PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellow Positions in Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

London, Ontario
Feb 16, 2018
Mar 17, 2018
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The RESTORE Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University is seeking a post-doctoral fellow and a PhD student to conduct research on assessing the contribution of groundwater in delivering phosphorus to agricultural streams. The post-doctoral fellow and PhD student will work on a large collaborative research project funded by the NSERC Strategic Project Grant Program that aims to evaluate the ecological response of agricultural streams to groundwater-derived phosphorus. The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of engineers, hydrogeologists, and aquatic ecologists from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geography at Western University, and from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The project includes applying state-of-the-art field techniques to conduct intensive field studies to quantify groundwater phosphorus inputs to agricultural streams in Southern Ontario, Canada, across all four seasons. Responsibilities will include designing and executing field experiments, analyzing and reporting research outcomes, as well as coordinating with the larger research team.  Dependent on the applicant’s background and expertise, reactive transport modeling of phosphorus fate at groundwater-stream interfaces will also be conducted.

Applicants are expected to have a background in groundwater or surface water hydrology, or geochemistry. Experience in (a) implementing field sampling and monitoring systems or (b) numerical groundwater and/or reactive transport modeling is desirable. A willingness to work in non-ideal weather conditions is essential.  Postdoctoral fellow applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and publications in highly respected international journals. 

The successful candidates will be based in the RESTORE Research Group ( which has recently been awarded over $6M to conduct field, experimental and modelling investigations focused on groundwater issues. It is a growing, well-recognized research group with more than 20 graduate students , research engineers and laboratory technicians working in five well-equipped laboratories and modelling offices. Western University ( is a leading Canadian academic institution that is committed to excelling as an innovative research-intensive university. Western is located in London, Ontario ( – the Forest City – a vibrant and affordable city which is an ideal place to live for both individuals and families.  

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Clare Robinson (  Start date is May 2018 but earlier or later start dates are possible.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, continuing until the positions are filled.