Postdoctoral position in biological control of invasive forest pests

A postdoctoral researcher is being recruited to work on biological control of invasive forest pest insects in Canada. This position is with Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The candidate will be hired through the Government of Canada’s Postdoctoral Research Program with an initial term of one year with the option of renewal for a second year.

The successful candidate will join a research team of biologists, technicians and graduate students studying the impact and management of invasive insects in Canadian forests. The emphasis of the postdoctoral work will be assessing the use of biological control agents against invasive forest insect pests using either emerald ash borer (EAB) or hemlock woolly adelgid as models. Within this scope, the candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research questions by taking advantage of existing data sets, insect colonies, field sites and other research laboratories located at GLFC. The goal is to develop tools, tactics and strategies to enhance the use of biological control in the management of forest ecosystems in Canada. The candidate will also assist with establishing infrastructure for the transition of the existing Canadian EAB biological control program to a cooperator-led program.

Candidates should have a background in entomology or forest ecology, with a preference for those with graduate-level experience in forest entomology, biological control or insect pest management. Experience with R or GIS would be an asset.

The candidate must qualify for the Government of Canada’s Postdoctoral Research Program. Preference will be given for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Researchers recruited through the Postdoctoral Researcher Program are hired as term Scientific Research (RES) employees with the Public Service of Canada ($60,333 – $81,758 per annum, see the SE sub-group – Scientific Research SE-RES.). An initial period of remote work is possible but the expectation is that the candidate will be based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for the majority of the term.

Interested candidates should send a CV and expression of interest to Review of applications will begin on May 1st, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Information on location: The Great Lakes Forestry Centre is one of 6 national forest laboratories of the Canadian Forest Service. The lab boasts extensive expertise in forest entomology, fire ecology and management, forest ecology and ecosystem impacts. Sault Ste. Marie (“The Soo”) is located on the St. Mary’s River immediately across from Michigan and with quick access to Lake Superior’s eastern shore. The region boasts extensive opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing, backpacking and fishing. Sault Ste. Marie is located 1 hour by air from Toronto and 4 hours by car from Sudbury.