Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow: Living Data Project for ecology, evolution and environmental science

Applications are now being accepted for three (3) Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellows for the Living Data Project at the University of British Columbia, University of Regina, and a joint position at McGill/Université de Montréal. The successful candidates will help lead a national initiative for graduate students in ecology, evolution and environmental science, providing training and mentorship in data management, reproducible research, synthesis statistics and scientific collaboration. The link to each posting is below.

The Living Data Project is a national initiative, led by the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution (CIEE), to (1) preserve – using best practices in digital archiving and data management – legacy datasets in ecology, evolution and environmental science; (2) synthesize scientific data and concepts using collaborative team approaches; and (3) provide training for graduate students and other early career researchers in data management, reproducible research, synthesis statistics and scientific collaboration. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for training and mentorship of graduate students involved in Living Data Project courses. The postdoctoral researcher will also assist in the organization of data rescue internships with academic and non-academic researchers, and organize, in collaboration with similar postdoctoral fellows located at other Canadian universities, multi-institutional training events such as workshops and working groups. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided with opportunities to be involved in research through the working groups and other collaborations with Living Data Project members, and will expand their professional networks and exposure to nonacademic employers.

We seek a highly qualified individual with a PhD in any area of ecology, evolution or environmental science who has demonstrated exceptional skills in data management, statistical analysis, and scientific collaboration. Priority will be given to candidates who have proficiencies in at least some of the following skills: data archiving, R programming, version control (e.g. GitHub), reproducible research, database construction, collation of large databases from multiple sources, citizen science, advanced statistics (e.g. hierarchical modelling, structural equation models, meta-analysis), and collaborating in working groups. We particularly encourage candidates with prior experience in teaching or mentoring of the above skills. Candidates should also have: excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; fluency in spoken and written English; and a strong personal commitment to research and teaching. French language skills are also an asset. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 

University of British Columbia postdoctoral fellow

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.

The University of Regina hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the communities that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

University of British Columbia

Review Starts July 23, 2020

Appointment anticipated to begin no later than September 1, 2020

University of Regina

Review Starts July 31, 2020

Appointment anticipated to begin no later than September 1, 2020

McGill University in collaboration with Université de Montréal

Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until filled

Appointment anticipated to begin no later than September 1, 2020