[CRYOLIST] Funded PhD Opportunity

Trevor Lantz tlantz at uvic.ca
Thu Oct 24 14:22:20 PDT 2019

Good afternoon,

Please forward the opportunity below to folks with an interest in 
permafrost and remote sensing. We are accepting applications until 
October 30th.

Here is a link to the posting as a pdf - http://ale.uvic.ca/ALE_PF_PhD1.pdf



The Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria is 
seeking a PhD student to lead a research project: 1) mapping permafrost 
landscape change and 2) assessing the determinants of terrain sensitivity.

In many permafrost regions, the frequency of thaw-related disturbances 
is increasing so rapidly that maintaining accurate inventories presents 
a significant challenge. This first objective of this project is to 
develop semi-automated procedures to map permafrost terrain disturbances 
using satellite imagery (e.g., Landsat, WorldView, Sentinel). The second 
project objective is to determine the biophysical controls of terrain 
sensitivity by analyzing the disturbance inventories generated through 
mapping. By identifying sensitive areas and increasing our capacity to 
monitor change, this project will significantly inform decision making 
in northern communities and regions affected by permafrost thaw.

Interested applicants should have an MSc in geography, environmental 
science, earth science, or related field, and previous experience with 
remote sensing, GIS and statistics. Applicants must be self-motivated, 
have strong communication skills, experience managing multiple tasks, 
and be willing to travel to the Canadian Arctic for fieldwork. Previous 
experience in permafrost environments is an asset, but is not vital. 
This research project will be co-supervised by Dr. Trevor Lantz 
(University of Victoria) and Dr. Robert Fraser (Canada Centre for Remote 
Sensing). An annual stipend of $21,000 (plus benefits) is guaranteed for 
four years and additional support for field and conference travel is 
available for the duration of the project. This position is based at the 
University of Victoria, but includes opportunities for internships with 
partner organizations in Ottawa (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing) and 
Yellowknife (NWT Geological Survey).

This research project is part of PermafrostNet, a multi-sectorial 
research network of twelve Canadian universities and more than 40 
partner organisations. As a member of the network, the successful 
applicant will have opportunities to engage with government (provincial, 
federal, indigenous), industry, and international partners, as well as 
graduate students and researchers from across Canada.

The University of Victoria and PermafrostNet are strongly committed to 
fostering diversity 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your qualifications and 
interest in this project, a complete CV, and unofficial transcripts to 
Dr. Trevor Lantz (tlantz at uvic.ca). Questions should be directed to Dr. 
Trevor Lantz (tlantz at uvic.ca) or Dr. Robert Fraser 
(robert.fraser at canada.ca). The deadline for applications is October 30, 
2019, but a range of start dates are possible (January 2019 to 
September, 2020).

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