Three postdoctoral scientist positions in water science modelling available

Monday, April 10, 2017

Global Water Futures (GWF): Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change

The GWF program is a collaborative initiative between multiple Canadian universities and partner organizations funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. 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.

Positions available for six postdoctoral scientists (PDS) at the University of Waterloo (UW) as part of a multidisciplinary GWF modelling and forecasting team. The PDS will directly link to UW research strengths in hydrology, ecohydrology, environmental (bio)geochemistry, aquatic biology, high-performance computing, information systems, water economics, and water governance. Hence, the PDS will be ideally positioned to mobilize this capacity in support of GWF research projects and end-user needs.


The PDS will engage in a wide range of topics, including groundwater-surface water interactions, water quality forecasting, nutrient fluxes and speciation, contaminant fate and transport, source water protection, river systems and lakes, eutrophication, urban ecohydrology, ecosystem services valuation, best management practices, climate and land use change impacts, uncertainty and risk assessments, cost-benefit analyses, hydroeconomics and water quality-related health risks. The three PDS positions map to the following areas:

  • Biogeochemical reaction networks for carbon, nutrients and contaminants;
  • Multiscale watershed hydrological flow and water quality modeling;
  • Regional flow and chemical fluxes within the variably saturated subsurface.


Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant water science field. They must demonstrate strong quantitative skills and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Previous postdoctoral experience is desirable, but not necessary. Additional desired qualifications include a modelling/numerical simulation background, experience in supervising students, and expertise in integrated modelling, high performance computing and large dataset analysis and manipulation.

Applicants will be expected to have good communication skills and be fluent in English. They must be able to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary research team. They will be expected to produce peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports. They will interact on a regular basis with external partners and practitioners.


Applicant must submit a cover letter that identifies the area(s) listed above they wish to be considered for, and states her/his motivation and professional expectations. In addition, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and contact information of three references are required. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to with PDS-GWF-YourName in the subject line.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The positions will remain open until filled.