Opportunities for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows in Water-Related Research

Changing Cold Regions Network

The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS; www.usask.ca/water) at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) is leading a new Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) that aims to understand, diagnose and predict interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological and climate components of the changing Earth system at multiple scales. With a focus on Western Canada’s rapidly changing cold interior, this major initiative links 8 Canadian universities, 4 government agencies and 15 key international academic collaborators. It builds on extensive infrastructure, and more than $24 million of in-kind contributions from existing research programmes, to provide unprecedented capability to integrate Earth system processes and modelling. CCRN will investigate a set of critical cold region environments, including the Western Cordillera, Western Boreal Forest, Lowland Permafrost and Prairies, and their integrated response at the scales of the Saskatchewan, Mackenzie and Peace-Athabasca basins and the regional climate system. For more details regarding the CCRN, please refer to our website at http://www.ccrnetwork.ca/.

We invite applications for graduate studentships and research fellowships for research in the following areas:

  • Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow – Land Surface and Large-scale River Basin Modelling
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow/PhD Student – Cold Region Lake Modelling
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow – Coupled Hydrological-Geochemical Modelling
  • PhD Student – Hydro-ecological Modelling of the Boreal Forest, Western Canada

For all appointments, an ability to work in a team of researchers across multiple projects and disciplines is necessary. Review of applications will be ongoing and will continue until candidates have been selected for each position. See below for a complete list of qualification and application details.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a strong research cluster, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities (www.tourismsaskatoon.com). The UofS has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. The UofS is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. For information about the University of Saskatchewan, please visit www.usask.ca. Further details about the UofS-led CCRN, the UofS Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security Program, and the Global Institute for Water Security can be found at www.usask.ca/water.

 

Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow – Land Surface and Large-scale River Basin Modelling (Supervisors: Andrew Ireson, Howard Wheater, Al Pietroniro)

Position:  UofS/Environment Canada collaboration is developing improved land surface schemes for cold region environments for application in weather forecasting and large-scale hydrological modelling. There is an opportunity for a position for a mid-career Research Fellow or Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to develop and manage a large scale modelling programme. This includes the Saskatchewan River Basin, which couples multiple physical (hydrology, land-surface exchanges, etc.) and human (abstractions, reservoirs, irrigation, land use changes, etc.) processes, and the rapidly changing Mackenzie Basin, one of Canada’s major arctic tributary rivers. This person would be a key member of the GIWS research team, working with faculty, research staff and students on a variety of related hydrological and water resource modelling projects. Sub-projects focus on a range of field sites from the Artic, Sub-Arctic, Rocky Mountains, Boreal Forest, Prairies and the Saskatchewan River Delta, and embrace a range of disciplines, including climate, hydrology, ecology, socio-hydrology and toxicology, as well as remote sensing.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have completed, or be near completion of a PhD degree in a relevant discipline. Excellent computational skills and experience of modelling are essential. Experience with at least one Land Surface Scheme (e.g. CLASS, ISBA, JULES) is highly desirable. An ability to work in a team of researchers across multiple projects and to support student activities is necessary. For mid-career applicants with substantial relevant experience, a Research Fellow position is available.

Venue:  Research will be conducted within the Global Institute for Water Security, located in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, and in close collaboration with Environment Canada’s co-located HAL laboratory.

Stipend:  A fellowship is available for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. Salary will be competitive and depend on the candidate’s background and experience.

How to Apply:  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Andrew Ireson, Dr. Howard Wheater and Dr. Al Pietroniro by email to ccrnetwork@usask.ca, and include in the subject line the position being applied for. Please include a cover letter explaining your motivation, complete CV, examples of papers either in press or published, and contact details for three academic references. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship or PhD Studentship – Cold Region Lake Modelling (Supervisors: Howard Wheater, Murray McKay, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt)

Position: UofS/Environment Canada collaboration is developing improved land surface schemes for cold region environments for application in weather forecasting and large-scale hydrological modelling. There is an exciting opportunity for a position for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow or PhD student to develop and apply improved representation of cold region lake processes, including lake snow and ice cover, within the Canadian Land Surface Scheme (CLASS). This work will be supported by a field-based monitoring programme, with access to data from multiple sites and biomes, and will address the potential for assimilation of remotely sensed data.

Qualifications:  PDF applicants must have completed, or be near completion of a PhD degree in a relevant discipline. PhD applicants must have completed, or be near completion of an MSc degree in a relevant discipline, and must meet all of the requirements for acceptance into the PhD program in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS; www.usask.ca/sens) at the University of Saskatchewan. A strong background in numerate science and computing is required, and knowledge of hydrometeorology is desirable.

Venue: Research will be conducted within the Global Institute for Water Security and the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Stipend: A three-year fellowship or scholarship is available as base support to a fully qualified candidate at a rate that will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and potential. Supplemental support may be available to students based on performance and availability of teaching assistant positions.

How to Apply: General admission requirements and an on-line application form can be found at the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) website: www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/index.php.

Interested students should follow the application procedure explained on the School of Environment and Sustainability webpage at www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/programs/ENVS.php. Applications are accepted any time for this position.

Interested applicants should also contact Dr. Howard Wheater, Dr. Murray MacKay or Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt to discuss the fellowship or studentship by emailing ccrnetwork@usask.ca before applying, and include in the subject line the position being applied for. Please include a cover letter explaining your motivation and your qualifications. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Coupled Hydrological-Geochemical Modelling (Supervisor: Andrew Ireson)

Position: Salinization of ponds, soils and groundwater is a potential concern in many parts of the world, and is caused by hydrological changes in the surface/subsurface environment, due to changing climatic conditions, or changes in land use. Understanding the risk of salinization is fundamentally a quantitative problem, involving a delicate balance between competing physical processes, and as such, models are a valuable tool to improve understanding. This is particularly true in semi-arid environments, such as the Canadian prairie landscape which is characterized by complex hydrological processes, involving surface water-groundwater interactions that are highly sensitive to climate variability and change. A position is available for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to develop a physically based numerical model of surface-subsurface flow and salt transport processes. The model will be tested against field observations from extensively monitored sites in the prairies, and ultimately used to explore the impacts of climatic and land use changes.

Qualifications: The suitable candidate must have completed, or be near completion of, a PhD degree in hydrology, hydrogeology, or similar field, and will have experience of working with numerical models. Excellent mathematical and computation skills are essential, including familiarity with at least one programming language (including MATLAB or R). The candidate will publish findings in the peer reviewed literature, and present work at international conferences.

Venue: Research will be conducted within the Global Institute for Water Security and the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Stipend: A two-year fellowship is available. Salary will be competitive and depend on the candidate’s background and experience. Funding will be available to attend international conferences.

How to Apply: General admission requirements and an on-line application form can be found at the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) website: www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/index.php.

Interested students should follow the application procedure explained on the School of Environment and Sustainability webpage at www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/programs/ENVS.php. Applications are accepted any time for this position.

For more background on Dr Ireson’s research and this opportunity, see http://homepage.usask.ca/~ani378. Potentially interested applicants should also contact Dr. Andrew Ireson to discuss the fellowship or studentship by emailing ccrnetwork@usask.ca before applying, and include in the subject line the position being applied for. Please include a cover letter explaining your motivation and your qualifications. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

 

PhD Studentship – Hydro-ecological modelling of the Boreal Forest, Western Canada (Supervisor: Andrew Ireson)

Position: A PhD scholarship is available to work on the development of hydrological and ecological models for the Boreal Plains ecozone, linking in with detailed measurements of water, energy and carbon fluxes from the BERMs program. The models will focus on integrating hydrological and ecological (i.e. forest vegetation) processes to characterize and predict hydro-ecological responses to climate variability and change at the southern margins of the boreal forest. The student will be part of a broader team of researchers working at the Global Institute for Water Security on quantifying the impacts of climate and land use change in Western Canadian ecozones: broadly speaking the Boreal Forest, Prairies and Rocky Mountains. Within Canada and internationally, the BERMS program is unique in the depth and breadth of its hydrological measurements. Four of its active flux towers – Old Black Spruce, Old Aspen, Old Jack Pine and Fen – are within or near the gauged White Gull Creek watershed, creating a valuable test bed for hydrological models and the opportunity to develop and evaluate coupled hydrological-ecological models.

Qualifications: The suitable candidate must have completed, or be near completion, of a Master’s degree in hydrology, hydrogeology, or similar field, and will have excellent mathematical and computational skills. In addition, the candidate must meet all of the requirements for acceptance into the PhD program in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS; www.usask.ca/sens) at the University of Saskatchewan. The project will focus on modeling, but there will be opportunities for field work in the Boreal Forest in Saskatchewan, and any field experience is highly valuable.

Venue: Research will be conducted within the Global Institute for Water Security and the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Stipend: A competitive scholarship will be provided. Funding will be available to present work at international conferences.

How to Apply: General admission requirements and an on-line application form can be found at the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) website: www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/index.php.

Interested students should follow the application procedure explained on the School of Environment and Sustainability webpage at www.usask.ca/cgsr/grad_programs/programs/ENVS.php. Applications are accepted any time for this position.

For more background on Dr. Ireson’s research and this opportunity, see http://homepage.usask.ca/~ani378. Potentially interested applicants should also contact Dr. Andrew Ireson to discuss the studentship by emailing ccrnetwork@usask.ca before applying, and include in the subject line the position being applied for. Please include a cover letter explaining your motivation and your qualifications. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

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