Postdoc and Graduate Student positions:

Conservation Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Carleton University

We are hiring a postdoctoral research fellow to work with a collaborative team of researchers from Carleton University, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s National Wildlife Research Centre. The research fellow will play a key role in this collaboration, developing and applying decision support tools to optimize biodiversity monitoring and conservation efforts. The positions are available to be filled starting July 2021, with some flexibility in start date, and are 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 $57,000 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, 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 ecology, applied mathematics, statistics, economics, environmental policy, geography or a related discipline. (Essential)
  2. Expert knowledge in one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation and/or environmental decision science (Essential)
  3. Ability to establish effective relationships between academics and the wider community (Essential)
  4. Strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: statistics, GIS, applied mathematics and economics (Desirable)


  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)

Application details

Applicants should send the following to Jaimie Vincent (, by June 4, 2021: 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 positions 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 in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, which has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character.

Equity and Diversity

We recognize that conservation biology must become a more inclusive discipline.

In particular, the voices and rights of Indigenous peoples have been neglected and sometimes suppressed by ‘conservationists’. Wherever we can, we will look for opportunities to learn from and collaborate with Indigenous partners from Canada and elsewhere.

We also recognize that the voices of Black, Brown and other racialized people have been underrepresented in conservation, as have the voices of women, LGBTQ2S+ people and people with disabilities. And we recognize that many people from these and other groups can face financial disadvantages. Carleton University, the Biology Department and our lab provide scholarships and stipends for students, so they can pursue their studies without financial hardship.

We want to be part of positive change. People from all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply for positions, and to reach out for collaboration opportunities.