The Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a Post-doctoral position in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group with Prof. Greg Lawrence. This interdisciplinary PhD project will explore the physical limnology of a complex northern lake.
Base Mine Lake, in northern Alberta, is the first commercial-scale demonstration of water capping of fluid fine tailings (FFT) in the oil sands industry. The resulting end pit lake is a complex water body due to ice cover, significant salinity, and warm FFT (composed of silt, clay, process-affected water and residual bitumen) that is slowly dewatering, settling and releasing gasses. These factors raise a number of important physical limnology questions. Notably, will the lake become meromictic and how much mixing is generated: by salt excluded from the ice; by heat released from the warm FFT in winter; by internal waves in summer; by penetrative convection in fall; and by gas emerging from the FFT?
We are partners with Syncrude Canada Ltd. and a number of other research groups at universities throughout Canada. This project provides a unique opportunity to participate in a large multidisciplinary project, to be part of all aspects of the project, and to interact with industrial partners.
We are looking for skilled applicants who are enthusiastic to undertake this research. A background in physical limnology is required, along with one or more of the following: numerical modelling, field investigations, laboratory investigations. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and writing skills and to help supervise graduate students.
We offer a 2 year position available immediately. The successful applicant will receive a salary of $55,000-65,000/year depending on qualifications. Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest to Dr. Greg Lawrence (email@example.com). This should include a:
• a letter indicating your reasons for applying and your qualifications,
• current resume,
• latest publications in (or submissions to) peer reviewed journals, and
• contact information for 2 or 3 potential references.
Potential applicants should be eligible to work in Canada.