Post-doctoral Position in Remote Sensing & Ecohydraulics

 River Dynamics Laboratory

The River Dynamics Laboratory at Simon Fraser University is currently seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on a project entitled “Landslide Impact on Flow Dynamics, Fish Migration and Genetics of Fraser River Salmon”.  Candidates will lead an effort to understand the impacts of the 2018 Big Bar Landslide on channel morphology, flow dynamics, fish migration, and the genetics of Fraser River Salmon (see attached Executive Project Summary).  The landslide blocked the Fraser River to salmon passage, devastating salmon runs to the Northern Basin.  The project is led by a large group of multi-disciplinary investigators from Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, Durham University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, working in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Fraser Basin Council, and the Fraser Salmon Management Council.

The candidate will work with visible spectrum images and video from a network of cameras and water level sensors installed at the Big Bar Landslide on the Fraser River to examine flow dynamics.  Depending on the candidate’s experience, there is also the possibility to work with fish biologists to explore the linkages between salmon migration and flow dynamics at hydraulic barriers.  Candidates will ideally have experience with:

  • Programming and the analysis of large datasets
  • Feature tracking and surface velocity measurements from optical imagery
  • Environmental monitoring, fluid dynamics, ecohydraulics, and/or flow modelling

The post-doc will be part of a larger cluster of post-doctoral fellows, research staff and graduate students investigating the impacts of landslides and flow dynamics on salmon migration and evolution.  Other post-doctoral fellows on the project will lead research on i) Landslide chronologies, ii) Linkages between flow and canyon geometry, iii) Flow dynamics in bedrock canyons, iv) Fish migration and hydraulic barriers and v) Genetic selection by hydraulic barriers.

Post-doc funding is available for one year with a possible extension up to three years. The project provides opportunities for candidates to gain experience working at the intersection of geomorphology, biology and genetics, and within a large group of 15 research collaborators. With this comes additional opportunities to mentor graduate students, lead presentations and discussions within a variety of settings and platforms, and gain experience communicating complex science with real-world implications.

Applicants with backgrounds in Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science are encouraged to apply.

Simon Fraser University sits atop Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, minutes from downtown Vancouver and a variety of spectacular mountainous environs.  Simon Fraser University has a long history of study in geomorphology and water sciences, and remains a stimulating environment in which to learn and do research. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

To apply for a position please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, CV and a list of three references to ( Informal inquires and questions can be addressed to Jeremy Venditti (

Review of applications will begin on June 28th and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable.