Environmental Engineering

Job Type
Job Rank
Lead researcher
Job Institution
Western University
Job Description

The RESTORE Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to conduct research on a two-year project evaluating the performance of different road salts, including two new proprietary salts, in terms of their environmental impact and ice-melting performance. This is achieved by laboratory and field tests on the performance of salts in various settings (e.g., sidewalks, parking lots, streets) along with the behaviour and impacts of these salts as they interact with the adjacent environment. This research will provide 1) industry with an in-depth, multidisciplinary state-of-the art summary on the performance and adverse impacts of existing de-icers in Canada, 2) insights on equitable access to public space and the importance of road salts, and 3) the general public and scientific community with potential benefits of non-toxic road salt alternatives, encouraging greater steps to-wards their deployment across Canada. The impacts of this partnership will be direct and long-term, in terms of economic, environmental, and traffic safety.

The two-year project is funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Mitacs. The selected candidate will join a project research team that includes other researchers and graduate students, and technical experts from the partner organization Cypher Environmental, who developed the new road salts, and Facilities Management at Western, who manage winter maintenance across university campus. Responsibilities for the position include designing and executing laboratory experiments and field monitoring, coordinating with the research team, and communicating research outcomes through presentations and publications.

Applicants must have a strong background in hydrogeochemistry and contaminant hydrology, with expertise in environmental contamination and monitoring. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in (a) batch and continuous experiments, (b) design and execution of field monitoring, and (c) stormwater management practices. Postdoctoral fellow 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, well-resourced environment.

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial university transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualificiations and research interests to Dr. Christopher Power (cpower24@uwo.ca).  Start date is flexible between September and November 2022.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.