Postdoctoral Position in Hydrological Modelling

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated scientist with experience in hydrologic modelling to join our team at the Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The successful candidate will contribute to research aimed at understanding and quantifying the effects of natural and anthropogenic forest disturbances at the stand, small, medium and large watershed scales in snow-dominated environments.

The appointment will run from January 1, 2022 (an earlier start date is possible and desirable) for a full year, with an extension being contingent on performance and availability of funding.


Applicants must have demonstrated the strengths needed for the application of existing hydrological models, and making source code changes and adapting these models to the simulation of the hydrology of disturbed watersheds. The candidate must have a strong background in physical hydrology and a sound understanding of the interactions of the vegetation cover with processes such as snow accumulation, melt, evaporation and transpiration. Applicants must have strong mathematical and computer skills. A basic foundation in forestry and previous experience with the use of distributed models such as the Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM) of Wigmosta et al. (1994 WRR) will be considered good assets.

Preference will be given to candidates with strong communication skills and who demonstrated abilities to conduct research and publish in scientific journals. Only candidates who hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of appointment can be considered for this position. The salary for this position will depend on experience.

How to Apply for this Postdoctoral Position in Hydrological Modelling

Applications including a resume and the names and addresses of at least two references should be submitted on the UBC careers site.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.