Announcement for a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division, Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Project title: Characterizing current and historical oxygen dynamics in coastal embayments of South Eastern Georgian Bay
In the nearshore and embayment areas of South Eastern Georgian Bay (SEGB), instances of excessive nutrient concentrations are increasingly being reported along with associated symptoms of eutrophication such as attached algae and harmful/cyanobacteria blooms (HABs), and in some cases, hypolimnetic dissolved oxygen depletion. As part of a larger program in SEGB, this research project will focus on the issues leading to, and resulting from, hypolimnetic oxygen depletion. Specifically, the candidate is expected to design, implement and participate in a field program aimed at: 1) better understanding the oxygen dynamics and its role in internal phosphorus loading; and 2) reconstructing the historical oxygen conditions in coastal embayments along South Eastern Georgian Bay. The candidate is expected to design this project with the ultimate purpose of providing management options for reducing phosphorus concentrations in these embayments.
Qualifications: PhD. in aquatic ecology and limnology or a suitable related field. The following would be considered assets: experience with field sampling of lakes, knowledge of various standard limnological equipment (e.g. YSI, Van Dorn bottle, box corers), knowledge related to water quality (carbon, phosphorus and oxygen in particular), ability to conduct basic wet chemistry, experience using paleolimnological markers of oxygen conditions, experience dealing with large datasets and experience with MatLab.
Applications are currently being accepted and the position will remain open until filled.
The position is available for a maximum of three years pending annual review and availability of funds. The fellowship is a Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PD-NP/Laboratories-Laboratoires/index_eng.asp.
This program provides promising young scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions.
Candidates should send a cover letter and their curriculum vitae to:
Dr. Véronique Hiriart-Baer
Watershed Stressors and Nutrients Section
Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division
867 Lakeshore Road, PO Box 5050
Burlington, ON, Canada L7R 4A6
Tel.: +1 (905) 336-6447
Fax: +1 (905) 336-4699