Research Associate/Postdoc – Cumulative Effects Modelling for Recovery of Endangered Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Jordan Rosenfeld, UBC Institute for Oceans and Fisheries/B.C. Ministry of Water, Land, and Resource Stewardship.
Location: UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, B.C.
Length of term: 2 years
Position start date: April 1 2024

Compensation: $79,000 a year.

Application deadline: March 21, 2024

This is a 2-year position in the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. The Research Associate/Postdoc will lead a project focused on cumulative effects science and modelling in support of recovery planning for Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker, two federally endangered fish species in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  The project represents a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, the Province of B.C., the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, ESSA Technologies, and INRS in Quebec (please contact Jordan Rosenfeld 604-398-5007 for additional information).  Specific responsibilities are:

i)  Developing and calibrating stressor-response functions for primary threats (eutrophication, hypoxia, thermal stress, habitat loss, landuse, low flows) for two endangered fish species;

ii)  Obtaining stressor data throughout the species range;

iii) Developing and modelling alternate recovery scenarios using the Cumulative Effects Model for Prioritizing Recovery Action (R Shiny App; see );

iv) Holding model training workshops for empowering stakeholders; and

v)  Data analysis, writing, and submission of primary publications.

Associated tasks include:

–      Analysis of relationships between stressors and ecological responses;

–      Complex data analyses and visualizations

–      Collating information on the costs and effectiveness of different recovery/management interventions

–      Consultative workshops to elicit expert opinion on stressor levels and stressor-response functions, as well as interactive teaching workshop to train stakeholders in model application 

Minimum requirements:

–    A PhD degree in aquatic ecology, fisheries science, cumulative effects modelling in natural resource management, or a related field

–    Research experience in freshwater ecology, stream habitats, or general ecology of habitat use

–    Data management and modelling experience

–    Experience in data analysis and visualization using R or other platforms

–    Excellent written and spoken English, and good communication skills in interactive settings

–    A proven record of collaborative research, and skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis

–    A publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals. 

Desirable skills and attributes:

–    Understanding pathways of effect for habitat threats in stream ecosystems

–    A solid understanding of freshwater habitat requirements of fishes

–    Experience developing R Shiny Apps and programming in R

–    Experience in landscape or scenario modelling

–    Experience in analyzing environmental data

–    Strong interest in conservation, applied management, as well as fundamental ecology

This is a full-time, two-year appointment based in Vancouver, with some scope for working remotely.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been under-represented 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. UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity and diversity throughout campus life. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

To apply for this position go to–Cumulative-Effects-Modelling-for-Recovery-of-Endangered-Fish-_JR16316

or contact Jordan Rosenfeld 604-398-5007 for additional information.

Application deadline: March 21, 2024

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