PhD Student (Lake Impacts and Responses)

 (via AGU)
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
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Lake Futures seeks one graduate student (PhD) interested in research on the causes, impacts and mitigation of water quality issues in the Great Lakes and their watersheds. The successful candidates will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Windsor as well as with industry, government and community partners. Projects involve a combination of fieldwork, data synthesis and numerical modeling.

The PhD student will work on nearshore-offshore exchange in Lake Erie, including modeling the Grand River plume, via high-resolution numerical simulations using a three-dimensional numerical model. Applicants are required to have a background in fluid dynamics and computational mathematics. Supervisor: Kevin Lamb and Marek Stastna.

This work is part of Project 2 of Lake Futures. The overall goal of this project is to advance the predictive understanding and modeling of the biogeochemical responses of large lake systems to changes in nutrient inputs and climate warming at temporal scales ranging from days to decades, with an emphasis on nutrient cycling and the management of algal blooms.

The students of Project 2 will be guided by a team of researchers including: Kevin LambPhilippe Van CappellenMarek StastnaClaude DuguayHoma Keyrollah Pour, and Raoul-Marie Couture from the University of Waterloo; Jason Venkiteswaran from Wilfrid Laurier University; and researchers from Environment Canada and from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. 

Application instructions 

The applicant should have research experience in fluid dynamics and computational mathematics. They will work with a cross-university team of researchers and must be effective in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. To apply for this position, please submit a complete application as a single PDF document to Maggie Norris (, with the subject line: PhD_your surname.

In your application, please include:

  • A letter explaining your motivation for applying to the position and how your research interests align with the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of transcript(s)
  • Contact information for 3 references

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and people with disabilities.