Research Assistant

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Position Summary:

This two-part project focusses on estimating the climate resiliency of dams, bridges and overpasses. For the first part, project will identify vulnerable regions with respect to flooding using appropriate datasets and analysis, followed by the development of a framework for detailed dam-level vulnerability analysis using CFD modelling. This will be done under the supervision of Prof. Agus Sasmito.

The second-part of the project focusses on bridge/overpass resilience, and will involve application of hydrodynamic models to understand hydrodynamic loads in terms of flow velocities and depths for selected bridge/overpass locations and configurations. This work will be done under the supervision of Prof. Laxmi Sushama.
Qualifications: MSc in Civil Engineering is required at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate should have experience with design flood estimation techniques (at-site and regional frequency analysis), climate model/reanalysis data processing, extraction and analysis and technical report/journal paper preparation. Hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling experience would be an asset.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Experience working on high-performance computing infrastructure such as the Digital Research Alliance clusters is desirable. Experience in GIS, Matlab and R computing platform can be useful for the projects. Knowledge of French and English: McGill University is an English-language university where day to day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing. The level of English required for this position has been assessed at a level #4  on a scale of 0-4.


Hourly Salary:


Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


Macdonald Eng. Bldg.



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This position is covered by the Association of McGill University Research Employees (AMURE) collective agreement.

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