Volume 25 No. 2

December 22, 2020

Employment & Opportunities

Postdoctoral Position (2 years): Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship in Continental Shelf Dynamics

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) to study the dynamics of the continental shelf using a diverse collection of in situ ocean observations including ocean glider, mooring and ship-based data.

Queen Charlotte Sound (QCS) is a large semi-enclosed body of water off the central coast of British Columbia Canada north of Vancouver Island.  The region is a vital commercial and subsistence fishing ground, and hosts many of western Canada’s Marine Protected Areas. Unlike much of continental shelf of British Columbia, the shelf here is very wide, relatively shallow, and incised by a large number of canyons with egress to the open ocean. Similar to much of the west coast of the Americas, wind-driven upwelling plays a dominant role in the regional dynamics. However, QCS has very strong freshwater forcing from the surrounding mountain ranges and vigorous mixing, implying that lateral buoyancy-driven (estuarine-like) circulation is also important in driving cross-shelf transports.  On the landward side, QCS is surrounded by fjords that are home to commercially-important salmon populations. Some of these fjords are deep with annual deep-water renewal; an important implication is that fjord waters periodically go hypoxic.  Better understanding of QCS shelf circulation will allow us to better understand how these productive fjords renew, and improve our ability to predict how they will be impacted by future change.

Project Goals: The project aims to address the following research questions. 1. What are the dominant transport pathways in Queen Charlotte Sound? 2. How do these pathways connect the open ocean to British Columbia’s central coast? What are the dynamical processes involved in these connections? 3. How do these pathways and processes impact properties that are important for the marine ecosystem (e.g. water temperature, oxygen, pH, and primary production)?

Project Team: The fellow will collaborate closely with a working group that includes scientists from the Hakai Institute, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and the Institute of Ocean Sciences, a scientific facility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Further the fellow will join the Canadian-Pacific Robotic Ocean Observing Facility (C-PROOF) team. The project is supervised by Dr. Stephanie Waterman (University of British Columbia), Jennifer Jackson (Hakai Institute), Dr. Jody Klymak (University of British Columbia), Dr. Tetjana Ross (Institute of Ocean Sciences) and Dr. Charles Hannah (Institute of Ocean Sciences).

Position Responsibilities: The postdoc will be responsible for the following tasks within the context of the overall project as described above: 1. to work with the project team on processing, analyzing and interpreting existing observational data; 2. to participate in the continued collection of in situ observational data in the region; 3. to work with the regional modelling community on comparing observations and model simulations to better understand the fidelity of the models in capturing coastal processes; 4.  to write high-impact manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals


  • a PhD in physical oceanography
  • experience working with observational datasets, as evidenced by the candidate’s publication record
  • willingness to work collaboratively with a group of scientists with diverse expertise and experiences in oceanography
  • capacity to lead projects with collaborators, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated ability to finish projects on time

Additional Details: The Hakai Institute is a research organization based in British Columbia with substantial oceanographic observations collected by experts in physical, chemical and biological data. The PDF will have the opportunity to visit Hakai field stations occasionally, though this project is primarily focused on the analysis and synthesis of data that have already been collected. The position will be officially based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada, though the successful candidate can choose to be based in Vancouver, Victoria, or Sidney BC.

This is a limited term, two-year PDF position paid at a rate of $55,000 CAD per year plus Mandatory Employment Related Benefits with an opportunity for renewal given satisfactory performance and funding availability. A research budget is also available. We seek a candidate who has completed a PhD within the last five years (special allowances will be made for career interruptions and personal circumstances) and who shows evidence of strong quantitative skills and an understanding of coastal oceanography.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and two research publications to Dr. Stephanie Waterman by email ( ). Your cover letter should address your motivation to excel in this project, and the skills and experience you can bring to the work. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021. Start date is negotiable with a preferred start of spring or summer 2021.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

PhD Opportunity in Paleoclimate Modeling - MARUM, University of Bremen

The MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, is offering (under the condition of the grant by the funding party and of job release) at the earliest possible date a PhD position (f/m/d) in paleoclimate modeling for 3.5 years.

The PhD project is in the framework of the Collaborative Research Center “Energy Transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean” (www.trr-energytransfers.de) and focus on paleoclimate applications of mixing parameterizations in an Earth-system model:

The project focuses on the derivation of the tidal forcing of IDEMIX for different paleoclimate states. Tidal current information will be obtained from running a tidal inversion software with topographies representative of the Last Glacial Maximum and the mid-Cretaceous, respectively. The coupled modeling system will be applied to the midCretaceous as a warmer-than-today climate state, in order to address the hypothesized mode of deep-water formation in low latitudes.

Your profile:

  • Completed MSc or equivalent qualification in (climate) physics, physical oceanography, atmospheric science, Earth sciences or a related field with strong mathematical background
  • Knowledge of climate or ocean dynamics
  • Experience in numerical modeling, scientific programming (e.g. C++, Fortran) and UNIX-style operating systems
  • Applicants should be highly proficient in English, have excellent skills in scientific writing, and enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Please submit your English CV & cover letter with the reference number A271/20 by January 22nd, 2021 to:

Dr. André Paul
MARUM, Universität Bremen

Coastal Adaptation Specialist - Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

PICS will soon be announcing a major new project that brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers with decision-makers from multiple municipalities and First Nations communities in the South Coast of British Columbia. The four-year project will study the impact of sea level rise on this region, and develop solutions across local and regional scales to help coastal communities successfully plan and adapt to uncertain futures. The project will develop effective tools and frameworks to support solutions across shared ecosystems and shorelines, including frameworks for collaboration, integrated policies, design guidelines, and coordinated governance arrangements.

The Researcher-in-Residence will be an active contributor to the project (50%) and PICS operational activities in support of PICS’ mandate to produce leading climate solutions research that is actively used by decision-makers (30%). The Researcher-in-Residence will also advance their own original research and professional career (20%).


  • PhD (preferred) or Master’s Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with relevant specialization in one or more of the following knowledge areas: coastal management; regional and urban planning; adaptation policy and governance; coastal engineering, and; landscape architecture.
  • Knowledge of issues concerning integrated coastal management, resilience planning, nature-based solutions, and sea level rise adaptation.
  • Expertise in community engagement processes, including work with First Nations or other Indigenous communities would all be strong assets.
  • Strong analytic capability.
  • Experience working at the interface between science and policy.
  • Dynamic, people-and-results-oriented with a passion for implementing climate change solutions.
  • Ability to communicate complex issues involving risks and probabilities of stochastic events to broad audiences both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • Ability to initiate and execute plans to ensure smooth financial operations of research activities within multi-partner projects.
  • Ability to travel (generally 1-3 days/trip) within BC, but also Canada and internationally, as needed.

Applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2021.

View full details, including information on the application process, here.