Current Opportunities

Postdoctoral position in Aquatic Ecology and Hydrology

We seek a motivated post-doctoral fellow to join a multi-disciplinary effort exploring the effects of recent, large scale fires on stream ecosystems in Canada’s Northwest Territories. This research is exploring how fire affects the land-to-water flux of carbon, nutrients, and toxins such as mercury and PAHs, the effect of these fluxes on aquatic ecosystem health, and how inter-regional variation can be used to scale results to the broader landscape. Work is occurring in the Taiga Shield and Taiga Plains regions of the NWT. The post-doctoral fellow will work collaboratively with researchers from a variety of organizations, lead field data collection efforts, analyze and disseminate collected data, and undertake some laboratory analyses.

The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Suzanne Tank in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.biology.ualberta.ca). Work will occur in collaboration with Drs. William Quinton (Wilfrid Laurier University), Chris Spence (Environment Canada), David Olefeldt (University of Alberta) and scientists from the Government of the Northwest Territories Water Resources Division. The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top five research institutions. Within the University, the Department of Biological Sciences consists of63 faculty, over 300 graduate students, and numerous support staff and postdoctoral fellows. The Department alsooffers significant research support through facilities such as the Biogeochemical Analytical Service Laboratory.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. with specialization in aquatic biogeochemistry, hydrology, aquatic ecology, or a related field. Ideal qualities include experience with field work and laboratory analyses, a history of engagement in collaborative research efforts, strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated success in producing peer-reviewed scientific publications. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to work closely and successfully with a wide range of collaborators from across multiple disciplines, and organize field efforts in relatively remote locations.

The post-doctoral appointment will be for two years, with the potential for renewal for an additional year based on performance and funding. The position will start on or before April, 2016. Applications should include a cover letter specific to this position, a complete CV, and the names and contact information for three references.

To apply:

Applications should be sent via email to:

Dr. Suzanne Tank

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

University of Alberta



Closing date:  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.


*NEW* Master’s Position in Sustainable Food Systems

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, in partnership with Carleton University, are looking for an exceptional candidate to continue to develop their food systems research in the Northwest Territories as part of their Masters program. The student will support on-going community-based research from May-September 2016, when they will then take up their Masters program at either Laurier or Carleton University under the supervision of Drs. Alison Blay-Palmer (Laurier) and Peter Andrée (Carleton).

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in a related arts discipline is needed.  Strong interest in sustainability, community development and food systems is required. Knowledge of Participatory Action Research and experience in Canada’s North will be an asset. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also desired.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a full CV, unofficial transcript(s), and the names of two references via email to Andrew Spring (aspring@wlu.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome. The candidates will also be required to officially apply for graduate studies at Laurier or Carleton and meet the requirements. The preferred start date for this position is May 2016 and applications will be considered as they are submitted. This project is funded through the FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded Globally Engaged) SSHRC Partnership Grant.


*Positions Still Available*

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.