The Morwick G360 Institute is Hiring a Chief Operations Officer. Apply Now!

The Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute at the University of Guelph is seeking a Chief Operations Officer (COO). Reporting to the Director of the Morwick G360 Institute, the COO will provide organizational, operational, and financial leadership to Morwick G360. The COO will leverage technical and scientific expertise by using their strong administrative, financial, operational and communication skills to link the various interdependent components that comprise Morwick G360 to mobilize the research activities and outcomes effectively and efficiently as the primary outputs and communicate the value for all stakeholders.

What this opportunity offers you:

  • A chance to support some of the brightest minds in the groundwater research field to effectively and efficiently work together to innovate and develop new technologies that solve the complex problems of contaminated groundwater and water resource protection;
  • Access to leading edge tools, technologies and research facilities including the globally unique Morwick Groundwater Research Centre located on the University of Guelph campus and associated field research sites and infrastructure;
  • The opportunity to help shape the organization, reporting, and value creation of a University based Research Institute that works inter­disciplinary, inter­college, inter­university and internationally;
  • Direct involvement in mobilizing research results into practice and policy development for societal impact;
  • Leadership capacity to develop Morwick G360 procedures and methods for training and compliance with all University and jurisdictional regulations and policies (OSHA, USA HAZWOPER, MOECC, etc.) relevant to the institute’s activities;
  • The opportunity to advance communication methods and procedures to facilitate technology transfer and outreach, maintain existing sponsor interests and capture new sponsor interests and value creation, and ensure communication of that value and needs to University stakeholders (academic and research units); and
  • A collaborative relationship with the Morwick G360 Advisory Board to establish operating procedures and implement actions that support the strategic directions and milestones with agreed to implementation plan and priorities.

To assume the role of Chief Operating Officer, you must have:

  • A professional degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in Geological / Civil / Chemical / Environmental Engineering or Hydrogeology, or Earth / Environmental Sciences coupled with extensive professional experience with aspects relating to groundwater contamination;
  • Demonstrated success operating at a senior leadership level managing large, multi­ disciplinary teams;
  • Large­scale operational and logistics management experience, preferably in an industry environment; ability to partner with Principal Investigators and Project Managers to successfully integrate multiple concurrent project plans, resources and deliverables to meet overall research program objectives and deadlines as well as funding mandates;
  • Excellent people skills with evidence of being able to motivate individuals and teams to meet self-imposed deadlines and results;
  • Results focus with demonstrated experience creating and managing operational reporting, tracking, and evaluation systems, providing specific examples;
  • A solid business acumen with the ability to manage an annual operating budget of up to $6 million; capable of ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of Morwick G360 and its projects; Technical writing skills and experience preparing compelling research, grant and contract proposals;
  • A reputation as an exceptional communicator and relationship builder with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and the capability to transfer academic research into practice and inspire and enable the development of innovative ideas and commercialization opportunities.

Applications are due March 2, 2022. Please submit you application via the University of Guelph Careers Webpage.

Get Ready for PFAS-Σ-IT 2022, an International Summit on PFAS Remediation.

We are happy to officially announce PFAS-Σ-IT 2022, an International Summit on the latest remediation science for managing PFAS. This event, organized collaboratively with the Hydrogeochemisty Group, Environmental Chemistry Group, and the Platform of Environmental Systems at the Universität Tübingen and the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, will be held in a hybrid format (in-person and virtually) on April 4th and 5th, 2022.

You can expect to hear the latest research on the key issues concerning the occurrence, transport, and transformation of PFAS at contaminated sites. A particular focus of the PFAS-Σ-IT will be on large-scale contaminated sites (Scale of the Problem) and possible solutions by new approaches and techniques (Scope of the Solution).

More details about the event, including the program, registration information, and instructions for participating in-person or online can be found here. We hope you can join us!

Come Work With Us! Morwick G360 is Looking for an Equipment Technologist

Morwick G360 is Hiring! We are looking for a dynamic and innovative person who enjoys working outdoors with their hands and varied mechanical equipment, in an environment that focuses on innovation and creative problem solving, mentoring and training of students and junior staff.

Reporting to the Director and Chief Operating Officer of Morwick G360, the Equipment Technologist plays a key role in the management of existing specialty research equipment and in the creation of new and/or improved research equipment, as well as the mentoring and training of students and staff on the use of this equipment. 

Key duties include:

  • Using your strong mechanical skills (fabrication, machining, plumbing, and electrical skills are all assets) and innovative ideas to implement designs, improve designs, build/fabricate and test components for innovative groundwater monitoring devices used both above and below ground, such as multilevel monitoring wells; work with equipment manufacturers and other Morwick G360 staff to create new parts/equipment to solve research challenges, troubleshoot equipment malfunctions and/or design flaws, and work with piping and tubing, pumps, and flow meters and a variety of connective parts – ~40%;
  • Utilizing your ability to make things happen in the field to organize and successfully conduct / oversee field work, which includes but is not limited to multilevel well component inventory control and component procurement, multilevel well installations, geophysical logging, water level measurements, rock core sampling, groundwater and gas sampling – 30%;
  • Organizing field data, documenting and inputting into electronic data systems, QA/QC’ing data and preparing raw data outline in figures and tables -10%;
  • Communicating with faculty, Morwick G360 Project Managers and team members regarding activities, data and results as required – 10%
  • Performing equipment and field installation maintenance, and working with other Morwick G360 personnel to develop and implement design improvements for hydrogeological and geophysical tools and methods – 10%

Requirements of the position include: 

  • High school diploma with trade certification(s); college or university degree is preferred, with a focus in these topic areas: drilling, mechanical, geological, environmental science or civil engineering, hydrogeology
  • Experience working with your hands is required
  • Experience working with varied mechanical equipment is required
  • Certified Well Technician license is an asset (obtaining post-hiring an option)
  • Experience working in a research environment is an asset

The deadline to apply is February 7th. If the position sounds like a good fit for you, learn more and submit your application via the University of Guelph Careers webpage.

Groundwater Focused Job Opportunity with UNESCO

Happy new year from Morwick G360! We’d like to share an opportunity that came to our attention this week with UNESCO (Groundwater Section). The position is for a project officer, based in Paris, with an application deadline of January 17th, 2022. For more details or to apply, please follow the link below:

Groundwater Research Continues in all Weather Conditions

Fieldwork is the foundational core of the research carried out at Morwick G360. Real world sites offer the ability to capture comprehensive, high-resolution datasets about unique subsurface conditions, enabling us to better understand groundwater systems and contaminants, and devise more effective remediation techniques to keep our drinking water safe. In this way, fieldwork is and incredibly rewarding undertaking, but it can also be a challenge, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Dr. Jonathan Munn braving the weather at Grayling Airfield.

This month, for example, at a research site at the Grayling Army Airfield, Michigan, where Morwick G360 researchers in collaboration with partners Arcadis and ENRX are testing new methods of measuring mass flux (the movement of contaminants across an area), an unexpectedly heavy snowfall blanketed the area. Dr. Jonathan Munn, who was heading out to the site, woke up to a message that:

“the site area received up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) of snow in the last 24 hours. Drive carefully – take it slow in ice and snow. Monday looks like it will be windy (13-20 mph), which really increases the chill factor on this site. Tuesday and Wednesday looks like temperatures will be pretty low (highs around 20F/-7C) with moderate winds. Dress warmly.”

With safety precautions taken, and shovels in hand, the wintery weather didn’t hold the team back or keep them from splicing a fibre optic network to run planned A-DTS tests to measure groundwater flow. Just another day in the field.

With the holidays just around the corner, we at Morwick G360 would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2022. To send us off, Jon shared a couple more photos of, as he put it, the “winter wonderland.” Enjoy!

Equipment set up as snow squalls roll in.

Testing during cold weather.
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