Job Opportunity – Digital Content Coordinator

The global water crisis and rapid environmental change has created a high demand for hydrologists, scientists who deal with the occurrence, circulation, distribution, and properties of the waters of the earth and its atmosphere. The Department of Geography and Planning offers the only BSc in Hydrology in Canada, and it is professionally accredited. The Department also hosts the University’s Centre for Hydrology, a long-standing hydrological research unit that provides coordination on graduate training in hydrology. The Department’s new Graduate Certificate in Hydrology, designed for distance learning, appeals to academically focused graduate students and postdoctoral scholars globally. The Department of Geography and Planning needs a Digital Content Coordinator to help the Department promote these exciting new programs.

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Available PhD position in biophysical modelling of grassland environments

PhD position in biophysical modelling of grassland environments

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The successful applicant will work on modelling of hydrology and nutrient cycling in grassland environments in the Canadian Prairies.

The Canadian beef industry has been under constant scrutiny with regards to environmental performance. Many of these concerns pertain to water quality issues arising from pastureland grazed by beef cattle. However, a detailed assessment describing the contribution of beef cattle to nutrient export from grasslands and its relationship to land management and water cycling in these landscapes is still lacking. The purpose of this project is to address this knowledge gap by estimating the impact of grazing on water cycling and nutrient export in pasture landscapes in the Canadian Prairies. Specifically, the objectives of this research are (1) to estimate relative contribution from vegetation breakdown, soils, and manure to the overall nutrient export from pastureland, and (2) to identify prominent processes, sources, and management practices impacting nutrient export from these landscapes in the Prairies.

The successful applicant will be based at the University of Manitoba and will join the research group of Dr. Marcos Cordeiro. The research will be done in collaboration with the Sustainable Food Systems Modelling team members and collaborators from Agriculture anf Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Centre for Hydrology of the University of Saskatchewan (https://research-groups.usask.ca/hydrology/index.php). The successful applicant will be co-supervised by Drs. David Lobb and Kim Ominski (University of Manitoba). The funds for this position are made available through the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC; https://www.beefresearch.ca/).

Applicants with expertise in biophysical modelling of agro-ecosystems with emphasis in nutrient cycling are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Applicants will be performing data acquisition, quality control, pre-processing, and analysis in support of hydrological modelling using the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM) platform, as well as compilation of literature results on nutrient export from grasslands and pastures.

To apply, please send a CV, a publication list, a description of relevant experience and research plan (ideally all merged in a single PDF), and have two reference letters sent by email to Marcos.cordeiro@umanitoba.ca (Subject: BCRC project::: PhD Application).

The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest, research-intensive post-secondary education institution, located near the geographical centre of North America and at the confluence of Assiniboine and Red Rivers. As the capital city of Manitoba, Winnipeg is a mature city of some 750,000 people with rich recreational and cultural opportunities. It combines the amenities of urban life with easy access to the countryside and to northern lakes and forests.  The cost of living in Winnipeg is relatively low, housing is affordable, and Manitobans are renown for their friendliness.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-8371. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act”. Please note that the application material may be provided to participating members of the search process.

For inquiries, please contact Prof. Marcos Cordeiro, email: Marcos.Cordeiro@umanitoba.ca.

Job Opportunity – Research Technician (UAV Specialist)

The Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a Research Technician (Unoccupied Aerial Vehicle (UAV) specialist) to provide UAV operation support to research projects conducted in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Prairies. This position is based at USask Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, Alberta but will require travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for training and Prairie operations. This will be a full-time, term position for one year with a targeted start date of November 15, 2021. Starting salary is commensurate with abilities and experience.

For more details, see the PDF posting by clicking here.

Clerical Assistant Opportunity with GWF/CH

TheCentre for Hydrology and Global Water Futures are hiring a Clerical Assistant located in Saskatoon, SK.

We invite applications from efficient, creative and outgoing individuals who are excited about becoming a member of the Global Water Futures and Centre for Hydrology team. Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Hydrology and Global Water Futures, as well as the Executive Research Assistant to the Director, the primary purpose of this post is the provision of vital administrative and clerical support to this dynamic centre and program.

For more information visit the job posting.

 

Flow Forecasting & Operations Planning Engineer Opportunities at WSA

The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is hiring a Flow Forecasting & Operations Planning Engineer located in Moose Jaw, SK.

Short Description:

Reporting to the Manager, Flow Forecasting & Operations Planning, an employee in this job will provide professional engineering expertise for forecasting stream flows for internal and external use, and for operation planning of major river systems requiring the real-time analysis, interpretation and distribution of forecasting and operations management information. This employee will also provide support to associated Water Security Agency (WSA) communication activities.

Apply by: 5:00 PM November 28, 2018

For more information visit the job posting here.

Cold Regions Hydrology Research Opportunities at CH

There are several research studentships and positions with Professor John Pomeroy, Director of the Global Water Futures Programme (GWF) and of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. & Canmore, Alberta. GWF is the largest freshwater research programme in the world and is transforming our ability to understand and predict cold regions water security. Exceptional students may also be considered for a $45,000/year GWF Excellence Scholarship (see www.usask.ca/water)

GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • PhD Student – Cryospheric representation in large scale hydrological models
  • PhD Student – Contributing Area and Streamflow Dynamics

RESEARCHERS

  • Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory Research Scientist / Coldwater Laboratory Manager
  • Cold Regions Sensor Design and Construction – PDF or Electrical Engineer or Electronic Technologist

PhD Studentships

PhD Student – Cryospheric representation in large scale hydrological models
The successful candidate for this position will have a MSc in hydrology with experience in hydrological model development, excellent mathematics, computer coding and environmental physics skills and an understanding of cold regions hydrology: glaciers, snow, permafrost, frozen soils. This student will be working within the Integrated Modeling Program for Canada (IMPC) project of Global Water Futures on advancing the representation of glacier and snow dynamics, and heat and mass transfer in frozen ground in large scale hydrological models used in the GWF programme. The student will review, develop, encode and test advanced algorithms describing these processes in Environment Canada’s MESH hydrological model. Test sites in the Canadian Rockies, Prairie and North are available for model validation. This research will help quantify the impact of climate warming on cold regions hydrology with particular reference to quantifying pan‐Canadian changes in water supply and water security.

Co-supervised by Dr. John Pomeroy (Geography & Planning) and Dr. Al Pietroniro (Civil Engineering). Interested applicants should contact Dr. Pomeroy (centre.hydrology@usask.ca) with a cover letter explaining their motivation, academic CV, unofficial transcript and contact details for three academic references. http://artsandscience.usask.ca/geography/graduates/welcome.php

PhD Student – Contributing Area and Streamflow Dynamics
The successful candidate for this position will have a MSc in hydrology with experience in both field work and numerical hydrological modelling and excellent quantitative physical environmental science skills. A background in agricultural hydrology and knowledge of cold regions hydrology is an advantage. The student will be working within the Prairie Water Project of Global Water Futures on investigating the dynamics of Prairie streamflow as it relates to variations in basin contributing area. The student will use a combination of field and modelling studies to evaluate the contributing area-streamflow relationship and determine the influence of geomorphology, climate and wetland distribution. This research will contribute to knowledge that will inform land management decisions as it pertains to sustainable water management and water and nutrient transport to water bodies. The PhD will be expected to collaborate with others to evaluate the influence of best management practices on the health of Prairie water bodies.

Co-supervised by Dr. John Pomeroy and Dr. Chris Spence (Geography & Planning). Interested applicants should contact (centre.hydrology@usask.ca) with a cover letter explaining their motivation, academic CV, unofficial transcripts and contact details for three academic references. http://artsandscience.usask.ca/geography/graduates/welcome.php

RESEARCH POSITIONS

Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory Research Scientist / Coldwater Laboratory Manager
A rare opportunity exists for a post-doctoral scientist to be a field-based research scientist working in close collaboration with Professor John Pomeroy in conducting cold regions hydrology studies in the Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory, UAV-based hydrology studies with the Smart Water Systems Laboratory, and managing the GWF Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore, Alberta. This is part of the Global Water Futures programme. The successful candidate for this job will have a top-rated PhD and substantial publication record and evidence of leading successful field programmes in mountain snow and cold regions hydrology plus interest in leading a UAV and field station based measurement programme in the Canadian Rockies. Proven capability to conduct research outdoors in extreme conditions, exceptional leadership skills and training in wilderness first aid are essential for this position. Experience piloting UAVs and/or in hydrological modelling is an asset. Employment as a Research Scientist is directed only towards those with a valid Canadian work permit. International candidates may be considered for Post-Doctoral Fellow (PhD within 5 years of appointment) or Visiting Professorship (must take leave from home institution) appointments in support of this function.

Based in the Canadian Rockies town of Canmore, Alberta, your primary duties will be:

  • Advance scientific knowledge of mountain hydrological cycling
  • Conduct research towards a better understanding of mountain hydrology sensitivity to change
  • Contribute towards modelling glacier, alpine and forest hydrology in the Canadian Rockies
  • Conduct UAV-based investigation of mountain surface characteristics.
  • Engage with stakeholders and users of research in the Canadian Rockies
  • Write scientific papers, progress reports, conference presentations
  • Assist in mentoring MSc/PhD students, researchers and technicians at the Coldwater Lab.

Cold Regions Sensor Design and Construction – PDF or Electrical Engineer or Electronic Technologist
The successful candidate for this post will have extensive experience in developing and making circuit boards, assembly and contribution to design of environmental sensors, and deployment and testing of environmental sensors in testing facilities and outdoor environments. This post is in support of the Smart Water Systems Laboratory of the Global Water Futures programme at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. The candidate will work with a research scientist in development, construction and deployment of new snow, streamflow, micrometeorology, gas flux and soil moisture sensors for cold regions. International candidates are welcome to apply at the PDF level (5 years or less since PhD). Others should have a valid Canadian work permit.

GIWS Announces GWF PhD Excellence Scholarships

As part of the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) has recently established the GWF PhD Excellence Scholarships, each valued at $45k per year for 3 years. At least 10 scholarships are available, and hydrology is one of the eligible subjects.

These are entrance scholarships offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and are registering for the first time in a PhD program at the University of Saskatchewan. More details are provided on this PDF and the award web-page.

The proposed PhD research program should be in alignment with at least one of the GIWS themes and GWF research areas, under the supervision of a GIWS faculty member. Most faculty from the Centre for Hydrology are eligible members of GIWS and PhD students wishing to study hydrology are strongly encouraged to apply and to contact a potential supervisor from this list posted here.

If you have questions regarding potential topics of study in hydrology please contact Joni Onclin at centre.hydrology@usask.ca

9 New Global Water Futures PDFs Sought

The major new Global Water Futures research program, to which CH is a major contributor, has posted nine opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) related to hydrology and water resources.

PDFs are sought in three main areas of interest:

  • Hydrological & Water Quality Forecasting (5 positions, in flood forecasting, seasonal and drought forecasting, data assimilation, river-ice modelling and water quality)
  • Climate and Diagnostic Hydrological & Water-Quality Modelling (2 positions, in climate-change and hydrological modelling)
  • Water Resources Modelling (2 positions)

More details are available here.

NSERC CREATE for Water Security

NSERC CREATE for Water Security is a research and training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, which integrates natural, engineering and social science disciplines, and straddles the line between research and practice.

Scholarships are available to begin training in Fall 2016: more details are available in this flyer, and from the program’s web-page