Postdoctoral Fellow - Jackson Lab

Integrated Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems


Posted: August 8, 2017

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Area of Research: Integrated Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems

Description of duties : The successful applicant will integrate freshwater ecological data collected by the project partners across Canada to research how human activities, climate change, and habitat quality influence fish community composition and productivity in lakes and rivers. This project addresses a common challenge in ecological studies, and its success will increase our statistical power to test fundamental questions in aquatic ecology and fisheries. There will also be opportunities to participate in field calibrations of different fish community sampling methods such as hydroacoustics, electrofishing, and netting. The PDF will be expected to publish in leading scientific journals, present the research at conferences, and actively collaborate with other members of the research team.

Salary : $45,000/year

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement be higher than rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications: PhD completed and the successful demonstration of expertise in the relevant research area (e.g. publications, conference presentations). The PDF will have strong quantitative skills in modelling, frequentist and Bayesian statistics, and programming to develop approaches that can be used to standardize information across datasets.

Application Instructions

All individuals interested in this position must submit their CV, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professors Don Jackson (, Dak de Kerckhove ( and Cindy Chu ( by September 25, 2017. Please include “Fisheries Post-doctoral Position” in the subject line of your email.

Closing date : Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but no later than September 25, 2017.

Supervisors: Drs. Don Jackson, Dak de Kerckhove, and Cindy Chu

Expected start date: Oct 2017 or as soon as possible

Term: Two (2) years

FTE : 100%

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.