Graduate student opportunities in snow hydrology and in glacierized catchments hydrology

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The Hydrology, Climate and Climate Change (HC3) laboratory of the Ecole de technologie superieure, University of Quebec, is recruiting one PhD and two Master students in the field of terrestrial cryosphere hydrology. The Ecole de technologie superieure, situated in Montreal, QC, Canada, is a French-language engineering school. The graduate programs however are opened to non-French-speaking students with strong English skills too.

The PhD student and one Master student shall focus on glacierized catchments hydrology. The positions are associated to an ongoing research project that targets the use of multimethod approaches to study hydrological processes in a watershed hosting different types of cryospheric components (glacier, rock glacier, debris covered ice, permafrost, icings, …). The project focuses on the Grizzly Creek site, a 32 km2 glacierized catchment situated in the Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon, Canada. The Research questions the student shall select will be related to one (Master) or several (PhD) of the following themes:

  • Contribution from features such as rock glaciers, debris covered ice, and icings to the catchment outflows
  • Interconnections between these features, groundwater and surface runoff;
  • Susceptibility of these features’ contribution to climate change.

One Master position will focus on snow hydrology in southern Quebec. More precisely, the student will study the temporal and spatial variabilities of snow liquid water content at our Sainte-Marthe experimental site, situated at 60 km from Montreal. Methods will integrate, among others, the GPR and TDR technics.

The three positions have a field-based research component.

Applicants to the master positions shall have strong research abilities and be experienced in cold or alpine environments. They own a Bachelor degree in environmental engineering, geography, earth sciences, geophysics or equivalent.

Applicants to the PhD position shall have demonstrated research abilities and be experienced in cold or alpine environments. A published or accepted journal article publication will definitively be an asset. They will own a master degree in environmental engineering, geography, earth sciences, geophysics or related.

Application shall include:

  • A CV
  • A Letter of presentation
  • Transcripts (University level only)
  • An English test report, TOEIC or equivalent (for non-native French or English speakers only)

In addition, applicants to the PhD position shall include:

  • Two letters of recommendations

Please email applications to:

Students are expected to start any time before the summer 2021. However, Covid -19 related public-health restrictions might delay presence on campus.

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