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Call for expressions of interest in the role of AFSS website and social media manager and content curator

Background

The Australian Freshwater Sciences Society is seeking expressions of interest from its members to take up the role of website and social media manager and content curator.

The objective of the AFSS is to advance freshwater science and its understanding through fostering the interdisciplinary exchange of scientific information among its membership, as well as more broadly to other professional societies, agencies, government and the general public

The AFSS website and the society’s presence on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter play an important role in achieving this objective. Importantly, for the website to be most effective requires not only that it is set up in a user friendly, informative and engaging way, but also that the content of the website is updated regularly and that this content is also appropriate, informative and engaging.

The role

The AFSS website and social media manager and content curator would, in consultation with the executive, be responsible for:

  • Updating and maintaining the AFSS website and facebook account (adding content and links, ensuring existing content and links are active)
  • Managing the AFSS twitter account (@AustSocLimnol) on behalf of the society
  • Ensuring that content aligns with our objectives, is appropriate for the society and is in accord with general web and social media etiquette

It is also expected that the manager would contribute to the development of general social media strategy and to focussed campaigns for the society in relation to, for example increasing membership, conference attendance and member engagement

The web manager and curator would automatically be included on the AFSS executive

Compensation

As for other roles on the AFSS executive the role of web manager and curator is not remunerated. However, in acknowledgement of the expected time commitment required to be effective in the role, the web manager and curator will receive full AFSS membership and conference registration during each year that they are in the position.

Appointment and tenure

The web manager and curator would be appointed by the AFSS executive for a 12 month term and would be free to continue in the role for subsequent years, subject to the approval of the executive.

 

 


 

Three Postdoctoral Positions in Freshwater Ecosystem Analysis at the Canadian Rivers Institute

We are seeking candidates in freshwater ecosystem analysis for three postdoctoral positions to be located at the Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.

PDF 1:  This position will focus on the application of DNA metabarcoding in ecosystem assessment. The successful candidate will support ongoing research in a large-scale federal genomics project focusing on river biomonitoring.  Essential skills include: previous field experience in aquatic ecosystems (marine or freshwater) and prior experience in working with large, complex datasets and multivariate statistics (including R coding). This research project is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Canadian Rivers Institute and several Canadian federal departments. Funding for this position is already confirmed, and will require application to a Canadian federal postdoctoral program, which favours citizens or permanent residents of Canada, details available on application

PDF 2: This position will focus on the application of advanced analytical approaches, including machine learning, to support a long-term project focusing on the application of ecological network analysis (including food web models) in freshwater bioassessment.  Essential skills include R-coding, and the ability to work with high-performance computing systems. Previous experience in artificial intelligence / data mining approaches are advantageous, but not essential. This research project is a collaboration between the Canadian Rivers Institute and the federal government of Canada. Funding for this position is pending, and will require application to a Canadian federal postdoctoral program, which favours citizens or permanent residents of Canada, details available on application.

PDF 3: This position will support ongoing work in wetlands monitoring and the development of spatial assessment models to support a study of wetland ecosystem health in the Alberta Oil sands region.  Essential skills include experience in geospatial analysis, including familiarity with ArcGIS and QGIS software and R-programming. This research project is a collaboration with the Canadian federal government and Alberta Environment and Parks. Funding for this position is pending, and is open to Canadian and international applicants.

The positions, which are available for an initial period of one year but renewable subject to available funding, will be jointly supervised by Dr Donald Baird and Dr Wendy Monk at the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton).

These positions will remain open until they are filled or re-advertised. Please send an application stating [1] which position(s) you are interested in; [2] your research interests and experience and [3] a CV with the email addresses of three referees to:

Dr. Donald Baird, Environment and Climate Change Canada @ Department of Biology, 10 Bailey Drive, PO Box 4400, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5A3

Email: djbaird@unb.ca / wmonk@unb.ca


 

 

 If you have something to be added here please contact the AFSS secretariat: asl@asnevents.net.au