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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hydroelectric effects on Sturgeon

Position Summary:
WCS Canada and Lakehead University are seeking a recent PhD graduate for a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation biology. The project will focus on applying advanced ecological modeling techniques to understand the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed. This project supports a broader long-term collaborative research program between WCS Canada and Moose Cree First Nation (Resource Protection Unit), which is using field-based research (acoustic telemetry, physiological measurements) to understand the impacts of a hydroelectric facility on lake sturgeon. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing models (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models) to predict the impacts of various development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations, and publish their results in the peer-reviewed literature. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist with the fieldwork collecting acoustic telemetry and physiological data from lake sturgeon within the Moose River basin. As well as having opportunities to contribute to the Lakehead University academic community, such as through seminars, there will be opportunities to contribute to WCS Canada’s applied conservation efforts and outreach activities, such as through blog posts, community presentations, and commenting on policy and management proposals.

Position objectives:
1) Model the impacts of climate change and future development scenarios on lake sturgeon populations in Ontario’s Arctic watershed and publish results as a peer- reviewed publication.
2) Conduct lake sturgeon ecological field research (physiological measurements and acoustic telemetry).

• Recent PhD graduate in relevant field (e.g., fisheries, spatial ecology, quantitative ecology, conservation, etc.). Senior PhD candidates are also encouraged to apply, but the successful applicant must defend their PhD prior to starting this position.
• Demonstrated ability to apply advanced modelling techniques (e.g., agent-based models, bioenergetics models, etc.) to ecological problems.
• Demonstrated ability to manage safe and effective field-based research projects, including associated logistics and personnel is preferred.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences.
• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural
and interdisciplinary work environment.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume/CV (including contact information for 3 references), and a brief and relevant example of your written work to WCS Canada by email or mail:
By email: wcscanadahr@wcs.org with the subject “FRESHWATER PDF” By mail: Human Resources
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada 344 Bloor Street West, Suite #204 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3A7

Note that opportunities exist to extend this postdoctoral fellowship through an application to MITACS.

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