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Two-year Postdoctoral opportunity studying Pollinator Conservation with Sheila R. Colla (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada) and Wildlife Preservation Canada.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We anticipate hiring a postdoctoral researcher for a Mitacs-funded project focusing on the conservation of at-risk pollinator species in southern Ontario.  The project aims to develop effective and evidence-based conservation tools and techniques for bumble bee and/or lepidopteran species assessed as at-risk of extinction by the IUCN Redlist or COSEWIC. Species with extant or historical populations occurring on or near agricultural landscapes in southern Ontario will be prioritized.  Exact research questions will be further developed with candidate but may include topics such as wildlife corridors, ecosystem services, citizen science (using BumbleBeeWatch.org) and/or species reintroduction. This project will involve various stakeholder groups and partners including landowners, ENGOs, naturalist groups, government biologists and policymakers and is suitable for a candidate interested in interdisciplinary wildlife management training.


QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in ecology or related field. Training in the area of endangered species management, insect taxonomy or pollination is preferred, but not required. Ability to work independently, supervise undergraduates and communicate effectively are essential. Candidates must have received their PhD no more than 5 years before the start date (although exceptions may be made for medical or parental leave). This call is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and internationals.


START DATE: Start date in 2016 TBD. Salary $40,000-50,000 Cdn + benefits, pending successful funding application. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension to a second year anticipated, contingent upon satisfactory progress.


ACADEMIC SETTING: York University (http://about.yorku.ca/) is one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions. York University has particular strengths in pollinator research including taxonomy, molecular ecology, sociobiology and applied conservation. The Faculty of Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary faculty bringing together research components from natural science, social science, and humanities. The university is situated in southern Ontario which contains the main offices of many Canadian NGOs as well as other academic institutions.  Wildlife Preservation Canada is an ENGO working to conserve species at-risk of extinction using hands-on recovery practices.


For additional information, please email Sheila Colla (srcolla@yorku.ca). Interested candidates should email srcolla@yorku.ca a single PDF including: (1) Cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests and career goals (2) CV (3) Names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on Sept 10th 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.


For more information on labs and research programs, please visit the following links:


Sheila R. Colla fes.yorku.ca/faculty/fulltime/profile/501144

Wildlife Preservation Canada http://wildlifepreservation.ca/

Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University http://fes.yorku.ca/