Applications are invited to the following two postdoctoral positions based at the University of British Columbia within the Marine Food Webs Working Group of the Hakai Coastal Initiative.
Postdoctoral Fellowship 1: Seasonal evolution and environmental controls of eukaryotic microbial plankton communities
Postdoctoral Fellowship 2: Resolving zooplankton trophic pathways for enhanced prediction of food web response to a changing ocean
Location: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia
Application Closure Date: February 15, 2018
Start Date: As soon as possible
Position Length: Two years, renewable up to three years
Salary: CA$65,000 per year including benefits
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Project Overview: Plankton food webs are characterized by complex interactions between lower trophic level groups, including viruses, prokaryotes, a diverse array of unicellular eukaryotes (including flagellates, ciliates, diatoms), microzooplankton and mesozooplankton. The responses of species and communities to environmental conditions set the framework for food web interactions that ultimately determine the transfer of energy to higher trophic levels. This project has the objective to advance understanding of lower trophic level interactions, to better inform ecosystem response to climate and anthropogenic driven shifts in ocean conditions. This project will use the northeast Pacific as its experimental area. The Hakai Institute maintains an oceanographic observing program in the Strait of Georgia (British Columbia) that conducts year-round integrated measurements of the physical and chemical environment, and comprehensive sampling of lower trophic level biota. This program provides an ideal platform for detailed research of plankton food web linkages and interactions, including research labs, aquaria, and oceanographic sampling capabilities.