Postdoc Fellowship, hydrological modeling - Montreal, Canada

A Postdoctoral Fellowship to model and predict hydrological persistence in Quebec-Labrador is available in Montreal, Canada.


Start date: 1 June 2019.

The successful candidate will be a member of the GEOTOP Center at UQAM (Research Center on Earth System Dynamics) and will interact closely with the academic partners of the PERSISTENCE project (UQAR, INRS-ETE, Laval) as well as the industrial partners involved (Hydro-Québec, Ouranos, Manitoba Hydro). He/she will find, within these organizations, all the technical support and scientific expertise (dendrochronology, isotopic geochemistry, sedimentology, statistical modeling and determinism) necessary for the realization of his research work. Financial support is $45,000 CAD for one year, with possibility of renewal for the second year.


In Quebec-Labrador (Canada), 96% of all electricity produced is generated by hydraulic sources, compared with 17% elsewhere in the world. This territory relies on abundant water resources to supply one of the largest hydroelectric power stations in North America.

Although abundant, water resources fluctuate over decedal to inter-decadal scales. Thus, the persistence of low inflow conditions for several years (or decades) consecutively worries hydro-electric producers and threatens the energy security of the territory.

This post-doctoral internship will be linked to a multi-disciplinary project (PERSISTENCE project) funded by NSERC in partnership with Hydro-Québec, the Ouranos consortium and Manitoba Hydro. The PERSISTENCE project aims to analyze and model the millennial hydrological variability in Quebec-Labrador in order to improve the prediction of future water supplies.


This postdoctoral fellowship project will combine historical information on hydrologic variability provided by natural indicators (tree rings, sedimentary sequences) and hydrological scenarios provided by regional climate models. The specific objectives are to:

1) Predict future hydrologic persistence in Quebec-Labrador, using statistical modeling approaches of time series (regime changes, long-term models) and climate model outputs.
2) Compare the characteristics of hydrological persistence in recent centuries with persistence predicted by climate models (2100 horizon).
3) Quantify the risk of persistent drought in Quebec-Labrador in current and future climate.


The candidate sought must have a PhD in a relevant field (statistics, climatology, physical geography, environment, etc.), possess exceptional research skills and have published in peerreviewed journals. The candidate should ideally demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of time series processing approaches and / or have expertise in climate modeling, while mastering the associated tools (R, Matlab). The candidate must have strong skills for teamwork in a multi-disciplinary and partnership context.


Interested candidates must send a letter of motivation, a researcher's CV, as well as the contact details for three respondents to Professor Étienne Boucher, Dépt. of Geography and GEOTOP, Université du Québec à Montréal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.