Research Positions

Undergraduate research assistant - flood risk management

GIWS members Cherie Westbrook and Bram Noble have an opening for an undergraduate research assistant (RA) to work for the remainder of the summer break, with the potential for additional work in the fall term, on their newly funded flood risk management project. The RA’s responsibilities will be to collect and catalogue academic and governmental documents on flood policy and management, with particular attention to those with relevance to Western Canada. To be successful in this position, you are likely to be resourceful, find it fun to retrieve information, are well organized, good at documenting your actions, and interested in the area of environmental science and management.

Pay is based on experience and year in program as per University of Saskatchewan rates. To apply, please email Dr. Westbrook and Dr. Noble (the position is co-supervised), and include both your resume and a letter explaining why you think you are a good fit for this job. Email:, and 

Postdoctoral Fellow - flood modelling and flood risk assessment

Amin Elshorbagy, GIWS member, is searching for a candidate with strong knowledge in statistics, watershed hydrology, modelling and programming. Start date is August 2014.

Chemistry lab manager/Technologist

A two-year contract position is available to run the GIWS chemistry lab under the supervision of Dr. Helen Baulch. The successful applicant will be responsible for performing and supervising analyses across numerous instruments including a gas chromatograph, discrete chemical analyser, and membrane-inlet mass spectrometer. The manager will be responsible for student and technician training, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting, lab safety, coordinating waste management, data management, QAQC, lab ordering and will help support graduate student projects. 

The ideal applicant will have extensive experience in instrumental techniques, water chemistry, and/or mass spectrometry. Masters-level applicants and candidates with bachelor’s education or college education combined with extensive lab-based experience are also well-suited to the position. Applicants should have experience working in a multi-user environment, and ideally will have supervisory experience. 

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications should be directed to with “Re: chemistry lab manager/technologist” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, starting June 26. 

Faculty position - Watershed Modelling

GIWS and the School of Environment and Sustainability invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position to join our team. For details, view the job posting. Application review commences May 12, 2014.

MES opportunity - Large-scale hydrological modelling

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, GIWS member and School of Environment and Sustainability faculty, is seeking a master's candidate with relevant experience to help carry out a large-scale hydrological modelling project using the MEC-MESH hydrological model. The project focuses on the Peace-Athabasca-Slave river catchment and will support local communities concerned with management of the water environment. View the full posting here.

Masters, College of Medicine - Drinking Water Treatment and Quality, Safe Water for Health research team

GIWS member Lalita Bharadwaj is seeking a graduate student to conduct a comparative evaluation of drinking water quality in First Nations communities with and without Integrated Biological Reverse Osmosis Membrane (IBROM) drinking water treatment systems. For more information, click here.

MES opportunity - Management of economic risk of on-farm surface water retention systems

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, GIWS member and SENS faculty, is seeking a Masters candidate to work on a research project examining how surface water retention systems can be designed and managed to improve crop profitability and if they can provide an adaptive/competitive advantage in a changing climate. For details, view the job posting.

Graduate student opportunities - Lake Diefenbaker limnology research

Jeff Hudson, GIWS member, is seeking graduate students for two research projects on Lake Diefenbaker. For details, view the job posting

Sustainability Science in the Delta Dialogue Network, SENS - master's opportunity

The School of Environment and Sustainability is seeking up to two Master in Environment and Sustainability (MES) candidates with interest and/or experience in sustainability sciences to support research in understanding the link between knowledge co-production and mobilization as it pertains to water flow regimes in Northern inland Delta communities in Canada. The Delta DIaLOGUE (Distributing Indigenous and Local Observations for Governing Uncertain Environments) Network (DDN) is well supported by the U of S and partner institutions. 

For more information, please view the posting or contact Sharla Daviduik.

Development of Bayesian-Belief Networks for large river deltas, Toxicology Centre - post-doctoral opportunity

The post-doc will work as part of inter-disciplinary teams that bring together expertise in hydrology, toxicology, ecology, socio-economics and policy sciences to work with communities towards understanding long-term changes in these deltas.

For more information, please view the posting or contact Tim Jardine.

Graduate Studentships

Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) studentship - Fluvial Geomorphology

PhD or Masters studentship - Winter Limnology (revised to include masters applicants)