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Date of Posting: March 23, 2021

QE3 research group welcomes applications for a PhD student to study the effects of microplastics on amphibians at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area

Project Description: The pELAstic Study is an ecosystem-scale experiment that will help us better understand the effects of microplastic pollution on boreal lakes and their wildlife. This ambitious study is led by a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team of academics, government scientists, and NGO partners from across North America. Based at the world-renowned IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, the pELAstic Study will experimentally add microplastics to a whole-lake ecosystem and monitor the environmental fate and ecological effects of these emerging contaminants. The PhD student will join the pELAstic research team to assess the potential adverse effects of microplastics on amphibians in the wholeecosystem experiment. The student will be responsible for characterizing the amphibian communities in the study lakes, as well as measuring a comprehensive suite of ecologically relevant toxicity endpoints in amphibians. Full application details can be found here: QE3 PhD Position 2021

Date of Posting: March 19, 2021

PhD Student Opportunity: Demographic and bioenergetic responses of fish to a whole-lake addition of microplastics

The Community Ecology and Energetics lab (CEElab) at Lakehead University is currently recruiting a domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) PhD student interested in participating in an innovative, one-of-a-kind whole lake experiment at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area to investigate the impact of microplastics exposure on a whole lake aquatic ecosystem. The anticipated start date for the position is Fall of 2022. Please see the full ad here for details.

Date of Posting: March 5, 2021

Post-Doctoral Researcher – Numerical modelling of river flows at large and fine scales in support of a hydroelectric dam renewal project

Key skills: Hydrodynamic and sediment transport and computational fluid dynamics modelling

The Canadian Rivers Institute (UNB Fredericton) is seeking candidates for a numerical modeller to join the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (see “MAES” link below) working on fish passage and environmental flows related to a large river and dam (see “NB Power” link below). They will (1) use Delft3D to simulate the hydrodynamics and sediment transport of a large river, (2) use Flow3D to simulate fine- scale flows within the approaches to a fish passage facility, (3) assist graduate students and other team researchers using numerical modelling to address their research questions, (4) participate in the design, management and execution of programs for collecting the modelling data, e.g., flow, bathymetry, substrate, and (5) communicate to a variety of audiences.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with strong quantitative and analytical skills with a doctoral degree in Mechanical, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, or similar engineering-based program. MAES is a highly interdisciplinary team and the numerical modeller will interact regularly with other researchers and graduate students from engineering to hydrology to  biology, the public and the industry partner. The selected candidate will possess both skills and experience modelling natural open-channel flows using Delft-3D, Flow3D, or equivalent numerical solver. Experience (either modelling or field) working with large rivers, fish passage or fish telemetry, and large hydropower facilities and hydropower industry is an asset.

The position is fully funded at $50,000 plus benefits for 1-2 years (duration depends on the candidate selected) and can begin by the summer, 2021. The deadline to apply is April 09, 2021.

The Researcher will be based at UNB Fredericton, Departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (see “UNB” link below) and supervised by Drs. Katy Haralampides and Tiger Jeans. Prospective candidates should send the following to Gordon Yamazaki, MAES Project Manager ( a) a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria above, b) a full academic CV (unofficial is acceptable), and ccontact details (or be prepared to provide) for three references. Given the COVID-19 situation, search and start dates may be adjusted.



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Date of Posting: March 2, 2021

Graduate Student Opportunities in the Community Ecology and Energetics Lab at Lakehead University

The Community Ecology and Energetics lab (CEElab) at Lakehead University is currently recruiting domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) MSc and PhD students with an anticipated start date of Fall 2021. A description of each position is provided below:

MSc Student Opportunity: Determining contributions of hydrological connectivity, environment and biology in determining fish communities. Click on this link for further details.

PhD Student Opportunity: Evaluating the use of lake sediment eDNA for reconstructing past ecosystems and establishing restoration targets. Click on this link for further details.