Process-based evaluation of streamflow vulnerability to climate change across North America (PhD)

We invite applications for a fully funded PhD position on “Process-based evaluation of streamflow vulnerability to climate change across North America” in Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver).

Project Aim:

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Ali Ameli to determine the impacts of climate change on shallow and deep subsurface hydrologic processes, and their linkages to flood-rich, drought-rich and drought-driven wildfire periods. In doing so, the successful candidate will work with a recently-developed database. In addition to scientific achievements, this project will provide management authorities in Canada and USA with science-based decision-making tools to inform watershed management and land-use development, under the changing climate.

The ideal candidates will have

  • Sound knowledge on catchment hydrology
  • Competence in GIS tools and programming in GIS environment  
  • Experience with model scripting/programming
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Basic knowledge of data science and statistical modelling (an asset, but not necessary)
  • Basic knowledge of process-based modelling (an asset, but not necessary)

Students from disciplines including, Civil, Geological or Environmental Engineering, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Forestry, Statistics, Applied mathematics and similar disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Research Group:

HydroGeoscience for Watershed Management (HG-WM) is an interdisciplinary research group that uses mechanistic and statistical modelling approaches to generate scientific evidence required to inform watershed management and to regulate the environmental impacts of climate change. The research group is part of UBC’s Geological Engineering program which has a rich history of over 100 years. For more information visit:

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter with detailed explanations on how the applicant meets the requirements for the position,
  2. a curriculum vita,
  3. unofficial academic transcript(s), and
  4. the names and contact information of two professional references.

Application materials should be combined into a single PDF document and be sent to, by July 1, 2021.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-54572 in all your correspondence about this Doctoral student position.

This position will be supervised by

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