EcoGenomics is a national-scale Canadian-based collaborative research program focused on caribou conservation genomics. We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a large-scale project funded by Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program and aiming at developing a national non-invasive monitoring approach for caribou.
Caribou is currently one of the most significant at risk species in Canada, attributable to its widespread distribution, its potential susceptibility to climate change, and its cultural and sustenance significance to Indigenous Peoples. Caribou population monitoring based on fecal pellet collection at feeding sites in winter has been proven as an effective sampling method for non-invasive long-term population monitoring. Host genetic information along with metagenomics data for diet and health indicators from fecal samples can gather a range of parameters needed to identify factors, including changing environmental conditions, affecting caribou populations across Canada.
This post-doctoral position will be supported by already generated data including a large number of whole-genome sequences of caribou representing populations of different evolutionary and demographic histories, targeted caribou-specific loci for Population Genomic surveys from a long-term database of samples (estimated at 40,000 across Canada) and metagenomics data (plant and microbiome). The large-scale national network supporting this positions, under the overall direction of Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent University) and Dr. Micheline Manseau (Environment & Climate Change Canada/Trent University), include partnerships with the Canadian Forest Service, Laval University and the University of Manitoba; the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium, Parks Canada, provincial and territorial jurisdictions; wildlife management boards; and industry.
The fellow will require advanced experience in landscape genetics/genomics to focus on areas such as: factors affecting population structure and population demographic status, adaptive potential of different caribou ecotypes and populations. This work will inform management decisions including the identification of critical habitat and protected areas, permitting of industrial activities, landscape restoration efforts, translocation or captive rearing conservation efforts.
Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and names and contact information for three references. The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.
Please submit applications by email to:
Research Program Manager,
EcoGenomics, Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, K9J7B8
PhD in Biology
Advanced experience in landscape genetics/genomics to focus on areas such as: factors affecting population structure and population demographic status, adaptive potential of different caribou ecotypes and populations.