Opportunities

Masters Positions

None at this time.

Ph.D. Positions

None at this time.

Post-Doctoral Positions

None at this time.

Internships and Exchanges

FloodNet-Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) Joint Internship Opportunity:

Short internships are available for FloodNet HQP to receive support in the knowledge translation of research for non-academics. Please see here for details.

 

UNU-INWEH –FloodNet - Joint Internship Opportunity:
Review of the status of and trends in flood early warning systems globally

Background:
Floods are responsible for thousands of lives and billions dollar losses globally every year, and these losses increase with increasing climatic variability. Intensive efforts and investments go into managing flood risks, alleviating their consequences and predicting them. As part of these, flood early warning systems are being developed, or are in operation in many countries. However, the information on operational effectiveness of these systems, their cost and value for money, availability in various countries - varies. There is a need to analyze of the state-of-the-art of the flood warning systems in the world, from the above angles, including also recent trends in their development, and gaps that need to be filled globally and by individual countries, particularly in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emerging Sendai Targets for disaster risk reduction. The focus of this effort shall be primarily on developing countries, but bringing up the lessons from developed world. In developing countries, there are relatively few operational flood warning systems, but there is range of on-going initiatives to establish them. Research will explore how flood early warning systems that reduce exposure to flood risk, would affect the achievement of SDGs. We are looking for an intern to carry out this critical analysis, and to assist with the development of a synthesis report and/or a journal paper on the subject, that can inform the global efforts in reducing the impacts of water related disasters.
Requirements:

Requirements:

  • A 4-th year undergraduate student, a postgraduate student, or post-doc
  • Specializing or interested in flood hydrology and management
  • Analytical mind; ability to undertake comprehensive literature reviews, analyse large volumes of information from on-line sources, and distill the key messages from these
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Understanding of developing countries’ context and water problems is an advantage

Anticipated Output:
Synthesis report that examines i) trends in implementation of flood early warning systems since the beginning of the 21 century, globally, with a focus on developing countries, ii) trends in investments that went into this, iii) the impacts (positive or negative), measured in terms of indicators of losses avoided – due to implementation of these systems iv) financial, social, political and technical challenges that remain - to develop a flood-proof world by the end of the SDG period in 2030


Duration and Start Date:
The duration of internship shall be between 4 and 6 months. An estimated optimum of 5 months is required to complete the task. The internship is expected to start at a mutually agreed date in January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Location:
The successful candidate will be based at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton on a full-time basis (40 hours/week).


Funding and eligibility:
This is a joint internship with FloodNet. Sponsorship by the NSERC Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative applies for any graduate students or post-docs currently conducting research within the NSERC Canadian FloodNet. The intern will be allowed to claim expenses related to relocation for the duration of the internship up to a maximum amount of $4000 without special permission.


Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should apply before 4 January 2017 by following the application procedure available at: http://inweh.unu.edu/internships/

 

Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction (CCMEP)

The Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction (CCMEP) of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is hosting an unpaid FloodNet internship position in Dorval, Québec. The internship project would involve using the results from Faulkner et al. (2016) to create a surface runoff alert system. The ideal candidate would be familiar with flood frequency analysis and fluent with the Python programming language.

The internship will be conditional on the candidate obtaining a security clearance to work in a Government of Canada office.

This position will be sponsored by the NSERC Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative, allowing the intern to claim expenses related to relocation for the duration of the internship up to a maximum of $4000 for four months without special permission.

Interested candidates should send a statement of interest indicating how the position relates to his/her research topic; a support letter from his/her supervisor; and an updated CV to floodnet.manager@mcmaster.ca by 30 November 2016.

 

FloodNet Interships - Overview

The FloodNet internship and exchange programs aim to facilitate networking, mobility and exchange of HQP between partner organizations and universities.  An internship position allows HQP to work at a partner organization for up to 6 months, while the exchange program allows HQP to work at another university research lab for up to 5 months.

Link to Procedure for Position Allocation: http://www.nsercfloodnet.ca/files/InternshipProcedure.pdf