Ph.D. in Groundwater Recharge Study At University of Calgary

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May 30, 2013

A major research project called Groundwater Recharge in the Prairies (GRIP) is starting at the University of Calgary. Funded by several departments of the Government of Alberta, the objective of the GRIP project is to understand groundwater recharge processes in unique environments of the Canadian prairies, develop practical tools for quantifying recharge fluxes, and use the new understanding and tools to support sustainable water resources policy development.

We are recruiting five Ph.D. students to conduct various components of this interdisciplinary research project. The research topics include:

– Field-based study of groundwater recharge processes including the infiltration of snowmelt water in partially frozen soil.
– Development and field testing of numerical models to simulate groundwater recharge.
– Development of an integrated, watershed-scale groundwater flow model incorporating the recharge model developed in this study.
– Development of theories and methods to determine the hydraulic properties of geologically complex aquifers from their responses to pumping and barometric pressure fluctuations.
– Development of methods to use gravity satellite (GRACE) data to estimate subsurface water storage change at sub-regional scales.

These topics are intended for Ph.D. students, but exceptionally good M.Sc. students will be considered as well.

Ideal candidates for these positions will have a strong background in hydrology and/or hydrogeology, excellent oral and written communication skills, and depending on the topic of research, experience in field-based hydrological studies or numerical simulation studies. Skills in GIS and remote sensing will be a major asset. Applicants should send a current CV, academic transcripts, and the name and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Masaki Hayashi
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada
E-mail: Tel: +1-403-220-2794

Ph.D. (or M.Sc.) students will preferably start the program in September 2013, but a later start will be considered as well.

NOTES: 6 openings

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