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We currently have two openings at the post-doctoral level, to work on the coupling between biodiversity and ecosystem models in order to develop a flexible, modular simulation toolkit to assist stakeholder-engaged design of biodiversity monitoring networks. The work of these post-doctoral scientists will aim at coupling models of biodiversity status and ecosystem trends, by developing a biomonitoring optimization program that can recommend locations to monitor ecosystem status, within a biological region of interest, that are optimal now and under climate change scenarios, in order to capture relevant changes in biodiversity.

By working closely with the GEO BON secretariat, as well as the nascent Québec-BON, will support the development of a methodology to provide information on the optimal Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) and Ecosystem Function Indicators (EFI) to monitor in order to make sound policy recommendations.

Ultimately, this project will result in an assessment of the feasibility of multi-purpose spatial networks of locations that can inform on statuses and trends for biodiversity, with extensions to zoonotic diseases, showing how the methodology of ecosystem sciences translates to ecosystem conservation and global health.

A large part of the project will consist on expanding an ecosystem of packages, hosted and maintained by the EcoJulia organisation; the overall flow of information is presented in this figure:



Illustration of the anticipated pipeline (novel knowledge products, interactions, and software are in orange). Existing data (grey boxes to the left) will flow through existing codebases for ecosystem structure (EcoSISTEM.jl), community structure (Diversity.jl, Phylo.jl, EcologicalNetworks.jl), climatic data (SimpleSDMLayers.jl, SpatialDataSources.jl), and biological dynamics (BioEnergeticFoodWebs.jl), which will then be coupled to create new simulation models. This task will form the bulk of the work of post-doctoral fellow 1. The output of these simulations will serve to develop BioSurveillance.jl (led by post-doctoral fellow 2), which will be used, through interactions with stakeholders, to simulate multi-purpose monitoring networks, and validate them through case studies in biodiversity and disease dynamics at several spatial (100s to 1000s km²) and temporal (extant to 100 years horizon) scales. The case studies will be carried out by graduate students already working on spatial biodiversity monitoring and spatially explicit disease surveillance, and will serve as a unique opportunity to put these tools to use in a variety of situations, and with a variety of collaborators and stakeholders.

Illustration of the anticipated pipeline (novel knowledge products, interactions, and software are in orange). Existing data (grey boxes to the left) will flow through existing codebases for ecosystem structure (EcoSISTEM.jl), community structure (Diversity.jl, Phylo.jl, EcologicalNetworks.jl), climatic data (SimpleSDMLayers.jl, SpatialDataSources.jl), and biological dynamics (BioEnergeticFoodWebs.jl), which will then be coupled to create new simulation models. This task will form the bulk of the work of post-doctoral fellow 1. The output of these simulations will serve to develop BioSurveillance.jl (led by post-doctoral fellow 2), which will be used, through interactions with stakeholders, to simulate multi-purpose monitoring networks, and validate them through case studies in biodiversity and disease dynamics at several spatial (100s to 1000s km²) and temporal (extant to 100 years horizon) scales. The case studies will be carried out by graduate students already working on spatial biodiversity monitoring and spatially explicit disease surveillance, and will serve as a unique opportunity to put these tools to use in a variety of situations, and with a variety of collaborators and stakeholders.



Details on the positions

Both positions will be hosted at the Université de Montréal. Both positions come with yearly travel money, and a lump sum for computer equipment (one laptop and two monitors).

Post-doctoral researchers at Université de Montréal are part of a union, which guarantees a yearly salary between 35k and 58k CAD (and benefits). Owing to the strategic nature of this project, the yearly salary for both positions will start at the highest allowed amount, with extensions up to approx. 63000 CAD annually for exceptional applicants, and as an incitative mechanism for candidates from under-represented minorities in STEM. The salary includes a 3% guaranteed annual increase.

Both positions share some desired qualifications. Desired qualifications are exactly that – it would be nice for the applicant to have them, but they can be picked up rapidly by a motivated scientist. Each position has specific required qualifications – applicants who do not possess these qualifications will not be considered.

The desired qualifications common to both positions, listed in no specific order, are:

Both post-docs will be expected to co-lead a workshop on ecosystem modeling, to be held in the winter of 2022.

Post-doctoral position 1

The first position is a three years appointment starting possibly as early as September 2021. For this reason, preference will be given to applicants that are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but the starting deadline is extendable to the winter for exceptional international applicants. Because post-doctoral positions are limited to 5 years post-Ph.D., applicants who are less than two years post-Ph.D. will have an advantage.

Required qualifications:

Core project milestones:

Post-doctoral position 2

The second position is a two years appointment, starting as early as September 2022; the starting deadline is extendable to January 2022 for exceptional applicants. Because post-doctoral positions are limited to 5 years post-Ph.D., applicants who are less than three years post-Ph.D. will have an advantage, and we are specifically aiming to hire a junior post-doc (immediately after Ph.D.).

Required qualifications:

Core project milestones:

How to apply

Applications should be send by email to timothee.poisot@umontreal.ca, with the subject line “Ecosystems post-doc NUMBER: NAME”. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

The application should contain a two-pages letter of presentation (name-letter.pdf) containing a brief overview of past research, a description of how you meet the required and desired qualifications, and a statement of interest for the position and the project. The application should also contain a short resume (name-resume.pdf; no more than three pages), focusing on professional accomplishments (grades and funding history, as they are strongly biased against under-represented minorities, will not be evaluated, and do not need to be mentioned).