Research Opportunities

The RESTORE (Research for Subsurface Transport and Remediation) group at the University of Western Ontario invites applications for (i) post-doctoral fellowships, (ii) PhD, and (iii) MESc research positions.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic, growing research group recently awarded over $4 million for experimental, field and modelling investigations of innovative remediation technologies, subsurface transport and groundwater-surface water interactions. Current projects include:

  1. Performance low impact development urban stormwater management technologies
  2. Impact of groundwater-surface water interactions on phosphorus loading to surface water
  3. Impact of climate change on coastal groundwater resources
  4. Comparative analysis of mine waste rock pile cover systems lined with geosynthetics
  5. Non-invasive imaging of defects in geomembrane liners at mine waste rock piles and landfills
  6. Hydrogeophysical characterization and monitoring of groundwater-surface interactions
  7. Geoelectrical detection and time-lapse monitoring of DNAPLs
  8. Energy recovery and recycling from STAR (Mechanical Engineering background ideal)
  9. Emissions recycling and thermal treatment of emissions from STAR
  10. 2D and 3D thermodynamic modelling of heat and chemical processes for remediation applications (Computing background beneficial)
  11. Continuous STAR reactor for co-destruction of organic wastes
  12. PFAS fate and transport in soil

Lead by Drs. Chris Power, Jason Gerhard, and Clare Robinson, this research group is an integral part of the highly regarded Geotechnical Research Centre. The new postdoctoral fellow and students will join a research group that includes 17 graduate students , four postdoctoral fellows and three laboratory technicians .

PostDoctoral Fellow

The postdoctoral fellowship will be for 1 to 3 years, and will involve leading one of a number of existing and upcoming research projects related to the research opportunities identified above. The postdoctoral fellow applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, and relevant publications in highly respected journals in the field are considered an asset.

PhD and MESc Graduate Students

Full research funding is available for high quality candidates with relevant degrees, superior academic standing, excellent communication skills, and a keen interest in the research opportunities identified above. Relevant academic, research, or industrial experience in the field is beneficial but not essential.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis until the positions are filled. Informal inquiries and applications (including a cover letter, CV) should be directed to Dr. Clare Robinson, Dr. Jason Gerhard or Dr. Chris Power. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

The University of Western Ontario is situated in picturesque, London, Ontario, a city of approximately 340,000 along the banks of the Thames river, more information here and here . It is located within a two hour drive of Toronto and Detroit. The University of Western Ontario is a leading Canadian academic institution that has made a commitment to excel as a research intensive university . The university frequently ranks among the top universities in Canada most recently being ranked #1 by the Globe and Mail (the leading national daily newspaper in Canada) in its annual university report card. See the 2008 results summarized here .