Post Doctoral Fellow

Faculty of Science - Department of Biological Sciences

Competition No.  -    A106144422
Closing Date  -    Jan 31, 2021

Project description:

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Alberta is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on the project “Development of a comprehensive geospatial tool for assessing watershed integrity and aquatic ecosystem health in the North Saskatchewan River basin”. The aim of this project is to develop a geospatial model of watershed integrity, calibrated using multidisciplinary field-based data from selected tributaries in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR). It uses a paired monitoring and modeling approach to develop a geospatial tool that will ultimately allow the identification of potential areas of aquatic ecosystem impairment. This project is a collaborative initiative between the University of Alberta and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), and is funded by the Water Innovation Program of Alberta Innovates.

Key responsibilities:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the:

  • Evaluation of aquatic ecosystem health across the North Saskatchewan River using readily available field data from selected tributaries (including water quality, microbial communities, periphyton, benthic invertebrates and fish communities).
  • Calculation of candidate indices of aquatic ecosystem health.
  • Selection of the best performing indicators and development of a multi-metric index of aquatic ecosystem health.
  • Development of stressor-response relationships to be used in candidate geospatial models of watershed integrity.

In addition, the selected candidate will be working closely with geospatial and aquatic scientists of AEP to incorporate the developed stressor-response curves into the geospatial models of watershed integrity.

Qualifications and experience:

The successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD in freshwater ecology or similar field
  • Demonstrable experience with large multi-disciplinary datasets.
  • A strong background in statistics and ecological modelling to evaluate environmental indicators.
  • Good knowledge in R and/or python for statistical analysis.
  • Experience working with geospatial datasets.
  • Solid communication and writing skills.
  • Good publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • A proactive profile, capable to work independently within a large multi-disciplinary team.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter including a statement of research interests (one page).
  • Full CV and publication list.
  • Name and contact information of two academic references.

If you are interested in joining the team, please send your application package as a single pdf file to:

Dr. Craig Emmerton: and

Dr. Rolf Vinebrooke:

Deadline for applications: January 31st, 2021
Position duration: 1 year (April 2021 - March 2022)

Location: The candidate will be located in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) but remote work will be considered.

Gross Annual salary: $50,000 CAD

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.  

How to Apply

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.