Research Biologist in Freshwater Fish Habitat Science

We are hiring a research biologist to work with a collaborative team of researchers from the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) at Carleton University, and other institutions and allied agencies. We are particularly interested in candidates with interest and experience in freshwater fish habitat science, in particular, flow-ecosystem response relationships. The research biologist will work directly with CEBC researchers and play a key role on a systematic review that will synthesize the available evidence on the impact of natural changes in flow magnitude on fish abundance. There will be significant interaction with government partners and stakeholders. The position is available to be filled as soon as possible, and is expected to be a minimum of 3 months, with the possibility for extension contingent upon performance. The position does not require the candidate to work from Carleton University (i.e., position can be held remotely anywhere globally).

Position Duties: 1. Work with CEBC researchers and partners, but take the lead on the development and publication of a systematic review protocol (i.e., a project plan that outlines the search strategy, inclusion criteria, data extraction strategy, and synthesis strategy) for the above-mentioned evidence synthesis. 2. Coordinate meetings that bring together project partners and stakeholders to engage in the development of the project plan and evidence synthesis activities. 3. Work with CEBC researchers and graduate students on the development and testing of a data extraction form to collect relevant meta-data and quantitative data to synthesis the available evidence on the systematic review topic. 4. Perform quantitative analysis and synthesis (contingent on candidate performance and expertise). 5. Prepare systematic review for publication (contingent on candidate performance). 

Selection Criteria: 1. A minimum of an MSc in ecology, environmental science, or conservation science but with at least three years of experience related to freshwater fish habitat science; 2. Expert knowledge in one or more aspects of natural flow regimes and impacts of flow alterations on fish and/or ecosystems; 3. Experience with evidence synthesis activities; 4. Technical skills and experience with one or more of the following: quantitative analysis related to flow-ecosystem relationships, and/or quantitative synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis); 5. Proven ability to interact professionally with a diverse team made up of stakeholders, research scientists, and graduate students; and 6. Work in a timely manner to meet government deadlines. Applicants do not need to be a Canadian citizen to apply.

Application details: Applicants should send the following to Dr. Trina Rytwinski (, by July 15, 2020: (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 Dr. Trina Rytwinski ( or Dr. Steven Cooke ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

Carleton University is among Canada’s leading research universities and is committed to fostering diversity within its communities. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Our university 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.