Fully Funded PhD Project in Cold Regions Hydrology and Hydrogeology

  • PhD
  • Canada

Website McGill University and Dalhousie University

CatchNet Transport and CryoHydrology Network

The CatchNet Transport and CryoHydrology Network (CatchNet) is an international research network focused on advancing our understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical transport processes for a range of cold climate conditions in the context of long-term, deep geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel. We are seeking a candidate for a fully funded PhD position in Canada involving numerical modeling of cold regions hydrology, including modeling of groundwater – surface water interactions in permafrost environments, sub-permafrost hydrogeology, and coupled solute transport.

We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in earth sciences or engineering and with an interest in numerical modeling, permafrost science/engineering, programming, and hydrology/hydrogeology. The research will focus on understanding groundwater – surface water interactions over a range of climatic conditions resulting in transitions from permafrost-free to continuous permafrost environments.

Candidates should enjoy working collaboratively in a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary environment and should be interested in engaging with international colleagues within CatchNet on the broader themes and implications of the research. The position offers a strong connection to industry through regular international meetings and a mentorship program with the CatchNet industry partners, including nuclear waste management organizations from Sweden (SKB), Canada (NWMO), Netherlands (COVRA), UK (NDA), and Germany (GRS). The PhD project will focus on hydrology during permafrost transitional periods at long time scales.

The position is offered jointly at McGill University and Dalhousie University. The envisioned starting date for the positions is September 2020 or earlier. To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter summarizing your relevant qualifications and interest in the project to both Dr. Jeffery McKenzie (jeffrey.mckenzie@mcgill.ca) and Dr. Barret Kurylyk (barret.kurylyk@dal.ca). Please write “CatchNet PhD” as the subject line in your email. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

To apply for this job email your details to jeffrey.mckenzie@mcgill.ca