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Postdoctoral Scholar, Turbidity Current Monitoring, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 20073

Updated: February 12, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Postdoctoral Scholar position

Area:         Turbidity current monitoring in a glacier-fed lacustrine setting
Duration:     2 years
Start date:     September 1, 2020 (or earlier)
Salary:         $58,500 per year, plus University of Calgary Plan C Benefits

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, the Department of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, and the Hakai Institute invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on direct monitoring of lacustrine turbidity currents in coastal British Columbia. 
The position will be based at the University of Calgary, though will involve occasional travel to Prince George and other locations in BC for fieldwork and meetings are expected, as well as to conferences to present results. We strongly believe that a diverse team is a stronger team and encourage potential candidates with differing backgrounds, perspectives, and talents to apply. The position will be for 2 years (with performance review after first year). Start date is negotiable, but we wish to have someone in the position by Sept 1, 2020 at the latest.

Job Description:
The successful candidate’s responsibilities will consist of collection, processing, and analysis of a variety of datasets (including, but not necessarily limited to multibeam sonar, lidar, acoustic Doppler current profiling, sediment coring, etc.) to understand turbidity current dynamics in a glacier-fed lacustrine setting. 

We seek individuals holding a PhD in geoscience (or related discipline), with experience collecting aDcp data and (ideally) building autonomous moorings to study flows in submarine canyons. Experience with GIS, skills in Python/Matlab or equivalent languages, and some engineering experience are assets. The ideal candidate is expected to work independently and collaboratively, and possess cross-cultural communication skills.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, you must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  
For full consideration, please submit your applications on or before February 28, 2020 via email to both Dr. Dan Shugar ( and Dr. Brian Menounos (

All applications must include:

  • a cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability and motivation for the role;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • copies (unofficial is ok) of the diplomas/university certificates; and
  • a list of three (3) people would could provide references that may support the candidate’s application.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

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

Additional Information

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

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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