Postdoctoral Researcher: Integrating climate microrefugia into networks of protected and conserved areas

We seek to recruit a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join a collaborative effort between the University of Ottawa and Environment and Climate Change Canada to better understand how to integrate climate microrefugia into networks of protected and conserved areas. The researcher will play a key role in this collaboration, developing a framework and applying methods to provide guidance for biodiversity conservation, including Species at Risk recovery planning. The objectives of the project are to: (1) identify climate-vulnerable species dependent on microrefugia, (2) develop a framework to guide the identification of climate microrefugia in climate-informed conservation planning, and (3) develop guidance on the integration of climate refugia into planning frameworks. The researcher will be mentored by Dr. Heather Kharouba (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Climate Change Canada) and there will be opportunities to work with a diverse set of other collaborators. The location of the position is flexible with remote work possible.

The position is available to be filled as early as September 2021 with a preferred start date no later than October 1, 2021 and is expected to be of 18 months duration, with potential extension to 2 years. Renewal after the first year is contingent upon performance.

Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in ecology, natural resource sciences, conservation biology, or a related field; evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed publications; experience in ecology, one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation, climate change/global change ecology; strong quantitative and computational skills (statistics, GIS, R, github); and excellent communication abilities.

Canadian and international applicants are welcome. The Kharouba and Naujokaitis-Lewis labs are committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment. Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin August 16, 2021 but will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should send the following: (1) A cover letter that briefly indicates how the applicant meets the criteria, and includes a brief short statement of research interests; (2) Curriculum Vitae; and (3) Names and email addresses of three references. Please send application, and informal inquiries about the position, to Dr. Heather Kharouba (heather.kharouba@uottawa.ca).

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