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Dr. Clement Bataille (SAiVE lab) at the University of Ottawa is seeking a motivated graduate student to join his research group beginning in the Summer/Fall 2019 to develop models of isotope variations in river, tap waters and human tissues across Canada for applications in hydrology, ecology, archeology and forensic sciences.
The student will join ongoing, collaborative research projects investigating the cycling of hydrogen, sulfur and strontium isotopes from geological, hydrological and atmospheric sources to biological systems. The work will use databases, GIS and statistical methods to develop and test models predicting isotope variations in waters, humans and migratory animals. Outcomes from this work will have wide-reaching relevance to the fields of hydrology, ecology, archeology and forensic sciences. In addition to modeling activities, the successful candidate will gain some laboratory experience in isotope geochemistry and will conduct fieldwork to collect water samples across Canada. Potential collaborators include researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Utah, as well as professionals at Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.
The student will earn a MSc/Ph.D. in Geology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON, Canada). Support will be provided via teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and tuition waivers, and the student will be encouraged to pursue independent grants.
The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in North America and one of the top universities in Canada. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a dynamic, diverse and multicultural city surrounded by green spaces. The University of Ottawa, is located in the heart of the downtown and offers a unique opportunity to obtain both quality training in one of the best universities in Canada while developing a professional network with local, national and international partners.
Applicants must have a BSc or MS degree in geology, geography, or a related discipline with experience in geology, geochemistry or geomatics. Experience with spatial modeling and GIS is required. Knowledge of R, Phyton or other programming languages is preferred. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential and French fluency is a plus. Interested individuals should contact Clement Bataille (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include a cover letter, your CV, list of references, and unofficial transcripts in a single pdf. Cover letter should be no more than a single page and should summarize your interest in this project, your future goals, and your relevant background.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.