Opportunities

January 2021

Masters and Doctoral research opportunities in hydrological change in the Canadian Arctic,

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Professor Philip Marsh,

Climate warming affects the hydrology of the Arctic through complex interactions between the climate; snow; surface and groundwater runoff; lakes, ponds and wetlands; soil moisture; permafrost; evapotranspiration; beavers; and vegetation for example. Understanding the controlling processes, as well as understanding past changes in hydrology and the range of possible future scenarios of change requires the convergence and integration of field observations; process studies; hydrologic and climate data sets; remote sensing; and high-resolution hydrologic modelling. Professor Marsh has been building such a research program in the Inuvik, NWT region over the past decades. As a main component of this effort, research has been continuously carried out at the Trail Valley Creek (TVC) Research Station (Trailvalleycreek.ca) and the Havikpak Creek watershed for the last 30 years. This research has allowed the development of a unique, long term dataset, and the testing and development of hydrologic models.

Examples of past research in these watersheds are listed in Professor Marsh’s Google Scholar profile.

We invite graduate student applications for MSc and PhD positions in understanding and predicting Arctic hydrologic change under a rapidly changing climate. Potential research could include:

  • Analysis of long-term climate and hydrologic data sets at TVC and nearby areas to understand past changes in hydrology,
  • Hydrologic process studies of snow accumulation and melt; hillslope hydrology; and development of taliks and effects on suprapermafrost groundwater flow,
  • Testing and improvement of high-resolution hydrologic models to consider past changes in hydrology, and/or
  • Applying these improved hydrologic models to understand the effects of climate change scenarios on future hydrology.

Ideal candidates should have previous degrees in relevant disciplines (e.g. geography, environmental science, engineering, physics, atmospheric science), and should possess aptitude and enthusiasm for understanding the impacts of climate change on Arctic hydrology. We especially encourage applicants with an interest in high-resolution hydrologic modelling. Proficiency with appropriate modelling tools is essential. Experience in northern environments is an asset, but not required.

Graduate students receive competitive funding packages that come from a combination of teaching assistantships, internal scholarships, and research assistantships for example. All students are strongly encouraged to apply for a variety of external scholarships. Dr. Marsh’s students have been very successful in receiving such awards over the past years. International PhD applicants may apply for awards to offset the fee differential between Canadian and International student fees. Funding for Arctic field research is provided by external research grants.

Wilfrid Laurier University Geography and Environmental Studies Department has a joint graduate program with the University of Waterloo. This is the second largest Geography graduate program in Canada, and the sixth largest in North America. You will find a large number of students, research associates, post doctoral fellows, and faculty exploring a wide range of research interests and offering a challenging and stimulating research environment.

https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-laurier-graduate-program-in-geography/

For admission in September 2021, candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Philip Marsh. Please submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and your interest in joining our research team, a list of courses taken and marks, and a curriculum vitae to Philip Marsh (pmarsh@wlu.ca) with the subject line “AHRG Graduate Student”.

Dr. Philip Marsh, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Wilfrid Laurier University. Philipmarsh.ca


December 2020

Linking hydrological and permafrost/groundwater models for improved estimates of climate impacts on northern waters

Climate warming related changes to northern catchments affect quantity and quality of downstream waters through complex interactions among physical and biological processes. Across the Northern Water Futures (NWF) study domain there are ongoing changes in the spatial and temporal variability in active layer thickness, increasing occurrence of taliks and winter flows, changes in vegetation and snowcover, and complex changes in streamflow. As permafrost continues to thaw, the role of increasing taliks and sub-changes and supra-permafrost groundwater flow on streamflow is expected to be enhanced. However, the links between permafrost, groundwater and streamflow are poorly known, and few hydrological models include sophisticated permafrost/groundwater model components. There is growing evidence that lateral flows of water at fine horizontal scales play an important role in controlling permafrost thaw and streamflow. Through this postdoctoral position, we will improve out understanding of, and ability to model the interactions between surface and subsurface hydrology, under conditions of thawing permafrost.

NWF has developed hydrological, geophysical, and remote sensing datasets, and we will use these to test and improve a suite of legacy and next-generation hydrologic models including the semi-distributed Cold Regions Hydrological Model-Arctic and the multi-scale, multi-extent, variable complexity Canadian Hydrological Model. We will consider, and test, a variety of key permafrost/groundwater processes not currently included in CRHM-A and CHM. These could include: the SUTRA-Ice groundwater model, the subsurface components of GEOtop or a permafrost model such as CryoGrid. This effort will determine the strengths and weaknesses of these models as related to the interactions between suface hydrology, sub-surface hydrology, and permafrost, and assess a wide range of future hydrological changes within this rapidly changing environment.

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow interested in coupled surface hydrology and permafrost/groundwater modelling that will make us of the extensive suite of NWF measurements to support this effort to better understand the implications of climate warming changes on water across the NWT.

Potential activities:

  • Conduct an extensive review of existing GWF/NWF hydrological models and existing groundwater/permafrost models and make recommendations on the best approach to couple such models for climate impact studies,
  • Test GWF/NWF surface hydrology models at key NWF study sites in the NWT,
  • Test appropriate groundwater/permafrost models and key NWF study sites in the NWT,
  • Couple surface hydrology and groundwater/permafrost models, and test at NWF study sites

The candidate will be advised by Dr. Philip Marsh (Wilfrid Laurier University) and will work closely with an advisory group including Drs. Dave Rudolph (University of Waterloo), Jeff McKenzie (McGill University), Chris Spence (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Oliver Sonnentag (Université de Montréal), and Aaron Berg (University of Guelph).

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. geography, environmental science, engineering, physics, atmospheric science) and experience in high resolution, spatially distributed hydrologic, groundwater, or permafrost models. The candidate should possess aptitude and enthusiasm for developing and applying high resolution, physics based hydrological models in order to understand past changes in hydrology and to consider future changes under a rapidly changing climate. Proficiency with appropriate modelling tools is essential. Experience in northern environments is an asset.

Renumeration:

A salary of $55,000 per year including benefits, plus a stipend of $2,000/year to cover direct research expenses. This position currently has funding for one year.

How to Apply:

Please submit:

i) a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and your interest in the position;

ii) a curriculum vitae;

iii) names and contact information for two referees.

Email inquiries or application materials to Philip Marsh (pmarsh@wlu.ca) with the subject line “NWF PDF Hydrology Application.” We will begin reviewing applications on December 15th, 2020. We anticipate an April 1, 2020 start date but there is flexibility in this. International and remote candidates will be considered.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The impact of leaves (e.g. parental leave, extended leaves due to illness, etc.) will be carefully considered when reviewing candidates’ eligibility and record of research achievement. Candidates are encouraged to explain in their cover letter how career interruptions may have impacted them. Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of students and postdocs and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at mireland@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca.


Older Opportunities

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

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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