Conservation Decisions Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Carleton University

We are hiring a postdoctoral research fellow to work with a collaborative team of researchers from Carleton University and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Potential projects involve examining decisions around protection and stewardship measures on Canadian lands. The position is available to be filled starting March 2024, with some flexibility in start date, and is expected to be of two year duration. Renewal after the first year is contingent upon performance and budget. Research fellows will be mentored by Dr. Joseph Bennett and collaborators. Salary is $68,000 CAD annually, plus generous employee benefits outlined here: Salary can be slightly higher if the fellow chooses to opt out of benefits. Duties, selection criteria and application details are outlined below.

Position Duties

  1. Conduct and publish biodiversity conservation research in research areas noted above, with a particular focus on conservation problems in Canada.
  2. Work with colleagues and graduate students on the development of joint research projects.
  3. Coordinate meetings and workshops that bring together academic and non-academic stakeholders.
  4. Actively participate in collaborative research and learning events in the lab.

Selection Criteria

Skills and Qualifications

  1. PhD in the area of applied ecology, applied mathematics, environmental economics, environmental policy, statistics or a related discipline. (Essential, with exceptions for expert Indigenous knowledge plus significant research experience)
  2. Expert knowledge in one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation and/or environmental decision science (Essential)
  3. Expert knowledge in advanced statistics or AI / machine learning AND/OR land use policy (Essential)
  4. Ability to establish effective relationships between academics and the wider community (Essential)


  1. Contribution to research in the form of peer-reviewed publications in the international literature (Essential)
  2. Previous work with academic and non-academic partners on an applied scientific project. (Desirable)
  3. Previous team leadership experience (Desirable)

Application details

Applicants should send the following to Jaimie Vincent (, by January 30 2024: 1) Cover letter, briefly indicating how the applicant meets the selection criteria; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) Contact details for three references. Informal inquiries regarding the position can be directed to Joseph Bennett (

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

About Carleton University

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 29,000 students, 950 academic faculty, and 2,000 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. Carleton University is located on unceded Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, which has a population of one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character.