Research Associate

Updated: 10 days ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Department of Biology

Project title: CANBON pilot: data strategy, monitoring network design and partnerships - Establishing a Canadian Biodiversity Observation Network.

Team: The research associate will work side-by-side with a postdoctoral researcher and join a dynamic research group to support the development and application of Canadian Biodiversity Observation Network (CAN BON).

Sponsor: Environmental and Climate Change Canada


Job Summary:

The Research Associate will be part of a team that will initiate the partnership network and design process required to establish a Canada wide biodiversity observation network (CAN BON). Core elements of this work will include:

  • Establish a broad partnership network and conduct resource availability and needs assessment;

  • Design a biodiversity data strategy linking multiple sources of ecological, social, and economic information to support regular assessments of biodiversity status and trends;

  • Deploy statistical and geospatial analysis tools to produce an integrated monitoring network design and sampling strategy to complement existing monitoring efforts;

  • Design and pilot, a nationwide biodiversity model and prediction service;

  • This work will be guided by an expert advisory group and done in broad collaboration with project partners at ECCC and GEO BON and other organizations and researchers across Canada.


Qualifying skills:

  • Experience with large project design and partnership building, especially within the broad biodiversity and conservation community;

  • Expertise with data and knowledge management systems, including braiding diverse approaches to biodiversity knowledge including indigenous (e.g. two-eyed seeing) and western science;

  • Advanced skills in statistical programming and modeling;

  • Advanced skills in geospatial data analysis;

  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art biodiversity and ecosystem models;

  • Knowledge of integrated monitoring design theory and tools (Python, Julia and/or R);

  • PhD in related field obtained in the last 5 years (2020 or later);

  • Strong computational and ecosystem modelling background;

  • Knowledge of French and English: McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing. The level of English required for this position has been assessed at a level 3 (qualifier) on a scale of 0-4.

Hourly Salary:


Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


Stewart Biology Bldg



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This position is covered by the Association of McGill University Research Employees (AMURE) collective agreement.

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