POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION IN LAKE FOOD WEB ECOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF QUÉBEC AT MONTRÉAL, MONTRÉAL, CANADA

The NSERC Lake Pulse Strategic Network in collaboration with the FisHab project is looking to fill a new postdoctoral fellow (PDF) position based at the University of Québec at Montréal. The PDF will work towards integration of plankton and fish datasets to analyze multi-trophic diversity and food web structure in a survey of hundreds lakes across Canada. Biogeographical variation in biodiversity and food web across lakes from different ecozones and impacted by different anthropogenic stressors will be the focus. Datasets to be analysed consist of prokaryotic metagenomic and 16S rRNA datasets, as well as phytoplankton and zooplankton taxonomic and functional databases, complemented by a broad range of land use, physical and chemical environmental variables. The project also involves various non-academic partners

Candidates with strong statistical, numerical analyses and modelling capabilities are sought. Candidates should also have familiarity with lake food web ecology, limnology, biodiversity science, and/or fish ecology.

The PDF will be supervised by Dr. Beatrix Beisner at the University of Québec at Montréal in collaboration with several other GRIL researchers including: Dr. Vincent Fugère (UQTR), Dr. Yannick Huot (University of Sherbrooke) and Dr. David Wash (Concordia University). Anticipated start date : Summer 2020 Salary: $48 000 – $50 000 Cdn per year plus benefits, renewable for a 2nd year based on progress and availability of project funds. Qualifications: A PhD, earned ideally in the past two years (since 2018). The ideal candidate will have good working knowledge of English and French if possible. Applications: Send a cover letter, a recent CV and contact information for at least two referees to Dr. Beatrix Beisner, Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM via email (beisner.beatrix@uqam.ca). Closing date for applications is June 10, 2020.

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