Opportunities for Graduate Students 

The Canadian Rivers Institute is a network of 23 Science Directors and their Associates located at 15 academic institutions across Canada and internationally. If you are interested in studying with one of the CRI Science Directors or their Associates, please contact them directly through our Science Directors page, and see below for an updated list of graduate student opportunities. 

New employment and graduate study opportunities are also posted and updated regularly on the CRI Facebook page
 

 


“There are a number of reasons that I chose CRI for my graduate education. CRI is a world-leading research institute, and it is home of a number of well-known experts in the field of Limnology. CRI provides me all the facilities I need for my research, and work in an excellent environment full of collaborative people.”




- Comments from a survey to CRI graduate students and alumni in February 2016, administered by CRI post-doctoral research fellows Dr. Meghann Bruce and Dr. Zacchaeus Compson.

 

Current Graduate Opportunities

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

MSc/PhD Position: Ecological Research in Artic Freshwater Ecosystems

Motivated MSc/PhD students are sought to participate in novel Arctic research within a NSERC Strategic Project Grant, “Functional, Structural and Biodiversity Studies of Arctic Freshwater Watersheds: Validating Protocols for Monitoring and Cumulative Assessments”. Students will join a research team with scientists from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University to develop an improved understanding of how human-induced changes in Arctic freshwater ecosystems may impact the health of northern freshwater resources and the provision of ecosystem services.

Desired qualifications:
- B.Sc, as well as MSc for PhD position candidates, in Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
- Interest in designing experiments and conducting field monitoring in remote locations
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Meet graduate studies enrolment requirements at the University of Waterloo, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, or Wilfred Laurier University

Additional desired qualifications:
- Experience in conducting aquatic fieldwork, ideally in remote locations
- Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
- Experience working with a diversity of project partners including Inuit communities
- Experience with ArcGIS
- Ability to write and present in English Knowledge of French for candidates interested in enrolling at UQAC

5 graduate student positions (May 1, 2018 start date) are available as follows:
- PhD 1 (UQAC – Co-supervised by Rautio & Power) – Linking changes in watershed size and hydrological connectivity to ecosystem structure and ultimately the availability of food for fish.
- PhD 2 (WLU – Co-supervised by Culp & Rautio) – Determining the importance of lake-stream connectance and landscape linkages as drivers of benthic food web structure and function.
- PhD 3 (Waterloo – Co-supervised by Power & Rautio) – Testing the importance of landscape and watershed attributes for fish temperature use, growth and condition.
- MSc 1 (Waterloo or UQAC – Co-supervised by Power & Rautio) – Linking reliance on autochthonous carbon to fish condition.
- MSc 2 (Waterloo or WLU – Co-supervised by Power & Culp) – Linking stream habitat characteristics to juvenile fish density and biomass

Please send your CV, unofficial transcripts, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and research interests to all of the following:
- University of Waterloo: Dr. Michael Power (m3power@uwaterloo.ca)
- Université du Québec à Chicoutimi: Dr. Milla Rautio (Milla.Rautio@uqac.ca)
- Wilfrid Laurier University: Dr. Joseph Culp at (jculp@wlu.ca)

Application deadline: 31 January, 2018 but applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Dr. Adam Yates, Geography Department, University of Western Ontario 

MSc Position: Stream ecosystem function response to municipal wastewater effluent
Motivated M.Sc. student sought for research project studying the response of stream ecosystem function to wastewater effluent releases as part of Western University’s StrEAMS lab. Student will conduct research as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Western University and Environment and Climate Change Canada in support of ongoing research to understand the ecological consequences of increasing nutrient loads to streams in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Student responsibilities will include assisting with development of study designs, conducting fieldwork, sample and data analysis, as well as reporting to government partners.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline and interest in designing experiments and conducting field and lab work. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Highly competitive funding packages are available and a minimum funding of $18,000 per year is guaranteed. All associated research costs will be funded by the StrEAMS lab. The successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario with opportunities for short-term placements at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Required qualifications:
- B.Sc. in Eoclogy, Environmental Science or related discipline
- Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept of Geography at the University of Western Ontario

Additional desired qualifications:
- Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
- Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
- Valid Driver's license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcript and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date is May 2018. Review of applications will begin January, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

PhD Position: ​Asessment of potential and realized benefits of agricultural best practices
Motivated PhD student sought for a unique opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research as part of a 4 year degree program in the StrEAMS lab at Western University in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Student project will focus on the study of agricultural best management practices in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Aims will include a spatial, GIS based, assessment of potential water quality and ecological benefits of BMPs in the Red River Valley as well as field assessments of individual BMPs aimed at reducing nutrient loadings to Lake Winnipeg tributaries. The successful applicant will join a team of scientists from Western University and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing experiments and analyzing and reporting research outcomes.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic biogeochemistry, ecology, environmental science or related discipline and interest in designing experiments and conducting field and lab work. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

The successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario with opportunities for temporary placements in labs of Government collaborators.

Required qualifications:
- M.Sc. in Ecology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or related discipline
- Meet enrolement requirements of the
Dept of Geography at The University of Western Ontario

Additional desired qualifications:
- Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
- Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
- Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
- Valid Driver's license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date can be as early as January 2018 with additional opportunities for enrollment in May or September of 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until the position is filled.

PhD Position: Assessment of nutrient loading from groundwater on algal communities in small, agricultural streams
Motivated PhD student sought for a unique opportunity to conduct research on algal response to groundwater inputs of nutrients in agricultural streams. The student project is a component of interdisciplinary research project funded by the NSERC strategic project grant program involving ecologists, biogeochemists, hydrogeologists and engineers from Western University and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The student project will include a mix of observational and experimental field studies aimed at identifying the role of groundwater fluxes of nutrients as a control of spatial variation in algal community structure and function in small agricultural streams in southern Ontario, Canada. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing experiments, analyzing and reporting research outcomes, as well as coordinating with the larger research team.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline and interest in designing experiments and conducting field and lab work. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

The successful candidate will be based in the Geography Department at Western University in London, Ontario, with opportunities for temporary placement in labs of Government collaborators.

Required qualifications:
- M.Sc. in Ecology, Environmental Science, or related discipline
- Meet enrollment requirements of
Dept of Geography at The University of Western Ontario

Additional desired qualifications:
- Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
- Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
- Valid Driver's license

Please send your CV, a list of two references (along with contact phone and email), unofficial transcripts and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca. Start date is May 2018, but opportunities for a January, 2018 start date are possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue until the position is filled.

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel and Dr. Andre St-Hilare, University of Prince Edward Island

PhD Position: Environmental Flows
The Canadian Rivers Institute is seeking a talented researcher to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental flows as it relates to water use and extraction on Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. The province of PEI is 100% dependent on groundwater for domestic and industrial use and is in the process of developing a Water Act to govern those resources. The purpose of this project is to conduct biological and hydraulic validation of environmental flow guidelines in order to determine whether those guidelines are appropriate for PEI stream conditions. These studies are generally being conducted within the international framework of Ecological Limits of Flow Alteration (ELOHA). The science conducted will help to develop regulations for environmental flows associated with the Water Act. Research will be focussed on the examination of stream systems where water extraction is occurring including measurement of impacts on fish populations and communities, hydraulics of PEI streams as it applies to fish habitat. Reference sites will also be sampled.

Desired qualifications:
Field experience with fish and fish capture is an advantage
- Experience with stream hydraulics or hydrological modelling would also be an asset, though training will be provided if required. 
- Competitiveness for national or regional scholarships and past research productivity will also be a criterion for selection. 

The position will be based at the University of Prince Edward Island under the co-supervision of Drs. Michael van den Heuvel (UPEI), and Andre St-Hilaire (INRS). The search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applications, a cover letter, CV, and transcript can be emailed to mheuvel@upei.ca.