Research Opportunity: Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

pcic_header3Read below for a research opportunity with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) and the Canadian Network for for Regional Climate and Weather processes:

The Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes (CNRCWP) is a collaborative partnership between seven Canadian Universities (Montreal, McGill, Calgary, Victoria, Northern British Columbia, Waterloo, Saskatchewan), two partner organizations (Ouranos, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium), and four Canadian Government labs of Environment Canada (CCCma, RPN, CPS, CDAS).

Canada’s Nordic and the Arctic regions offer challenges to Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and climate projection, due to complex processes and feedbacks between various components of the climate system. A better understanding of these regional climate processes and interactions is crucial to improving the quality of both climate projection and NWP for this region. CNRCWP will exploit the added value of high-resolution models on climate and weather simulations, in particular in the representation of extremes, afforded as a result of the improved representation of physical processes, feedbacks and interactions through a Regional Earth System Modelling approach. Activities are organized  around in the following three themes: 1) specific weather and climate phenomena permitted by high-resolution simulations, 2) statistical extremes allowed by fine mesh and land-atmosphere feedbacks and 3) land surface processes enhanced by improved representation of surface heterogeneity.

Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a 2-year position that will be located at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC). The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to provide the scientific basis for policy development. PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.

Postdoctoral Researcher

A two-year Postdoctoral Research position is available for a highly qualified individual to undertake research in support of the theme statistical extremes allowed by fine mesh and land-atmosphere feedbacks, focusing in particular on projected changes in precipitation extremes. Particular objectives of the position will include research on changes in probable maximum precipitation and future intensity duration frequency curves. The position will be located at the University of Victoria and will be jointly supervised by Prof. Francis Zwiers (PCIC) and Dr. Xuebin Zhang (Climate Data and Analysis Section, Environment Canada). To be considered, applicants will have held their PhDs for less than 5-years at the time of acceptance of the offer employment.  The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


  • PhD in climatology or a related discipline
  • Aptitude and demonstrated ability to apply and interpret sophisticated statistical methods in climate science
  • Demonstrated research potential
  • Graduate training and/or research experience in one or more of the study of climate extremes represented in global and regional climate models, evaluating climate models, or the study extreme precipitation is an asset
  • Experience and ability in manipulating and analyzing very large datasets
  • Experience and/or desire to work on interdisciplinary projects and with interdisciplinary teams
  • Capable of working in a self-directed manner and within a team environment.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Ms. Shelley Ma, climate@uvic.ca, with “ATTN: CNRCWP Postdoctoral Researcher” in the subject line.

Additional information

Address enquiries to Prof. Francis Zwiers and Dr. Xuebin Zhang, climate@uvic.ca.


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