Three Ph.D. Opportunities in Urban Climate Modelling

Image source: Oke, T.R., Mills, G., Christen, A. and Voogt, J.A., 2017. Urban climates. Cambridge University Press (modified from Krayenhoff, E.S., Christen, A., Martilli, A. and Oke, T.R., 2014. A multi-layer radiation model for urban neighbourhoods with trees. Boundary-layer meteorology, 151(1), pp.139-178.)

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario is accepting applications for three Ph.D. positions in urban climate modelling. These positions comprise a minimum of four years of full funding deriving primarily from research assistantships.

The successful applicants will work with Dr. Scott Krayenhoff and will be involved in urban climate projects focused on numerical simulation of urban meteorology at neighbourhood and regional scales for assessment of urban heat islands, heat mitigation, and building energy use. These positions will involve development, evaluation and application of the WRF and GEM regional climate models for projection of future climate-related outcomes in cities. Funding for these positions derives from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the National Research Council Canada, and the successful applicants will have close interaction with scientists at these institutions as well as internationally.

An M.Sc. degree in meteorology and climatology, environmental physics, engineering, physical geography and/or earth science or a related discipline is required prior to the start of the Ph.D. programme. Candidates that have previous experience with scientific computing languages (e.g., Fortran, Matlab, Python) are particularly encouraged to apply. Advanced physical and mathematical reasoning abilities are an asset; strong skills in oral and written communication are required. The successful candidates should demonstrate high levels of motivation and the ability to work independently.

The School of Environmental Sciences is among the most research-intensive units at the University of Guelph, a highly-ranked agricultural university globally. Guelph (pop. 130,000) is a university town located one hour west of Toronto, Ontario.

To begin the application process, please contact Dr. Scott Krayenhoff ( with the following: a copy of your CV, unofficial academic transcripts, a one-page personal statement that highlights skills and experience relevant to these Ph.D. positions, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will commence June 14, 2022 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. These positions are available for September 2022 or January 2023 start dates.

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At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.