The Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, UBC-Vancouver campus, seeks a Research Associate to undertake research on Aboriginal knowledge systems and forest ecosystem resilience. This research associate will be responsible for undertaking research under the supervision of Dr Suzanne Simard.
Responsibilities include: 1) integrate the Salmon Forest research with that of the Mother Tree project, involving expansion of the Mother Tree project to the coast forests; 2) investigate how forest ecosystem and salmon feedback loops are affected by landscape-level changes as a result of human impacts; 3) develop a site plan to operationalize a salmon tidal stone trap in collaboration with a First Nation, including integration of stone trap use at a cultural youth camp; 4) identify potential Mother Tree Project sites as near as possible to salmon streams, and collect preliminary data; 5) Identify potential for establishing combined Mother Tree project and Salmon Forest project sites at coastal locations, and assess and design preliminary data collection; 6) help secure long-term support for the research in collaboration with the UBC Faculty of Forestry and First Nations.
Candidates of Indigenous heritage must have a completed Ph.D. in forest and fisheries sciences or a related field, have over five years research experience in interdisciplinary research in forestry and fisheries science, have strong relationships with the First Nations communities and organizations. Candidates must also be experienced at preparing and analyzing environmental samples for d15N. Candidates must have the ability to develop independent research projects and collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel to accomplish the research goals.
This full-time appointment (100%) will be for one year. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names and email addresses of three references, and should be submitted by October 31, 2020 to:
Sylvia Ho, Administrator
Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
3041 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
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.