Post-Doctoral Associate Position in Phosphorus Transport from Non-Point Sources in Urban Watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin

The RESTORE Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University is seeking a post-doctoral associate to conduct research on identifying phosphorus sources in urban sub-watersheds and the impact of stormwater management practices including low impact development (LID) systems on non-point source phosphorus loads. The post-doctoral research associate will conduct detailed field monitoring in a target urban sub-watershed and use appropriate modeling techniques (e.g., US EPA SWMM or other suitable watershed/water quality model) to simulate phosphorus transport in urban sub-watersheds and the impacts of stormwater management practices.

The project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to address their priority to evaluate and reduce non-point source phosphorus loads in urban watersheds. The selected candidate will join a project research team that includes other graduate students and technical experts from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. Responsibilities for the position include designing and executing field monitoring, leading urban hydrology and water quality modeling, communicating research outcomes through publications and presentations, and coordinating with the research team.

Applicants must have a strong background in urban stormwater systems including knowledge of LID practices with experience in urban hydrological modeling. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience in (a) urban non-point source nutrient (phosphorus) loads, (b) design and execution of field monitoring in urban watersheds, and (c) stormwater management including LID practices. Post-doctoral associate applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and publications in highly respected international journals. The successful candidate will be an independent researcher that excels at leading their own research within a highly collaborative and well-resourced environment.

The successful candidate will join the RESTORE Research Group (https://www.eng.uwo.ca/restore/) which has recently been awarded over $6M to conduct field, experimental and modeling investigations focused on understanding pollutant fate in the environment. RESTORE is a growing, well-recognized research group with more than 25 graduate students, research engineers and laboratory technicians working in five well-equipped laboratories and modeling offices. Western University (http://www.uwo.ca/) is a leading Canadian academic institution that is committed to excelling as an innovative research-intensive university.

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial university transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Clare Robinson (crobinsonwestern@gmail.com). Start date is flexible between May to October 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

published: 06 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.