Seabirds, Fisheries, and Climate Change Post Doc

heather-majorHeather Major

Post-doctoral opportunity investigating seabirds, fisheries, and climate change in the Bay of Fundy

The Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research, lead by Drs. Heather Major and Tony Diamond, is inviting applications for one post-doctoral researcher starting in January 2021.

Project description: The postdoctoral fellow will be conducting an industry-involved MITACS funded research project with Oceans North, an environmental organization that supports marine conservation in partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities. The fellow will investigate the relationships between key aspects of seabird nesting biology, climate, and fisheries data so that seabird data can be used as an effective indicator of marine ecosystem health and fisheries recruitment. The fellow will use our database that includes over 25 years of biological data on seabirds nesting at Machias Seal Island in the Bay of Fundy with data derived from oceanographic and fisheries databases. The primary location of the research will be at UNB Saint John under the supervision of Dr. Heather Major and Dr. Tony Diamond. It is also expected that the fellow will travel to the Oceans North office in Halifax, NS, when possible and dependent upon COVID-19 guidelines.

Qualifications: PhD in biology within the last 5 years, strong analytical skills and proficiency using R or similar statistical software. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated experience with population and/or ecosystem modeling and database management.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate: $45,000 CAD per year

Start Date: January 2021

Application: Please contact Dr. Heather Major ( with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and highlighting all relevant skills and experiences; 2) current CV including a list of publications; and 3) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and research abilities.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 25th, 2020, but application review will continue until the position is filled.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.