Postdoctoral Fellowship in Riparian Ecology and Management
ABOUT THE POSITION
The University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Research Program are recruiting a two-year term postdoctoral fellow. The position is focused on a quantitative assessment of the implications of riparian management in British Columbia for terrestrial wildlife and non-fish aquatic biodiversity. Outcomes will inform recommendations for improved management and further research. The fellow will engage with university and ministry researchers to define the scope and scale of investigation and identify appropriate research questions. There may be opportunities to apply existing quantitative data or generate novel datasets depending on the strengths and interests of the fellow.
Research foci and approaches may include: quantification of riparian change and associated threats to wildlife and biodiversity; assessment of effectiveness of current riparian management for habitat or distribution of focal species or other biodiversity values; measurement of the response of specific taxa or communities to the disturbance or management of riparian areas; or broad-scale assessment of the vulnerability of riparian ecosystems to human stressors.
The fellow will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia, but will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and policy experts from the BC provincial government. John Rex (British Columbia Ministry of Forests) and Chris Johnson (University of Northern BC) are the project leads. This is an excellent opportunity to develop cutting edge science that informs policy and research for a diverse set of natural resource and conservation values.
• The fellow will lead quantitative research designed to support improvements to riparian policy and practices in BC. The focus is wildlife and terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, not fish or fish habitat.
• Primary knowledge areas include riparian associated wildlife and biodiversity, and landscape and riparian ecology.
• Knowledge of natural resource or conservation policy is an asset.
• The fellow will have demonstrated experience with project management and collaborative science that involves quantitative analyses and the application of natural resource or conservation policy.
• The fellow will be responsible for writing and publishing collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as associated data collection and management.
SALARY AND TERM
• The position is for a 2.5-year term.
• The salary is $58,000 and benefits consistent with those provided by the University of Northern BC. There are some funds for travel associated with the position.
• This successful applicant will be based at the Prince George campus of the University of Northern BC.
Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. John Rex (email@example.com ) with the subject line “Riparian PostDoc Application”. In your cover letter, briefly address how you meet each of the requirements of the position. Also, please explain your research strengths and the questions you might pursue as part of a broad effort to improve the science and policy focused on biodiversity across riparian ecosystems. If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Rex.
Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2022. We plan to fill the position as soon as possible.
• Minimum qualifications are a PhD degree in forest ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, or natural resource policy.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative team setting.
• Expertise in Geographic Information System software is likely an asset.
• Demonstrated expertise with quantitative analysis and statistical modeling.