Applications are invited for two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in coastal ocean dynamics related to tidal
hydroelectricity development using in-stream tidal energy converters in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, home to
the worlds highest tides. The positions are part of a collaborative project of three Canadian universities
(Acadia University, Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick) and three private sector
companies involved in tidal energy development and turbine design and manufacture (Fundy Tidal Inc.,
Design Systems Analysis, and Clean Current). The project involves a comprehensive hydrodynamic site
assessment for three passages in the lower Bay of Fundy, each of which is targeted for the deployment of
in-stream turbines in the next few years under the Nova Scotia Community Feed in Tariff program. The
project has a wide scope, encompassing flow variability on time scales from turbulent to annual, through a
combined field measurement and numerical modelling effort. The project also has an aggressive time-line,
with turbine deployment in one of the passages scheduled for the fall of 2014, to be accompanied by a
post-deployment measurement and modelling program.
The position will give the candidate the opportunity to participate in decisions on site selection,
turbine/turbine array design, turbine monitoring program requirements, and analysis of environmental
impacts. The successful candidate will be expected to travel to collaborate with project partners and to
attend international conferences. The appointments are available for a period of up to two years, with the
possibility of renewal for a third year depending on funding. The annual salary will depend on experience,
but is expected to be $50,000-$60,000 CND. The start date is open to negotiation, but the positions are
available to be filled immediately.
The first position is located at Dalhousie University and will focus on gathering and analyzing field
measurements, including making comparisons between the observations and results from tidal circulation
and high-resolution CFD models generated by the other groups in the team. Applicants should have a PhD,
or be close to completing a PhD, in Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or a related eld, and a
solid background in time series analysis. Experience with oceanographic instrumentation for in-situ flow
measurement is a requirement. Applications, including a CV and the names and contact information for
three references, and/or inquiries for additional information should be sent to Professor Alex Hay.
The second position is located at Acadia University and will focus on numerical modelling, specifically
using a coastal oceanographic model (FVCOM) to model the passages and power extraction from the
chosen deployment sites. It will also include validating model results through comparison to observations
and integration/comparison of model results with results of high-resolution CFD and engineering models.
Applicants should have a PhD, or be close to completing a PhD, in Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics, Physics,
Physical Oceanography, Engineering or a related eld, plus experience in numerical fluid dynamics or
oceanography. Experience in coastal hydrodynamic modelling would be an advantage. Applications,
including a CV and the names and contact information for three references, and/or inquiries for additional
information should be sent to Dr.Richard Karsten.