Hydrodynamic and water quality modelling in Lower Athabasca River and receiving delta

Website University of Alberta

Watershed Science & Modelling Laboratory

The Watershed Science & Modelling Laboratory of the Earth and Atmospheric Department at the University of Alberta is looking for an innovative and highly motivated candidate to develop models and conduct research on hydrodynamic and water quality modeling in Lower Athabasca River (LAR) and receiving delta under uncertain future climate change and possible Oil Sands Processed Water (OSPW) release scenarios. The successful candidate will utilize advanced data to develop process based numerical models for simulations of hydrodynamic and water quality processes by integrating with watershed model for application and scenario analysis. The candidate will collaborate with other lab members (i.e., PhD and PDF) to collectively study the impacts of climate change, land management practices and possible release scenarios on water quality and ecosystem health in the LAR and receiving delta. The end goal is to provide scientifically credible knowledge for water management options for informed decision making in Athabasca Oil Sands region.

Qualifications and Specific Skills

  • PhD degree in water resources engineering, hydraulic engineering, earth and environmental sciences, civil and environmental engineering or a closely related fields.
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of numerical modelling for hydrodynamic and water quality processes in water bodies and a broad knowledge of river and delta systems.
  • Prior knowledge and understanding of principles of hydrodynamic and water quality models, issues and challenges related to representation of processes associated with point source and non-point source pollutants (e.g., sediment, salinity, organics, and in organics) in water bodies. Any experience with model applications and developments (such as EFDC, WASP and MIKE11) in water bodies is an asset.
  • Proficient knowledge of programming in FORTRAN or C++ and scripting in R or similar languages for data analysis, as well as analyses and processing of geospatial data.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and manage research projects from start to scientific publication.
  • Superior written, communication and interpersonal skills for effective and efficient development of scientific publications and interaction with other researchers and public.

Location: Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory (https://cms.eas.ualberta.ca/faramarzilab), Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta.

Term: This is a full time position for 1 to 3 years depending on the candidate’s quality.

Contact: Send your updated CV to Dr. Monireh Faramarzi via faramarz@ualberta.ca

Closing date: Position open until filled.

To apply for this job email your details to faramarz@ualberta.ca