Current Opportunities

Postdoctoral & Graduate opportunities in Cold Regions Hydrology, Ecology, Remote Sensing

Postdoctoral (1)*, M.Sc. (5) and Ph.D. (2) positions in hydrology, ecology, remote sensing, and numerical modelling are available from the Consortium for Permafrost Ecosystems in Transition (CPET). CPET is a growing, well-funded, dynamic and interdisciplinary research project focused on improving the understanding of and ability to predict the impacts of permafrost thaw on water resources and ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field studies in a variety of landscapes over a 500 km South-to-North transect extending from Fort Nelson, BC to Wrigley, NWT, and including the well-established research station at Scotty Creek, near Fort Simpson. This transect traverses the southern fringe of permafrost where climate warming and human disturbance has led to widespread permafrost thaw and land-cover change with unknown consequences to water resources and ecosystems.

Students will work closely with CPET’s partners in government, local communities, including Aboriginal communities, and industry. CPET is supported by several agencies including NSERC, CFI and the Canada Research Chairs programme (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca). CPET contributes to the Cold Regions Research Centre (coldregions.ca) and the Taiga Plains Research Network (tiagaplains.ca). It is also a key component of the Laurier-Government of the Northwest Territories Partnership Agreement (http://www.wlu.ca/research/LaurierNWT) aimed at expanding the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and to train the next generation of northern expertise.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cold Regions Hydrology, Ecology or Remote Sensing: This Fellowship provides funding “to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research based growth”.  Full details are available from: http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca. Successful candidates will receive funding for two years at $70,000 per year. Applicants are asked to submit to Dr. W. Quinton by July 15, 2015, a cover letter that includes a statement of interest, a CV, and the names and email addresses of three referees. An outstanding candidate will be selected, at which time a full proposal will be developed in collaboration with Dr. Quinton and submitted by 15 August, 2015.

Applicants with appropriate academic backgrounds, outdoor experience, and/or modelling ability are encouraged to contact:

Dr. William Quinton, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University**

Expertise: Cold regions hydrology. Contact: wquinton@wlu.ca

Dr. Jennifer Baltzer, Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Expertise: Forest ecology. Contact: jbaltzer@wlu.ca

Dr. Aaron Berg, Department of Geography, University of Guelph.

Expertise: Remote sensing & hydrology. Contact: aberg@uoguelph.ca

Dr. James Craig, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Expertise: Hydrological modelling. Contact: jrcraig@uwaterloo.ca

**The Laurier – University of Waterloo joint graduate programme in geography is one of the largest programmes in Canada.