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ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual for the position of research program
manager to support an environmental monitoring and Indigenous field technician training initiative
in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

The research program aims to broadly study northern ecosystem function and response to climate
change and other disturbances. We carry out this research at six sites across the territory where
we have been making long-term measurements of carbon, water and energy exchange between
boreal and tundra ecosystems and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique. More information can be found on our website: https://atmosbios.com/ 

The successful applicant will be based in Yellowknife, NT and work with a research team of
university investigators and their Indigenous, government and industry collaborators, graduate
students and postdocs. The program manager will be involved in all aspects of the research program
including planning and management of field operations, maintaining existing micrometeorological
research infrastructure, acquiring and testing new instrumentation, and data collection,
management and analysis.

In addition, the successful applicant will lead training workshops for Indigenous community
collaborators to gain the skills needed to establish and maintain micrometeorological
instrumentation for eddy covariance and supporting measurements. The training workshops will
be guided by strong principles of reciprocity, multidirectional knowledge exchange with the goal of
knowledge co-creation and co-management around changes in northern ecosystem health and
services. Through this innovative approach, the program manager is expected to take important
steps towards removing the traditional distinction between knowledge users and producers.

 

Candidates should have a strong quantitative and technical background obtained through an
advanced degree (minimum Master’s) in engineering, physics, physical geography, atmospheric
science, ecology, biogeosciences, environmental sciences, etc. or related field, have experience in
micrometeorological techniques, specifically eddy covariance, have previous field research
experience (preferably in the Canadian north), and have proven teaching experience and excellent
communication skills. This is a full-time two-year position to start as soon as possible. Taking into
account the high costs of living in Yellowknife, salary (plus benefits) will be commensurate with
experience and qualifications.

Please email questions regarding the program manager position and the application package
consisting of cover letter detailing interest, availability, and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least two referees to:

oliver.sonnentag *at* umontreal.ca

elyn.humphreys *at* carleton.ca

The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.

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Graduate Student Research Opportunities 

Masters and Doctoral research opportunities in hydrological change in the Canadian Arctic,

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Professor Philip Marsh,

 

Climate warming affects the hydrology of the Arctic through complex interactions between the climate; snow; surface and groundwater runoff; lakes, ponds and wetlands; soil moisture; permafrost; evapotranspiration; beavers; and vegetation for example. Understanding the controlling processes, as well as understanding past changes in hydrology and the range of possible future scenarios of change requires the convergence and integration of field observations; process studies; hydrologic and climate data sets; remote sensing; and high-resolution hydrologic modelling. Professor Marsh has been building such a research program in the Inuvik, NWT region over the past decades. As a main component of this effort, research has been continuously carried out at the Trail Valley Creek (TVC) Research Station (Trailvalleycreek.ca) and the Havikpak Creek watershed for the last 30 years. This research has allowed the development of a unique, long term dataset, and the testing and development of hydrologic models.

 

Examples of past research in these watersheds are listed in Professor Marsh’s Google Scholar profile.

We invite graduate student applications for MSc and PhD positions in understanding and predicting Arctic hydrologic change under a rapidly changing climate. Potential research could include:

  • Analysis of long-term climate and hydrologic data sets at TVC and nearby areas to understand past changes in hydrology,

  • Hydrologic process studies of snow accumulation and melt; hillslope hydrology; and development of taliks and effects on suprapermafrost groundwater flow,

  • Testing and improvement of high-resolution hydrologic models to consider past changes in hydrology, and/or

  • Applying these improved hydrologic models to understand the effects of climate change scenarios on future hydrology.

Ideal candidates should have previous degrees in relevant disciplines (e.g. geography, environmental science, engineering, physics, atmospheric science), and should possess aptitude and enthusiasm for understanding the impacts of climate change on Arctic hydrology. We especially encourage applicants with an interest in high-resolution hydrologic modelling. Proficiency with appropriate modelling tools is essential. Experience in northern environments is an asset, but not required.

Graduate students receive competitive funding packages that come from a combination of teaching assistantships, internal scholarships, and research assistantships for example. All students are strongly encouraged to apply for a variety of external scholarships. Dr. Marsh’s students have been very successful in receiving such awards over the past years. International PhD applicants may apply for awards to offset the fee differential between Canadian and International student fees. Funding for Arctic field research is provided by external research grants.

Wilfrid Laurier University Geography and Environmental Studies Department has a joint graduate program with the University of Waterloo. This is the second largest Geography graduate program in Canada, and the sixth largest in North America. You will find a large number of students, research associates, post doctoral fellows, and faculty exploring a wide range of research interests and offering a challenging and stimulating research environment.

https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-laurier-graduate-program-in-geography/

For admission in September 2021, candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Philip Marsh. Please submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and your interest in joining our research team, a list of courses taken and marks, and a curriculum vitae to Philip Marsh (pmarsh@wlu.ca) with the subject line “AHRG Graduate Student”.

Dr. Philip Marsh, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Wilfrid Laurier University. Philipmarsh.ca

We are always interested in bringing on new members to the team! Please contact us for more information about ongoing or future research opportunities at the undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level

Trail Valley Creek Research Station

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