Conservation Science Postdoctoral Research Fellows (2 positions) – Carleton University

We are hiring two postdoctoral research fellows to work with a collaborative team of researchers from Carleton University and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s National Wildlife Research Centre. The research fellows will play key roles in this collaboration, leading projects to determine Canada’s science needs for biodiversity conservation, and developing and applying decision support tools to optimize biodiversity monitoring and conservation efforts. The positions are available to be filled starting January 2019, with some flexibility in start date, and are 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 Drs. Paul Smith, Scott Wilson and Greg Mitchell at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Duties, selection criteria and application details are outlined below.

Position Duties

  1. Conduct and publish biodiversity conservation research, with a particular focus on conservation problems in Canada.
  2. Work with colleagues and graduate students on the development of joint research projects.
  3. Coordinate meetings and workshops that bring together academic and non-academic stakeholders to help determine Canada’s biodiversity science needs.

Selection Criteria

Skills and Qualifications

  1. PhD in the area of ecology, applied mathematics, statistics, economics, environmental policy, geography or a related discipline. (Essential)
  2. Expert knowledge in one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation and/or environmental decision science (Essential)
  3. Ability to establish effective relationships between academics and the wider community (Essential)
  4. Strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: statistics, GIS, applied mathematics and economics (Desirable)


  1. Contribution to research in the form of peer-reviewed publications in the international literature (Essential)
  2. Previous work with academic and non-academic partners on an applied scientific project. (Desirable)

 Application details

Applicants should send the following to Michelle Santoianni (michelle.santoianni@carleton.ca), by January 3, 2019: 1) Cover letter, briefly indicating how the applicant meets the selection criteria; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) Contact details for three references. Informal inquiries regarding the positions can be directed to Joseph Bennett (joseph.bennett@carleton.ca)

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.

About Carleton University

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 29,000 students, 950 academic faculty, and 2,000 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital city has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character.


Graduate Student positions:

Although most positions are filled for the next little while, informal inquiries are always welcome. Please feel free to get in touch via email: joseph.bennett@carleton.ca.  


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