Post Doctoral Opportunity in Climate Change and Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Outstanding applicants are sought for the post of Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering in Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, Toronto, Canada, to carry out high‐quality research involving Effect of Climate Change on Stability of Embankments. The position is funded by a grant from Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Ontario.  The term is 12 months with possible extension for another 8 months. The commencement is as soon as possible or Sept. 2018. 

The focus of this research position is to develop a design methodology for embankment design that adequately addresses the impact of potential climate change scenarios. The work involves, but is not limited to, unsaturated flow modeling with soil‐atmosphere boundary condition, slope stability assessments, climate change data compilation, development of a risk register and some laboratory characterization. Numerical modeling experience is necessary and a working knowledge of GIS is an asset.  

The outcome of this research project is to develop an Embankment Stability Climate Change Information Management System (ESCCIMS) with GIS and relational databases. This database will help in identifying fill materials and project specific climate data for assessment of the risk of failure and consequences for the changing climate. 

The successful candidates should have a PhD in the geotechnical Engineering or a closely related discipline and appropriate expertise as demonstrated by high‐quality research publications. 

Interested applicants should send their applications to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Rashid Bashir via E‐mail: The application should include:  

1. a cover letter detailing research experience and their specific interest in this research program;

2. a curriculum vitae;

3. a list of three references and their contact information (email address, phone number, departmental address)