Paid Masters position in Geography for a beneficiary of Nunatsiavut

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Photo of charr gut collection, by Liz Pijogge, 2019.

Imappivut is a plan to manage and protect Labrador Inuit interests in the coastal and marine areas of Labrador. Dr. Liboiron (Michif) has been invited to work with the Nunatsiavut Government to investigate marine plastic pollution as part of this project. She has a fully paid Master’s position (M.A or M.Sc., $17,000/yr, plus research travel) available in Geography at Memorial University to start May or September 2020.

The student will be part of a larger research team that investigates priority elements on three key species (Arctic charr, rock cod, and ringed seal) identified by Labrador Inuit in support of their marine management plan, Imappivut. The Masters student will go to Nunatsiavut to collect samples, and work in either Nunatsiavut or St. John’s to process the samples. They will be working with our research partner, Liz Pijogge, at the Nain Research Centre. While coursework must be completed in St. John’s, they can return to Nunatsiavut to process samples and write up results. This is a funded two-year position (one year of course work, one year to write up research). To see more details about what a master’s degree in Geography at Memorial requires, see the department website. We also recommend you look at the lab website to see the type of work being done in the lab overall.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Dr. Max Liboiron at mliboiron@mun.ca. Include a statement of interest (why you are interested in the position and what sort of experience you have, including connections in Nunatsiavut, knowledge of charr, cod, or seal, and what you hope to learn or accomplish) and a resume/CV. You are also welcome to just ask questions. Nakummek!

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Max Liboiron (left) and Liz Pijogge (right) processing samples in CLEAR lab in St. John’s. Photo by Noah Hutton, 2018.
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Plastic fishing line wrapped around a squid beak found in the stomach of a northern fulmar from the Labrador Sea, 2016. Photo by Max Liboiron.