PhD Students for Groundwater Recharge Study

University of Calgary

Department of Geoscience

PhD Students for Groundwater Recharge Study
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We are recruiting new students for a major research project called Groundwater Recharge in the Prairies (GRIP). Funded by several departments of the Government of Alberta, the objective of GRIP is to understand groundwater recharge processes in unique environments of the Canadian prairies, develop practical tools for quantifying recharge fluxes, and use the new understanding and tools to support sustainable water resources policy development.

We are recruiting two Ph.D. students to conduct the following components of this interdisciplinary research project conducted by a team of professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

  • Field observation and numerical modelling of groundwater recharge processes focussing on the effects of land-use practices.
  • Development of an integrated, watershed-scale groundwater flow model incorporating the recharge model developed in this study, and model testing using baseflow analysis and environmental tracers.

Ideal candidates for these positions will have a strong background in hydrology and/or hydrogeology, excellent oral and written communication skills, and depending on the topic of research, experience in field-based hydrological studies or numerical simulation studies. Skills in GIS and remote sensing will be a major asset. Applicants should send a current CV, academic transcripts, and the name and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Masaki Hayashi
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada
Tel: +1-403-220-2794

The students will preferably start the program in September 2017 or earlier.

The Department of Geoscience has an active groundwater research program with a large number of graduate students working on a variety of topics including physical hydrology, soil physics, contaminant hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, isotope hydrology, and hydrogeophysics. The students will have excellent opportunities to interact with the hydrological research community on campus as well as the broader hydrological community in Canada through the Changing Cold Regions Network ( and the CREATE for Water Security ( network.

Calgary is a bustling city of more than 1.2 million, located near the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university where students thrive in programs made rich by research and hands-on experiences. The Department of Geoscience is one of the largest geoscience departments in North America, with comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs recognized for excellence and research strengths in energy and environmental geoscience.

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