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Posting period: November 16th - December 4th

Position title: Scientific software developer

Brief description of duties: The primary duties of the employee will be developing scientific software for use by the lab and for public release, and helping lab members develop good open science coding and research practices. This employee will have the following duties:

1.       Developing ongoing statistical and simulation research projects into software packages for public distribution, including developing, testing, and maintaining scientific code bases

2.       Collaborate on scientific papers by contributing computational, statistical, and editorial expertise

3.       Working with graduate students in postdocs in the laboratory to help them develop scientific programming skills

4.       helping coordinate lab research and communications, especially regarding the release of lab software products

Qualifications required: A qualified candidate should have at least as MSc degree in ecology, evolution, or related fields (or equivalent experience), with a strong background in quantitative methods and techniques for simulating ecological or evolutionary dynamic systems. A qualified applicant should have extensive experience with programming using the R statistical language (with at least 2 years of R programming experience), including documented experience in open source package development and publishing. The applicant should demonstrate experience in group organization and technical scientific writing, including authoring scientific papers or publically available technical reports. Experience with teaching statistics or quantitative methods is preferred but not required.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Pedersen, Department of Biology

Salary information and classification: Initial salary $30/hour. Classification: Research Associate. This position falls under the purview of the Concordia Association of Research Employees (CARE), and will receive benefits, vacation time, and annual raises in accordance with the CARE collective agreement with Concordia (

Planned start and end date of appointment: Start date: January 31st, 2021; end date: January 31st, 2023

Usual work schedule: Work schedule flexible; typically 3 days of work per week.

Approximate number of weekly hours of work: 21 hours of work per week.

 Application instructions: Please contact the Principal investigator via email at Include a detailed CV and a short cover letter detailing your experience and qualifications for the position. All qualified applicants will be interviewed for the position.

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