The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to help develop and apply spatial models of bird abundance to inform environmental impact assessment and conservation planning activities. BAM is a long-term, international research collaboration supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. The position is offered for two years, with the possibility of extension conditional on performance, eligibility, and funding. 

The successful applicant will help develop new initiatives for impact assessment in Canada. The federally funded project will involve the development and application of methods to (1) quantify and predict cumulative impacts on migratory birds across the boreal forests of Canada; and (2) inform identification of suitable habitat offsets given expected future disturbances associated with resource development projects (e.g., mines, oil and gas extraction, hydro-electric developments) designated under the Impact Assessment Act in various regions of boreal Canada. This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce national and regional avian density models, as well as regional and national conservation planning activities. The postdoc will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at scientific conferences, and in meetings with research partners in government, industry, ENGOs, and academia.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, to have been awarded not more than 3 years before taking up this position. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with training in ecology (avian ecology and conservation biology preferred). Significant experience with statistical and spatial analysis methods (including R programming skills) is essential, while field experience in boreal systems and experience with multidisciplinary collaborations are assets. Proficiency in English, both written and spoken, is essential; proficiency in French is an asset.

The preferred start date is December 1, 2023, but later or earlier dates may be negotiated. The successful candidate will be employed by the Bayne Lab at the University of Alberta, and will report to the BAM Steering committee (E. Bayne, D. Stralberg, S. Cumming, and J. Ball). Location of tenure is negotiable, but the preferred location is Edmonton, Alberta, to facilitate effective team communication. Relocation expenses to Edmonton may be covered for qualified applicants. 

The annual salary will be $60,000-$70,000 plus benefits. Additional funds are available to cover operating, travel, and publication costs. BAM and the University of Alberta are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be fully considered. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and of the University environment to apply.

To Apply:
Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three references. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, and WHEN is your earliest availability. Apply by email to with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Impact Assessment”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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