Process-based evaluation of streamflow vulnerability to climate change across North America (PhD)

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    The University of British Columbia (UBC)
    EngineeringWater resources engineering
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    Environmental scienceGlobal change
    Environmental scienceNatural resources management
    Environmental scienceWater science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/07/2021 22:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Canada › Vancouver


We invite applications for a fully funded PhD position on “Process-based evaluation of streamflow vulnerability to climate change across North America” in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver).

Project Aim:

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Ali Ameli to determine the impacts of climate change on shallow and deep subsurface hydrologic processes, and their linkages to flood-rich, drought-rich and drought-driven wildfire periods. In doing so, the successful candidate will work with a recently-developed database. In addition to scientific achievements, this project will provide management authorities in Canada and USA with science-based decision-making tools to inform watershed management and land-use development, under the changing climate.

The ideal candidates will have

  • Sound knowledge on catchment hydrology
  • Competence in GIS tools and programming in GIS environment  
  • Experience with model scripting/programming
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Basic knowledge of data science and statistical modelling (an asset, but not necessary)
  • Basic knowledge of process-based modelling (an asset, but not necessary)

Students from disciplines including, Civil, Geological or Environmental Engineering, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Forestry, Statistics, Applied mathematics and similar disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Research Group:

HydroGeoscience for Watershed Management (HG-WM) is an interdisciplinary research group that uses mechanistic and statistical modelling approaches to generate scientific evidence required to inform watershed management and to regulate the environmental impacts of climate change. The research group is part of UBC’s Geological Engineering program which has a rich history of over 100 years. For more information visit: www.hydrogeosciencewatershedmanagement.com

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter with detailed explanations on how the applicant meets the requirements for the position,
  2. a curriculum vita,
  3. unofficial academic transcript(s), and
  4. the names and contact information of two professional references.

Application materials should be combined into a single PDF document and be sent to Hg.wm.contact@gmail.com, by July 1, 2021.

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number EU-54572 during correspondence about this position.

To express interest and initiate contact to the principal investigator applicants are encouraged to follow the instructions as provided in the position description or to submit an enquiry form on the position posting. Please note that shortlisted candidates will have to complete an online application to the University of British Columbia and gain admission as a graduate student to the university. Please visit the researcher profile of the supervisor for this position to learn more about their research.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC's entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Doctoral studies at UBC Vancouver
UBC is a public university with a comprehensive program offering - covering all major academic disciplines and degree levels, with both research- and course-based program options. More than 50,000 students attend UBC Vancouver. As a PhD student at UBC Vancouver you'll be part of a diverse community of over 3,600 doctoral scholars at an institution that recognises and rewards the significant contributions of doctoral research. UBC is at the forefront of responding to and building on the extraordinary changes happening in our societies and our world, through reimagining approaches to research graduate education and exploring flexible methodologies for learners to develop needed expertise. UBC's Public Scholars Initiative for example is a pioneering program designed to encourage and support doctoral students to reimagine the PhD, contribute to the public good, and with their doctoral work rise to the challenges that increasingly define our times.

At UBC, you will be supported with a range of professional development workshops and services, and we'll partner with you to ensure you have a graduate game plan for academic and professional success.

You are encouraged to review the awards and scholarship database to determine funding opportunities for your doctoral degree. UBC Vancouver guarantees a minimum of CAD $22,000 of funding to eligible students for your first four years of PhD study with many programs offering higher funding packages. Funding highly varies by program and will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and awards secured. Most international students benefit from the International Tuition Award and PhD students usually qualify for the President's Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada's third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It's the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
The University of British Columbia (UBC)
British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
2329 West Mall

EURAXESS offer ID: 583159
Posting organisation offer ID: 54572


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