M.Sc. or Ph.D. position on integrative biology of wild hibernating Columbian ground squirrels

I am currently advertising one graduate student (either M.Sc. or Ph.D.) opening in the Evo-Eco-Energetics Lab (PI: Dr. Jeffrey Lane) in the Department of Biology, at the University of Saskatchewan. Start dates of May or September, 2022 are possible, with an earlier start being preferred. There is also the potential for a student to complete a field season as part of the field crew prior to enrolling in the graduate program at the UofS. The student will need to be successful in either external (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens) or internal funding competitions (scholarship or teaching assistantship).  

The Project: Integrative biology of hibernating Columbian ground squirrels.  

Since 2008, we have been developing a wild population of hibernating Columbian ground squirrels in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains as a system in which to integrate energetic physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Individuals in this population hibernate for 8-9 months each year, and we have learned that hibernation is phenotypically plastic, heritable and associated with fitness. Current, graduate student-led, work on the project is investigating energy allocation to reproduction, abiotic (e.g., weather) and biotic (e.g., food abundance) influences on hibernation biology, and between-population variation in energetics and phenology. We are excited to advance these lines of investigation over the coming years, and are looking to recruit at least one student with interests in: climate change biology, evolutionary ecology, life history evolution and/or energetic physiology.  

To support this project, the student will have access to dedicated research infrastructure, including a mobile laboratory trailer (housing a quantitative magnetic resonance analyzer (to measure body composition) and a field portable respirometry system (to measure metabolic rates), necessary field equipment (e.g., live traps and handling equipment). We have recently refined protocols for individual food-supplementation, enabling targeted feeding experiment. The student will have access to those protocols and equipment. The student will also have full access to the 14 year data set to address their research questions. All fieldwork will be based out of the University of Calgary’s R.B. Miller Research Station (https://research.ucalgary.ca/biogeoscience-institute/facilities/rb-miller-station). 

The successful applicant will have a GPA > 80 % (converted to the UofS’ 1-100% scale) over the past two years of schooling, and a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., ecology, environmental biology, physiology, evolutionary biology or zoology). In addition, a passion for fieldwork, wildlife ecology, and academic research as well as excellent scientific communication skills (both written and oral), statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) and the ability to work productively as a member of a team (both in the field and office) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentations) will be viewed favourably. This position is open to both Canadian and international students. We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We, therefore, encourage members of the underrepresented groups in STEM (e.g., women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. 

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (< 1 pg) description of research interests and a copy of your transcripts to (unofficial or official) to Jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they’re received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit ASAP. Any questions can also be directed to the same email address.  

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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Ph.D. position(s) on conservation biology of endangered bats on the prairies

We are currently advertising one (potentially two) Ph.D. student opening(s) in the Department of Biology, at the University of Saskatchewan. Start dates of May or September, 2022 are possible, with an earlier start being preferred. There is also the potential for students completing a field season as part of the field crew before enrolling in their Ph.D. Full funding ($22,500k CAD/yr for 4 years) is guaranteed, but the successful student will be expected to apply for stipend supports for which they may be eligible (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens).   

The Project: Conservation biology of endangered bats on the prairies.  

In 2021, the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) responsible for the emerging disease of bats, white-nose syndrome (WNS), was first identified in Saskatchewan. Introduced to New York in 2006, it has since spread across much of the eastern and central parts of North America. The catastrophic population declines of bats affected by WNS have led to three species in Canada being emergency listed as endangered (two of which are found in Saskatchewan). As WNS spreads across the prairies, conservation efforts for bat populations are likely to encounter new challenges. Agricultural intensification and landscape simplification can both affect the food resources (insects) and habitat quality (e.g., maternity roost sites) for bats. Pesticide exposure is also a looming threat, and has had well documented detrimental effects in ecologically similar birds (i.e., aerial insectivores). Our understanding of the ecology of bats in prairie landscapes also lags behind that for forested environments. This project will directly address these challenges and research needs. Specifically, we are interested in meeting three core objectives: 

  1. Determine how agricultural intensification in the northern Great Plains affects foraging activity by, and body condition of, little brown bats; identify landscape features most likely to benefit bats through habitat enhancements and conservation initiatives.  
  2. Determine how variation in pesticide exposure influences body fat dynamics of little brown bats.  
  3. Evaluate the influence of post-hibernation body condition on the likelihood of reproduction in female little brown bats, and whether habitat augmentation can ameliorate the predicted detrimental consequences for poor-condition survivors. 

To support this project, the student(s) will have access to dedicated research infrastructure, including a mobile laboratory trailer (housing a quantitative magnetic resonance body composition analyzer and other energetic physiology equipment), autonomous bat detectors, necessary field equipment (e.g., mist nets and handling equipment) and lab equipment/access for pesticide analyses. Preliminary acoustic data is also available from the previous two years. The students will be co-supervised by Drs. Christy Morrissey (https://christymorrissey.driftchamber.com/) and Jeffrey Lane (www.lanelab.ca), and be an active participant in both wildlife biology research labs. 

The successful applicant will have a GPA > 80 % (converted to the UofS’ 1-100% scale) over the past two years of schooling and a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., ecology, conservation biology, environmental science). In addition, a passion for fieldwork, bats and wildlife conservation, as well as excellent scientific communication skills (both written and oral) and statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentations) is also expected. This position is open to both Canadian and international students. We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We, therefore, encourage members of the underrepresented groups in STEM (e.g., women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. 

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (< 1 pg) description of research interests and a copy of your transcripts to (unofficial or official) to Jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they’re received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit ASAP. Any questions can also be directed to the same email address.  

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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Postdoctoral Positions in Environmental and Ecological Modelling at the University of Guelph, Canada

We are seeking 1-2 postdocs for research in climate modelling and/or ecological modelling, 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 both of the following topics: 

1.  Modelling interactions between climate dynamics and social processes, with application to climate policy (e.g. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007000, )

2.  Modeling interactions between terrestrial processes and climate dynamics, for use in machine learning approaches to predict climate change tipping points (e.g. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2106140118). 

Possible modelling approaches include differential equation models and agent-based models. 

Applicants should have an outstanding publication record, and strong skills in oral and written communication, literature review and synthesis, team collaboration, and initiative.  Applicants must have background training or research experience that is directly relevant to these topics. 

Successful applicants will be appointed in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, with the possibility of a visiting researcher appointment at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo. 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.  Positions are for one year, with the possibility of a second year subject to satisfactory performance.

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Graduate Student Position in Metabarcoding of Soil Invertebrates

Soil mesofauna (including mites, springtails, and nematodes) are incredibly diverse and play an
important role in maintaining healthy and functioning soils in terrestrial ecosystems. However due to
their small size and cryptic habitat, these fascinating animals are often overlooked or underrepresented
in ecological research. The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM, Department of Biological Sciences,
Montréal, Québec) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa Research and Development Centre,
Ottawa, Ontario) invite applications for a motivated MSc or PhD graduate student to conduct research
using metabarcoding molecular techniques to survey soil mesofauna in a newly-initiated large-scale
comprehensive soil biodiversity survey in Québec and Ontario. The research will be part of a larger
project designed to characterise microbial, fungal, and faunal soil biodiversity and to assess its
relationship with soil physico-chemical parameters and changing land use patterns in agroecosystems
and adjacent natural areas. The selected candidate will integrate with a dynamic, collaborative research
team that values a respectful and inclusive work environment in the labs of Dr. Tanya Handa (UQAM),
Dr. Marla Schwarzfeld (AAFC, Ottawa) and Dr. Benjamin Mimee (AAFC, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). The
candidate will also have the opportunity to become a student member of the Québec Center of
Biodiversity Science.

  • Candidates must meet the admission criteria of the Department of Biological Sciences graduate
    program at the Université de Québec à Montréal
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence and be willing to travel between Ottawa and
    Montréal on regular basis, as well as to sites around Ontario and Québec for field sample
    collection.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated prior experience with scientific
    writing, community ecology, statistical analyses, molecular technique skills (e.g. DNA
    extractions, PCR, next-generation sequencing), bioinformatics and scripting, and/or entomology.
  • The student should be ready to start in May-June 2022.

Applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, copy of academic transcripts and the names of three
references to Marla Schwarzfeld (marla.schwarzfeld@agr.gc.ca), by January 28, 2022.

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Station Manager, Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill, Oak Ridges Moraine in King Township

Term position:  One year term position with the possibility of renewal

Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in King Township, north of Toronto, the Koffler Scientific Reserve (KSR) at Jokers Hill is an internationally recognized site for cutting-edge research and education in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology.  The KSR seeks a full-time Station Manager who will report to the Director and will provide leadership for the administrative, and operational management of the KSR. 

The incumbent will, with the Director, develop and implement short and long-term plans for facilitating research, teaching and outreach at KSR; develop and implement frameworks to support research and other initiatives of KSR, implement operational and administrative structures within legislative, business and policy frameworks. The incumbent develops and implements effective administrative protocols and processes to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of KSR activities.  The incumbents’ responsibilities will include: ensuring administrative infrastructures are in place to support the objectives and mandate of KSR, ensuring the effective use of information technology, legislative and policy compliance (e.g. OHSA, procurement policies etc.), managing events/programs/initiatives and data administration. The incumbent will manage a small staff and be responsible for the full scope of management responsibilities including work allocation and building a strong team to meet the objectives of KSR.

The ideal candidate will have, as a minimum, a Master’s degree in biology or a related field or equivalent experience; a minimum of 4 years of experience in program/project administration in private sector or in an education environment; experience working at or knowledge of a biology field station operations and activities; experience in the field of student learning and development; demonstrated management or leadership experience; proven record of professional leadership and experience working in collaboration with academic and community partners; proven ability to develop innovative and concrete administrative solutions to respond to organizational needs; demonstrated commitment to creating a positive student experience and supporting principles of equity and inclusively; experience identifying operational needs; experience with identifying and trouble-shooting equipment and infrastructure needs in a rustic setting.

The Station Manager will be required to live on-site and serve as the on-site representative of the Reserve, available to attend to emergencies and to participate in activities outside of normal office hours.  The incumbent will be provided with a residence on the Koffler Scientific Reserve and the cost of the housing will be applied as a taxable benefit.   Salary will be based on experience and education.  The incumbent will be employed by Jokers Hill Estates.

Further information on the Reserve may be found on the Koffler Scientific Reserve website at http://ksr.utoronto.ca.  Please submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resources at adminhr.artsci@utoronto.ca

Position will remain open until filled.

Jokers Hill Estates and the Koffler Scientific Reserve are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS (2) IN EVOLUTION GENERAL BIOLOGY/INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY GENERAL BIOLOGY, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

The Department of Biological Sciences (BISC) invites applications for two Limited-Term Lecturer positions.  These are temporary positions, to commence 1 May 2022 and end 31 August 2023.

The successful applicants will contribute to lab teaching for some combination of our introductory first year courses: BISC 100 (non-majors biology), BISC 101 (cell & molecular biology, animal and plant physiology), and BISC 102 (evolution & ecology).  Additionally, each position includes delivering original lectures for a mid-sized course (~60-120 students): Position 1 includes lectures for Evolution (BISC 300), and Position 2 includes lectures for BISC 100 (non-majors biology).

The workload for these positions will be equivalent to 6 undergraduate courses per annum.

As a (temporary) faculty member, the successful candidate will also perform service to the Department and the University, such as attending faculty meetings and participating in departmental initiatives. The responsibilities, terms and conditions of employment of term lecturers are listed in the SFU-SFUFA collective agreement (https://www.sfufa.ca/agreements-and-policies/collective-agreement-2019-22/).

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Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship – Master’s/PhD: Habitat Management for Endangered Butterfly Recovery

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares, coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage.

Project summary

The objective of this project is to examine the effectiveness of disturbance-based prairie management activities (fire, grazing, mechanical brush control) in improving and maintaining habitat suitability and population recovery for Poweshiek Skipperling and Dakota Skipper in Manitoba. Fieldwork will involve visits to various sites for vegetation, soil, landscape feature, and skipper population surveys. Research may also include GIS/remote sensing and habitat distribution modelling. The student will work with Dr. Nicola Koper (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Richard Westwood (University of Winnipeg) and will be supported by NCC’s Weston Family Science Program. The student will register in the Master or PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, under the supervision of Dr. Koper. This internationally renowned interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to prepare graduates for solving complex conservation and management problems in a changing world.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in May or September 2022 and consist of two (master’s) or four (PhD) years of support with a minimum $20,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

Fellowship requirements

A bachelor’s (master’s applicants) or master’s (PhD applicants) degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and interest in insect ecology and prairie ecology/management. Expertise in GIS is an asset. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference may be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the University of Manitoba (minimum B+ average; GPA above 3.5 on a 4.5 scale). A valid driver’s license is required.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities and from under-represented groups. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/fF2EY7fyUxj. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca. The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

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Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship – MSc: Impact of prescribed fire and grazing management on grassland plant and songbird communities

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares, coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage.

Project summary

The objective of this project is to examine the long-term impacts of prescribed fire and grazing (bison and cattle) on species-at-risk songbird abundance in southwestern Saskatchewan. For fieldwork, the student will conduct songbird surveys and vegetation sampling from May to July each year. The student will be working with Dr. Eric Lamb at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Steven Davis at ECCC, and NCC staff. The student will be based at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in May 2022 and consist of up to two years of support with a minimum $22,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

Fellowship requirements

A bachelor’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in avian ecology or grassland ecology. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and applicants with a minimum 80% average are strongly preferred.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities and from under-represented groups. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/riFQUbJYQed. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

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Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, Division of Natural Sciences, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, York University

The Division of Natural Science (NATS), Department of Science and Technology Studies, invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream tenure-track position in Environmental Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as an Indigenous person. Seeking to strengthen the representation of Indigenous faculty and the inclusion of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives, this opportunity is to support the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

A Ph.D. (by the start of the appointment) in any science field, with expertise in Environmental Sciences is required, as is an ability to teach science to non-science majors at the undergraduate level. Experience communicating science to non-science individuals (e.g., via social media platforms) is an asset. An Indigenous scholar would complement and accentuate the breadth of diverse teaching and learning supported by the expanding Department of Science & Technology Studies and the Division of Natural Science.

NATS specializes in developing and delivering high quality undergraduate general education science courses to non-science students. The successful candidate must demonstrate dedication to a teaching-focused position and will be expected to teach undergraduate general education science courses to non-science students. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation, and we welcome candidates who want to incorporate their Indigenous worldview in these areas.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to pedagogy, student success, and general education science teaching using evidence-based strategies. The successful candidate will demonstrate good judgement and a reflective approach to teaching innovation. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is preferred to have experience teaching large audiences and is also preferred to have experience teaching with different delivery formats (e.g., lecture, blended, online).

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Julie Clark, Chair of the Environmental Sciences Search Committee at srchnats@yorku.ca .

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages candidates from Indigenous communities to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form/.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 4, 2022. Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining professional experience, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a concise (20 pages maximum) teaching dossier that demonstrates the applicant’s potential for excellence and innovation in teaching. The dossier may include elements such as sample course outlines, teaching strategies, course evaluations, teaching reviews, and selected course materials, but it must be prefaced by a clear one-page statement that briefly outlines the applicant’s teaching philosophy and justifies the materials included in the dossier. Applications must also include a course proposal for an Environmental Sciences course for non-science students. All applications must be submitted electronically to http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20699 .

If short-listed, applicants will be asked for three referees to send signed, confidential letters of recommendation directly to: Chair, Natural Science Environmental Sciences Search Committee, Division of Natural Science, 218 Bethune College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 (letters emailed by referees directly to srchnats@yorku.ca are also acceptable). Referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. The Search Committee takes Indigenous identification seriously. In addition to self-identification, the Committee considers the importance of kinship, citizenship, and connections to Indigenous communities. Accordingly, the Search Committee strongly advises applicants to include in their application package a letter of support from an Indigenous community member, government, or organization, which can speak to the applicant’s community and family relationships. The letter should include the applicant’s connections to their Indigenous community and traditional territories.

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North Pacific Seabird Genomics-Postdoc

I am looking for a postdoc to join my team at the University of Lethbridge to work on population genomics in North Pacific seabirds.  The project involves analyzing whole genome sequencing data from multiple seabird species (puffins, auklets and gulls) to examine population structure and evidence of adaptation. The project is part of a collaboration with various groups including Environment and Climate Change Canada.  My research group works on a variety of avian species including both seabirds and songbirds from temperate and polar regions.  We have a strong and diverse lab primarily studying population and conservation genetics.

Candidates require a background in genomics and bioinformatics.  Ideally the successful candidate would start in March 2022, but start date is flexible.  The position is for one year with possibility of renewal.

The University of Lethbridge is situated in southern Alberta about 2 hours south of Calgary.  Lethbridge is a medium sized city with about 100,000 people and located close to the Rocky Mountains.

Interested applicants can email their CV to theresa.burg<at>uleth.ca.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Theresa Burg
Biology
University of Lethbridge

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