Urban hydrology and water quality

Job Type
Job Rank
Post Doc
Job Institution
University of Western Ontario
Job Description

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

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 the Lake Erie Basin. The selected candidate will join a project research team that includes two graduate students and technical experts from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. Responsibilities for the position include leading urban hydrology and water quality modeling, executing field monitoring, communicating research outcomes through publications and presentations, and coordinating with the research team.

Applicants must have a strong background in urban hydrology and stormwater management practices. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience in (a) non-point source nutrient (phosphorus) loads, (b) urban hydrological and water quality modeling, and (c) execution of field monitoring in urban watersheds. 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 well-recognized and diverse 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 and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Clare Robinson (crobinsonwestern@gmail.com). Start date is flexible between March to June 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.