Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Hakai Institute

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As part of a five-year Cryosphere study funded by the Hakai Institute ( we seek a Postdoctoral Fellow who will work with us to quantify changes in seasonal snow and alpine glaciers in British Columbia’s southern Coast Mountains and on Vancouver Island. Seasonal snow and glaciers represent an important component of the region’s freshwater flux, and its melt contributes to transport of sediment, organic materials and nutrients to the Pacific Ocean. The post-doctoral fellow will work with us to develop an approach to reliably measure seasonal snow and its evolution at the plot scale to across entire mountain ranges. Our research program has access to a plane based Airborne Coastal Observatory with a high-altitude (Riegl 780) airborne laser scanning system and a hyperspectral unit (AisaFENIX), onsite glacier monitoring and meteorological equipment and several UAVs with dedicated sensors. We also recently invested into new high performance computing equipment that will be used for integrative modeling of snow and glacier mass change. Results from this work will tie into Hakai’s Icefield to Oceans Science framework, and into our partners needs to address water availability for both human consumption and ecological services. And, you’ll get to do transformative science in one of the most beautiful places in North America. The position is funded for at least two years.

Qualifications include:
i) a PhD in meteorology, glaciology, physics, hydrology, earth-system science or a related field;
ii) a strong publication record;
iii) intermediate-to-advanced skills in computer programming (R, Python, C+ etc);
iv) field experience in remote mountains, including working and travelling in avalanche terrain and: v) strong organizational/leadership skills.

Tenure may be either at Vancouver Island University (, the University of Northern British Columbia ( or a shared position between both universities.

Given the collaborative nature of the proposed research the PDF will travel between UNBC, VIU and Hakai.

Anticipated start date is October 15, 2019, however a later start date is possible.

Interested applicants should provide their Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter to both Dr. Bill Floyd ( and Dr. Brian Menounos ( explaining why they are the suitable candidate for the position.

Annual Salary is approx. $58,000 CDN, plus full benefits.

Application Deadline is Aug 09, 2019.

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