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BMSC Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Closing Date: 15-Jan-2019
Date Posted: 18-Oct-18

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) is pleased to announce an exciting Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) opportunity. Preference will be given to supervisors who nominate outstanding candidates with demonstrated research accomplishments and excellent communication skills.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct original research consistent with the mandate of BMSC. BMSC supports high calibre research and provides unparalleled access to  natural and cultural sites. We expect the candidate will address scientific questions and challenges of the 21st century that persist in areas such as the marine sciences, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, comparative physiology, archaeology/anthropology indigenous studies as well as the development of research-informed teaching. The PDF will be expected to work full time at BMSC, foster interactions within the BMSC community, organize a working group retreat, and teach a directed studies course in undergraduate student research in our Fall Semester. BMSC is a shared campus of five Western Canadian Universities (Universities of Victoria, Calgary, Alberta, British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University), but nominations of candidates will be accepted from any supervisors with research programs being conducted at BMSC.

Application deadline: January 15, 2019
Start date: May 1, 2019
Salary: $48,000 annually; Standard BMSC benefits package
Research stipend: $5,000 annually to cover station related expenses (e.g., boat time)

 The nomination package should include:

  • the Curriculum Vitae of the nominee;
  • free-form proposal describing the research (2 pages);
  • a one-page letter from the supervisor describing the professional development program to be offered to the nominee and the potential contributions of the nominee to training and learning;
  • two letters of recommendation for the nominee
  • Note:  It is preferred that the supervisor submit the application package to BMSC on behalf of the applicant, however direct submissions (with the exception of letters of reference which should be sent by referees to BMSC as separate submissions) will be accepted.

Application packages should be emailed as a single PDF to the BMSC Associate Director, Research

Once the nomination package is reviewed and the proposed PDF is approved, an 18-month term position will be offered. Funding permitting, renewal of the fellowship may be approved following an evaluation of progress after the first term.


The BMSC is a world-class teaching and research facility located in traditional territories of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Our campus is situated on 65 hectares in Barkley Sound with access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin. Located in the heart of Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park, the town of Bamfield has a small but exceptionally vibrant community that shares a history of trust and collaboration with the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. The town is also the northern terminus of an iconic Canadian Trail, the West Coast Trail. The stunning surroundings of the rain forest, deserted beaches, uninhabited islands, rugged coastline, and world class diving inspire creativity and discovery.