Large-scale hydrologic modelling for studying water-food environment nexus

Website University of Alberta

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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 surface water modelling in western Canada under uncertain future climate change. The successful candidate will utilize advanced data to develop process-based models for studying water quantity stressors by understanding processes associated with surface hydrology in time and space. The candidate will collaborate with other lab members (i.e., PhD and PDF) to collectively study the impacts of climate change and land management practices on streamflow, sediment transport, and nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon in large watersheds of western Canada. The end goal is to provide scientifically credible knowledge for “regional” management options for informed decision making in an uncertain future in western Canada.

Qualifications and Specific Skills

  • PhD degree in Water Resources engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Agricultural Engineering or a closely related fields.
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of watershed hydrology
  • Prior knowledge and understanding of principles of watershed models, issues and challenges related to large-scale watershed modelling, calibration and uncertainty analysis of large watersheds, and application for studying environmental issues. Any experience with SWAT model application in large watersheds is an asset.
  • Proficient knowledge of scripting and programming in R or similar languages for big 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 (, 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

Closing date: Position open until filled.

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