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Geomorphology Post-doctoral Positions

Simon Fraser University - School of Environmental Science
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Competitive salary with benefits
Closing date
Jun 28, 2021

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The River Dynamics Laboratory at Simon Fraser University is currently seeking 3 post-doctoral fellows to work on a project entitled “Landslide Impact on Flow Dynamics, Fish Migration and Genetics of Fraser River Salmon”. Candidates will lead an effort to understand the impacts of the 2018 Big Bar Landslide on channel morphology, flow dynamics, fish migration, and the genetics of Fraser River Salmon (see attached Executive Project Summary). The landslide blocked the Fraser River to salmon passage, devastating salmon runs to the Northern Basin. The project is led by a large group of multi-disciplinary investigators from Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Durham University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, working in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Fraser Basin Council, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council.

We seek candidates to who are able to lead research on the following topics:

Post-doc 1 – The chronology of landslides in the Fraser Basin. Post-doc 1 will apply automated landslide detection/mapping tools on newly acquired LiDAR data of the Fraser Basin. They will also undertake cosmogenic radionuclide dating of historic landslides in the region to constrain the chronology of past events.

Post-doc 2 – Linkages between bedrock canyon geometry and landslide susceptibility. Post-doc 2 will lead field campaigns to map bedrock channel geometry and flow dynamics of the Fraser Canyons using multibeam echo-sounding and acoustic Doppler velocimetry.

Post-doc 3 – Flow dynamics in bedrock canyons. Post-doc 3 will develop new laboratory experiments on flow dynamics in bedrock canyons.

These geomorphology post-docs will be part of a larger cluster of post-doctoral fellows, research staff and graduate students investigating the impacts of landslides and flow dynamics on salmon migration and evolution. Other post-doctoral fellows on the project will lead research on i) Linkages between flow dynamics and fish migration, ii) Fish migration and hydraulic barriers and iii) Genetic selection by hydraulic barriers.

Post-doc funding is available for one year with a possible extension up to three years. Candidates should have experience with programming, analysis of large data sets, and some exposure to the techniques listed above. The project provides opportunities for candidates to gain experience working at the intersection of geomorphology, biology and genetics, and within a large group of 15 research collaborators. With this comes additional opportunities to mentor graduate students, lead presentations and discussions within a variety of settings and platforms, and gain experience communicating complex science with real-world implications.

Applicants with backgrounds in Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science are encouraged to apply.

Simon Fraser University sits atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia’s lower mainland, minutes from downtown Vancouver and a variety of spectacular mountainous environs. Simon Fraser University has a long history of study in geomorphology and water sciences, and remains a stimulating environment in which to learn and do research. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous

Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

To apply for a position please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, CV and a list of three references to ( Informal inquires and questions can be addressed to Jeremy Venditti (

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Start date is negotiable, but we hope to have the full team in place before the end of 2021.  

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