evolutionary processes is essential for identifying how biodiversity arises and is maintained, and is also crucial for conservation of threatened species. We work primarily on fish and in aquatic systems, and many of our projects feature collaboration with conservation and management agencies. This specific project is funded by and in collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Applicants with interests in fisheries genetics, conservation, evolutionary biology, ecology, or related  fields are encouraged to apply. Desired qualifications include the ability to balance working independently and collaboratively, excellent work habits, and strong writing skills. This project will involve extensive work with large genomic datasets and high performance computing. No prior computational experience is required, but applicants must be willing to learn and excited about building their computational skills. Due to fiscal constraints, Canadian students (including permanent residents) will be given priority.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), and contact information for three references to Dr. Liz Mandeville, emandevi@uoguelph.ca. The Mandeville Lab is committed to increasing and supporting diversity in STEM, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is September 2020, but some flexibility is possible in terms of start date or initial remote work. For more information about the lab, please see https://mandevillelab.uoguelph.ca.

 

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Faculty position in Cellular Physiology

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty member in Cellular Physiology in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Geography. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in Biology (or the equivalent) and with expertise in System Biology. We are looking for candidates who examine genotype-phenotype-environment relationships using omic tools to unravel genetic bases of adaptations. Any model species are welcome except humans. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to teaching at the undergraduate and/or the graduate levels, supervise graduate students, develop honors projects, be active in research, and contribute to all activities concerning the life of our Department and University.

She or he will be part of a departmental team working in Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Physiology, Molecular Ecology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Global Change Biology and Paleontology. The appointed candidate will also have the opportunity to be part of the departmental research group BORÉAS working on various aspects of Northern research.

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a public French-language university that ranks consistently among the top small-size universities in Canada for its productivity and quality of research. Teaching is solely in French, therefore candidates must demonstrate an adequate knowledge of French or very strong commitment to mastering the proficiency level required. The Université du Québec à Rimouski is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Priorities will be given to women, aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as people with disabilities. All qualified applications are encouraged to apply however in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian and permanent residents.

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application including their curriculum vitae, a statement describing their current and proposed research program (maximum 5 pages), as well as a statement of their teaching philosophy (in French or English), as well as the name of three contacts who can provide reference letters. These documents must be sent via email by August 1st 2020 at 16h30.

Dr. France Dufresne
Departmental head
Département de biologie, de chimie et de géographie
Université du Québec à Rimouski
300, allée des Ursulines
Rimouski, QC G5L 3A1
Canada
Email: France_dufresne@uqar.ca

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PHD POSITION IN QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY

Research project: Impact of humans on the scaling of the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship

Program: Ph.D. in Biology

Location: McGill University

Start date:  Winter 2021.

Stipend: 21,000$/year for 4 years.

Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Gonzalez (McGill) and Dr. Elise Filotas (Université du Québec)

We are seeking an excellent candidate to undertake a Ph.D. research project on the impact of humans on the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship at different spatial scales.

Project summary:  Positive biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships have been reported in numerous experimental studies carried out mainly over short spatial and temporal scales, but it remains uncertain how this relationship varies over larger scales. Understanding BEF across scales requires considering the impact that humans have on patterns of biodiversity through changes in land-use and fragmentation, and on ecosystem functions through nutrient additions, harvesting or pollutant contamination. This Ph.D. project will determine how anthropogenic changes in forest ecosystems affect the way in which BEF relationships scale across space and time.

As part of this project, the candidate will carry out both remote sensing analysis and ecosystem modelling. The student will employ statistical approaches to assess biodiversity and productivity from LiDAR data available across Quebec’s forest landscapes. The student will also use a spatially explicit model of forest dynamics to investigate the impact of different land-use and climate change scenarios on tree species distribution and measures of ecosystem function, such as wood production and carbon storage over multi-decadal timescales.

Expertise/ Profile required

  • Sc. in biological sciences or related discipline
  • Strong quantitative or mathematical background
  • Strong programming skills (R or python).
  • GIS and remote sensing skills an asset.
  • Independent, rigorous and excellent organizational skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; a copy of your most recent transcript; plus, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to andrew.gonzalez@mcgill.ca and elise.filotas@teluq.ca

 Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
Note that priority will be given to Canadian residents because of immigration restrictions due to COVID.

Application deadline: Deadline for registration in Dept. of Biology at McGill is October 15th, 2020. https://www.mcgill.ca/biology/graduate-studies/prospective-graduate-students

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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY

Post-doctoral Fellow: Impact of humans on the scaling of the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship

Start date:  As soon as possible

Salary: 50,000$ per annum + benefits

Duration: 2 years

Location: McGill University

Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Gonzalez (McGill) and Dr. Elise Filotas (Université du Québec)

We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function (BEF) and how it changes at larger spatial and temporal scales. The PDF will develop simulation models and quantitative methods and apply them to geospatial data from forest inventory monitoring.

The specific objectives of this research are: (i) identification of indicators of species richness and productivity to measure BEF relationships from geospatial data across increasing spatial scales; (ii) quantification of the impact of anthropogenic transformations (fragmentation, land-use change, harvesting) on the scaling of the BEF relationship; (iii) development and simulation of land-use and climate change scenarios in a spatially-explicit forest dynamics model to determine the variation in BEF relationships over long time scales.

Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to conduct innovative research. The specific duties of the position will include geospatial data analysis; model development and simulation; the preparation of manuscripts in collaboration with the supervisors. The successful candidate will also be responsible for training graduate students and contributing to the development of competitive research grants as needed.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within the last three years and have primary publications in refereed, English language journals. We are seeking fluency in written and spoken English, the ability to work cooperatively with the supervisors, and strong communication and organizational skills.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in quantitative ecology, GIS and remote sensing, ecosystem modelling, ecoinformatics, and biodiversity science, and a desire to develop novel methods to investigate the problem of scales in changing ecosystems. We value creative and autonomous thinkers used to working in an interdisciplinary setting. National and international travel will be required. Note that priority will be given to Canadian residents because of immigration restrictions due to COVID.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research background, interests, and qualifications; two example publications demonstrating your relevant research experience; plus, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for at least two references to andrew.gonzalez@mcgill.ca and elise.filotas@teluq.ca
Application deadline: Open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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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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