Research Associate Position in Water Science Modeling

Website University of Waterloo

Global Water Futures (GWF)

Global Water Futures (GWF): Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change

The GWF program ( is a collaborative initiative between multiple Canadian universities and partner organizations funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. GWF aims to deliver risk management solutions for water resources and services – informed by leading edge science and supported by innovative decision-making tools – in Canada and throughout the cold regions of the world.

We are looking to hire one (1) Research Associate (RA) at the University of Waterloo (UW) as part of a multidisciplinary GWF modeling and forecasting team The RA will directly link to UW research strengths in ecohydrology, environmental (bio)geochemistry, geomicrobiology, contaminant fate and transport, northern landscapes, Big Data science, and water governance. Hence, the RA will be ideally positioned to mobilize this capacity in support of ongoing GWF research projects and end-user needs.

The RA will engage in a wide range of research topics at the interface of groundwater-surface water interactions, soil biogeochemistry, nutrient fluxes and speciation, water quality protection, climate and land use change impacts, uncertainty and risk assessment analyses. The RA position maps to the following areas:

  1. Carbon and nutrient dynamics across cold regions;
  2. Winter soil processes and impacts on water quality and soil-atmosphere exchanges;
  3. Environmental change and climate vulnerability.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant science field. They must demonstrate strong quantitative skills in mathematical modeling and a solid knowledge of environmental (geo)sciences. They are expected to have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Previous postdoctoral experience is desirable. Additional desired qualifications include experience with (i) numerical methods, (ii) assimilation of multidisciplinary research data in diagnostic and prognostic model applications, (iii) statistical data analysis techniques, including AI techniques, and (iv) translating new developments in cold regions science into predictive models of environmental change. If experience is lacking in one or several of these qualifications, applicants must show evidence of their capacity to rapidly acquire new quantitative skills and implement them in their research processes.

Applicants will be expected to have good communication skills and be fluent in English. They must be able to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary research team. They will be expected to produce peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports. They will interact on a regular basis with other GWF modelers as well as with external partners and practitioners.

Position Details:
Company: University of Waterloo
Business Address: 200 University Ave. W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Terms of Employment: 2-Year Contract (with possibility of renewal)
Location of Work: University main campus
Wage: $57,000/ year

Note that preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Applicants must submit a cover letter that identifies their fit with the area(s) listed above and state their motivation and professional expectations. In addition, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and contact information of at least two references are required. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single pdf file and sent to with RA-GWF-UW in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The position will remain open until filled.

Equity Statement
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The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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