Blue Flower

Hydrological modelling and data assimilation

Large-scale Modelling - assimilation of improved precipitation products



The Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) is leading Canada's Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN). CCRN aims to understand, diagnose and predict interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological and climate components of the changing Earth system at multiple scales. With a focus on Western Canada's rapidly changing cold interior, this major initiative links 8 Canadian universities, 4 government agencies and 15 international academic collaborators. CCRN is investigating a set of critical cold region environments, including the Western Cordillera, Western Boreal Forest, Lowland Permafrost and Prairies, and their integrated response at the scales of the Saskatchewan and Mackenzie river basins and the regional climate system. Environment Canada (EC) is a key partner in CCRN, and has a particular interest in improving its large-scale modelling capability, i.e. land surface schemes and large-scale hydrological models.


We invite applications for the following post in modelling research. For this appointment, an ability to work in a team of researchers across multiple projects and disciplines is necessary.


Large-scale Modelling - assimilation of improved precipitation products (Howard Wheater, John Pomeroy, Alain Pietroniro; EC) A Research Associate is required to support the development of improved modelling and forecasting capability, including analysis of the strengths and limitations for large-scale hydrological modelling of various precipitation products that are currently available or in development. These include ground-based data, re-analysis data products, remote sensing data and high resolution atmospheric modelling. The successful applicant must have a PhD in hydrological and land surface systems modelling from an internationally-recognized university and at least 5 years' relevant postdoctoral experience of large-scale hydrological modelling, including development of improved LSS algorithms, assimilation of active and passive remotely sensed precipitation data products, and real-time forecasting and water resource/climate change applications. He/she must have a proven track record of publications in international journals, excellent computational and programming skills (including FORTRAN, C and python scripting), and experience of PhD supervision and the management of small research teams. Salary will be commensurate with experience, in the target range of $60,000 - $85,000 CAD per year. This position is for up to 30 months, with possibility of renewal, and comes with a benefits package which includes extended health and vision care plan, dental plan, and life insurance.


Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Kate Wilson, Executive Assistant, by 3 March 2015, with a copy of their CV, a cover letter and the name and contact information for three references at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..