Opportunities

Research Data Specialist: Inuvik, NT – Full-Time – Two Year Term Position

Are you interested in being part of innovative and exciting research data projects such as enhancing artic research data infrastructure and data mobilization?

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation invites applications for the position of Research Data Specialist in Inuvik, NT. Under the guidance of the Director of Innovation, Science & Climate Change, the Research Data Specialist will ensure efficient use of data allowing the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to realize the benefits of research and information sciences in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).

Specific Skills & Abilities:
• Enhance existing internal research data infrastructure to include multi-relational statistical/spatial data which follows an interoperable and service-oriented workflow;
• Establish, adopt and/or implement standards to support interoperable data cataloguing, discovery and utilization;
• Support the development and delivery of training modules related to research data, infrastructure and analytical tools;
• Facilitate sustained and timely access through the enhancement of useful, useable, and interoperable systems (i.e. Inuvialuit Indicators, ARDI, ISRP)
• Coordinate public information opportunities (social media, newsletter) regarding IRC research data infrastructure;

Education, Experience and Knowledge:
• Master of Arts or Master of Science with a minimum of 2 years related work experience or;
o Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a related field with a minimum of 7 years related work experience or;
o College Diploma in a related field with over 12 years related work experience.
• Two years experience in project planning, management and proposal writing
• 3 years experience in database management, data sciences and data infrastructure
• Knowledge of relational databases and various data types
• Competency in the Microsoft, ArcGIS, SPSS and other data software packages;
• Ability to plan, schedule, supervise, conduct, evaluate, and report on projects and programs
• Knowledge of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA), and the cooperative management structures established pursuant to the IFA
• Willingness to travel within and outside the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.
Priority consideration will be given to beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
Deadline to apply is February 14, 2020. Should this opportunity interest you, please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation – Human Resources Division jobs@inuvialuit.com Fax: 888-872-4172

2019 – Research Data Specialist – Job Posting (PDF)


Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity: Modeling of the winter carbon losses in cold region wetland ecosystems
under current and future climates

A postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position is available to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PDF will be developing reactive transport and bioenergetic models to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant natural science or engineering field, and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in numerical mathematical modeling, programming and numerical analysis in soil biogeochemistry and reactive transport modeling. The PDF will work within a multidisciplinary team with significant strengths in ecohydrology, environmental-(bio)geochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, hydrogeology and high-performance computing. Funding for the positions is available for up to two years. For further information regarding this position, or to submit an application, please contact Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (frezanez@uwaterloo.ca).

Application Instructions

In your application email, please include “PDF-ACCS-YourName” in the subject line and attach a single file that contains:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position and your research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information for up to 3 references

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


Two PhD Positions at University of Waterloo and Laurentian University

We invite applications for two PhD positions to participate in a research project to evaluate the impact of winter warming mitigation in controlling carbon losses from pan-Canadian wetland and permafrost ecosystems. The goal of this project is to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the function of soil biogeochemical processes in cold region environments during the fall-winter and winter-spring transitions and during the non-growing season (NGS) by creating the foundation for the predictive modelling of winter carbon losses in cold region wetland and permafrost ecosystems under current and future climates. The main tasks of the PhD students will be conducting field and laboratory experiments and modeling analyses. We are looking for 2 PhD students for this project.

PhD 1 will focus on establishing the temperature-dependencies of carbon and nutrient mineralization rates in relation to soil hydrophysical parameters such as unfrozen water content, and the associated effects on winter microbial soil communities. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a bioenergetic model for simulating microbial reaction systems under variable geochemical winter conditions and project NGS emissions under current and future climate scenarios to quantify future northern wetland and permafrost ecosystems carbon balances.

PhD 2 will focus on assessing the rates and mechanisms of wetland and permafrost soil biogeochemical processes under variable winter conditions and examine the drivers of NGS emissions to determine the effects on carbon and nutrient cycling under variable snow cover and flowpaths during the winter conditions. This PhD student will also be involved in developing a reactive transport model to simulate the biogeochemical transformations of carbon and nutrients under winter warming scenarios and estimate the carbon budgets for the wetland and permafrost ecosystems during the period of NGS respiration and incorporate into Canada’s Carbon Budget Model.

The students will be guided by a team of researchers from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Laurentian University and collaborators from Canadian Forest Service Great Lakes Forestry Centre-Natural Resources Canada.

Applicants must have specialization in biogeochemistry, hydrology, soil science or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in experimental work and numerical mathematical modeling in biogeochemistry, and environmental sciences, or a related field. MSc student positions can be created in lieu of a PhD position for exceptional candidates who prefer to undertake a Master’s degree.

For further information regarding these positions, or to submit an application, please contact Dr. Pascale Roy-Leveillee (proyleveillee@laurentian.ca) for PhD position 1 and Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (frezanez@uwaterloo.ca) for PhD position 2. In your application email, please include “ACCS-PhD#_yourname” in the subject line and attach a single PDF file that contains:

– Your motivation for applying to the position and your research interests
– Curriculum vitae
– Copy of transcript(s)
– Contact information for up to 3 references

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


Masters and Doctoral research opportunities Hydrological and Permafrost change impacts on surface water biogeochemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, Canada.

Professor Melissa Lafreniere in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University has opportunities for funded graduate student research (MSc and PhD) projects investigating the impacts of climate and permafrost degradation on hydrology and biogeochemical processes, and water quality in the Canadian High Arctic.  Dr. Lafrenière’s research program and facilities are particularly well suited for students interested in highly-collaborative, field and laboratory based research examining the fate and transport of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen in permafrost watersheds. Graduates of our program obtain a broad range of research skills (including analytical, practical, and project management) that are highly valued by employers in the private and public sectors.

Qualified students would have a background in environmental earth science or physical geography, an aptitude for both field and laboratory based research, as well as a strong academic record.

Funding for graduate students at Queen’s University comes from a combination of awards, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and sometimes scholarships from the University and Department. Foreign students with first class standing and a record of research productivity are encouraged to apply for the PhD program. Successful international PhD applicants receive competitive funding packages, including an International Student Tuition Award, which offsets the fee differential between Canadian and International student fees. Additional stipends for research and travel are supported by research funding.

Candidates interested in admission for September 2020, are encouraged to contact Dr. Melissa Lafrenière at melissa.lafreniere@queensu.ca. For more information on the research projects, facilities, and research group see Dr. Lafrenière’s group web page (www.queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/fabrecc-lafreniere/home) and the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory web site (www.capebountyresearch.com)  or FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/CBAWO).  For information on the department, and application procedures please see the Department (www.queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/home) and School of Graduate Studies web sites (www.queensu.ca/sgs/home).
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