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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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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Post-doctoral Fellow, Bioacoustics Unit, University of Alberta

Department of Biological Sciences, Laboratories of Drs. Erin Bayne/Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell

One postdoctoral position is available immediately to support the ultrasonic bioacoustic research of the Bioacoustics Unit and the labs of Drs. Erin Bayne and Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell (PIs, Department of Biological Sciences) at the University of Alberta. The position is available for multiple years with review after the first year and the possibility for renewal up to 3 years.

Research in Drs. Erin Bayne and Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell labs focuses broadly on understanding aspects of animal ecology, behavior, and conservation through bioacoustic recording, including but not limited to how changes in and across the landscape, influence animals at multiple ecology scales. Historically, Bayne has had a focus on birds and Kalcounis-Rueppell on bats and mice. This project expands Bayne’s sampling framework across Alberta of hundreds of acoustic recording units that are equipped to sample in the sonic range for birds into the ultrasound for sampling bats and mice. This project also leverages the open data platform that Dr. Bayne oversees as a national repository for the acoustic, and other, data from birds that can be expanded to also include ultrasound data (https://www.wildtrax.ca/home).

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Two postdoctoral positions: national carbon flux estimation system for forest ecosystems of Canada

The Remote Sensing Lab at the School of Earth, Environment and SocietyMcMaster University, ON, Canada (PI Alemu Gonsamo, Canada Research Chair) is recruiting two postdoctoral fellows to develop a national carbon flux estimation system for forest ecosystems of Canada. The postdoctoral fellows will develop novel mechanisms, including deep learning algorithms, to quantify annual net carbon flux of all forest ecosystems in Canada including carbon fixed through plant primary production, and carbon emissions through land cover change and disturbance. The project will involve the use of satellite-based LIDAR, optical and SAR observations and forest inventory data.  

The postdoctoral fellows will be members of a growing number of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students that are funded by NSERC Alliance Grant and World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada). WWF-Canada is one of Canada’s largest conservation organizations actively contributing to the protection, management, and restoration of the environment. The postdoctoral fellows will have opportunity to interact closely with the Science, Research and Innovation division of WWF-Canada office in Toronto. 

The postdoctoral fellows will also have opportunity to collaborate, including research visits, with the project collaborators: Dr. Werner Kurz (Canadian Forest Service), Dr. Xiaoyuan Geng (Canadian Soil Information Service), Dr. Sarah Finkelstein (University of Toronto) and members of Lands and Resources Department of the Mushkegowuk Council representing Cree First Nations in Hudson and James Bay lowlands. 

The positions are ideally suited to researchers with strong skills in regional or global remote sensing of vegetation with keen interest in C cycle processes in terrestrial ecosystems. The successful candidates will be provided with the opportunity to lead the research project, coordinate collaborations, and publish results. Funding is available for 2 years at a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience, with the possibility of renewal. Start date is January 1, 2022 but may be flexible. Experienced researchers are highly encouraged to apply as a Research Associate with 3-year contract.  

Candidates must exhibit effective written and oral communication skills, experience working in R or other computer languages, have demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, and have a Ph.D. pending or awarded in relevant discipline. To apply, please send a letter of interest, current CV, and names and contact information of two references to Alemu Gonsamo at gonsamoa@mcmaster.ca.  The application deadline is December 10, but review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

The newly established Remote Sensing Lab (https://remotesensing-mcmaster.org/) at McMaster University has several high performance lab computers equipped with the latest remote sensing software (e.g. ENVI, IDL, ArcGIS, Google Earth Engine, R), and access and benefits from allocated computing resources at compute Canada’s super computers.

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TWO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS IN FOREST LANDSCAPES AND BIRD MODELLING

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks two Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Cumming lab at Université Laval, Québec City, in collaboration with J.A. Tremblay of Environment and Climate Change Canada. BAM is a highly collaborative, long-term, national research project supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. Positions are offered for one year, with the possibility of three years, conditional on performance and funding.

The successful applicants will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada. Position 1 will develop species-specific habitat models for forest bird species that are sensitive to regional variation in habitat selection (e.g. Crosby et al. (2019) and Adde et al. (2020)) and to the factors addressed by Position 2, who will apply spatial simulation models to forecast species responses to forest management, anthropogenic disturbance, and climatic change (e.g., Cadieux et al. 2020; Micheletti et al. 2021 ). One or both of these positions will also apply spatial prioritization methods to support conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018 the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to diverse research partners.

Applicants must hold a recent PhD. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Significant experience with advanced statistical or computational methodologies will be an asset, as will past field experience in boreal systems and in multidisciplinary collaborations. Proficiency in French and English, both written and spoken, is preferred.

Positions will ideally begin by January 10, 2022. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants. These are lab-based positions, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000, with additional funds to cover expenses for software, project travel, scientific conferences (virtual or in-person attendance), and publications. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

To Apply:
Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three referees. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, WHEN is your earliest availability and WHICH (or both) of the positions you are applying for. Apply by email to bamp@ualberta.ca with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted from 15.10.2021 until the positions are filled.

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