Two postions are currently available:

1) Research Associate in Arctic Hydrology, and
2) Banting Fellowship position in Changing Arctic Hydrology

1) Research Associate in Arctic Hydrology
The Cold Regions Water Science project at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, invites applications for a Research Associate position in Arctic Hydrology. The successful candidate will support a Canadian Research Chair and Canadian Foundation for Innovation program led by Professor Philip Marsh. This program will carry out hydrological research in the Western Canadian Arctic that is focussed on understanding the linkages between climate, vegetation, snow, permafrost and hydrology.

The successful candidate will be involved in all components of the research program, including:
- Field work at remote sites in the Northwest Territories, including sites in the Inuvik region. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in remote areas under extreme climate.
- field site selection; instrument installation; instrument programming, and analysis of hydrological field data and hydrological model data, including the use of remote sensing data sets and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This position requires:
- MSc preferred, or PhD, in the natural sciences from a recognized university, with a specialization in hydrology, cryospheric sciences, or atmospheric sciences coupled with relevant training and field experience.
- Experience in: programming Campbell Scientific Data Loggers; using and trouble shooting a suite of hydrological and/or atmospheric field instruments; conducting hydrologic field research in wilderness settings; using and maintaining snowmobiles, trailers, and trucks; small construction projects typical of remote field camps.
- Computer skills are required in MS Excel and Powerpoint; using remote sensing data and GIS software
- Currently have, or a willingness to learn or obtain, wilderness first aid; firearms safety; tower climbing safety.

- This position will require regular travel to field sites in Arctic Canada.
- Must be self-directed and able to work independently.
- experience with Matlab or other similar scientific analysis software an asset.
- Scientific and technical writing skills are an asset.
- Experience in coding in Fortran, C++, or other computer languages are an asset.

Salary: commensurate with skills and experience.

Starting date: August 15, 2014, or when a suitable candidate is identified.
Applications from all qualified individuals are invited; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Laurier is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
To be considered for this position, please send your CV, letter of introduction, names of three references to: Philip Marsh, Canada Research Chair, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University. Further information is available at;;

 2 ) Banting Fellowship position in Changing Arctic Hydrology

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship in Canada. Funded by the Government of Canada, these fellowships provide funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally at a level of $70,000 per year for two years. This Fellowship requires a synergy between the applicant and the host institution, with the applicant completing their application in full collaboration with the proposed host institution. The proposed research must be aligned with the host institutions strategic priorities. Further information is available at: Northern environmental research is a strategic priority of Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier), with Laurier and the Government of the Northwest Territories signing a 10-year (2010-2020) Partnership Agreement. The goal of this Partnership is to expand the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and to train the new expertise needed to manage the natural resources of the NWT for future generations, and to ensure the sustainability of northern water systems.

In support of the Partnership, Dr. Marsh, Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science, is developing a research program that is focussed on the changing hydrology of Arctic Canada, with specific interests in understanding the complex interactions between climate, vegetation, permafrost, snow and runoff. This program includes both field observations at long term observatories in the Western Canadian Arctic, analysis of past hydrologic records, and high resolution modelling.

To further develop this research program, Dr. Philip Marsh invites potential Banting Fellowship applicants to submit a letter of interest by August 5 to the email address below. Details of the application processes at Laurier is described at

To be considered, please send (n latter than August 5) a letter of introduction, CV, names of three references, and a ½ to 1 page statement of research interest to: Philip Marsh, Canada Research Chair, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University. Further information is available at;;


RESEARCH INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES: My research has focussed almost exclusively on understanding the hydrology of the Canadian Arctic, with a focus on snow, ice and permafrost. Research has considered both the hydrology of headwater basins, and the hydrology of northern deltas. This long term research program has concentrated on the unique aspects of the hydrology of northern regions, including the influence of the severe climate and permafrost on the snow cover, energy and water fluxes over heterogeneous surfaces, snowmelt, melt metamorphism, runoff, evaporation, streamflow, river ice covers, and lake levels. This work has aimed at improving our understanding of, and our ability to model, the hydrologic conditions in the cold regions, and has focused on applying these studies to the hydrology of the Mackenzie and Peace-Athabasca Deltas, improving the physics of the linked hydrologic/atmospheric models required for modelling the large scale hydrology of northern areas (Canadian GEWEX Program and the Canadian Climate Network), and applying this work to better understand the potential impacts of climate change, and resource development, on Arctic environments.