Volume 22 No. 30

March 20, 2018

Programs and Events

Sustainability Scholars Summer Internships

The UBC Sustainability Scholars Summer 2018 Program has several positions open for graduate students in a variety of areas including forestry, engineering, regional planning, architecture, science, applied science, business and more. Each position is for a total of 250 hours over the summer (part-time), for which the successful candidate will receive $5250.

Further information on the available internship projects can be found on our Student Opportunities web page. Applications close at midnight Wednesday March 21, 2018.

2018-08 Limiting the Energy Demands of New Homes 

2018-19 LED street lighting business case 

2018-26 Monitoring impacts of climate change on the forests of regional watersheds 

2018-29 Assessing the performance of Metro Vancouver’s wood smoke forecasting tool 

2018-31 Comparative Analysis of Organic Waste Processing Methods in Metro Vancouver 

2018-32 Forest fungal pathogen management - best practices for Regional Parks 

2018-34 Healthy Beverage Initiative research proposal development - UBC Okanagan

2018-44 Understanding impacts of climate change on street tree health 

2018-65 Revising the methodology for calculating and reporting on GHG emissions from contracted services 

2018-68 Supporting neighbourhood interest in energy-efficient homes


IIES Water Pollution Mitigation and Aquatic Remediation - Online Lecture Series FREE

The International Institute for Environmental Studies (IIES) at Trent University is pleased to let you know about an upcoming online lecture series titled, “Water Pollution Mitigation and Aquatic Remediation”. The series runs every Wednesday morning (08h00 EST) from April 11-June 20, 2018 and is available for FREE to anyone who wishes to participate. 

Lectures will be given by faculty from various internationally acclaimed universities including, the University of Edinburgh, Sun Yet-sen University, Nanjing University, Trent University and Johns Hopkins University. 

For more information and to register for the series, please visit our website https://ii-es.com/events/water-pollution-mitigation-aquatic-remediation-e-course/.  Please find the course outline here.


UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology Presents A Seminar By Dr. Otto Cordero

Please see the flyer here for more information.


Industry Insight Guest Speaker

Interested in working in Oil & Gas| Clean Energy| Environment & Renewable Energy| Mining or want to find out more about geological database management and how data science can be used to turn research papers into online databases? 

You should come to this talk to listen and connect with our speaker from:

Purple Rock Inc. is a professional services company specializing in geological information management. 

Ms.Nicole D Barlow, P.Geo. 
President OF PURPLEROCKINC. She will be introducing how data science is applied in the field of geological science and how scientists can leverage past data into inform new exploration. 

Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. 

Mr.Mario Bianchin, Associate Engineer from WOOD. 

He will join us to talk about some ongoing projects in WOOD. and some insights on his experience in pressing a career in the energy industry.

Time: March 28th, Wednesday, 2018

11:00am - 12:30pm 

Location: ESB 5104

Everybody is Welcome! 
This event is tailored for grads and undergrads studying environmental science, geological science, mining engineering, renewable energy etc.


Link for Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/992416117580317/


Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html?ch=rec&ref=rc7f9f7c1beba

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


Employment Opportunities

Three Positions, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Environmental Mineralogy


Economic Geoscientist


Careers in Sciences and Engineering - Post-Secondary Recruitment

The Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Recruitment Program is looking for graduates interested in working in the Federal Public Service.  If you are looking for a career in government science, please consider this job posting.

Anyone with a post-secondary (college or university) diploma or degree may apply and there is no limit on the length of time since the degree was granted to apply, as was the case in previous post-secondary recruitments.  

Candidates are encouraged to apply now (up to the September 26th deadline) because referrals will be provided to hiring organizations immediately. Non-Canadians living in Canada are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to veterans and Canadians citizens who meet the job opportunity requirements.


NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ocean Modeling and Analysis

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York is seeking postdoctoral scientists in Oceanography to work on projects related to the oceans role in climate, ocean-climate interactions, heat and carbon uptake, and ocean biogeochemistry.

The fellowships are designed to help advance NASA’s climate modeling efforts by combining NASA observations with models and utilizing novel techniques in numerical analysis as well as data science.

Successful candidates will be expected to work with the NASA-GISS climate model, NASA observations and in collaboration with scientists at NASA-GISS. 

Candidates’ background may be in Physical and/or Biogeochemical Oceanography, Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science.

NASA Postdoctoral Program application deadlines are March 1st, July 1st and November 1st each year. Eligible candidates within five years of receiving their PhD may apply as Postdoctoral Fellows and those with more than five years after their PhD may apply as a Senior Fellows.

Specifically, opportunities are offered in the following fields:

1) Ocean Modeling and Analysis 


Advisors: Anastasia Romanou and Gavin A. Schmidt

2) Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling 


Advisors: Anastasia Romanou, Gavin Schmidt and Tim Hall

For more information about the NASA Postdoctoral Program please refer to the website https://npp.usra.edu/


Postdoctoral Position to Study Diagenetic Processes, Plouzané, France

A postdoctoral position is available at IFREMER (Plouzané - France) to study diagenetic processes and interpret the sedimentary record of deep-sea fans. Such depositional centers are known to be the place of fluids formation and migration through the sediment column, leading to precipitation/dissolution processes altering the mineral phases. Working with data from cores from the Zambezi deep-sea fan on the east African continental margin, the postdoctoral fellow will use numerical modeling to assess the impact of diagenetic processes on paleoreconstruction, constrain the origin of the methane and identify controls on the position of the sulfate-methane transition zone. The fellow will also be able to conduct additional analyses if required on existing core material. The post-doctoral researcher will have skills in numerical modeling and in geochemical processes; knowledge in sedimentology and geophysics are an advantage. The modeling work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Meile at the University of Georgia, USA, with the possibility of extended visits at his lab.        
The position involves collaboration with both academia (IFREMER, and The French Institute of Petroleum IFPEN) and industry (TOTAL). It is for 18 months, with an anticipated start date in Fall 2018. Review of applications will begin mid-April and continue until the position is filled.        
Please direct questions to Dr. L. Pastor ( ). To be considered, please provide a CV, a statement of interest and the names and contact information of three referees to Dr. Pastor and Dr. Meile ( )