Institution: Trent University
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Closing date: Positions would ideally begin before 1 September 2015
NSERC Canadian FloodNet is a newly established Strategic Network funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. The Network involves researchers from 12 Canadian universities and aims to address a range of issues related to flood forecasting, flood frequency estimation, floods in a changing climate, environmental impacts of floods and socio-economic impacts of floods. The Canadian FloodNet has numerous partners including provincial forecast centers, hydropower companies, conservation authorities and government agencies that will work closely with university researchers.
Within the theme of environmental impact of floods on aquatic systems, we invite applications from highly motivated PhD students. The overarching objective of this theme is to understand the impacts of flood events, both positive and negative, and, to ultimately provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of flooding on ecosystem services that can be incorporated into an enhanced approach to flood management.
The graduate positions will be based at Trent University in Peterborough, ON, Canada as part of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program. This is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project and interested candidates should have a background in one or several of the fields of ecology, limnology, environmental science, hydrology, statistics, or modeling. Candidates should be able to work as part of a large interdisciplinary team, and with supporting organizations. The projects will be highly integrated and can include: effects of flooding or elevated water levels on surface water quality of forested, urban and agriculture catchments; analysis of nutrient budgets of flooded forested and agriculture catchments; analysis of flood frequency events in regulated and non-regulated rivers and their relation to ecosystem condition; linking flooding events or elevated water levels to ecosystem structure (e.g., biodiversity), function (e.g., primary production) and aquatic ecosystem services. There is a possibility to conduct internships with partner organizations.
The positions would ideally begin before September 1, 2015. The graduate positions are intended to be funded at the Ph.D. level but we will consider exceptional M.Sc. candidates. Interested candidates should submit:
- Cover letter explaining how their background and expertise fits within FloodNet;
- Complete CV;
- Names and addresses of three references;
- Unofficial transcripts.
The application material should be sent to Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos (mxenopoulos [at] trentu [dot] ca), Department of Biology, Trent University.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.