Positions Available

We are recruiting highly qualified undergraduate thesis, MSc, and PhD students in fields of remote sensing and modeling in cold region hydrology. We are especially interested in students who have northern research experience, have expertise in UAS and orbital remote sensing analysis, model development and machine learning techniques. 

PhD Student Opportunity in Subarctic Limnology

We are seeking a motivated individual interested in joining the Remote Sensing of Environmental Change research group in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Cold Region Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo, Canada.


Position description

The PhD position is supported through a project funded by the Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (CIMP), “Investigating the seasonality of subarctic lakes in a changing climate using satellite & field data” in collaboration with WLU and the Aurora Research Institute, Northwest Territories (NWT).  


Subarctic lakes are undergoing rapid change with climate warming. One of the most widely observed consequences of climate warming on arctic and subarctic lakes has been a decrease in the duration of ice cover. Ice cover has an important influence on water quality by reducing atmosphere-water interactions, wind mixing, and light penetration.We are interested in exploring the cycling of metals and nutrients under ice and how changing lake ice conditions may influence some of these processes.A better understanding of the physical and chemical limnology of lakes is important as changes in nutrient cycling impact overall productivity of lakes and changes in metal cycling influence the recovery of lakes from metal pollution. 


  • This research is a collaboration between the ReSEC Lab at WLU and the Aurora Research Institute.  The student will be actively involved in defining the actual scope, objectives and methodology of their projects.  The project is expected to be primarily field-based out of Yellowknife, NT.  The candidate may supplement field data collection with field and laboratory experiments to explore geochemical processes between sediments and lake waters.


The selected candidate will work with Drs. Homa Kheyrollah-Pour and Mike English (WLU) and Mike Palmer (Aurora College).


Eligibility: Students interested should have a strong background in aquatic geochemistry or experience in a combination of physical geography, earth science, hydrology, limnology, or biogeochemistry. Strengths in programming, writing, statistical analysis, and the ability to work both independently and in a team are essential. The candidate will preferably have prior experience in the field as well as interest in working in cold regions.  This project will involve winter field work, which can be very cold, but very exciting! 


If this opportunity interests you, and you meet all of the above requirements, please submit your application electronically as a single pdf file to Dr. Kheyrollah Pour (hpour@wlu.ca) and include “CIMP_PhD_yourname” in the subject line.


Your applications should contain: 

  • CV

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position and your research interests

  • Copy of transcript(s)

  • Contact information for 2 references


Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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