Volume 23 No. 50

November 5, 2019

Employment and Opportunities

Physical Science Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada - Meteorological Service of Canada
Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec)

This process is intended to establish a qualified pool of candidates that may be used to staff PC-2 positions in Toronto (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec), Ottawa (Ontario) or Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) on an indeterminate or determinate basis with various language requirements according to the position being staffed.

Positions to be filled: 2

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, chemistry, geography, earth sciences or in a discipline in the sciences or engineering relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working on science issues within an interdisciplinary team environment.
• Experience working in a Linux environment.
• Experience in computer coding (e.g., Python, TCL/TK, R, C, Perl).
• Experience in applying data analysis tools and methods.
• Experience writing technical or scientific documents (e.g., reports, notes, summaries).

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Geomicrobiology - University of Calgary

The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured member of the Faculty of Science in accordance with University policies, based on a recommendation from the Dean, Faculty of Science. The appointment will be at the rank of full professor (or associate professor, with the expectation to be promoted to full professor level within one or two years of the nomination).

The CRC Tier 1 funding is for a seven-year, renewable term. Chair candidates will be required to have a PhD and academic qualifications that commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor and an internationally distinguished research and teaching record. Candidates must have the necessary credentials to deliver on the mission of the Chair to lead a novel and innovative research program at the intersection of leading-edge Geomicrobiology and Energy research within the strategic plan of the Faculty of Science and the University of Calgary Eyes High Strategy. 

Please view the full posting here to apply. Applications are accepted until November 29, 2019.

Scientist in Ice Sheet-Solid Earth Interactions - Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, NASA

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a full-time scientist position to join the Sea Level and Ice Group with the Earth Sciences Section.


  • PhD in solid Earth Science with emphasis on numerical modeling, or related technical discipline.
  • In-depth knowledge of GIA theory and computation.
  • Advanced knowledge and specific experience in solid Earth deformation modeling, data assimilation techniques and numerical approaches to solving boundary-value problems.
  • Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Desired two years of related experience.
  • Experience with the geological constraints on GIA that constrain past ice sheet reconstructions.
  • Familiarity with data sets from NASA’s current and future sea-level missions: GRACE-FO, NISAR, SWOT, and Jason series. 
  • Strong track record of independent research in solid earth, geodesy and/or cryospheric science.

To apply, please see here.

Post-Doctoral Researcher - Pacific Water Research Centre, Faculty of Environment, SFU

SFU is looking for an outstanding individual with a strong commitment to policy-relevant research and in-depth knowledge of quantitative analysis and data management. The Post-Doctoral Research (PDR) will play a leading role in a tri-national project on methodologies for costing of flood impacts in Canada, Mexico and the United States.


  • Ph.D. in one of the following or closely related fields: environmental science, environmental economics, environmental engineering, geography, hydrology. All the Ph.D. requirements must be fully completed by 15 December 2019. 
  • A strong background in quantitative analysis and data management. 
  • Demonstrated experience in both policy-relevant and peer-reviewed scientific publications. Prior experience in engaging with various policy audiences will be considered a plus.
  • Result-oriented and self-motivated person with the ability to prioritize work load and multi-task.
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communications in oral and written English. Fluency in Spanish and/or French will be considered a plus.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail in the form of a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file to Dr. Zafar Adeel at: . Applications must include the following: (a) a cover letter setting out how the applicant’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position; (b) curriculum vitae of the applicant; and, (c) full contact information of at least two professional referees. The applications must be received by 20 November 2019.

Summer Research Opportunity in Germany

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake summer research internships at eligible German institutions.

RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with three-month projects supervised by PhD students in Germany.

  • Open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program
    • Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program
  • Applications accepted until December 15, 2019. Students must apply through the RISE application portal.
  • Competitive opportunity — only top-ranked students are matched with projects
  • Projects must start between May 15 and July 9, 2020
  • Approved recipients receive $6,000 toward travel and accommodations

For questions about the application procedure, matching process, and internship placement, please contact rise-germany@daad.de. For any questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca.

Programs and Events

Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermaths: A Roundtable Discussion

One year. Eight years. Eighteen years. After disaster, life goes on. Individuals, communities and countries rebuild and restructure, leaving the time of disaster behind while they simultaneously incorporate its affective realities into their everyday lives. This roundtable integrates diverse approaches to understanding the social elements of disaster aftermaths – with an eye towards producing useable knowledge in the present as we prepare for future disasters. The speakers will share their anthropological research in India, Sri Lanka, and Japan, followed by a response focused on Vancouver from the city's lead seismic policy planner.

Date/time: Thursday, November 21, 5:00-6:30pm at CK Choi Building, 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC

Why Convection Matters: Dilution, Entrainment, and Cloud-Climate Feedback

A Colloquium with Phil Austin.

Date/time: Thursday, November 7, 4:00pm in Room 5104-06.

Seminar with Dr. Lizzie Dingle

Topic: "What controls the characteristics and fate of sediment exported from mountain ranges?"

Date/time: Thursday, November 7th in SSB 7172 at 3:30pm.

Refreshments will be served. (Bring your own coffee mug!)

PhD Thesis Defense

Benjamin Scheifele will be defending his PhD thesis: "Observations of Turbulence and Mixing in the Southeastern Beaufort Sea".

Date/time: Friday, November 8, 1:30pm in ESB 5108