Post-Doctoral Position in Climate Impacts of Kelp Halocarbon Emissions

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We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our group, as part of a larger collaborative effort on the Blue Carbon Potential of Canada’s Coastal Oceans. Please apply by September 30, 2022 for full consideration for this position.

Postdoctoral Position in Climate Impacts of Kelp Halocarbon Emissions at the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC, Canada)

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a position investigating Climate Impacts of Kelp Halocarbon Emissions. The scholar will (1) estimate potential halocarbon emissions from intensive kelp aquaculture, and (2) use CESM2-WACCM6, a state-of-the-art Earth system model, to assess the global warming and ozone depletion potential of intensive kelp aquaculture. For the latter, the postdoctoral scholar will implement and validate iodo-carbon and bromo-carbon chemistry in CESM2-WACCM6. This work is part of a larger project on the blue carbon potential of Canada’s coastal marine ecosystems, including kelp forests.

We expect the postdoctoral fellow to have the following background and expertise:

  • A PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, or a related field;
  • Working knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and chemistry-climate models;
  • Experience with running and/or modifying CESM or another state-of-the-art Earth system model;
  • Understanding of stratospheric dynamics, troposphere-stratosphere coupling, and climate dynamics;
  • Experience working as a collegial team member in an interdisciplinary group of scientists.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to publish manuscripts in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, and present their findings at national and international scientific conferences. This position is supported through the University of Victoria, the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The position will be supervised primarily by Prof. Hansi Singh, head of the Climate Dynamics Group in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, with additional advising from Prof. Colin Goldblatt. The postdoctoral fellow will also work closely with Prof. Julia Baum (Dept. of Biology at the University of Victoria), who will be applying coastal projections from this research to kelp species distribution models and projections.
The postdoctoral fellow will sit at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and will have the opportunity to collaborate locally with scientists at several nearby research centres, including the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis (CCCMA), the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Funding is available for up to three years (with continued funding subject to a yearly performance review).

The position will include a competitive salary and a full benefits package (including an allowance for relocation). We especially encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity in the physical sciences (women, under-represented minorities, LGBTQIA individuals, persons with disabilities).

Please contact Prof. Hansi Singh ( with questions. Interested applicants should submit the following material to Prof. Singh: (1) a cover letter, (2) an up-to-date CV, (3) two recent publications demonstrating the required background and expertise for the position, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed starting September 30, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled.