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    Guest Carly Ziter
    • Employer: Concordia University
      Location: Montreal
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    2 year postdoc, Concordia University: Nature Based Solutions for Urban Biodiversity, Climate, and Communities

    This position is a Concordia Horizons Postdoctoral Fellowship, valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services. 


    We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow interested in urban forestry, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity science. This project is a collaboration between the Ziter Urban Landscape Ecology Lab and Dr. Barbara Frei (research lead for Urban Ecology and Nature-based Climate Solutions at Environment and Climate Change Canada), and focuses on the role of urban forest management and decisions in creating more biodiverse, resilient, and equitable cities in the context of Canada’s national 2 Billion Trees Program. The fellow will lead synthesis work on national-level best practices re: urban forestry and benefits to wildlife with considerations for urban forest resilience and co-benefits to communities. The fellow will also be expected to conduct empirical research on the capacity of urban trees and forests to support biodiversity, through developing a quantitative study using eBird (citizen science) data in Eastern Canadian urban centres. Results from this work will support development of future research priorities under the 2 Billion Trees Program, with direct relevance for national-level policy. The fellow will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), with opportunities for collaborating with a network of local and national organizations, including academic institutions, government agencies, and local conservation groups. Montreal is a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America. Montreal is also a world centre of expertise in biodiversity science, and the fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. Remote work possibilities will be considered for Canadian applicants (although note that due to work permit restrictions, remote work from outside of Canada is likely not possible).



    A PhD in Ecology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related fields with experience in forest ecology and/or biodiversity science. Applicants should be team-oriented, have a strong publication record, and strong quantitative analysis skills. Experience with urban or human-dominated systems an asset, as is experience working with migratory birds and/or species at risk.


    Horizon Postdoc Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
    • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
    • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy 



    Ideal start date May 2022, but with flexibility for the right candidate. Application review will begin February 28, 2022 with applications accepted until position is filled.

    Application Checklist:

    • One to three (1-3) page research statement/cover letter demonstrating fit with the program described above
    • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
    • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers


    Send all application materials directly to Carly Ziter (carly.ziter@concordia.ca). Please note that the official application materials above are set by the Concordia Horizons program – but informal inquiries are welcome. Candidates are also encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. Concordia University is committed to inclusive excellence within our community, and aims to recruit diverse staff, students, and faculty. The Ziter lab in particular prioritizes an inclusive, collegial lab culture, and looks forward to welcoming a new colleague to our team. You can learn more about our current trainees (spanning biology, sustainability, geography, and interdisciplinary studies) here: https://www.carlyziter.com/our-team.html

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