Post-doctoral opportunity in Atmospheric Sciences at UNBC - BC-428

Preferred Disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences
Project length: 1 year (3 units) with possibility of extension
Approx. start date: April 2019
Location: Prince George, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None
Company: Chu Cho Environmental

About Company:

Chu Cho Industries has quickly become a leading construction company operating in northern BC creating employment within the Tsay Keh traditional territory. This company is capable of diverse works, with a proven track record of reliability and dependability while striving for complete customer satisfaction. Extensive work experience in Northern British Columbia and in remote locations, along with local knowledge of weather, terrain, work conditions, culture and government regulations gives Chu Cho Industries a unique advantage in meeting your requirements.

Summary of Project:

British Columbia’s northern Rocky Mountains form the headwaters of the Peace River, a large (~300,000 km2) tributary to the Slave and Mackenzie rivers, and a critical waterway for the production of hydroelectricity by the provincial utility BC Hydro. Since the construction of the W.A.C. Bennett dam and the development of the 74 km3 Williston Reservoir in the late 1960s, the upper Peace River watershed’s hydrology and climate have been substantially modified. This study will employ long-term climate and hydrometric records to assess recent changes in hydroclimate in the upper Peace River watershed (upstream of the W.A.C. Bennett dam). The long-term climate datasets may include observations-based (e.g. NRCANMET or PNWNAMET) datasets, reanalysis products (e.g. NARR) and/or climate model output, in addition to stationbased time series while hydrometric records will be extracted from the Water Survey of Canada. An intercomparison of the climate datasets will be undertaken to assess their reliance in representing conditions across the upper Peace River watershed. Trends in air temperature and precipitation will then be used to assess drivers of streamflow changes in the waterways draining into the Williston Reservoir.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • To be discussed with the researcher

Methodology:

    • To be discussed with the researcher

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    We invite applications for a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) having a comprehensive knowledge of cold regions climate and hydrology, atmospheric datasets, and who has excellent computational, programming and communication skills. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in the atmospheric sciences or related fields, and preference will be given those with experience handling large climate datasets. The applicant may also participate in field work related to the deployment of weather stations in the vicinity of the Williston Reservoir and the northern Rockies, as well as in outreach activities at Tsay Keh Dene Nation and other communities within the upper Peace River watershed. Applicants must be able to work independently and have the ability to prepare papers for peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and will also work in the offices of Chu Cho Environmental Consultants, both in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

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