Global Water Futures (GWF): 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.

University of Waterloo researchers are looking to hire PhD student and a postdoctoral fellow to join the Lake Futures team. All positions are headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Positions available

Lake Futures seeks one graduate student (PhD) and one postdoctoral fellow (PDF) interested in research on the causes, impacts and mitigation of water quality issues in the Great Lakes and their watersheds. The successful candidates will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Windsor as well as with industry, government and community partners. Projects involve a combination of fieldwork, data synthesis and numerical modeling. We are specifically looking for candidates for the following sub-project: 

Project 2: Lake Impacts and Responses (PhD positions)

The overall goal of this project is to advance the predictive understanding and modeling of the biogeochemical responses of large lake systems to changes in nutrient inputs and climate warming at temporal scales ranging from days to decades, with an emphasis on nutrient cycling and the management of algal blooms.

PhD 2.3 will have the opportunity to work with remote sensing observations to derive the relationship between algal distributions and environmental drivers. Applicants should have meaningful experience in remote sensing techniques and understating of numerical models and statistical analysis. Click here for more information. Supervisor: Homa Kheyrollah Pour

The students of Project 2 will be guided by a team of researchers including: Kevin LambPhilippe Van CappellenMarek StastnaClaude DuguayHoma Keyrollah Pour, and Raoul-Marie Couture from the University of Waterloo; Jason Venkiteswaran from Wilfrid Laurier University; and researchers from Environment Canada and from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. 

Project 5: Transdisciplinary Integration (PDF position)

The overall goal of this project is to enhance the integration across the WPs of Lake Futures in order to deliver knowledge-based decision support tools and socially acceptable, user-driven solutions.

The primary responsibility of the PDF will be to create and apply basin-scale, coupled lake-watershed models to predict nutrient dynamics from headwaters to offshore waters. Specifically, PDF will (a) develop basin scale water quality models for watersheds draining into lakes Erie and Ontario using the HYPE modeling framework, (b) integrate the impacts of watershed and reservoir management on downstream water quality, (c) collaborate with PDF (LEAP) to integrate the effect of past land use, (d) collaborate with lake modeler Dr. Bocaniov at UW to develop coupled watershed-lake models that can be used to predict the effect of current and future land use and climate on lake water quality.
Supervisor: Nandita Basu

This position will allow autonomy in aligning the project's broad goals with the interests of the successful applicant. Minimum qualifications are a PhD in hydrology, engineering, earth science, biogeochemistry, agriculture, or geography; and experience with GIS. Preferred qualifications include proficiency in handling large datasets (eg NETCDF files), computer modelling, and biogeochemistry. Initial appointment is for one year; second year is contingent upon funding and performance.

Application instructions 

The applicant should have research experience in the fields corresponding to the particular position to which they are applying, as detailed above. They will work with a cross-university team of researchers and must be effective in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. To apply to any of the positions listed above, please submit a complete application as a single PDF document to Kirsten Grant (kirsten.grant@uwaterloo.ca), with the subject line: PositionName_Project#_your surname.

In your application, please include:

  • The position to which you are applying (if you are interested in more than one position, please note that)
  • A letter explaining your motivation for applying to the position and how your research interests align with the position(s)
  • 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, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and people with disabilities.