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Funded PhD positions at the University of Guelph – Modelling water and nutrient connectivity

Dr. Genevieve Ali is seeking two (2) PhD students to work on the development of models targeting the prediction of water and nutrient connectivity in agro-forested landscapes. The models to be developed will build on traditional hydrologic modelling structures (e.g., grid-based models) as well as ecological models (e.g., agent-based models, graph and circuit theory models), and they will be validated against both ground-based data and remote sensing data.


Home institution: Successful candidates will be based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), located less than 100 km west of the city of Toronto. Successful candidates will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary environment and work in a new laboratory equipped for high-performance computing. They will also be awarded an annual stipend for three years and have access to guaranteed teaching assistantship positions for three years. Canadian applicants will be eligible for an entrance scholarship on top of their stipend. International students will, rather, be eligible for the International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship that covers the difference between domestic and international tuition fees. Successful applicants will carry research activities leading to participation in national and international conferences, and the publication of peer-reviewed papers. Successful applicants will also have access to a long list of professional development opportunities offered by the School of Environmental Sciences and by the broader University of Guelph community.


Prospective applicants: Successful applicants would be expected to start in January 2020 or May 2020. By the start date, they will be required to have a thesis-based master’s degree in geography, soil science, environmental sciences, ecology or engineering. Previous modelling experience and fluency with MATLAB are required. Knowledge of agent-based modeling principles will be considered an asset.


Selection process: For more information about the PhD positions, or to apply, please contact Genevieve Ali ( and provide the following documents:

* A short cover letter or cover email explaining your interest in one of the positions

* Your curriculum vitae

* A copy of your master’s thesis

* Copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts

* Contact information for at least 2 references


Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled.