PhD student, postdoc, lab technician positions in Arctic marine fish genomics and feeding ecology Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University. Deadline: 15 February 2021

Start date: Fall 2021

Faculty members in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University are seeking highly motivated applicants for PhD student, postdoc, and research technician positions for the FISHSENS project. Climate change is making the Arctic susceptible to biodiversity loss and to increases in sub-Arctic and temperate species. The potential loss of native fishes is of outsized importance as they are foods for Arctic seabirds and marine mammals. Marine fish, and animals that eat them, also represent essential local foods and culturally important species for Inuit communities. Most marine fishes in Canada’s Arctic are not well enough known to assess how they will be affected by climate change, information which is urgently needed to reduce Arctic biodiversity loss and protect northern cultural and food systems. FISHSENS will combine genomics data with dietary and movement assessments to develop tools needed by federal and Inuit co-management partners to establish Arctic marine fish monitoring strategies and assess their sensitivity to climate change. Recruited candidates will develop projects combining laboratory and data analysis approaches and will collaborate with Canadian academic, government, and Inuit partner organizations in Nunavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.

Recruited candidates will have a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for the research, independent and team-work skills, and a suitable degree in a relevant discipline: natural resources, ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, environmental chemistry, environmental science, Indigenous studies or a closely related field, and experience in at least one of the following:

  • DNA extractions, library preparations, quality screening, PCR, extraction robots, gel docs and associated instruments
  • Stable isotopes or fatty acids extraction and analysis (GC-FID, IRMS)
  • Statistical analysis of biological or environmental data (e.g., in R), bioinformatics tools (e.g., VCFtools, genome assemblies and annotation)
  • Field work, fish identifications, working with Inuit communities and organizations would be an asset

Potential PhD students will have to apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill, which has strict admission standards (minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years). Transcripts, letters of support, CV, and a strong personal statement are part of the application. Deadlines for the fall 2021 start date are May 31st for Canadian applicants and March 15th for international applicants.

McGill University is Canada’s premiere university for research excellence and teaching, is one of the top 50 universities worldwide, and was recently named the International Sustainability Institution of the Year. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, just 30 km from vibrant downtown Montreal, providing students with both urban culture and recreational opportunities. Graduate students at Mac campus are ¼ of the student body and the campus houses 8 graduate programs and 100+ faculty members. McGill University is committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

For more information: https://denisroy.weebly.com/http://mckinneylab.weebly.com ; http://mcgill.cahttp://mcgill.ca/nrs

Annual PhD student stipends will be provided, with opportunities for supplementation through applications for scholarships and teaching assistantships. Postdoctoral and research technician positions include salary plus benefits. Please note that position availability is contingent upon funding.

Please send a cover letter indicating your research experience and goals, a CV, and, for PhD student positions, unofficial transcripts. For genomics/bioinformatics positions, send application materials to Dr. Denis Roy, Assistant Professor, at denis.roy5@mcgill.ca. For dietary/chemical tracers positions, send application materials to Dr. Melissa McKinney, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, at melissa.mckinney@mcgill.ca . Please ensure to write “FISHSENS positions” in the subject line. Deadline is 15 February 2021.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position on Essential Biodiversity Variables

The Réseau d’observation de la biodiversité du Québec (BD-QC) is developing an IT infrastructure that will be used to document in real time the state of biodiversity and its changes. The direction of the BD-QC Network is located in the Faculty of Science at the Université de Sherbrooke and the supervision is carried out by Professor Dominique Gravel of the Department of Biology.

As part of this project, we are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will be in charge of developing and deploying a protocol for the creation of Essential Biodiversity Variables based on BD-QC Network observation data.

Full time position
Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal
Start date: as soon as possible.
More information here.

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Postdoc opportunity: New threats from pest insects in the boreal forest of northwestern Quebec

This project aims to develop risk models for emerging forest insect threats and damage throughout northwestern Quebec. The post-doc will conduct fieldwork with a team under their supervision to monitor invasive woodborers using pheromone traps along a latitudinal gradient and to assess damage from defoliators in natural regeneration and plantations.  The post-doc will use these experimental results to develop risk models of stand/landscape conditions that could promote forest insect damage.  Specific objectives are to: 1. Evaluate pathways for human-aided introduction of woodborers along a latitudinal gradient 2. Evaluate how forest composition and forest management influence risk of establishment of woodborers and defoliators.3. Expand and adapt forest pest monitoring for biodiversity inventory.

The successful candidate will combine strong entomological and quantitative skills with experience in fieldwork, managing a research team and liaising with partners. Ability to communicate professionally in English and French is also required.

Applications are submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University.  For more information contact: Emma.Despland@concordia.ca or Tim.Work@uqam.ca

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

MATHEMATICAL MODELING FOR CONNECTIVITY: FROM STRUCTURAL TO FUNCTIONAL INDICATORS FOR FRESHWATER BIOTA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in modelling fish population dynamics in watersheds. The goal of this research is to relate structural to functional indicators of connectivity in river networks. The research is conducted in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada and other partners. Specifically, it is part of the “Pathway to Canada Target 1” (see https://www.conservation2020canada.ca/the-pathway).

The research will use mathematical models, numerical simulation, data fitting and scenario testing. The position is based at the University of Ottawa, but the research will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers from the “Pathway” network. Applicants should have a PhD in quantitative/theoretical ecology, mathematical biology, or a related field with strong expertise in modelling, data integration and simulation, as well as excellent writing and communication skills.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in the range of $40.000 – $45.000 CDN (including benefits). Some funding for travel to collaborators and/or workshops and conferences will be available in addition. The position is expected to start in September 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility to extend for a second year, based on performance.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, their CV, and at least two names of potential referees. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s experience related to the project. Applications should be sent to Frithjof Lutscher (flutsche@uottawa.ca).

See http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/flutsche/ for more information about Prof Lutscher’s lab.

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NSERC Postdoc – Reconstructing Hyperdiverse Tropical Marine Food Webs:

The Baum Lab (https://baumlab.weebly.com/; @BaumLab) at the University of Victoria seeks an NSERC post-doctoral fellow to conduct research investigating fundamental and applied ecological questions with a focus on tropical coral reef food webs.

The post-doc will have immediate access to a large reef fish dataset collected on the world’s largest atoll, both before and after a prolonged marine heatwave that transformed the ecosystem’s foundation (90% loss of live coral cover). The data set is comprised of samples from more than ~2,800 reef fishes from 30 species, with representative species from all major functional groups. Fish were collected from sites with distinct exposures to chronic local anthropogenic disturbance. Bulk stable isotope data are already in hand, and there is the potential to also address questions using compound specific isotope analyses, as well as  metabarcoding of fish stomach samples.

Research could address fundamental food web ecology questions (e.g. trophic structure, niche width, food chain length), as well as applied questions about how local and global stressors alter hyperdiverse food webs. Candidates must have experience processing and analyzing stable isotope data.

The candidate will need to secure their own core salary (e.g. through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (due October 17th, https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/PDF-BP_eng.asp). NSERC PDF salaries will be supplemented by $5,000/year. The successful candidate will also receive support to attend, and present at, least one major scientific conference per year.

Applicants should have excellent critical thinking and science communication skills, a solid track record of publishing their research in reputable journals, and be proficient in R and in conducting stable isotope analyses.

We are especially interested in candidates from demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in STEM due to historic and ongoing inequalities, including women and BIPOC scholars. We are a collegial, collaborative and productive group committed to enhancing diversity and equity in STEM, to open science and outreach, and to conducting world-class conservation-relevant research.

Qualified, eligible candidates should send a CV, statement of research interest, two of their publications as examples, and a list of three references to Prof. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca), and be prepared to develop a competitive NSERC PDF proposal with Prof. Baum’s support for this year’s deadline.

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