Research Opportunities

The RESTORE (Research for Subsurface Transport and Remediation) group invites applications for post-doctoral fellowships, PhD, and MESc and undergraduate research positions.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic, inclusive research group that has been awarded over $14 million in external funding for experimental, field and modelling investigations. Current projects include:

  1. Stormwater infrastructure for mitigating non-point pollutant loads from urban watersheds
  2. Tracking pollutants in the environment from onsite wastewater systems
  3. Impact of climate change on coastal groundwater resources
  4. Performance of engineered cover systems for controlling acid mine drainage from waste rock piles
  5. Non-invasive imaging of defects in geomembrane liners at mine waste rock piles and landfills
  6. Hydrogeophysical characterization and monitoring of subsurface processes at environmental sites
  7. Geoelectrical detection and time-lapse monitoring of organic contaminants
  8. Advanced research/development and industrial support of STAR Thermal Remediation Technology
  9. PFAS fate, transport, and destruction in soil and groundwater

PhD and MESc Graduate Students

Full research funding is available for high quality, motivated candidates with relevant degrees, strong 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.

Undergraduate Students

Research opportunities are available for undergraduate students to support the diverse research projects in RESTORE. These opportunities may be 4-month or 8-month internships or final year undergraduate research theses. A great way for undergraduate students to get a taste of the exciting world of research! 

PostDoctoral Fellows

The postdoctoral fellowships are for 1 to 3 years and 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. 


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 400,000 along the banks of the Thames river (more information can be found 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. In particular, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department ranks #1 in Canada and #15 globally (see here).