We are seeking a highly motivated person to conduct research that addresses impacts of climate change on forests in western Canada. Increasing frequency and intensity of drought is causing wide-spread mortality and reduced health. At the same time, warming causes changes in tree phenology that may increase the risk of frost damage. The successful candidate will analyze data from long-term forest experiments designed to evaluate tree competition, tree species and genetic quality in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Annual growth variations will be linked to climatic extremes and the anatomy of the wood will be linked to underlying mechanisms. Results will guide forest management interventions to increase forest resilience to climate warming and extremes. The position will be supervised by Dr. David Montwé at the University of British Columbia – Department of Forest Resources Management.
What we offer
- Commitment to excellence, diversity and impact
- Mentorship and support in an expanding team
- A competitive salary and support for scholarships
- Training in statistics and experimental design, laboratory techniques and reproducible research
- Participation in scientific conferences and meetings
- Collaboration with end-users in government and industry
Required qualifications, skills and aptitudes
- Meeting of UBC Forestry’s admission requirements for PhD programs
- A Master’s degree (or graduation before September 2021) in forest science, forestry, environmental science, geography, biology or related fields
- Ability to contribute to a positive environment in an inclusive and diverse team
- Ability to work independently and in a team
- Taking pride in accurate and quality work
- Commitment to safety in field and laboratory work
- Excellent verbal and written English skills
- Experience in data analysis including R, ArcGIS or similar programs
- Experience in writing and publishing of peer-reviewed articles
- Driver’s license and willingness to lead fieldwork in remote locations across BC
- Willingness to participate in mentoring undergraduate research assistants
Please send your application including a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, and contact information for three references by email to email@example.com.
We will begin reviewing applications on January 11th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1st, 2021. A pool of qualified candidates for other opportunities may be established.
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.
About UBC’s Faculty of Forestry
UBC’s Faculty of Forestry tackles complex issues of regional and global natural resource conservation and sustainable approaches to forest management. Comprising of three departments, Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences and Conservation, and Wood Sciences, each offers a variety of inspiring undergraduate and graduate programs across a broad range of fields. We equip students with the necessary skills needed in research, collaboration, and innovation to succeed in their career paths. From forest operations, to wood processing, to conservation, to urban forestry – the possibilities are limitless.
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.
Please mention reference number CSEE-54579 in all your correspondence about this Doctoral student position.