Posted: July 10, 2019
Anticipated start: Winter term (January) or Fall term (September) 2020
Review of applications: begins July 22, 2019
Supervisory team: Stephan Gruber (Carleton University), Michel Allard (Laval University), Kumari Karunaratne (Northwest Territories Geological Survey) and Fabrice Calmels (Yukon Research Centre)

Based on the new Canadian permafrost database to be developed in PermafrostNet, this project will use borehole thermal data and surface subsidence from across Canada to develop and automate new methods for characterizing spatial variation in ground temperature and for detecting temporal trends. The student will investigate whether the rate of permafrost change in Canada is increasing and what spatial patterns exist. Methods will be developed based on heat-transfer theory and statistics, and they will be tested with simulated data where the true values for e.g. ground-ice loss are known. Furthermore, this project will develop and improve products that are suitable for communicating observed permafrost change to nonexpert audiences as prototypes of permafrost climate services, using feedback collected from network participants and stakeholders.

This fully funded PhD studentship will be based at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. As part of PermafrostNet, the new Permafrost Partnership Network for Canada (, it will have an outstanding training environment.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., geography, Earth science, geophysics, atmospheric science, environmental engineering or geotechnical engineering; demonstrated skill in programming and data analysis; as well as excellent written communication in English.

This PhD studentship is fully funded for twelve months per year. For international students with demonstrated academic excellence, our graduate program usually has competitive additional funding to offset increased tuition per year.

To apply, Send a cover letter, c.v., copies of transcripts, a writing sample, and contact details for three references to Stephan Gruber (