Opportunities in the Global Water Futures Program
Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change is a collaborative initiative between multiple Canadian universities and partner organizations funded, in part, through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The program is led by the University of Saskatchewan. Lead institutional partners include the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University.
The Global Water Futures program (GWF) aims to deliver risk management solutions for water resources and services – informed by leading edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools – in Canada and throughout the cold regions of the world. Key research areas include predicting change in Cold Regions, developing Big Water data and support systems, and designing user solutions that focus on real world problems.
Positions available within the GWF Program at UWaterloo:
- Research Scientist in Groundwater Modelling
- Post Doctoral Scientist positions in Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Modelling
- Graduate Student Opportunities in Lake Futures Project
- PhD Opportunity: Linking Land and Water - Modeling causes and consequences of nutrient loadings to Lake Erie with incomplete information
- Smart Watershed Field Technician
- Several more opportunities for students/researchers are available; updates are posted here
Opportunities in the Ecohydrology Research Group
Research positions posted below are offered for specific projects.
The Ecohydrology research group focuses on water-related environmental issues of societal significance. It includes a diverse team of geologists, biogeochemists, soil scientists, hydrologists, environmental engineers and microbiologists from more than 15 countries.
We are often looking for enthusiastic, technically able undergraduates to assist us in the lab and field. Please contact Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad for more information about our undergraduate research assistant opportunities.
MSc position studying the effect of impoundments on nutrient cycling in the Thames River, ON
The Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo invites MSc applications to participate in a research project on the impact of reservoirs/impoundments on nutrient speciation, retention and remobilisation in the Thames River (Ontario). The project is supported through a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
Damming has fundamentally altered the hydrological dynamics of river systems globally. Reservoirs also retain considerable C, N, P and Si within sediments, altering nutrient ratios in rivers, decreasing fluxes of these elements to receiving water bodies and modifying global biogeochemical cycles. The proposed research will address how and when nutrients, particularly phosphorus, are retained within the sediments of reservoirs on the Thames River and evaluate the mechanisms and timing of nutrient remobilisation (internal loading). The results from this research will inform regional watershed nutrient models and help guide strategies to decrease phosphorus loading from the Thames River to Lake St. Clair and ultimately the eutrophic Western Basin of Lake Erie.
The MSc student will use a combination of field sampling and laboratory experimentation to produce a simple mass balance model of phosphorus species within reservoirs on the Thames River. The main tasks of the successful candidate will be to sample water and sediment, analyse chemical and physical sediment properties, run laboratory experiments to simulate reservoir conditions and model seasonal variations to in-reservoir nutrient dynamics.
Applicants with degrees in any field of science or engineering are welcome to apply but preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in hydrology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, limnology, environmental sciences or a related field. Previous laboratory and/or field experience and a full driving license are also desirable, as is the desire to work in part of a multidisciplinary research team.
For further information regarding this position please contact Dr. Chris Parsons (email@example.com).
In your application e-mail, please include:
- Your motivation for the position and research interests
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of transcript(s)
- Contact information for 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.
The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals including members of visible minorities, native peoples, and people with disabilities.
PhD Position in reactive transport modeling
The Ecohydrology Research Group at University of Waterloo invites PhD applications to participate in a research project on developing a reactive transport model for soil carbon cycling under freeze-thaw dynamics. The proposed research will address one of the major obstacles preventing the reliable representation of freeze-thaw cycles in models coupling soil processes to the global carbon cycle and climate. The main tasks of the PhD student will be to develop a biogeochemical reactive transport model with mathematical representations of hydrological and biogeochemical effects of freeze-thaw cycles that vary over time.
Applicants with degrees in any field of science or engineering are welcome to apply but preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in numerical mathematical modeling in geochemistry, hydrogeology, environmental sciences or a related field. For further information regarding this position please contact Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen (email@example.com).