Postdoc with the Wildlife Coexistence Lab

  • Vancouver, BC
  • Academic
  • Lab Opening

The Wildlife Coexistence Lab (WildCo) at the University of British Columbia seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work as part of a Canada Research Chair program in Terrestrial Mammal Conservation. The research will be pursued under the guidance of Principal Investigator Dr. Cole Burton (and collaborators) and will focus primarily on developing, testing, and applying new methods for the analysis of camera trap data. Specific research directions may include:

• Developing simulation models of animal movement to test and improve camera trap sampling designs and analytical inferences.

• Comparing methods to estimate abundance of “unmarked” populations.

• Combining camera trap data with data from other methods in integrated population models.

• Modelling spatiotemporal responses of mammal populations and communities to anthropogenic disturbances and management actions.

A key motivation for this research is the context of woodland caribou recovery in western Canada, including the dynamics of caribou predators and apparent competitors. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to help organize and participate in field data collection, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.


Desired qualifications include:

• Ph.D. in animal ecology or related field.

• Strong writing skills and evidence of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications.

• Advanced skills in quantitative analysis, including methods such as spatial capture-recapture, occupancy modelling, time-series analysis, simulation, GLMM, Bayesian hierarchical models.

• Advanced skills in GIS, landscape analysis, and data management.

• Experience conducting research on terrestrial mammals, including field data collection.

• Strong communication skills and desire to contribute to a stimulating lab environment, including mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students.

The position will start as soon as possible and be based in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Salary (+ benefits) will be commensurate with experience. Funding is available for 1 year, with strong potential for multi-year renewal.

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf attachment by email to, with the subject “WildCo postdoc”, and should include:

1) 1-page cover letter stating your interest and key qualifications,

2) CV including contact information for 3 references, and

3) up to 3 example publications. Review of applications will begin by March 1st, 2019.

We apologize in advance if we are unable to respond to all inquiries and applications, but we thank you for your interest!

Posted 20 days ago