Research associate in movement ecology of migratory birds: University of Saskatchewan

Description: A research associate position is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the Department of Biology at University of Saskatchewan. The position is funded for 3 years, with likely extension, and provides an opportunity for immediate impact among projects to maximize ecological discovery and conservation planning through field studies and modelling.

The research associate will streamline use of GPS-acceleration duty cycles among thousands of devices for migratory birds, develop code for collation of millions of GPS and acceleration fixes, and help design online resources sharing spatial information from devices. The research associate will be responsible for managing large budgets (>$2M) and coordinating tracking device orders. This role supports study of movements and behaviour of American black ducks, Atlantic brant and eastern mallards, with five graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The research associate will conduct field work in eastern Canada and the US for deployment of devices. The successful applicant will have numerous opportunities to lead development of objectives and analyses for papers within and among projects.

Prerequisites: Competitive candidates will have an undergraduate and master’s or PhD degree in ecology, statistics, data science and analytics, computer science or a closely related field, and interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate a strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with Program R, Bayesian methods, spatial analysis) and knowledge of migratory bird ecology and management. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Salary and benefits: $60,000-70,000 Canadian plus benefits

Start date: 7 Nov 2022

Last date to apply: 2 Sept 2022 or until a suitable candidate is selected

To be considered for this position, please send the following (preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca):

(1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience, (2) Curriculum vitae or resume, (3) University transcripts (unofficial are fine), (4) Contact information for three references.

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Technician, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary – Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

Position Overview

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology in the Faculty of Arts is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Technician.

Reporting to the Pod Manager and working in collaboration with the Archaeology Lab Technician and Department Head, the Technician will support the day-to-day operations of the Anthropology & Archaeology department. This regular full-time position (35 hours per week) is a member of the AUPE bargaining unit. Overtime may be required during peak periods, such as the beginning and end of terms. The incumbent is expected to work on campus.

This position supports undergraduate and graduate teaching and research activities in the following ways:

  1. Curation and management of the department’s biological anthropology labs and collections
  2. Providing support to faculty and students in such areas as data management and statistical analysis, database construction and maintenance
  3. Maintenance of tools and instruments associated with the biological anthropology program (teaching and research)
  4. Operation and management of the department’s digital story-telling lab
  5. Assistance with logistical planning for biological anthropology field research projects and field schools
  6. Assisting with the day to day operations of the department.

The technician acts as a primary point of contact for biological anthropology faculty and sessional instructors teaching courses with a laboratory component and provides support through the management of teaching and reference collections.

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SEVERAL POSITIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (and others)*: Urban forests – towards adaptation to global change

Despite a large proportion of the population living in cities and the recognized importance of urban forests in providing benefits to people, we still know surprisingly little about them. In a future with more frequent and intense heatwaves, urban trees will be key in ensuring the livability of cities. Urban planning must also account for social inequities. Finally, while most cities across Canada have plans to plant thousands of trees, few have measurable objectives in terms of desired benefits (such as a reduction in air temperatures) and a plan to face global change challenges. Without better guidelines, these noble and expensive planting efforts may fall short of desired outcomes. Our ambitious project will provide working answers to these challenges, while developing novel techniques to sample and track change in urban forests, and knowledge towards adaptation to global change.

The project has identified four main research objectives contributing to the overarching goal of adapting urban forests to global change. We are seeking to train scientists (MSc and PhD mostly, but also undergrads and postdocs) with a passion for people, cities and urban trees to work on:

  • Increasing our capacity to survey all urban trees; (3 positions)
  • Understanding why trees die in the urban environment, how they cope with stress and interact with soil biodiversity, and how they perform in stormwater control measures; (4 positions)
  • Modelling response and drafting adaptation strategies; (1-2 positions)
  • Mobilize knowledge to concerned stakeholders. All students and researchers will work together with partners to achieve this very important task.

Selected candidates will contribute to an interdisciplinary project led by an expert team of researchers from different universities, and partners from municipalities, private companies, and non-profits, thus broadening their professional network. Internships with partners and between universities will be strongly encouraged.

Prospective students should contact us (paqlab@uqam.ca) with the following information: letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries are welcome. Please don’t hesitate to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on your career goals. Positions may be at UQAM, Concordia or UdeM in Montreal, or UofT in Toronto. Flexible start dates, but some as early as the Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 terms (others may start later). Full scholarship and support such as French language classes and maternity leave is offered. We want happy people.

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. Our team offers an inclusive, equitable, respectful, healthy, and openminded work environment – because we work there too! An exceptional opportunity to join a young, dynamic and welcoming research group!

This project is lead by Alain Paquette, Tanya Handa, and Dan Kneeshaw from UQAM, Carly Ziter from Concordia, Danielle Dagenais and Jacques Brisson from uMontréal, and Danijela Puric-Mladenovic from uToronto, as well as a large team of collaborators.

*This is an early call for recruitment. All positions are pending research funding approval.

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MANAGING EDITOR – Biodiversity Journal

Job description

Biodiversity Conservancy International (BCI) seeks a Managing Editor (ME) for the journal Biodiversity, now in its 23rd volume. The ME must be a competent editor of scientific biological articles and be capable of managing authors and peer-reviewers through the Scholar One platform at Taylor and Francis Journals. Training will be provided for the platform. The ME needs to be able to work cooperatively with the Taylor & Francis editors and with their marketing team to maximize the exposure of articles published in Biodiversity. The work of the ME should help maintain the journal as an important forum for biodiversity research.

The position, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board, is responsible for the content published in the journal. It requires timely production of four issues per year aligning with the production schedule set with publishing partner Taylor & Francis Journals.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining networks within the international community of conservation scholars and biodiversity researchers to solicit high-quality research papers for the journal.
  • Cooperate with the Biodiversity Editorial Board (BEB) and the BCI Board of Directors (BoD) to sustain the journal vision and mission
  • Assist the BoD and the BEB to map out 2-3 year strategic action plan of themed issues
  • Participate in the assessment and timing of Impact Factor applications.
  • Ensure that publishing decisions are fair, consistent, and timely across all submissions
  • Maintain the journal’s high standard for acceptance.
  • Strive for geographic, cultural and topical diversity of research articles, opinion pieces and news stories.
  • Author and reviewer support.
  • Applicants should have good understanding of all aspects of the editorial process and of working with an editorial team.
  • Evaluation of submissions and assigning them for review in consultation with the Editor-In-Chief.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has an editorial and writing background, experience in communications, have good interpersonal and organizational skills, competent in social media platforms, have excellent time-management skills and be knowledgeable of biodiversity conservation issues. He or she must be committed to the journal’s cross-disciplinary aims & scope and be passionate about biodiversity research and conservation. 

Amount

This is a part-time contract position (20-24 hours per week) supported by a royalty fee of CDN $~17,500 per year, payment to be made on a quarterly basis.

Term

The position will be for a term of 3 years after an initial 6-month paid probationary period (July 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022), renewable upon approval by the BCI-BoD. The full 3-year term will commence on January 1st 2023 and continue until January 1st, 2026. The current Managing Editor will act as a consultant to assist in the training of the new ME in the publication process, including the Biodiversity Scholar One site training.

Responsibility

The Me will be responsible to the BCI-BoD and agrees to indemnify and save Biodiversity Conservancy International, its officers, directors, employees, and agents harmless from and against any and all costs, claims, demands, expenses, actions, causes of action, and for any and all liability for damages to property and injury to persons howsoever caused, arising out of or in any way related to this position. BCI holds this indemnity in trust for parties who are not parties to this Letter of Agreement.

Violations and Termination of Agreement

If the ME violates the provisions of this agreement, including maintaining the production schedule for the journal, BCI has the right to terminate this contract and withhold any further payments to the ME.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Stephen Aitken (aitkense@biodiversityconservancy.org) and Hume Douglas (hume.douglas@biodiversityconservancy.org)

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Research Landscape/Wildlife Ecologist

Title: Research Ecologist in the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. 

Possible Duty Stations (all in California): Arcata, Davis, Redding, or Riverside.

Responsibilities: We seek to fill a full-time, permanent position for a research landscape ecologist capable of addressing questions concerning forest vertebrates in California.  The scientist will be an integral part of research teams comprised of scientists, professionals, technicians, and administrative staff.  Research expertise of the applicant may be on species, populations, communities and/or ecosystem level questions, but the successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in, and the ability to, advance knowledge of how vertebrate populations of special concern respond to combined changes in climate, habitat, and human use of resources.  Experience in modeling relevant to the research questions above and/or evaluation of monitoring data collected on vertebrate species at risk will be particularly valued.   

This position will be housed in the research branch of the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Applicants should have an interest in participating on multi-disciplinary research teams involving scientists throughout the Pacific Southwest Station, and in working with the management branch of the Forest Service to co-produce knowledge that helps inform decision-making.  The selected candidate will receive mentorship from a local team of scientists in all aspects of the position and how to be effective in the Agency.    

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological discipline relevant to landscape ecology, wildlife biology, or ecology. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence, creative problem solving, the ability to build a research program as documented through peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to collaborate.

Salary: GS-11, 12 or 13, depending on qualifications

Applications: This is an outreach notice, not a formal job announcement.  The formal announcement will appear on USAJOBS as a “Biological Scientist” in about 1 month and be open for at most 10 days.  Prior to applying for the position on USAJOBS, interested applicants can send a letter of interest and a c.v. to bret.harvey@usda.gov.  Please place “Biological Scientist / Landscape Ecologist” in the email header.

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

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