PHD (2) AND POSTDOC (1) POSITIONS OFFERED – People and trees: intimately connected by a shared microbiome in an urban world

AIM: Identify the direct and indirect impacts of urban tree diversity on public health to help city-planners reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases in at-risk populations. 

Because this aim is considerable, we seek to constitute a team of members with complementary interests and skills. The specific tasks of each member will be determined at hiring.

OBJECTIVES: Over a gradient of social inequalities in two Canadian cities, we will: (1) compile tree diversity indicators using advanced ground-based and 3D remote sensing approaches; (2) identify and quantify airborne microorganisms, pollen, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by urban trees; (3) measure relationships between tree diversity, microbial diversity, pollen, VOCs, and public health (i.e., prevalence of asthma and allergies). Finally, we will (4) disseminate our results through an application that will allow end-users to estimate the health value of city-planning scenarios at the neighborhood level.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION OFFERED – Research Chair on the urban forest and PaqLab, UQAM

Career goal.

To find a better job quickly (but not too quickly). And you get paid to do it!

Reason.

Your predecessors were successful.

Conditions.

Competitive salary (!) and benefits to match. In other words, Canadian academia will do anything to make sure you achieve the goal above.

Job description.

  • Pursue your own research projects, in line with the interests of the Chair and the PaqLab
  • Publish lots of papers
  • Share your skills with the students of the lab
  • Possible co-supervisions at different levels (interns, MSc, PhD)
  • Help with grant writing
  • Participate actively in the life of the lab

Prospective candidates should contact us with the following information:

  • Letter of interest – tell us why you are interested
  • CV – tell us about yourself, because it’s not just about grades
  • Contact information for two references

Informal inquiries are welcome. Position based at UQAM (Montreal) – flexible start date, but soon. 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. The PaqLab offers an inclusive, equitable, respectful, healthy, and open-minded work environment (because we work there too!). I’m also a member of the Centre for Forest Research (CFR), and so will you. You are not doing this for the money, I know (!) but in case you are interested, your salary will be around 50,000$, for an initial one year contract.

Alain Paquette
Chaire de recherche sur la forêt urbaine
Centre for Forest Research (CFR)
Université du Québec à Montréal
paqlab.uqam.ca
paquette.alain@uqam.ca

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Post-doc opportunity in conservation biology: species at risk (SAR) & invasive species in a Priority Place

The Rooney Lab is recruiting a PDF to apply the Conservation Standards approach to assess the threats of invasive species in wetlands of Ontario’s Priority Place, Long Point Walsingham Forest, with special emphasis on species at risk recovery
More Info: https://uwaterloo.ca/rooney-lab

Background: Environment & Climate Change Canada–Canadian Wildlife Service (ECCC-CWS) released their conservation and action plan for the Long Point Walsingham Forest Priority Place, following the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

(https://conservationstandards.org/about/).

Invasive species were identified as a key threat to the coastal wetlands through this process, leading to the goal that 90% of the vegetation in the Coastal Wetlands be native by 2025.

Duties: Work collaboratively with partners in ECCC-CWS, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Birds Canada to develop a strategy using the Conservation Standards. Develop a wetland monitoring program to support early detection/rapid response of novel invasive wetland plants & support the safe management of established ones. Evaluate the effects of invasive Phragmites australis management on select SAR & native vegetation recovery. Participate actively in lab learning and collaborative research endeavors, including mentoring graduate students.

  • Start date flexible, but commence by January 2022
  • $50,000/y for two years, with renewal contingent on performance

Required: PhD in Conservation Biology, Invasion Biology, or related field; a record of research excellence and scientific publishing; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with NGO and government partners; expertise in env. monitoring and assessment.

 Desired: Experience with the Conservation Standards; past successes in knowledge co-production with non-academic partners; technical skills in experimental design, community analysis, coding in R.

Instructions: Applications due July 30, 2021. Email rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, Subject: Priority Place PDF 2021; 1) cover letter stating your research interests and relevant experience; 2) a short CV noting your scientific and leadership contributions; 3) contact information for 3 references.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Rooney Lab is committed to equity in hiring and BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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PhD and PDF positions – Trent University and Environment and Climate Change Canada

Drs. Paul Wilson (Trent) and Micheline Manseau (ECCC, Trent) through
EcoGenomics (ecogenomicscanada.ca), a long-term national scale
project, are recruiting PhDs and PDFs focusing on genomic
applications to caribou conservation. Positions may be based out of
Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University or Ottawa at Environment &
Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Different projects are available ranging from conservation genomics,
molecular evolution, bioinformatics and machine learning, estimating
population parameters, landscape genomics and ancient/historic DNA.

Send a Cover Letter and CV to pawilson@trentu.ca.

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Postdoctoral Position in Fish Migration – Simon Fraser University

The Project

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (www.jonwmoore.org) and collaborators at Simon Fraser University (SFU) are currently seeking a Postdoctoral fellow to work on a project entitled “Landslide Impact on Flow Dynamics, Fish Migration and Genetics of Fraser River Salmon”. The successful candidate will be part of an inter-disciplinary team that aims to understand the impacts of the 2018 Big Bar Landslide on channel morphology, flow dynamics, fish migration, and the genetics of Fraser River Salmon. The natural landslide blocked the Fraser River to salmon passage, devastating salmon runs seeking to return to the Northern Basin. The project is led by a large group of multi-disciplinary investigators from Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Durham University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, working in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada, Fraser Basin Council, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council.

The candidate

We seek candidates to lead research on salmon migration and hydraulic barriers. The Postdoc would be co-advised by Jonathan Moore (SFU) and David Patterson (DFO). Through analyses of tagged and tracked salmon, this Postdoc will examine the biological and environmental controls of successful fish passage through the Big Bar slide area and other high velocity areas in the Fraser canyon.

Candidates should have experience with programming, analysis of large data sets, and some experience with tagging and tracking analyses. Experience in ecohydraulics and fish migration including swimming ability, behaviour, bioenergetics, and physiology is an asset.

There will be a larger cluster of Postdoctoral Fellows, research staff and graduate students investigating the impacts of landslides and flow dynamics on salmon migration and evolution. The project provides opportunities for candidates to gain experience working at the intersection of geomorphology, biology and genetics, and within a large group of 15 research collaborators. With this comes additional opportunities to mentor graduate students, lead presentations and discussions within a variety of settings and platforms, and gain experience communicating complex science with real-world implications.

About SFU

Simon Fraser University sits atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia’s lower mainland, minutes from downtown Vancouver and a variety of spectacular mountainous environs.  Simon Fraser University has a long history of study in geomorphology and water sciences and remains a stimulating environment in which to learn and do research. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Postdoc funding is available for 1-year, with a possible extension for up to 3-years in total. The start date for this position is negotiable, but we hope to have the full team in place before the end of 2021.

To apply: Applicants should email a CV and a brief cover letter to adminjwm@sfu.ca with the email header “2021 Salmon Migration application”. Applications will be reviewed starting June 21, 2021 but we will consider applicants on a rolling basis. The CV should reference relevant work and educational experience and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should be two pages or less and should briefly: 1). highlight relevant experience and analytical expertise, 2). Specific interest and potential research directions for this project. The letter should also communicate the timing of availability. Both documents should be pdf files and the file names should start with the last name of the applicant.

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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (3 YEARS): CONSERVATION SOCIAL SCIENCE IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON REGION

  • Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada (with travel to Prince George, BC and in the Y2Y region)
  • Salary range: $55,000-60,000 CAD/year for three years
  • Start date: On or before 1 October 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 10 June 2021
  • Web posting: www.y2y.net/careers

Summary: The Yellowstone to Yukon vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the northern Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. non-profit dedicated to conserving the 3200 km-long Yellowstone to Yukon region. Spanning five American states, two Canadian provinces and two territories, and the territories of at least 75 Indigenous groups, the Y2Y region encompasses a diverse array of communities. At 1.3 million km2, it is equivalent in size to twice that of Texas or Alberta. The organization has worked collaboratively with over 450 partners in the last 25 years, including governments, Indigenous communities, industry, landowners, natural and social scientists, outdoors groups, and other non-profits to achieve its mission of connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.

The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright) collaborates with Y2Y on topics including systematic conservation planning, ecological connectivity and climate change, and recreation ecology. This includes undergraduate and graduate student and postdoctoral fellow collaborations amongst other arrangements. This position is a continuation of that applied research partnership.

Project description: UNBC (Dr. Pamela Wright) and Y2Y (Dr. Aerin Jacob) seek a conservation social science postdoctoral fellow to work on a three-year initiative. Achieving the Y2Y mission inherently involves people, including ensuring an equitable and just distribution of benefits and risks, successfully engaging people to take conservation action, supporting thriving communities, and more.

Working with Drs. Jacob and Wright, the postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with Y2Y staff and partners to study the social, political, and economic implications of alternative public policies related to the protection, management, and use of wildlife and natural resources. The awareness, attitudes and behaviours of individuals and groups as these relate to conservation and management are explored to identify successful strategies. The postdoctoral fellow will help determine where and how conservation activities intersect with people, enhance scientific understanding of human well-being within Y2Y conservation priorities, and when to broaden focus to better understand impacts and secure benefits and equity for people. They will provide technical and scientific support and leadership around social sciences and people-related aspects of Y2Ys work, including:

  1. Lead and collaborate on applied research with emphasis on social and human dimensions of nature across the Y2Y region, including develop research questions and proposals; conduct literature reviews; design studies, collect, and analyze data, write and share results;
  2. Interpret scientific research and communicate its relevance to law, regulation, and policy and other applications for conservation related to the Y2Y mission and vision; and,
  3. Communicate about complex relevant topics, including new research, in various forms to diverse audiences (e.g., written reports, online and in-person presentations, discussions; both technical and non-technical audiences).

Applicants should have a working knowledge of conservation (and ideally existing relationships) in western North America and bring commitment to and experience promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They should be a strong written and verbal communicator who thrives in working with diverse collaborators and is comfortable with remote teams. They will support collaborative fundraising and should be comfortable traveling within the Y2Y region, including to remote or sparsely populated areas. This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and project management skills. 

Qualifications: Ph.D. granted within the last five years. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., human geography, environmental studies, natural resources, political science, psychology, economics) and must have experience conducting social science research applied to conservation or natural resource management.

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Applied research in social-ecological systems
  • Both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Leading and working with cross functional, interdisciplinary teams
  • Synthesizing, interpreting, and effectively communicating information across disciplines
  • Record of publication in scientific journals, technical reports, and/or book chapters
  • Effective communication and outreach to non-technical audiences

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Familiarity with ecology, conservation, and wildlife biology, ideally in the Y2Y region
  • Use and/or training in common data analysis tools (e.g., R, SPSS, nVivo, ATLAS or Provalis) and GIS applications in the social sciences (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS) and participatory GIS approaches
  • Supervising undergraduate students, technicians, and volunteers
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as part of marginalized, minoritized, and/or under-represented and equity-seeking groups. More information about Y2Y’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation science and practice is available upon request.

Start date and setting: Start on or before 1 October 2021. Location will be based at the Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta, Canada with significant time spent at the UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia; some travel within the Y2Y region (US and Canada). Given the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is supported until the Y2Y head office and UNBC reopen.

Salary range: $55,000-60,000 CAD per year for three years commensurate with qualifications and experience; additional support for professional development. Second and third years of funding contingent upon progress in years 1 and 2.

To apply: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, and contact information for three references. Documents must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca. Questions about accessibility-related accommodations during the application and/or interview processes may be directed to Simon Ongom, Y2Y Financial Controller, simon@y2y.net.

Closing date: Deadline 10 June 2021 or until position is filled. Interviews anticipated in June/July 2021.

Additional information: To learn more about Y2Y, visit www.y2y.net. To learn more about the Conservation Science lab at UNBC visit http://blogs.unbc.ca/conservationsciencelab/.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION IN BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY: POSITION NUMBER 30425 – DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, CANADA

POSITION START DATE: As soon as possible

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 30, 2021

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow, 12 months term

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$50,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: We are using our long-term dataset (>2000 individuals over 19 years), as well as field research, test fundamental hypotheses on life history, alternative reproductive tactics and cooperative breeding in an arid-adapted African ground squirrel, using behavioural, molecular and endocrine techniques. Females in this species are cooperative breeders living in family groups with multiple breeders, and males live in all-male bands (unrelated individuals). Both male and female groups are non-territorial, lack dominance hierarchies and display little aggression. They are long-lived, despite a small body size, and have few offspring, similar to large mammals. Males have two alternative tactics – they either delay dispersal and stay with their family, or disperse and join all-male bands. Tactics do not differ in reproductive success but less than 30% of males of either tactic sire offspring. In complex animal societies, females usually live with their close kin but these close kin are also their closest competitors. Thus sociality can be seen as a tug-of-war between cooperation and competition among groupmates. In female Cape ground squirrels, most breeding attempts fail to wean offspring, but the reasons for this reproductive skew are unclear. Reproductive conflict within the family group is not apparent, so such skew is unexpected.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position focus on the analysis and writing of manuscripts on a range of possible topics, including predation risk, personality, spatial mark-recapture, kinship, and heritability.  However, the PDF will also have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions within the context of behavioural and animal ecology.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To contribute significantly to data interpretation and statistical analysis in the lab
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To collaborate in the experimental design and implementation of research projects with graduate and undergraduate students
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g., arranging travel to field sites, overseeing a research program.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD (or successful PhD viva at commencement of contract) in behaviour ecology, evolutionary biology or a related field
  • Ability to process and analyse datasets using cutting edge statistical tools (e.g., Bayesian, social network analysis, spatial mark-recapture, complex GLMMs)
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, particularly R
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and team management skills

CONTACT:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to:

Dr. Jane Waterman, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
Jane.Waterman@umanitoba.ca

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN SILVICULTURE – Evaluation of Silvicultural Treatments to Reach Sustainable Boreal Forest Management in Boreal Forests

Context: Canada is the third largest country in the world in terms of forest area with 347 million ha. Until today, the most used silvicultural treatment has been total cutting, representing 93% of the area harvested in the Canadian boreal forest. The impacts of this method of cutting on the virgin forest in terms of loss of biodiversity, vulnerability of regeneration to natural disturbances and sustainability of forest resources are well known. We are experiencing a critical situation in the boreal forest due to the homogenization and simplification of forest structure, the standardization of stands in terms of species, as well as the general rejuvenation of the forest cover. For these reasons, it is important to develop innovative silvicultural treatments in order to provide alternative forest management strategies that aim to stand diversification, and to increase adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change in Canada’s boreal forest. Ecosystem-based forest management proposes the use of partial cutting to integrate ecological, economic and social objectives into silvicultural planning. Although partial cuts are increasingly being used, they are not adapted to Canadian conditions and remain little studied). For this, a silvicultural assessment of these silvicultural practices, capable of providing tools for applying these treatments in Canada’s forest strategy, is required.

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POST-DOCTORAL PROJECT – Two-eyed seeing of peatlands in Northern Québec

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work in a broad multidisciplinary project on peatlands in the Eeyou-Itschee James Bay region of Northern Québec, Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will have the exciting opportunity to integrate different types of data and knowledge systems on peatlands across the region in order to generate a conservation and ecological planning tool. Some sub-projects have generated biological data on plants, lichens, wildlife (birds, amphibians, and mammals). Other sub-projects have tied together Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding of peatlands, and characteristics of sites of community importance.

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2-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: RECREATION ECOLOGY IN THE YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON REGION

Summary: The Yellowstone to Yukon vision is an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the northern Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.  As well as providing wildlife habitat and holding important ecological values, outdoor spaces are places where people recreate. Identifying how and where people and wildlife co-occur in landscapes is an important part of “large landscape” conservation. This multi-year applied research project is concluding its second year. This 2-year position will build on the first phase of the project that focused on identifying and mapping where people recreate in the Y2Y region, and beginning to compile and model the ecological impacts of different types and intensities of recreation use. In phase two, the focus will be on finalizing and testing functional models of disturbance from recreation; expanding the models to include additional areas of human use and species of interest; and working closely with partners to translate the data into information systems that can inform policy and management decisions. The position is ideal for landscape and recreation ecologists or conservation scientists with strong geospatial and modeling skills and the desire to conduct & communicate applied research that informs conservation. https://blogs.unbc.ca/recreationecology/

Project description:  The University of Northern British Columbia (Dr. Pamela Wright, UNBC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y) seek one postdoctoral fellow to work on this two-year funded project. The appointee will lead a team of researchers and partners to:

develop a spatially explicit database of motorized/non-motorized trails used for nature-based recreation in the Y2Y region, acquired via partnerships, remotely sensed data, and digitization; working from primary and grey literature, and potentially with subject matter experts, review recreation ecology impacts on selected wildlife species and ecosystem components of conservation concern; and, develop functional models of disturbance in the Y2Y region, e.g., where structural habitat exists but recreation-related disturbance affects specific species or ecosystem components.

This position is ideal for a collaborative self-starter committed to applied research and actionable science, and with outstanding interpersonal and project management skills. It is anticipated that the appointee will work closely with Y2Y and UNBC researchers, staff, and partners to learn about transboundary conservation and how research can inform conservation and management. Activities may include grant writing and reporting, supervising students and/or technicians, and related technical and non-technical outreach and professional development.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in geography, ecology, or conservation-related natural sciences with strong geospatial and modeling skills. An interest and background in wildlife ecology, recreation or road ecology is an asset, as are experience conducting and communicating landscape-level, collaborative research to inform planning.

Essential skills and experience include: 

  • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS and R; experience creating and managing large spatial databases, analyzing and mapping spatial and temporal data, generating predictive models using count data (e.g. GLM, GLMM), understand model selection and multi-model inferences, working with complex ecological data including resource/step selection functions and species distribution models, satellite imagery and remote sensing data
  • Publication record (e.g., led writing of journal articles, book chapters, funder/agency reports)
  • Collaborative approach (especially non-academic) and project management

Desired skills and experience include:

  • Leading large projects to completion, supervising undergraduate students or technicians
  • Literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Working with government, community, and/or non-profit partners
  • Science communication and outreach (including technical and non-technical audiences)
  • Experience with R-Shiny would be considered an asset

We welcome applications from people who identify as part of marginalized, minoritized, and/or other under-represented groups.

Setting: Based at the Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta with significant time spent at the UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia; some travel within the Y2Y region. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is supported until such time as the Y2Y head office reopens.

Start date: The appointee will preferably start on or before September 1, 2021.

Salary range: $55,000-60,000 CAD per year for two years commensurate with qualifications and experience. Second year of funding contingent upon successful progress in year 1.

To apply: Applications must include a cover letter (addressing your interest and experience in the topic, explaining how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications, and relationship to career goals), CV, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file (“Y2YPostdoc-FirstNameLastName.pdf”) with the position title as the subject header to pamela.wright@unbc.ca. Questions about disability-related accommodations during the application and/or interview process may be directed to Simon Ongom, Y2Y Financial Controller, simon@y2y.net.

Closing date: Deadline May 20, 2021 or until position is filled with interviews anticipated in June 2021.

Web posting: www.y2y.net/careers

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