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Postdoctoral Scholar in Sea Ice/Polar Marine Biogeochemistry, Department of Geography

Job ID: 28050

Updated: February 14, 2023

Location: Main Campus

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Position Description

Area:         Sea Ice/Polar Marine Biogeochemistry: Models & Observations 
Duration:     2 years     
Start date:     September 1, 2023 (negotiable)    
Salary:         55,000 $ CAD per year plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C health insurance benefits

The Department of Geography in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in sea ice or polar marine biogeochemistry.

Job Description:

Dr. Brent Else (University of Calgary, Department of Geography) and Dr. Lisa Miller (Institute of Ocean Sciences, Fisheries and Oceans Canada) are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to contribute to the international project: "Climate relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice and snow in the polar and global climate system (CRiceS)". The goal of this project, funded in part by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Horizon Global Platform, is to improve how biogeochemical models represent the role of polar processes and feedbacks in the global climate system. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with both observationalists and numerical modellers within the CRiceS project to compile existing observational data implementation in model development. Specific efforts within CRiceS include better understanding of: air-sea exchange in the presence of sea ice; carbon export and deep sequestration; iron and nutrient supplies to sea-ice biota; and seasonality and sources of aerosol precursors; among other topics. The PDF should expect to conduct field studies relevant to the requirements of the modeling efforts. The ideal candidate will be either an observational scientist interested in pathways to mobilize field studies in climate models, or a modeling scientist interested in broadening their perspectives to include observational Polar science.
Specific experience in any of the following fields will be considered, with experience relevant to polar seas preferred, but not necessary:

  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Air-sea gas exchange
  • Carbon cycling in the Earth system

The Fellow will join a dynamic research group that conducts world-class research on Arctic marine biogeochemistry, while also supporting Inuit capacity for environmental monitoring and response to climate change. Extensive access to the Arctic will be available through existing grants held by Dr. Else and through collaborations with government departments and other Canadian and international universities. In particular, the position involves strong collaboration with the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s oceanographic research facility in Victoria, British Columbia and a leading institution of ocean climate research. The Fellow will have access to logistical support and instruments necessary for marine and atmospheric research in the Canadian Arctic.

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  • Recent PhD* in a field related to Geography/Earth/Ocean sciences 
  • Strong research record reflected by publications in international journals.
  • Independent researcher, willing to pursue own ideas and interests.
  • Must be an effective collaborator, able to facilitate and execute joint problem-solving.
  • Applicants will ideally have experience conducting collaborative interdisciplinary and/or international research.

*Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  

Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name] to Dr. Brent Else, Associate Professor at [email protected]

All applications must include:

  • Statement of Interest (1 page) that explains how the applicant’s program of research and publication record is appropriate for the position 
  • current curriculum vitae (CV); 
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s) / university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for two (2) references to support the application. 

Questions about eligibility and potential fit to the position are encouraged and can be sent by email to Dr. Else. 

Applications will be reviewed starting March 31, 2023 and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified. 

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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