Climatologist - Climate Research Lab (Reposted)

Competition Number: 
29E14, previously posted as 30E14
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Date of Posting: 
May 8, 2014
Climate Research Lab
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

Commensurate with qualifications

As soon as possible to May 1, 2017 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island co-ordinates, facilities and conducts research and monitoring on the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to past and future climate change. Activities range from climate data analysis, scenarios of future climate modeling, linking global climate models to decision-making as well as sectoral studies on coastal erosion, protected areas, forestry, agriculture, water, infrastructure and human health.

The Climate Research Lab works collaboratively on UPEI campus with other departments, with other universities in the Atlantic Region, across Canada and around the world. It receives research funds from municipal governments, provincial governments, and federal government departments and agencies. The Climate Research Lab supports non-government agencies across Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic region in the provision of climate services.

The Climate Research Lab is also the chair of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA), an interprovincial group of environment ministry officials engaged in climate change adaptation activities. ACASA has focused on the issues of coastal flooding, erosion, groundwater, infrastructure (buildings, roads, dykes, etc.), inland flooding and sea level rise. ACASA has developed tools (reports, climate data, future climate scenarios, policies and plans, images, maps) to assist communities in adapting to climate change, held provincial conferences and maintained a website. It is now leading three major initiatives funded by Natural Resources Canada – ACASA Regional Adaptation Collaborative II; Climate Change Infrastructure Decision Key Development; and a Large Economics Study of Atlantic Provincial Infrastructure.


• Lead Climate Research Lab activities in the areas of water, human health and infrastructure;
• Lead ACASA co-ordination, integration and management responsibilities with respect to the Climate Change Infrastructure Decision Key Development; and the Large Economics Study of Atlantic Provincial Infrastructure;
• Represent the Climate Research Lab at committee meetings including university, government, regional, national and international;
• Write scientific papers and reports on climate change activities;
• Write reports on project activities for reporting requirements and promotion materials;
• Participate in newspaper, radio, and television media interviews on climate change, and Climate Research Lab activities;
• Provide presentations on climate change, and Climate Research Lab activities as needed.


• PhD in Geography, Environmental Science or related discipline with a specialty in Climatology.
• Extensive experience working with government and non-government organizations.
• Extensive experience working in a research environment.
• Experience in writing scientific reports on climate change in the areas of water, human health and infrastructure.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work unsupervised.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 


UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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