Global Water Futures, Wilfred Laurier University, Yellowknife, Canada.

The Global Water Futures (GWF) program seeks a Research Associate (Permafrost Hydrology) to provide research and administrative support, field and technical support, modelling support and data analysis, as well as Wilfred Laurier University’s broader northern research portfolio.

Application deadline: posted until filled.

Position Summary 

The Research Associate (Permafrost Hydrology) is responsible for providing research and administrative support, field and technical support, modelling support and data analysis for Laurier’s Global Water Futures (GWF) research program, as well as the institution’s broader northern research portfolio, as identified by the leadership team within the Office of Research Services (ORS). The role is integral in ensuring that established project goals and institutional commitments are met through high-quality, evidence-based science, thus maximizing the research impact achieved. This position reports to the Manager, Research Partnerships in the ORS, with the principal investigators (PIs, Laurier faculty members) of the identified research projects providing day-to-day direction. The Research Associate’s duties include preparing for and conducting field work in locations through the Northwest Territories (NWT), in collaboration with Laurier faculty, students, and often external partners, providing technical and logistical support for field work, and other tasks related to the field-level support of Laurier’s northern research portfolio. They must have an awareness of the overarching research agendas of several PIs and knowledge of major deadlines. The incumbent interacts with a multitude of internal stakeholders, as well as institutional partners and community stakeholders. As such, they must understand the importance of working with a high degree of professionalism, exercising sound judgement and discretion in the performance of duties.

This position is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  The incumbent will assist in the co-ordination of and will participate directly in project planning and field-level assessments at various Northern locations. The incumbent may participate in laboratory analyses where appropriate. This position will be required to travel and participate in field work that is expected to occur a few times per year. This may include several weeks of time in remote locations each travel period.


  • MSc or PhD in geographical and/or geophysical sciences, preferably with extensive research experience on permafrost and hydrology, modelling and/or related fields of study, 
  • At least two (2) years’ experience working in a comparable research environment with demonstrated understanding of multi-disciplinary projects in permafrost environments;
  • Experienced with planning and executing complex, interdisciplinary research programmes in remote and logistically challenging regions of the NWT;
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with PIs, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other scientists, partner organizations and community members; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to positively interact and work with internal colleagues and external collaborators, members of communities and partner organizations;
  • Efficient use of Excel and Word and uses various permafrost and hydrological related models and software;
  • Experience in computer modeling and coding experience an asset (e.g. R, Matlab)
  • Detail oriented, independent, resourceful, innovative, flexible, accessible;
  • Experience and confidence in field-based work with preference for remote locations or northern environments;
  • Interest in and ability to work and live in remote areas in the north for periods of time (weeks);
  • Demonstrated experience in data management an asset;
  • Experience in writing lab reports and research papers, and making presentations;
  • Previous publications, authorship of policy papers and other research dissemination an asset;
  • A valid G driver’s license is required and willingness to travel and work in northern locations; 
  • Willingness to operate snowmobiles, ATVs, and/or small boats in field environments.

Application deadline: posted until filled.

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