Hydroclimate Scientist

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

PCIC is seeking to hire a postdoctoral Hydroclimate Scientist

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess
climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of
the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the
capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to
provide the scientific basis for policy development. PCIC is a regional
climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides
practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and
change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional
stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term
planning. www.pacificclimate.org <http://www.pacificclimate.org>


This postdoctoral position is part of the pan-Canadian Global Water
Futures (GWF) research program (<https://gwf.usask.ca>, led by the
University of Saskatchewan. GWF aims to place Canada as a global leader
in water science for the world’s cold regions in order address the
strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and
managing risks of uncertain water futures. It is the task of the GWF’s
Core Modelling Team to deliver next-generation advances in modelling
tools and new monitoring systems to study and predict the effects of
climate change and human interactions on water quantity and quality.
Over the coming years the Core Modelling Team will focus on a number of
priority research areas to support this next-generation modelling. One
priority recognizes that model calibration will remain an important, but
expensive, component of model application over large, spatially
heterogeneous domains. Therefore, the advertised position is responsible
for contributing to improvements in the science of large-domain model
parameter estimation for application in Canada and other cold regions.

Nature of Work

The Hydroclimate Scientist, as part of GWF’s Core Modelling Team, will
undertake research to support the development of a next-generation
pan-Canadian hydrologic modeling framework. He/she will work at PCIC
under the supervision of the Lead for the Hydrologic Impacts theme and
collaborates with members of PCIC and GWF’s Core Modelling Team. PCIC
offers a positive, supportive and collegial work environment that
promotes collaboration and excellence. As a user and stakeholder-driven
organization, PCIC requires that candidates be flexible in order to
adapt their research objectives to changing organizational and
stakeholder priorities and needs.


The objectives of the position are to conduct research that seeks to
address some or all of the following:

Participate in baseline model performance studies.
Understand hydrologic model sensitivity and behavior across large
domains, with particular emphasis to cold regions hydrology.
Explore large domain, multi-objective, parameter estimation strategies
Test and develop computationally efficient model calibration tools
and workflows.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge and Experience

·PhD in the physical sciences, preferably in the Hydrologic, Atmospheric
or Climate sciences

·Experience in the development and application of hydrologic or land
surface models (such as the Variable Infiltration Capacity model)

·Experience with multi-objective parameter estimation and optimization

·Experience working with high-performance computing systems

·Experience working on interdisciplinary projects and with
interdisciplinary teams

·A high level of productivity for peer‐reviewed publications is expected


·Excellent data analysis and visualization skills

·Excellent statistical analysis skills

·Excellent communications skills

·Excellent programming skills

·Excellent multi‐tasking skills


·Work in a self‐directed manner and within a team environment

·Re-evaluate and adjust priorities and objectives in light of research
findings and evolving requirements

·Ability to acquire, manipulate and analyze large spatiotemporal data sets

·Ability to find creative solutions to complex, open-ended problems

·Operate with a professional demeanor while representing PCIC outside
the organization

Employment period

2.5-year term commitment.

Weekly working hours

Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Pay rate

Commensurate with education and experience.

Additional information: Address enquiries to Markus Schnorbus at
climate@uvic.ca <mailto:climate@uvic.ca>.

Application: Please send your application including a cover letter, CV,
and three professional references to Markus Schnorbus, climate@uvic.ca
<mailto:climate@uvic.ca>, with “ATTN: Hydroclimate Scientist” in the
subject line. Please indicate whether you are legally able to work in

Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until suitable
candidates are found.

To apply for this job email your details to climate@uvic.ca