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October 22, 2014
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Laurier - Northwest Territories Partnership

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Permafrost Hydrology

Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary

Apr 11/12

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) who can take a lead role in numerical modelling of the interaction of discontinuous permafrost with groundwater and surface water in northern Canada. This is part of a large, interdisciplinary research project on the eco-hydrological response of permafrost peatlands to climatic forcing and anthropogenic disturbances in the Taiga Plain in the Northwest Territories.

The PDF will use two- or three-dimensional models of subsurface heat and water transfer to understand the interaction of groundwater with permafrost, and apply the results to the parameterization of watershed-scale hydrological models and investigate the potential causes of recent increase in stream flow in the Taiga Plain. Duties will include using data from ongoing field studies to parameterize and calibrate models, modify the models and add new algorithms as needed, and publishing papers in refereed journals. The PDF will also interact with members of the interdisciplinary research team from the University of Calgary, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Western Ontario, as well as with researchers and resource managers from the government agencies and private sectors. The position is for 18 months with a possible extension.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. degree in Geosciences, Civil Engineering or a related field with a background in numerical modelling of groundwater and/or surface water hydrology. We are seeking a motivated scholar with strong computing and communication skills. Research experience in subsurface heat transfer and land-atmosphere exchange, and skills in computer programming and geographical information system (GIS) are significant assets. Interested candidates should send (preferably by e-mail) their resume, transcripts, and the names and email addresses of three referees to:

Dr. Masaki Hayashi

Department of Geoscience

University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

(403) 220-2794


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