[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc available focusing on oil sands impacts in Alberta

Colin Cooke cacooke at ualberta.ca
Thu Jun 23 14:54:56 MDT 2016

Dear Colleagues 

Please distribute the advertisement below to potential candidates. The postdoctoral fellowship would be based out of the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON working under the supervision of Dr. Jane Kirk. If interested, please contact Dr. Kirk at: Jane.Kirk at Canada.ca.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

The impacts of oil sands development on the deposition of inorganic contaminants in northern Alberta, Canada

The project: I am looking for a postdoctoral fellow to examine the impacts of oil sands development on the atmospheric deposition of mercury, methylmercury, and elements including priority pollutant elements and crustal elements to the Alberta oil sands region in Northern Canada. Potential project objectives include 1) quantifying spatial and temporal trends in inorganic contaminant deposition to the region and 2) identifying source signatures for a variety of different potential oil sands related sources, such as bitumen upgrading, landscape disturbance for activities such as open pit mining and road building, and vehicle emissions. Potential candidates must possess a keen interest in environmental science, biogeochemistry, and contaminants research. As part of a broad network of collaborators across federal and provincial government agencies and universities, a wealth of high quality precipitation, snowpack, and sediment core data has already been collected under the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring program (http://jointoilsandsmonitoring.ca/) between 2012-2016. The postdoctoral fellow could therefore publish quickly and would have an opportunity to contribute to 2017-18 program design and field sampling in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Our research: Our group utilizes emerging analytical techniques, ecosystem-scale field studies, and controlled experiments to understand how environmental stressors, such as contaminants and climate change, impact aquatic ecosystems, particularly in the Canadian boreal and Arctic ecoregion.

Colin A. Cooke, PhD
Aquatic Scientist, Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency
10th floor, 9888 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 5C6
Office: (780) 229-7297
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
1-16 Earth Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3
Office: (780) 492-0355

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