PhD position - Great Lakes Institute of
Environmental Research

Call for applicants for PhD position in the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research in high resolution monitoring and modelling of phosphorus in tributaries, shorelines and lake basins of the Lake Erie watershed. This position is part of a larger program which aims to ascertain the cause of increasing frequencies of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, and design effective management strategies to address the issue under changing landuse and climate. The objectives of the position are to:

  1. Assess the accuracy of new in situ technologies in the context of the Great Lakes
  2. Conduct hourly monitoring of nutrient concentrations during stormwater events, across tributaries and shorelines of Lake Erie.
  3. Determine to what extent land management strategies are impacting the abundance of different phosphorus fractions within tributaries and shorelines
  4. Through a combination of monitored data and modelling techniques, ascertain driving variables which determine the degree to which water quality changes in response to management strategies (river and shoreline sensitivity).

Requirements: A Masters Degree in Environmental Science, Biogeochemistry or equivalent is required

Beneficial: A strong background in field data collection is desirable, specifically with regards to monitoring of nutrients nitrate and phosphorus. Experience with statistical packages (R, SPSS etc) and GIS software is preferable.

Selected candidates will receive a competitive funding package for their degree. The preferred start date is January 2019.

Please send a CV, cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and three references. Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2018.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

All applications and enquiries to

posted: 08 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.