In partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government, we are recruiting a Master’s student to work on the project Wild food movements and contaminants of concern in Imappivut in Nunatsiavut. Imappivut (“Our Oceans”) is an integrated and adaptive marine plan for the full extent of the waters covered by the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement that represents the diversity of the marine environment and the interests of Nunatsiavut communities. The project involves monitoring Arctic char (IKaluk/Salvelinus alpinus), rock cod (Ogâtsuk/Gadus ogac), and ringed seal (Natsik/Pusa hispida) with a focus on animal movement, plastic ingestion, and pathways and effects of mercury (Hg) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The Master’s student can work on any aspect of this project.

The Master’s position is for two years starting in the fall of 2022. They would be based in the Geography Department at Memorial University in St. John’s, and work with Dr. Max Liboiron (Michif) in the CLEAR lab and other project co-leads depending on where their interests are aligned (animal movement is led by David Cote; mercury and PCB work is lead by Tanya Brown; and plastics work is co-led by Max Liboiron and Liz Pijogge). The student will receive a stipend of $17,500/yr for each of the two years, plus travel funding to Nunatsiavut. Tuition is not included. Applicants should have a deep familiarity with either Nunatsiavut specifically or Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing generally. They should have some ability to work with both quantitative (numbers and statistics) and qualitative (local knowledge) data. Specific training in technical and scientific aspects of the position will be provided. Priority will be given to beneficiaries of Nunatsiavut.

The position is part of a larger collaborative project that will involve regular contact, conversation, and coordination with staff from the Nunatsiavut Government and other members of CLEAR lab, where the position will be based. Travel to Nunatsiavut will be required (and paid for). The goal is that the Master’s student becomes key to ongoing monitoring in Nunatsiavut beyond the project’s completion.

To apply, send an email outlining: 1) why you are interested in the position and what makes you a good fit for work in Nunatsiavut; 2) what strengths, experiences, skills, or insights you bring to the position aligned with the description above; and 3) a resume or CV to mliboiron@mun.ca. You can also send any questions to this email. Please read about CLEAR lab and Imappivut before applying. This position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on January 19th, 2022. If this ad is still up, the position has not yet been filled and we are still accepting applications.

Collection of fish GI tracts for plastic analysis. Photo by Liz Pijogge.