The University of British Columbia Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences invites applications for two full-time, 24-month fixed term Postdoctoral Research Associates to work as part of a collaborative effort between the Conservation Decisions Lab of Dr Tara Martin and the Wildlife Landscape Science Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Position Number: 00051609
Start Date: September 2019 (or as soon as possible)
End Date: September 2021
Stipend: $ 60,000 + benefits
Application deadline: August 15 2019
Developing science-based approaches for regional cumulative effects assessment and management that promotes biodiversity conservation
These positions will work at the forefront of conservation decision science to develop innovative approaches to assessing and managing cumulative effects of land-use changes and climate change in a vulnerable, biological diverse region. This project will integrate empirical and expert-elicited data along with landscape simulation in a systematic decision science approach that assesses and predicts cumulative effects of past, present and potential future human activities and natural processes on biodiversity (e.g., Species at Risk) and develops cost-effective management strategies. The PDFs will join a dynamic lab of graduate students and post-docs under the supervision of Dr Martin located in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Vancouver campus.
The outstanding early-career scientists in these 2-year postdoctoral positions differ from other postdocs in two major ways:
- They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills – directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of conservation, global change, decision science and people; and
- They are committed to their professional development – participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership.
Two postdocs with complementary skill sets will lead distinct aspects of this work. Candidates need not necessarily have all of the skills, but are encouraged to state where their strengths lie.
Minimum Required Qualifications
- Ph.D. in ecology, conservation science, decision science, geography or a closely related field. Proof of completion of doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Approval of the doctoral thesis by the graduate school is a prerequisite for employment.
- Strong quantitative data analysis skills (R and/or Python, MatLab, ArcGIS or similar) and a demonstrated commitment to reproducible research.
- Strong communication skills that allows for working effectively as a member of a large research team
- Demonstrated professional competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research
- Demonstrated proficiency in writing scientific publications for peer-reviewed journals
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, problem solve and take a leadership role
- Previous experience with environmental impact assessment process in Canada or elsewhere
- Previous experience modelling cumulative effects
- Experience facilitating workshops
- Experience working with communities on conservation issues
- Experience with expert elicitation
- Lead author on publications
- Experience supervising students or RAs
Deadline: Applicants should send a single PDF file that contains the following information to Dr Tara Martin firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2019
- a cover letter with bullet points addressing your qualifications as they relate to the specific duties and qualifications described in the position description;
- a full length curriculum vitae (CV);
- the names and contact information (email, telephone, and mail) of up to three referees who may be contacted; and
- two examples of peer-reviewed publications;
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.