Our research group is recruiting postdocs and students at all levels (depending on funding availability). Please email questions regarding research topics and the admission process to oliver.sonnentag@umontreal.ca.

Research topics with a strong field research component will require some wilderness outdoor experience (remoteness of the sites!) as frequent travelling and extended stays at the research sites will be required. And if you are lucky the north will show its most beautiful side.


  • Closes 31/05/2021

    Environmental Research Program Manager in the Northwest Territories, Canada

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual for the position of research program manager to support an environmental monitoring and Indigenous field technician training initiative in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

    The research program aims to broadly study northern ecosystem function and response to climate change and other disturbances. We carry out this research at six sites across the territory where we have been making long-term measurements of carbon, water and energy exchange between boreal and tundra ecosystems and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique.

    The successful applicant will be based in Yellowknife, NT and work with a research team of university investigators and their Indigenous, government and industry collaborators, graduate students and postdocs. The program manager will be involved in all aspects of the research program including planning and management of field operations, maintaining existing micrometeorological research infrastructure, acquiring and testing new instrumentation, and data collection, management and analysis.

    In addition, the successful applicant will lead training workshops for Indigenous community collaborators to gain the skills needed to establish and maintain micrometeorological instrumentation for eddy covariance and supporting measurements. The training workshops will be guided by strong principles of reciprocity, multidirectional knowledge exchange with the goal of knowledge co-creation and co-management around changes in northern ecosystem health and services. Through this innovative approach, the program manager is expected to take important steps towards removing the traditional distinction between knowledge users and producers.

    Candidates should have a strong quantitative and technical background obtained through an advanced degree (minimum Master’s) in engineering, physics, physical geography, atmospheric science, ecology, biogeosciences, environmental sciences, etc. or related field, have experience in micrometeorological techniques, specifically eddy covariance, have previous field research experience (preferably in the Canadian north), and have proven teaching experience and excellent communication skills. This is a full-time two-year position to start as soon as possible. Taking into account the high costs of living in Yellowknife, salary (plus benefits) will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    Please email questions regarding the program manager position and the application package consisting of cover letter detailing interest, availability, and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least two referees to:

    oliver.sonnentag *at* umontreal.ca

    elyn.humphreys *at* carleton.ca

    The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.

    Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Université de Montréal invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will – confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.

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