Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Marine Mammal Energetic Modeling

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Date Posted:
May 5, 2022
Position Category:
Full-Time, Term
Start Date:
June 1, 2022
Winnipeg, MB
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Professional Areas:
Research Support

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Marine Mammal Energetic Modeling

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Pierre Desforges and in collaboration with an international team of experts on energy budget modeling and marine mammal ecology.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will join a research project funded by a Sustainable Fisheries Science Fund grant from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The appointment is for a ~22-month full-time term, with a tentative expected start date of June 1st 2022 (or before, dependent on project approval). There is also possibility of extension on condition of external funding.

Project Description

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join a project to develop dynamic energy budget (DEB) models and implement them in an individual based model (i.e. DEB-IBM) or other relevant population modeling frameworks to explore the population dynamics of key Arctic marine mammal stocks in Canada. Conservation of target species and biodiversity at large requires understanding of how individuals, populations, and communities interact with and respond to changes in their environment. Key to development of conservation management strategies and evidence-based stock assessments is being able to accurately predict how animal populations respond to environmental variability and anthropogenic changes. Energy has been put forward as a common currency to link environmental conditions to animal metabolic processes and fitness. As such, DEB models are increasingly being used in ecology and conservation to understand species-environment interactions. The objectives of this project are to develop the theoretical model framework, calibrate and validate the species-specific energy budget models, and use simulation modelling to predict the impacts of individual and cumulative stressors on temporal population dynamics of walrus, beluga, and bowhead whales in the Canadian Arctic.

We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic candidate that has received a Ph.D. degree in marine ecology, marine mammal science, or ecological modeling, or a related field of study. Candidates must have experience with ecological modelling, particularly with energy budget modeling and individual based or population modeling. Experience and knowledge on marine mammal ecology and Arctic ecosystems will be considered an asset. The applicant should have excellent organizational, communication, data analysis, and writing skills, record of peer-reviewed publications in relevant fields to this project, and an interest in working as part of a collaborative team.


Application Process:

Interested candidates should send:

  • a cover letter
  • a current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • a research statement (max 1 page)
  • the names and contact details of two to three references (references will only be contacted for short-listed candidates)

Applicants must submit all of the above materials through The University of Winnipeg’s online recruitment system. Please click on the "Apply" button below to submit your application.

Deadline to Apply: June 10, 2022

Enquiries about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Jean-Pierre Desforges (

Note: The work described in this posting will be conducted in-person.

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