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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Research program title

Nature Based Solutions for Urban Biodiversity, Climate, and Communities – Developing best practices and guiding principles for Canada’s 2 Billion Trees Program

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Program description

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow interested in urban forestry, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity science. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Frei (research lead for Urban Ecology and Nature-based Climate Solutions at Environment and Climate Change Canada), and focuses on the role of urban forest management and decisions in creating more biodiverse, resilient, and equitable cities in the context of Canada’s national 2 Billion Trees Program. The fellow will lead synthesis work on national-level best practices re: urban forestry and benefits to wildlife with considerations for urban forest resilience and co-benefits to communities. The fellow will also be expected to conduct empirical research on the capacity of urban trees and forests to support biodiversity, through developing a quantitative study using eBird (citizen science) data in Eastern Canadian urban centres. Results from this work will support development of future research priorities under the 2 Billion Trees Program, with direct relevance for national-level policy. The fellow will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), with opportunities for collaborating with a network of local and national organizations, including academic institutions, government agencies, and local conservation groups. Montreal is a world centre of expertise in biodiversity science, and the fellow will be a member of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Ecology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Sciences, or related fields with experience in forest ecology and/or biodiversity science. Applicants should be team-oriented, have a strong publication record, and strong quantitative analysis skills. Experience with urban or human-dominated systems an asset, as is experience working with migratory birds and/or species at risk.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Ideal start date by May 1, 2022.

Application review will begin February 28, 2022 with applications accepted until position is filled.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Carly Ziter
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Carly Ziter


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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