We seek a recent graduate in a first cycle (Master 1) in biology/ecology or computer science program.
Some background in biological and/or biogeochemical modelling is preferred, although anyone with good quantitative skills is encouraged to apply.
Knowledge of programming environments such as R, Python or MATLAB is an advantage.
We are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in our research teams, and we strongly encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM to apply. Specific mentoring and support structures are in place to help all our students succeed.
Changes in the hydrological and temperature regimes over the Northwest Atlantic shelf area have been faster and much larger than almost anywhere else on the world’s Ocean. It led to a shift towards a new oceanographic state with important impacts on the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. In the 2010s, right whales have shifted their summer-fall foraging habitat from the New England and Canadian Atlantic waters to explore new habitats further north, in particular within the Gulf of St. Lawrence, leading to a significant increase in mortality events.
As a result, this M.Sc. project is part of the larger “Systeme Intégré de Modélisation de la Baleine noire de l’Atlantique” research project. Our international consortium composed of partners from Canada, the United States and France will develop models based on high-resolution operational circulation models and satellite-derived bio- optical variables using right whale preferred prey (Calanus sp.) as a sentinel species.
The specific objective of this M.Sc. project is to model the spatio-temporal distribution of Calanus individuals. The candidate will work first on the vertical distribution of these organisms, then on their horizontal distribution in response to environmental drivers.
An internship with our partners in the US is part of the project.
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Biology Masters from the Biology Department from Université Laval (www.bio.ulaval.ca) in Québec City, under Prof. Frédéric Maps supervision.
The teaching and living environment is essentially francophone. Work in the laboratory and interactions with colleagues usually occur in English.
Start date could be as soon as September of 2021 (fall semester).
The MSc grant is 17,500 CAD/y for 2 years.
Send your application to Prof. Frédéric Maps (firstname.lastname@example.org) including:
1. A letter of motivation (1 page) and a CV (up to date).
2. The final transcript of the last degree obtained (or a document attesting the thesis has been submitted).
3. Two contact persons for reference.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted rapidly, and you should expect to be asked to do some “homework” related to the position.
We are very eager to hear from you!