Research Opportunity on "Wild Biodiversity in Beef Production Life Cycle"

Posted Date: Oct 3, 2023
Application Deadline: Nov 5, 2023

Status: Closed

An exciting new position for a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) is available through a multidisciplinary research program involving researchers from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The ABMI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) to engage in a project centred on applied research and knowledge transfer concerning the connections between wild biodiversity and beef production in the province of Saskatchewan, located in western Canada. The successful candidate will undertake research to contribute to the assessment of local and regional biodiversity impacts associated with the cradle-to-farm-gate stage of beef production.

The role entails:

  • Investigating the intricate relationships between local beef production practices and biodiversity, encompassing various taxonomic groups of wild plant and animal species.
  • Integrating biodiversity considerations into a life cycle impact assessment of beef production by translating beef production inventory data into its meaningful measures of biodiversity impact, encompassing both positive and negative contributions.
  • Writing scientific manuscripts related to project findings and communicating the positive relationships and influences of beef production on local and regional biodiversity throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • A recent PhD in a relevant field, accompanied by a demonstrable record of published research.
  • A strong inclination towards carrying out applied research.
  • Extensive knowledge of wild biodiversity and livestock or agricultural production systems.
  • Proficiency in R programming and geospatial data analysis.
  • A preference for candidates with experience in or a strong interest in community research partnerships and effective science communication.

The selected candidate will work closely with the project's research team members, actively developing the necessary models and information related to beef and biodiversity for the final project analysis. This is a full-time position, requiring a commitment of 40 hours per week, with an annual salary of $50,000 (inclusive of benefits provided by the University of Alberta Postdoctoral
Program Office). The initial appointment is for 12 months and may be renewed for an additional 12 months, contingent on performance, satisfactory research progress, and funding availability.

The project is anticipated to continue until the end of 2025. The candidate will preferably be stationed at the University of Alberta's north campus, and the expected start date is no later than January 2024.

Interested individuals are invited to submit the following documents to Dr. Majid Iravani ( by the application deadline:

  • A concise, one-page statement highlighting your previous research achievements, relevant skills for the project, and, specifically, how your research interests and career aspirations align with this position. If applicable, please provide details about any prior experience related to the communication of scientific findings to end-users.
  • Your current Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), emphasizing qualifications as outlined above and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Contact information for two (2) professional references submitted by the application deadline.

The ABMI and the University of Alberta are dedicated to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We enthusiastically encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

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