PhD position in Forest Sciences at Université Laval

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Global Water Futures

PhD Position in Forest Sciences
Effects of harvesting and vegetation change on boreal forest water balance and runoff
Université Laval

This Ph.D. position in forest hydrology is linked to the largest hydrological research project ever funded in Canada: Global Water Futures ( Within the Pillar 3 of this initiative, a group of researchers from across the country are involved into a project aiming to ameliorate the water risk assessment of Canada’s boreal wildland-society-water nexus. The candidate will take part to this project as a representative of the Université Laval, and most especially as the promoter of the “Bassin Expérimental du Ruisseau des Eaux-Volées” (BEREV), located at the Forêt Montmorency, within a PanCanadian Boreal Observation Network (BON). This site is the oldest gauged, small sized (<10 km²), forested watershed in Canada. 50 years of hydro-meteorological data are available for this project. Since forest management has been executed during a well-known schedule, it is possible to monitor a wide rage of anthropic and natural vegetation change over the half-century were runoff was measured. Using up-to-date methods of numerical analysis and modelling, the water balance of the different sub-basins will be thoroughly described and compared to the other similar sites studied through the BON. The candidate will have to work in close collaboration with numerous teams of students within the GWF project, but also with other researchers focusing on Forêt Montmorency ecosystems. The candidate will also have the opportunity to actively participate in various campaigns of field measurements.

Required profile :

  • Bachelor degree in engineering, forestry, environment, or other related field of knowledge;
  • Completed (or in the process of being) Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Good knowledge of hydrological processes in boreal forest ecosystems under timber management;
  • Abilities to program in R, Matlab, SAS or others;
  • Ease of writing, speaking and reading in English and French;
  • Interests in working outside under harsh climatic conditions;
  • Valid driver’s licence;

Remuneration :

  • Research grant of $7,000 per session for 9 consecutives session;
  • Up to $10,000 of additional excellence grants if objectives are reached in time.

Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America. Although graduate studies can be carried out in English, the candidate will be strongly encouraged to learn French. The Forêt Montmorency is the largest research and teaching forest in the world, and famously known for its exceptional cross-crountry skiing conditions.

Please send an email to Prof. Sylvain Jutras ( with your CV, a short motivation letter, examples of previous research (M.Sc. thesis or published papers), as well as the names of two referees. Expected starting date: from January 2018 to May 2018.

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