Job Posting: Two Positions in Quantitative Permafrost Science, Carleton University

Research professional and Post-doctoral Fellowship in Quantitative Permafrost Science with NSERC PermafrostNet at Carleton University, ON, Canada

Position 1: Research professional for permafrost simulation and data analysis

PermafrostNet are looking to hire a dedicated and flexible professional who enjoys enabling the success of the team she or he works with and who thrives in the dynamic environment that is typical for multi-sectorial research in academic institutions. Travel to other universities and partner organizations throughout Canada, workshops in the North and occasional field campaigns can be an opportunity to interact with partners.

This position will support quantitative research about past and likely future permafrost change using computer simulation and data from in-situ observation. Tasks will include:

  • Maintaining and expanding an existing permafrost simulation and data handling environment;
  • Generating computer simulations and evaluating their results, and analyzing observational data;
  • Technical liaison with national and international permafrost data initiatives, Carleton’s Research Compute Services and the Digital Research Alliance of Canada; and
  • Support for post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in developing their data handling and simulation skills and systems.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A master’s or PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., atmospheric science, Earth science, geophysics, environmental or geotechnical engineering);
  • Knowledge about permafrost and/or cold regions phenomena and processes;
  • Advanced programming skills (Python, R) and familiarity with best practices in software carpentry;
  • Handling of environmental data (spatial and time series); and
  • Excellent written communication in English.
Position 2: Post-doctoral fellowship for analyzing the changing permafrost conditions in the staring zones of recent landslides.

This position will develop and apply methods and tools for better understanding landslides from permafrost in the mountains of western Canada as well as in the Canadian Arctic. Research will involve close collaboration with local partners in territorial and provincial government. The research is expected to generate new insight toward the goal of improving predictive capabilities for identifying places and times with increased likelihood of terrain instability related to permafrost thaw. A powerful environment for transient permafrost simulation and field observations are available for supporting this research.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., environmental or geotechnical engineering, atmospheric science, Earth science, geography);
  • Knowledge about permafrost and/or cold regions phenomena and processes;
  • Experience in programming and data analysis; and
  • Excellent written communication in English and publication record.

Both positions will start in or after July 2023, applications will be received until the position is filled. The positions will be based at Carleton University and supervised by Dr. Stephan Gruber ( The initial term is for two years with an option to extend. Work will involve collaboration with partners across Canada in industry, government and academia, building and expanding on the progress and partnerships in NSERC PermafrostNet.

Applications should include a cover letter that explains how this position would fit with your personal research vision and career aspirations, a CV, and writing sample.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to further diversification including, but not limited to women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.