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Post-doctoral research position – Water quality and statistical analysis

We are seeking to hire an environmentally focused post-doctoral fellow to join our multidisciplinary team working on phosphorus dynamics in the Thames River, Ontario. The Thames River constitutes the single largest tributary input of phosphorus to the western basin of Lake Erie from the Canadian side, via Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Consequently, the Thames River has been identified as a priority tributary within the Domestic Action Plan under the Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The core objective of this research project is to improve our mechanistic and quantitative understanding of how nutrient loads, ratios, speciation and bioavailability in the Thames River are changing between the headwaters and the river mouth. This understanding will help inform development of effective management actions to decrease eutrophication symptoms including harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie.

The project team, led through the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo, consists of leading academics, federal and provincial government scientists, graduate students and technicians. The successful applicant will work closely with the rest of the project team, to analyse and interpret existing water quality and flow data collected between 2016 and 2019 contributing to and leading peer reviewed publications. The 9-month position can be based either at Environment and Climate Change Canada, within the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, or at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Conservation Parks, in Etobicoke.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in science, environmental management or engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and a proven publication record in one or more of the following areas: aquatic biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, statistical or geospatial analysis. Experience with the R statistical software environment and ArcGIS or QGIS would be an asset.

Please submit your application package electronically as a single pdf file to (; include “Thames_River_Postdoc_Surname_FirstName” in the subject line. Your application should contain:
• A cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position, your research experience and interests.
• Resume
• Contact information for 3 references.

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a start date as soon as possible, ideally by January 2020.

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