Global Water Futures (GWF): Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change aims to deliver risk management solutions for water resources and services – informed by leading edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools – in Canada and throughout the cold regions of the world. Key research areas include predicting change in Cold Regions, developing Big Water data and support systems, and designing user solutions that focus on real world problems.

We are looking to hire at the Postdoc or Research Associate/Scientist level, with a potential cross appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. This individual will be a part of the core Computer Science team and will collaborate closely with domain scientists.


University of Waterloo


The successful candidate has the ability to engage in all aspects of the data science life cycle: understanding and formulation of specific problems and tasks from under-specified goals; data preparation, cleaning, profiling, and manipulation; the development of statistical and machine-learned models, as appropriate; validation and error analysis; final deployment in end-user applications.

The ideal candidate has expertise in at least some of the following: big data infrastructure (e.g. Hadoop, Spark), relational databases, data science platforms and toolkits (e.g. Jupyter notebooks, Pandas, etc.), machine learning (including but not limited to neural networks). Additional experience that would be beneficial includes familiarity with Internet of Things (IoT) technology, remote sensing, distributed sensor networks, and work with time series data. Specific domain knowledge in hydrology and related disciplines is not necessary, but willingness to engage with the water science community is required.
Applicants must have a PhD in computer science and/or a relevant discipline. They must demonstrate strong quantitative and analytical skills, and have a track record of research productivity, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required, and the ability to communicate across disciplinary boundaries is highly desired. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary team, including external partners and practitioners.

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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