NSERC CREATE for Water Security

NSERC CREATE for Water Security is a research and training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, which integrates natural, engineering and social science disciplines, and straddles the line between research and practice.

Scholarships are available to begin training in Fall 2016: more details are available in this flyer, and from the program’s web-page

Limited Term Assistant Professorship in Hydrology and Geomatics

The Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, for the period of January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

Applicants should have a PhD in geography or a related environmental science, and show clear promise of effectiveness in teaching and interest in research. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrology and geomatics. Expertise in spatial statistics will be considered an asset.

In addition to excellence in teaching, the department is looking for applicants whose research interests complement those of faculty currently in the department. Current research strengths in the department include surface and groundwater hydrology, cold regions hydrology, hydrochemistry, erosion and sediment transport, GIScience, geomatics and remote sensing. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to affiliate with the University’s Centre for Hydrology, which has more than 30 affiliated faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Science, Agriculture and Bioresources, and Engineering and strong graduate training and research capabilities, and with the Global Institute for Water Security which has more than 70 affiliated faculty with interests in water security research.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 325 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is a major research intensive institution of about 21,000 students with a wide range of training available and superb lab facilities on what is considered the most pleasant university campus in Canada. Canadian hydrology developed from early efforts at the University. The federal National Hydrology Research Centre and provincial Saskatchewan Research Council are located in the University’s research park, Innovation Place, a few minutes walk from the university. Information about the University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Geography and Planning can be found at: http://artsandscience.usask.ca/geography/ .

Applications should include a cover letter and full curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, a statement of research interests, samples of recent publications, and contact information of three references. Applications should be addressed to:

Dirk de Boer,
Professor and Head,
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan

and emailed to phyllis.baynes@usask.ca. Review of applications will begin by October 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled, with the appointment commencing January 1, 2016.

Salary Bands (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016):
Assistant Professor $90,796 – $109,108

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Canadian Prairie Agriculture Water Quality Modelling at CH

The University of Saskatchewan is seeking an exceptional individual for a three-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Quality Modelling.

The PDF will contribute to an experimental and modelling programme focused an agricultural land management in the Canadian Prairies, and develop multi-scale models of water quality suitable for agricultural cold regions where snowmelt and frozen ground as well as agricultural practices such as tillage and wetland drainage impact hydrochemistry. The research will provide improved tools to evaluate beneficial management practices and support regional water quality modelling. The position is jointly supported by the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) CREATE postgraduate training programme in water security and will be part of the research team of Professor John Pomeroy and Professor Howard Wheater.

Qualifications: A recent PhD in hydrology or water quality with experience in hydrological water quality modelling and ability to develop model code in C++ or related languages. Experience in cold regions water quality and/or hydrology is an asset.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Kate Wilson, Executive Assistant, Global Institute for Water Security by 4 September 2015, with a copy of their CV, a cover letter and the name and contact information for three references. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The Postdoctoral Fellow will hold their academic appointment with the Department of Geography and Planning and will be a member of the Global Institute for Water Security  and the Centre for Hydrology research units.

New Water Security CREATE Program Invites Applications for Coordinator Post

The University of Saskatchewan, with funding from NSERC and in collaboration with University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, McMaster University and University of Waterloo, is seeking a Program Coordinator for its newly established NSERC CREATE program in Water Security. The NSERC CREATE program in Water Security is a national water resources graduate training program housed in the Department of Geography and Planning, in coordination with the Centre for Hydrology and Global Institute for Water Security. The NSERC CREATE program in Water Security will play a key role in transitioning graduate students from academic to professional environments through internships, lab exchanges and specialized university-level professional training courses. Reporting directly to the Program Director, the Program Coordinator will organize student-learning opportunities and support the flow of information between and among the program’s students, faculty and practitioner partners. The Program Coordinator will be people-oriented and will have the ability to manage multiple priorities promptly, efficiently and professionally, while ensuring deadlines are met within a demanding and fast-paced environment.

Position Details
Position: Half time (20 hrs/wk) – Grant funded
Term: Up to 6 years, renewed annually based on performance
Salary: $26,000 – $30,000 /yr
Start date: 15 July 2015
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed starting 19 June 2015


  • Provides ongoing support to the Program Director including scheduling and advertising courses, workshops and lecture series
  • Schedules and organizes program committee meetings; prepares materials and agendas, takes minutes and follows up on action items
  • Acts as the first point of contact and provides information to prospective and active students regarding general inquiries and concerns; tracks students’ progress and reviews student’s meeting of certificate program requirements
  • Liaises with practitioner (industry and government) partners and participating universities
  • Composes and reviews business documents such as e-mails, reports, presentations, and other correspondence and marketing resources
  • Makes arrangements for the annual workshop
  • Assists with monitoring financial activities and ensures compliance with sponsor conditions
  • Develops, renews and maintains promotional material
  • Works with Global Institute for Water Security staff to maintain the program website via advising the web designer of any needed changes
  • Maintains databases that track: i) students registered in the program; ii) student progress and funding sources; and iii) program evaluation metrics.
  • Drafts annual program progress reports for the funding agency under the guidance of the Program Director


  • Enjoys working and interacting with people and supporting their professional development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organization skills, and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Superior computer skills (word processing, database management)
  • Excellent initiative, resourcefulness, willingness to accept responsibility, and self-motivated
  • Experience working in educational or research environments greatly preferred
  • Working knowledge in social media communication, concepts and platforms preferred
  • Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental studies, ecology or related field), and a post-secondary business or office administration diploma preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your résumé, cover letter and names of three references (as a PDF document) to Dr. Cherie Westbrook.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Snow Modelling

The Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join Canada’s Changing Cold Regions Network.

Working in conjunction with Environment Canada, the succcessful candidate will seek to improve the representation of snow processes and incorporate data assimilation techniques in large-scale hydrological models for application in prairie, forest and alpine contexts throughout western Canada.

Full details of the post and application process are available here.


Opportunity for a Hydrology Research Officer

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology, with funding from Yukon Environment Water Resources Branch and in collaboration with McMaster University, under a climate change study supported by Transport Canada, is inviting applications for the post of Hydrology Research Officer.

We are looking for an energetic hydrologist to carry out field and office research which includes:

  • Installation, maintenance and operation of hydrological and meteorological monitoring instrumentation in Wolf Creek Research Basin, and along the Dempster Highway, Yukon;
  • Hydrological and meteorological data retrieval, quality control and assurance, archiving and dissemination of data;
  • Carrying out hydroclimatic analyses;
  • Preparation of technical reports.

Applicants must have a BSc degree and preferably a MSc degree in a hydrology, atmospheric science, natural resources, or an environmental engineering field. The successful applicant should have interests in hydrology and meteorology. Applicants should have an aptitude for conducting field work in a challenging environment while programming, deploying and maintaining hydrological and meteorological instrumentation. All candidates must demonstrate that they have excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to work with a diverse research team.

The one year position (with possibility for extension) will be staffed through the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology and will be based in Whitehorse. Salary will be commensurate with level of experience and demonstrated abilities.

Applications will be reviewed starting June 15, 2015. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. See further details at www.usask.ca/hydrology. Please email your CV, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references to Joni Onclin at centre.hydrology@usask.ca.

This posting is available in PDF format here.

PDF Opportunities at CH and GIWS

Applications are invited for three Post-Doctoral Fellowships in cold regions hydrological modelling in the Centre for Hydrology and Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Large-scale Modelling – snow model development, including data assimilation
Snow and cold regions processes are extremely important to understand for hydrological forecasting in the Prairie Provinces. A PDF is required to build upon past work to incorporate state-of-the-art snow processes critical to proper snowpack development in the Prairie Provinces, as well as new techniques for estimating snow accumulation and melt properly in Mountainous, Prairie and Boreal Forest biomes. This research will draw on ground-based and remotely sensed data and model products, as well as a network of observatories for model evaluation and further development, and include intercomparison with international modelling systems, including the UK’s JULES and USA’s WRF models. Progress has already led to development and preliminary testing of an improved Prairie land surface algorithm; this work will be developed further for large-scale application. The successful applicant will have excellent computational and programming skills, previous experience of hydrological modelling and ideally of cold region processes and data assimilation.

Modelling for the Diagnosis of Environmental Change
A PDF is required to develop modelling tools for the diagnosis of change using cold region hydrological and hydro-ecological process models within a framework of uncertainty analysis, and to support their uptake and application in process and modelling studies across the network. The successful applicant will have excellent computational and programming skills and previous experience of algorithm development and analysis of model performance using multi-objective, Monte-Carlo based methods for parameter identifiability and uncertainty analysis.

Large-scale Modelling – assimilation of improved precipitation products
Remote sensing estimates of precipitation and high resolution modelling present exciting opportunities for improved hydrological forecasting. A PDF is required to undertake analysis of the strengths and limitations for large-scale hydrological modelling of various precipitation products that are currently available or in development. This includes ground-based data products, the CaPA merged re-analysis and data product, GPM remote sensing data, and high resolution atmospheric modelling. The successful applicant will have excellent computational skills, previous experience of remote sensing and ideally also of data assimilation for hydrological modelling. Good programming skills will be an advantage.

These posts will be able to take advantage of the NSERC Changing Cold Regions Network http://www.ccrnetwork.ca/ – CCRN is investigating a set of critical cold region environments, including the Western Cordillera, Western Boreal Forest, Lowland Permafrost and Prairies, and their integrated response at the scales of the Saskatchewan and Mackenzie river basins and the regional climate system. Environment Canada (EC) is a key partner in CCRN, and has a particular interest in improving its large-scale modelling capability, i.e. land surface schemes and large-scale hydrological models. While primarily based in Saskatoon, modellers will be encouraged to engage with science conducted from the U of S Coldwater Laboratory in the Centre for Hydrology’s Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory http://www.usask.ca/hydrology/CRHO.php.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Kate Wilson, Executive Assistant, GIWS, with a copy of their CV, resume and a cover letter.

Seeking World-Class Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in Water-Related Research

The Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan is continuing to build a $30+ million interdisciplinary experimental and modelling research program in Western Canada. We invite applications for graduate studentships and postdoctoral fellowships for research in the following areas. For more information and full listings, visit www.usask.ca/water.

  • Hydrological Modelling & Data Assimilation
  • Diagnosis of Environmental Change (PDF) –develop modelling tools for diagnosis of change (using hydrological/hydro-ecological process models) within framework of uncertainty analysis.
  • Assimilation of Improved Precipitation Products (PDF) –analysis of strengths/limitations for large-scale hydrological modelling of various precipitation products & associated modelling uncertainty.
  • Snow Model Development (PDF) –build on previous work to incorporate improved snowpack development & assimilate remote sensing snow data into existing large-scale models.
  • Watershed Modelling & System Identification (PDF) –address issues including scale, transferability, non-stationarity, complexity v. fidelity, uncertainty, architecture &parameterization, calibration.
  • Water Resources Modelling (PhD) –develop watershed modelling/management framework to represent scale-appropriate natural & human-induced processes (with extensive optimization/uncertainty analysis).
  • Artificial Intelligence in Water Resources (masters) –develop Artificial Neural Network tools for various applications in water resources modelling/management.
  • Hydrological Process Modelling (masters, possibly PhD) –application of mathematical modelling to address climate & land use change impacts on hydrological processes in the southern boreal forest.
  • Applied Limnology (PhD or masters) -effects of climate change on lakes, effects of agricultural activity on water quality, and algal bloom ecology.
  • Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis (PhD) –fine-scale patterns of tree growth and allocation in the southern boreal forest.
  • GIS and Remote Sensing (PDF) –support research/understanding of the hydrological, hydraulic & ice regimes of Mackenzie and Saskatchewan River basins.

Review of applications begins 25 November 2014 and continues until suitable candidates are identified.

Opportunities at the US NOAA / UCAR National Water Center

The US NOAA National Water Center, located on the University of Alabama’s campus at Tuscaloosa, is currently advertising a number of opportunities which may be of interest to CH students and other hydrologists.

The advertisement – which also provides an interesting insight into the breadth and depth of the enhancement of US federal research activities relating to hydrology – is available at http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/opportunities/NWC_Alabama.html.

CRHM Computer Modeller Opportunity, Yellowknife

The Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking to hire a
Computer Modeller to work in Yellowknife, NWT

We seek a hydrological modeller with

  • a working knowledge of C++
  • an excellent understanding of northern hydrology and cold regions hydrological processes
  • experience of running hydrological models for prediction
  • hydrometric and hydrometeorological data management experience

Once appointed, the successful applicant will be trained at the Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, on the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM). He or she will then be stationed at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) office in Yellowknife. This position is funded by a grant from the Canadian Water Network for the purpose of knowledge application.

The modeller will be responsible for the interactive training of ENR staff on the use and application of CRHM for the purpose of improving their predictive capacity with respect to water resources in the Northwest Territories. The modeller will also work with a model interface developer for the purpose of refining and customising the interface so that it meets the needs of the ENR and their user communities. This is a one-year position commencing 1 April or 1 May 2014, with a salary of $62,000, plus benefits and vacation pay.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV, cover letter and the names and contact details of three referees. Applications and questions regarding this position should be directed to the address below. Applications by email are preferred.

William Quinton,
Cold Regions Research Centre,
Wilfrid Laurier University,
Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3C5.
519-884-0710, ext. 3281