We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual for the position of research program
manager to support an environmental monitoring and Indigenous field technician training initiative
in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
The research program aims to broadly study northern ecosystem function and response to climate
change and other disturbances. We carry out this research at six sites across the territory where
we have been making long-term measurements of carbon, water and energy exchange between
boreal and tundra ecosystems and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique.
The successful applicant will be based in Yellowknife, NT and work with a research team of
university investigators and their Indigenous, government and industry collaborators, graduate
students and postdocs. The program manager will be involved in all aspects of the research program
including planning and management of field operations, maintaining existing micrometeorological
research infrastructure, acquiring and testing new instrumentation, and data collection,
management and analysis.
In addition, the successful applicant will lead training workshops for Indigenous community
collaborators to gain the skills needed to establish and maintain micrometeorological
instrumentation for eddy covariance and supporting measurements. The training workshops will
be guided by strong principles of reciprocity, multidirectional knowledge exchange with the goal of
knowledge co-creation and co-management around changes in northern ecosystem health and
services. Through this innovative approach, the program manager is expected to take important
steps towards removing the traditional distinction between knowledge users and producers.
Candidates should have a strong quantitative and technical background obtained through an
advanced degree (minimum Master’s) in engineering, physics, physical geography, atmospheric
science, ecology, biogeosciences, environmental sciences, etc. or related field, have experience in
micrometeorological techniques, specifically eddy covariance, have previous field research
experience (preferably in the Canadian north), and have proven teaching experience and excellent
communication skills. This is a full-time two-year position to start as soon as possible. Taking into
account the high costs of living in Yellowknife, salary (plus benefits) will be commensurate with
experience and qualifications.
Please email questions regarding the program manager position and the application package
consisting of cover letter detailing interest, availability, and relevant experience, curriculum vitae,
and names and contact information of at least two referees to:
oliver.sonnentag *at* umontreal.ca
elyn.humphreys *at* carleton.ca
The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.
Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Université de
Montréal invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well
as persons with disabilities. We will – confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the
specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from
candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply;
however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to
Canadians and permanent residents.

  • Close Date:
  • Additional Dates: The review of applications will commence immediately until the positions are filled.
  • Contact: Oliver Sonnentag email