Graduate student positions available

Graduate or postdoctoral position available:  Implications of declining periods of ice cover 

Research opportunity:  Rapid declines in the duration of lake ice cover have been observed across much of the temperate zone.  However, study of lakes during winter remains rare.  This research program will combine field-based sampling and modeling approaches to assess how declining periods of ice cover will affect lake oxygen dynamics and lake biogeochemistry. 

Qualifications:  The successful applicant will have strong field and lab research skills.  Research will involve field work, so enjoying outdoor activities during winter is essential.  The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have a background in limnology or biogeochemistry
  • Enjoy working within a team-setting
  • Have strong writing skills and excellent quantitative skills

Applications:  To express interest in the position, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your background and interests to Helen Baulch (helen.baulch@usask.ca).  The student will also be required to apply for graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  The start date for this position is flexible, and applications will be considered as they are submitted. A PhD student is preferred, although masters students with a strong background will be considered.

PhD or Postdoctoral Position available: Limnology - Understanding lake metabolism and nuisance algal metabolites in a prairie drinking water supply

The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers across two universities, partnered with a water utility, and provincial government researchers. The student or postdoc will work with a unique long-term database, and sensor-based technology to identify predictors of bloom risk, and periods of high algal productivity affecting drinking water treatment processes. The successful applicant will have a solid foundation in limnology, strong quantitative skills, and experience with, or ability to learn skills necessary for working with sensor-based technology. Research will involve field and laboratory work, and requires someone who enjoys working within a team setting.
 
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and preference will be given to applicants interested in an early start date.
 
Location: 
This position is at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) within the Global Institute for Water Security (www.usask.ca/water). The institute hosts a multidisciplinary group of water researchers, and offers outstanding training opportunities and facilities for water-related research. The postdoc/student will work with Dr. Helen Baulch and with numerous project collaborators.
 
Applications: 
To express interest in these positions or explore other research opportunities with Dr Baulch, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your background and interests to Dr. Helen Baulch (helen.baulch@usask.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome.