Postdoctoral Fellow: water cycle modifications in the Anthropocene

Primary Purpose: The Global Institute for Water Security seeks a highly qualified and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow for an exciting, interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research project aiming to illuminate water cycle modifications in the Anthropocene.

This two-year postdoctoral fellowship is based on the Global Institute for Water Security at University of Saskatchewan; the fellow will divide their time between University of Saskatchewan and University of Victoria, likely with research visits to the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The fellow would be co-supervised by Jay Famiglietti (University of Saskatchewan) and Tom Gleeson (University of Victoria).

Project goal: Identify and provisionally quantify interim planetary sub-boundaries for surface water, groundwater, soil moisture, atmospheric water and frozen water which we foresee to likely lead to high impact publications, as well as leading to more detailed technical papers. This is part of the much larger road map to illuminate water cycle modifications in the Anthropocene which will support, amplify and leverage the efforts of this proposed project.

Qualification requirements: Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree from a relevant field and ideally, have the following qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in large hydrologic datasets and models;
  • Strong programming skills and extensive experience with programming languages such as Python, R, Matlab;
  • A good publication record;
  • Experience and interest in working in a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative project; and
  • Interest in science communication to decision makers and to the public.

To apply: please send a single pdf file with 1) cover letter including your single most impactful idea or contribution to date, what you want to do with your life and what you are most intellectually passionate about (single page), 2) CV, 3) summary of the doctoral thesis (single page) and 4) contact information for 3 references. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. To apply, please email the above information in a single PDF to Michelle Martel-Andre (

For more information: contact both Jay Famiglietti ( ) and Tom Gleeson ( with the same email


posted: 31 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.