PhD position Forest Economics for Decision Support

Dept of Forest Resources Management at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia offers a 4-year scholarship to pursue excellent research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in close collaboration with Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service (NRCan-CFS). The project offers the unique opportunity to work on a large-scale research project with other project partners, such as Université Laval and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The world’s forests are facing unprecedented threats from invasive alien insects and pathogens that cause significant and irreversible damage to the environment, and threaten Canada’s capacity to provide ecosystem services and a long-term fibre supply. The project bioSAFE the work of the successful applicant will be part of is addressing this by developing powerful genomic-based tools to detect, identify, and eliminate those threats before they become established. At UBC decision support system (DSS) are developed to inform decision makers and stakeholders of the economic and ecologic consequences that a variety of mitigation alternatives will have. Partnering with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Natural Resources Canada, Université Laval, and Forest Product Innovations, this project uses provincial and federal data to address the research questions.
The successful applicant’s main role will be to gather and analyse data to model the economic impacts of specified pests/pathogens at different spatial scales, different timelines, under different climate change scenarios as well as under various mitigation alternative. The outcome of this work will primarily feed into the decision-support tool for risk assessment to inform invasive forest pests and pathogens mitigation.

Deadline for applications is January 2nd 2018.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email the following in one single PDF file to the contact indicated below.
(1) A cover letter describing your motivation to apply for this position
(2) Current CV, including transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (in official copies are sufficient at this stage),
(3) A short description that separately and clearly identifies how you possess each of the skills and experiences listed above in the “What we expect” section
(4) Names and current contact information for three references familiar with your work
(5) Any additional material you may want to share.

Please direct inquiries and applications by email to:
Ms. Chelsea Nilausen, Economist – Canadian Forest Service Natural Resources Canada
Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be given priority. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
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