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Postdoctoral research fellow in snow-land-climate modelling
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
University of Waterloo
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

The Climate Modelling and Analysis Group based in the department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, Canada in collaboration with Aquanty, Inc. invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, renewable for up to two years, to study changing snow cover and soil moisture over Canada. The duties include assembling and validating gridded datasets for snow water equivalent and soil moisture using a combination of satellite and model-derived products to validate GRACE satellite estimates of soil moisture. The selected candidate will also conduct novel research into snow-land-climate interactions and their response to climate change using state-of-the-art numerical models of the land surface and Earth system running on national supercomputing facilities. The anticipated start date is July 1 2022, or as soon as possible after that date. The starting annual salary is $55,000 CAD plus health benefits and paid vacation.

The selected candidate will have (or be about to obtain): 

  • A Ph.D. in atmospheric or environmental science, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, or a related field
  • A high level of competency using Python in a Linux computing environment to analyse and visualise large climate/geospatial datasets, preferably stored in netCDF format
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills
  • An emerging record of scholarly publication
  • The ability to work as an effective and collaborative member of a diverse and interdisciplinary research team. 

Previous experience using software development tools like version control (e.g. Git), Jupyter notebooks, Linux shell scripting, and Python libraries xarray and/or rasterio, would be a major asset. Prior knowledge of modern Earth system modelling tools such as CESM or WRF, with particular focus on the land surface components like CLM/CTSM or Noah-MP, would be an advantage but is not essential.

The position will be based in an office on the main campus of the University of Waterloo; however, we are open to exploring remote working options for candidates in Canada who live outside of Waterloo region. The University of Waterloo is strongly committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusivity within STEM disciplines and applications are encouraged from members of groups that have traditionally been marginalized from opportunities in the natural sciences. Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian labour market laws require that preference will be given to qualified applicants who are Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal subject to a performance evaluation. A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send a single document in PDF format containing a cover letter that summarises your primary research experience, interests and career goals, a recent CV, and contact information for three references to Prof Chris Fletcher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We regret that only applicants being called for interview will be contacted.


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