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Research Scientist Position in Groundwater Modeling

Research Scientist Position in Groundwater Modeling


University of Waterloo, Earth and Environmental Science Department

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, including the University of Waterloo, 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 water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools – in Canada and throughout the cold regions of the world.


Waterloo, Canada


Relevant divisions
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
1 January 2018

13 September 2017

Job description

We are looking to hire at the Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) or Research Scientist level in the area of Groundwater Modeling at the University of Waterloo (UW) as part of a multidisciplinary GWF modeling and forecasting team. The candidate will directly link to UW research strengths in hydrogeology, hydrology, ecohydrology, environmental (bio)geochemistry, high-performance computing, information systems, water economics, and water governance. The successful candidate will be directly involved in the GWF research projects and end-user needs. For more information about water research at the UW:

The successful candidate will be able to engage in a wide range of topics, including groundwater flow and contaminant fate and transport modeling, groundwater-surface water interactions, integrated hydrologic modeling, vadose zone process modeling including freeze-thaw phenomena, source water protection, ecohydrology, uncertainty and risk assessment analysis and hydroeconomics. Specific skills that would be beneficial for this position include: advanced numerical methods; ability to program in a high-level programming language; and experience with fully integrated, variably saturated hydrologic models applied at multiple scales. The candidate will work under the supervision of Professor David Rudolph and their performance will be assessed annually. Funding for the position is available for up to three years.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant water science field or in civil/environmental engineering. They must demonstrate strong quantitative skills and have a track record of research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications. Previous postdoctoral experience is desirable, but not necessary. Additional desired qualifications include experience supervising students, good communication skills and fluency in English. They must be able to work independently, as well as part of 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 external partners and practitioners.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter in which they state their motivation and professional expectations. In addition, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and contact information of three references are required. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single pdf file and sent to with PDS-GWMod-YourName in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted immediately and reviewed beginning September 29th, 2017. The positions will remain open until filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an
interview will be contacted.