Post Doc or Post MSc Research Associate in Applied Fish Ecology


We are hiring either a post doctoral or post masters level researcher in the realm of applied fish ecology. The researcher will be required to take a leadership role in several projects related to fish passage, aquatic animal movement, aquatic conservation, and habitat management. The position is available to be filled starting January 2019, with some flexibility in start date. The position is expected to be of two-year duration. Renewal after the first year is contingent upon performance and budget. Research fellows will be mentored by Drs. Steven Cooke and Joseph Bennett at Carleton University and will involve partnership with other academics as well as scientists and practitioners in allied agencies such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Duties, selection criteria and application details are outlined below.

Location: Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory and the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation and the, Department of Biology and Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (see www.fecpl.ca )

Start date: Position to be filled as soon as possible – early 2019

Position Duties

  1. Participate in evidence synthesis activities (including systematic reviews and meta- analysis) related to applied fish ecology issues
  2. Provide leadership and project management support (including permitting, database management, budgeting and reporting) on several projects related to fish ecology and aquatic habitat science
  3. Design and conduct studies and analyze data sets related to applied fish ecology
  4. Disseminate findings via peer reviewed publications and other appropriate venues

Selection Criteria

  1. 1. PhD or MSc in the area of fish biology, aquatic ecology, environmental management or conservation science (Essential)
  2. Ability to establish effective relationships between academics and the wider community (Essential)
  3. Strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: meta-analysis, evidence synthesis, habitat science, GIS, animal tracking (Desirable)
  4. Contribution to research in the form of peer-reviewed publications in the international literature (Essential)
  5. Experience with mentoring other early career scientists and providing leadership to diverse and dynamic teams (Essential)

Application details

Applicants should send the following to Dr. Steven Cooke (steven.cooke@carleton.ca) by January 15, 2019: 1) Cover letter, briefly indicating how the applicant meets the selection criteria; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) Contact details for three references.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration. Preference will be for Canadian citizens or those with residency status given the ambitious recruitment timeline (i.e., immigration can be a long process and that won’t work for this specific position).