Job ID: 123910

Post-doctoral fellowship in hydrometeorology

Laval University

  • May 29, 2019
  • Jul. 1, 2019
  • Jan. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Natural Sciences
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Earth Sciences
    Atmospheric Sciences

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a large-scale effort devoted to quantifying the water footprint of hydroelectricity produced in northern regions. Water footprint is defined as the amount of water used to produce a good or a service. In the case of hydroelectricity, water is being ‘consumed’ through net evaporation resulting from the creation of the reservoir. This net loss of water is computed by subtracting evapotranspiration from ecosystems prior to their flooding to evaporation from the newly created reservoir.

A multi-year field campaign involving direct measurements of evaporation by means of multiple eddy covariance systems is currently taking place in the La Romaine Hydroelectric Complex (~50°N, ~63°W; see Figure 1), in the province of Quebec, Canada. The acquisition of this dataset is supporting the evaluation of lake models and surface schemes designed to simulate the vertical exchanges of heat and water between the earth surface and the atmosphere.

The postdoctoral fellow will initially be responsible for estimating net evaporation from the observations of the various ecosystems under study (reservoir, forest, wetlands, river). In a second phase, based on lake models and surface schemes previously validated, the postdoctoral fellow will estimate the net evaporation over the entire watershed since the creation of the hydroelectric complex in the early 2010s. Finally, using climate model outputs, the candidate will be responsible for studying the effect of climate change on net evaporation. This work will be done in close collaboration with two doctoral students who focus respectively on the observation and modelling aspects of the project.

This work is in collaboration with Hydro-Québec, a state-owned company in charge of generating, transmitting and distributing electricity across the province of Quebec.

Université Laval (UL) is the oldest French-language university in North America. UL is a comprehensive university boasting some 48,000 students-a quarter of them graduates-as well as 17 faculties, 60 departments and schools, and nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate programs in every field of knowledge. Université Laval offers strong graduate and post-graduate programs in northern research. The candidate will have opportunities to participate in field work.

  • PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, Environmental Sciences or Geography
  • Experience in modelling (preferably land surface models) and data analysis
  • Strong communication skills
  • Competence with analysis and scripting in MATLAB, R or a similar analysis language

We are looking for a candidate willing to start in January 2020. Funding is available for 2 years.

Please send an email to Prof. Daniel Nadeau (, Prof. Alain Rousseau ( and Prof. François Anctil ( with your CV, a short motivation letter, examples of previous research (Ph.D. thesis or published papers), as well as the names of two referees.

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Contact Information

  • Daniel Nadeau
    Department of Civil and Water Engineering
    Laval University
    Quebec City, QC

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