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University of Western Ontario
Administrator Cindy Quintus
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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) Risk that engineered nanoparticles pose to the environment
2) Development of metallic nanoparticles for contaminated site remediation
3) Advanced numerical modelling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport
4) Development of smoldering technlogies for in-situ and ex-situ NAPL remediation
5) Assessing the impact of multi-component NAPL constituents on multiphase flow and remediation
6) Developing geophysical techniques for time-lapse mapping of DNAPL remediation
7) Assessing discharge of groundwater contaminants to coastal waters
8) Evaluating the benefits of green roofs for storm water attenuation and energy savings
9) Optimization of artificial storage and recovery schemes as low cost water supply option for developing regions

Lead by Drs. Denis O’Carroll, Jason Gerhard, Clare Robinson and Jose Herrera, 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 12 graduate students, six 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 developing innovative remediation technologies for soil and groundwater impacted by hazardous industrial compounds. The postdoctoral fellow applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, and expertise in either (i) experimental investigations of multiphase and/or nanoparticle transport systems, or (ii) the development of numerical models for the prediction of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface. 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 for groundwater contaminant transport and remediation, water quality and groundwater-surface water interactions. Relevant academic, research, or industrial experience in the field is beneficial but not essential.

The selection process will start immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Informal inquiries and applications (including a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three references) should be directed to Dr. Denis O’Carroll (, Dr. Jason Gerhard ( or Dr. Clare Robinson ( 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 (, and 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 2007 article about Western in the Globe and Mail at:
and 2008 results summarized at: