Postdoctoral Fellow in River Dynamics

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia to participate in ongoing research on river dynamics under the mentorship of Professor Brett Eaton. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Eaton’s research group, helping to design and supervise experimental investigations into channel dynamics and river stabilization techniques for gravel bed rivers. This position is ideal for applicants with a strong background in river research who are also interested in developing the teaching skills necessary for a successful academic career. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021.

Position details

The postdoctoral fellow will have several different responsibilities. They will work with MSc and PhD students in Dr. Eaton’s group, helping them design experiments and develop appropriate analysis techniques for their theses. The fellow will also take the lead in conducting a series of experiments investigating the novel stream channel stabilization techniques based on previous work conducted by Dr. Eaton’s group. Research activities will include: designing, conducting and analysing experiments using UBC’s experimental laboratory; drafting and revising co-authored journal articles; mentoring graduate students; and coordinating the experimental activities of Dr. Eaton’s group.

The fellow will teach two undergraduate courses in the Department of Geography: Geomorphic Processes and Hazards (GEOS 206), and Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes (GEOS 103). GEOS 206 is a foundational course in geomorphology focussed on the Earth surface processes shaping the landscape, the identification of hazards and hazardous areas associated with these processes, and the introduction to techniques for measurement and analysis at various spatial and time scales. GEOS 103 is a large lecture-format class with multiple sections offered each year, and a well-developed standard curriculum covering the physical processes acting at the Earth's surface, the water cycle, landforms development, and human impacts on surface processes.

Required qualifications

Candidates must have obtained a PhD degree within the last 5 years in fluvial geomorphology or a related field. Candidates must also have some experience with teaching in Earth Sciences or Physical Geography. Experience with research relating to fluvial geomorphology (in particular, gravel bed river dynamics, river restoration, and sediment transport), and/or physical hydrology (in particular, flood hazards and the effects of land use and climate change on flood frequency distributions) is also required.

Preferred qualifications

In addition to the required qualifications, preference will be given to applicants with:

  • a programming background and excellent scripting skills in R, python, or similar;
  • experience in laboratory experiments investigating stream channel dynamics, sediment transport or open channel hydraulics;
  • the ability to use digital photogrammetry programs and to analyse high-density topographic datasets;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong publication record;
  • one or more years of relevant classroom instruction at the post-secondary level;
  • explicit training in the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • a commitment to evidence-based teaching strategies that promote student learning; and
  • evidence of effective teaching (e.g. student evaluations).

Salary: $60,000 CAD/year + benefits. The position is for 24 months, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 12 to 24 months, depending on funding availability.

Start Date: Sep. 1, 2021.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail their complete application in PDF format by July 16, 2021 to, including:

  • A cover letter describing your background, experience, motivation for seeking the position and contact information for three references;
  • A CV including complete publication list;
  • 'PDF in River Dynamics' in the subject line.

The evaluation of candidates will begin on July 16, 2021 and continue until filled. Candidates selected for further evaluation will be contacted for an interview.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-55155 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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