We seek a recent MSc graduate (Master 2) in marine biology/ecology, oceanography or computer science program.
A background in numerical modelling is required; it could be in biology, ecology, biogeochemical research questions or bioinformatics, or other related quantitative fields.
Knowledge of any programming environments such as R, Python, MATLAB or FORTRAN is also required.
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 Ph.D. 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 whales’ preferred prey (Calanus sp.) as a sentinel species.
The specific objective of this Ph.D. project is to develop and validate a species distribution modelling (SDM) ensemble framework that makes use of cutting-edge satellite remote sensing data and Calanus preyscape models’ output.
Several internships with our partners in the US are part of the project.
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Québec interinstitutional Oceanography PhD program in Université Laval 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), but it can be January of 2022 (winter semester).
The PhD grant is 21,000 CAD/y for 3 years. It is tax-free in Canada; grants for covering enhanced tuition fees for foreign students are available. The candidate will be supported when applying for complementary funding sources.
Send your application to Prof. Frédéric Maps (email@example.com) 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!