Category Archives: Student opportunities

Funded PhD positions at the University of Guelph – Modelling water and nutrient connectivity

Dr. Genevieve Ali is seeking two (2) PhD students to work on the development of models targeting the prediction of water and nutrient connectivity in agro-forested landscapes. The models to be developed will build on traditional hydrologic modelling structures (e.g., grid-based models) as well as ecological models (e.g., agent-based models, graph and circuit theory models), and they will be validated against both ground-based data and remote sensing data.


Home institution: Successful candidates will be based in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), located less than 100 km west of the city of Toronto. Successful candidates will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary environment and work in a new laboratory equipped for high-performance computing. They will also be awarded an annual stipend for three years and have access to guaranteed teaching assistantship positions for three years. Canadian applicants will be eligible for an entrance scholarship on top of their stipend. International students will, rather, be eligible for the International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship that covers the difference between domestic and international tuition fees. Successful applicants will carry research activities leading to participation in national and international conferences, and the publication of peer-reviewed papers. Successful applicants will also have access to a long list of professional development opportunities offered by the School of Environmental Sciences and by the broader University of Guelph community.


Prospective applicants: Successful applicants would be expected to start in January 2020 or May 2020. By the start date, they will be required to have a thesis-based master’s degree in geography, soil science, environmental sciences, ecology or engineering. Previous modelling experience and fluency with MATLAB are required. Knowledge of agent-based modeling principles will be considered an asset.


Selection process: For more information about the PhD positions, or to apply, please contact Genevieve Ali ( and provide the following documents:

* A short cover letter or cover email explaining your interest in one of the positions

* Your curriculum vitae

* A copy of your master’s thesis

* Copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts

* Contact information for at least 2 references


Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled.

One MSc or PhD position available (desired start date: fall 2019)

Drs. Madhur Anand and Genevieve Ali are looking for a motivated graduate student to take on a new project on hydrological, chemical and ecological connectivity. Additional details about the project and the position requirements can be found in the PDF ad.

MSc or PhD position available – Environmental sciences, University of Guelph

Looking for a summer job in watershed hydrobiogeochemistry? We have an opening for April 2018…

We are looking to add a member (undergraduate student level) to our watershed research team to work on hydrology and biogeochemistry projects. Interested? See the complete advert (link below) and contact Genevieve Ali by February 2nd, 2018:

Summer URA advert for 2018

Undergraduate Research Assistant Position available for summer 2015

We are looking to add a member to our watershed research team to work on an exciting eco-hydrology project! Details can be found in the attached position announcement: Undergrad RA position ad – Ecohydrology – Summer 2015.

2nd year (or more senior) students enrolled in Geology, Geography, Environmental/Soil Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply. If interested, contact Genevieve Ali ( by January 31st, 2015.

New research program launched

Genevieve Ali just received new funding from NSERC for research on water, sediment and nutrient connectivity in engineered Prairie landscapes. This new funding is also associated with an Early Career Researcher Award to G. Ali. With this new research program, focus will be on landscapes where natural flow paths have been significantly altered by surface drains, tile drains, storage ponds, farm dams, and wetland drainage towards floodplain development and agricultural expansion.