Post Doctoral Position: Urban Eutrophication Risk under Climate Change

Website University of Waterloo

Global Water Futures

We seek a postdoctoral fellow(PDF) to join a project at the University of Waterloo funded by the Global Water Futures program. The project’s focus is on eutrophication and algal growth in the littoral zone of the western basin of Lake Ontario (WLO) driven by excessive phosphorus (P) export from urbanized watersheds in the greater Toronto metropolitan area.The project will build on concepts and models from watershed science, limnology and economics to develop a science-based roadmap for mitigating eutrophication risks in the WLO.The main objectives are to (1) predict the fluxes and chemical speciation of P supplied to WLO‘s littoral zone by stormwater outflow, (2) simulate the nearshore biogeochemical cycling of P and algal growth, (3) valuate the effects of eutrophication and algal growth on WLO’s nearshore recreational use, and (4) integrate the knowledge and modelling tools into a decision-support framework for adaptive urban stormwater management under possible future climate change and urbanization scenarios.

The PDF will focus on objective 4 and closely collaborate with other project team members in order to (1) derive semi-empirical relationships for upscaling urban P export from the sewershed scale to the entire Toronto metropolitan area, (ii) generate a set of future climate scenarios that can be imposed to the watershed and nearshore lake models developed in the project, (3) assess the cumulative effects of urbanization and climate change, and (4) analyse the cost-effectiveness of urban P reduction options(in particular, stormwater ponds and bioretention cells). The PDF will work with a large group of university researchers and stakeholders (municipalities, government agencies). Priority will be given to candidates with experience with,and interest in,hydrology, nutrient biogeochemistry, environmental modelling and climate projections. The position requires the ability to work collaboratively with researchers from diverse disciplines. The PDF will be supervised by Prof. Philippe Van Cappellen.

Eligibility: Applicants should hold a PhD degree in environmental sciences, engineering (water quality-focused fields with expertise in numerical modelling), ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, or a related discipline. The position is initially for one year,with the possibility of extending for two more years upon satisfactory performance.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a letter of application to Dr. Mahyar Shafii ( The application should include (1) a cover letter outlining the interest and motivation to work in the project, plus relevant background and experience, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) full academic transcripts, and (4) the names and contact information of three potential referees.Please submit the application as a single .pdf file. For further information about this position and the application process, please contact Dr. Shafii.

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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