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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:08:35 +0000

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Postdoctoral Position: Hydroclimate Scientist

PCIC is seeking to hire a postdoctoral Hydroclimate Scientist.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess
climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of
the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the
capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to
provide the scientific basis for policy development. PCIC is a regional
climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides
practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and
change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional
stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term


The Hydroclimate Scientist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to
study the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrology and
water quality in western Canada. This postdoctoral position is part of
the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures (GWF) research program
(, led by the University of Saskatchewan, which
aims to place Canada as a global leader in water science for the world’s
cold regions and to address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy
in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures.
Under the theme of ‘Climate and Diagnostic Hydrological and Water
Quality Modelling’, the GWF proposes the development of a unified
pan-Canadian modular hydrology/water quality multi-model system for
assessment of hydrologic sensitivity under historical and future
climates. In this context, this position is responsible for the
enhancement and application of PCIC’s version of the Variable
Infiltration Capacity hydrology model (VIC-GL), which includes coupled
glacier mass balance and dynamics components, for select Canadian basins.

Nature of Work

The Hydroclimate Scientist undertakes basic and applied research to
quantify the impact of climate variability and change on the
hydro-climatology of select Canadian basins. He/she works under the
supervision of the Lead for PCIC’s Hydrologic Impacts theme and
collaborates with members of the Hydrologic Impacts theme and GWF’s
pan-Canadian modelling team. PCIC offers a positive, supportive and
collegial work environment that promotes collaboration and excellence.
As a user and stakeholder driven organization, PCIC requires that
candidates be able to flexibly adapt their research objectives to
changing organizational and stakeholder priorities and needs.


The objectives of the position are to conduct research that seeks to
address some or all of the following:

Contribute to the further development and enhancement of VIC-GL, which
may include the addition of the ability to explicitly represent
continuous permafrost, large lakes and reservoirs, flow abstraction and
regulation, vegetation dynamics, and land use change
Evaluate the extent to which hydrology and water quality in select
Canadian watersheds has responded to observed climate variability and
change and evaluate potential hydrologic impacts under projected future
Understand and describe the climatic mechanisms that generate hydrologic
extremes of flood and drought and quantify changes in hydrologic
extremes under future climates
Work closely with stakeholders to communicate and inform adaptation of
water resources operations, management and planning, and with the GWF
program to support the use of VIC-GL and the development of a
multi-model framework

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge and Experience

・ PhD in the physical sciences, preferably in the Hydrologic,
Atmospheric or Climate sciences

・ Experience in the development and application of hydrologic or land
surface models (such as the Variable Infiltration Capacity model)

・ Experience studying climate variability and change, and its
hydroclimatic implications

・ Experience working on interdisciplinary projects and with
interdisciplinary teams

・ A high level of productivity for peer?\reviewed publications is expected.


・ Excellent data analysis and data visualization skills

・ Excellent statistical analysis skills

・ Excellent communications skills

・ Excellent programming skills in several languages (C++ and python
being particularly useful)

・ The applicant must have excellent multi?\tasking skills


・ Work in a self?\directed manner and within a team environment

・ Re-evaluate and adjust priorities and objectives in light of research
findings and evolving requirements

・ Ability to acquire, manipulate and analyze large spatiotemporal data sets.

・ Ability to find creative solutions to complex, open-ended problems.

・ Operate with a professional demeanor while representing PCIC and GWF
at professional meetings and other venues.

Employment period

3.5-year term commitment.

Weekly working hours

Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Pay rate

Commensurate with education and experience.

Additional information: Address enquiries to Markus Schnorbus at

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter, CV,
and three professional references to Markus Schnorbus,,
with “ATTN: Hydroclimate Scientist” in the subject line. Please indicate
whether you are legally able to work in Canada.

Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until suitable
candidates are found.

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