The Centre for Urban Environments and School of Cities at the University of Toronto are seeking applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Urban Environments, Biodiversity and Conservation. This position represents a collaboration between the University of Toronto and three conservation authorities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (https://trca.ca), the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (https://cvc.ca) and Conservation Halton (http://www.conservationhalton.ca). The successful candidate will have the freedom to collaborate with one or more university researchers that are affiliated with the Centre for Urban Environments (see PI listed at https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/cue/people). The conservation authorities have extensive data from within their jurisdictions on: 1) the history of land use and urban development; 2) physical environmental features in rivers, ponds and lakes (e.g., water depth and flow rates, temperature, dissolved oxygen, chloride concentration, etc.) and on land (air temperature, precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil type, etc.); and 3) the diversity and abundance of native and exotic aquatic and terrestrial plants and animal (e.g., fishes, birds, amphibians, benthic macroinvertebrates) species. Much of this data is available at 100s of locations in the GTA along spatio-temporal gradients of urbanization. For some environmental factors and communities, these data stretch back to the 1950s, and for most measures of the abiotic and biotic environment, temporally sampled data stretches back 15-20 years. A brief introduction to some of these datasets is available at the links provided at the bottom of this advertisement. The successful candidate is expected to work with conservation authorities’ existing datasets to address both of the following two general problems:
1) The effects of urbanization on terrestrial or aquatic abiotic environmental factors over space and/or time
2) The impacts of urbanization on native and exotic biodiversity
The successful candidate will have extensive flexibility and independence to identify the specific research questions they wish to answer, and is expected to collaborate with CUE researchers and the conservation authorities to identify and answer these questions. The successful candidate will focus on analyzing existing data from the conservation authorities and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers; research will not involve the collection of new data. We are interested in all outstanding post-doctoral applicants with an interest and expertise in the application of environmental science and ecology to urban studies. Advanced knowledge of statistics in these areas of research is required, and candidates with experience in analyzing large datasets involving spatial and temporal variation is preferred.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Centre for Urban Environments (www.urbanenvironment.ca) and be affiliated with the School of Cities (https://www.schoolofcities.utoronto.ca) at the University of Toronto. The successful applicant will have a home lab and campus based at the location of where their primary university collaborator(s) is located. Applicants do not need to identify potential collaborating faculty at the time of application, but they may do so if they so choose. The University of Toronto comprises three campuses in Mississauga (https://www.utm.utoronto.ca), downtown Toronto (https://www.utoronto.ca), and Scarborough (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca). The University has outstanding resources and is among the top institutions in the world. The Greater Toronto Area is Canada’s largest metropolitan area and one of the world’s most multicultural cities. The city boasts a wide diversity of cultural, culinary, and natural spaces (https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/).
Applications should include:
i) Cover letter: Describe the specific research topics you would be most interested and qualified to study. Applicants are expected to address both problems above using the conservation authorities’ existing data, but the successful applicant may choose to focus on particular types of environments (e.g., aquatic or terrestrial), specific groups of taxa (e.g., fishes, plants, birds, etc.), or along a single axis of urban environmental variation (e.g., spatial or temporal variation). Applicants should describe their experience in analyzing large environmental and/or ecological datasets. Applicants should also emphasize their role and track record with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
ii) Curriculum Vitae: Include a full CV, emphasizing degrees obtained, publications, awards, and a list of past collaborators
iii) Publications: PDFs of top three publications
iv) References: contact information for three references.
Starting salary: $45,000 CAD + benefits ($5,000)
• Benefits include health, drug, dental, parental leave and more.
• Complete information on benefits can be found at: http://benefits.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/cupe-local-3902-unit-5/
Start date: Flexible, but preferably summer/fall 2020
Duration: 2 years (conditional on favourable annual performance review)
Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence March 15, 2020. Please send applications to Prof. Marc Johnson, Director of CUE at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject header: “Applicant Name: CUE/SoC Urban Environmental Post-doc Application”.
This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow 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. The position will regularly require evening and/or weekend work.
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.
Overview of geographical, environmental and biological monitoring programs and data can be found at the following websites:
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority https://trca.ca/conservation/environmental-monitoring https://data.trca.ca/dataset
Credit Valley Conservation Authority https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/ http://www.peelregion.ca/planning/pdc/data/monitoring/watersheds/maps.htm
Conservation Halton https://www.conservationhalton.ca/long-term-environmental-monitoring https://www.conservationhalton.ca/mapping-and-data
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 application cycle for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship is now open! The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1 year renewal), full time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows have worked in a variety of communications, climate, policy, research, and philanthropy capacities.
About the RAY Diversity Fellowship Program
Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Environmental Leadership Program coordinates Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship provides first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates of color who do not have previous professional experience or a graduate degree. The RAY Fellowship is designed to support the Fellows in becoming leaders in the environmental sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.
- RAY Fellows are placed within one of our Member Organizations in a two year-long (1 year with 1 year renewal) full-time fellowship position.
- RAY Fellows receive an entry level salary plus benefits, relocation assistance, and a professional development stipend.
- RAY Fellows come together as a cohort for the orientation and mid-year retreats to equip Fellows with tools, experiences, support, and community.
- RAY Fellows design a Personal Leadership Plan, participate in professional development webinars, and receive support from mentors.
- RAY Fellows join a growing community of emerging conservation and clean energy leaders of color.
Eligibility & How to Apply
Eligible applicants will:
- Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in the environmental sector and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Be less than 2 years out of college and have a Bachelor’s Degree by July 2020 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time)
- Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy
- Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship (DACA recipients encouraged to apply)
Applications for the 2020 cycle are open and descriptions of Fellowship positions will be added on a rolling basis until March. We anticipate communications, philanthropy, and environmental education specific positions among others this year. Completed applications should include a CV or resume, a letter of support, two essays, and a short answer response. Visit our website at http://www.rayfellowship.org for application instructions and deadlines.
Interested applicants may join one of our upcoming informational webinar series to ask questions, learn more about the application process, and hear from a current RAY Fellow.
Nominate a future RAY Fellow here!Please forward and share the information widely with interested graduating seniors and recent graduates along with our social media announcements (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram). For more information please contact Guilu (email@example.com) for information about RAY Conservation placements or Charlie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about RAY Clean Energy placements.