The Soil Biogeochemistry group in the Department of Renewable Resources (http://www.ales.ualberta.ca/rr/), University of Alberta, Edmonton is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to join our team.
Project: Boreal forest soils are the single largest terrestrial carbon storehouse in the world. Consequently, changes in boreal carbon stocks and fluxes could significantly affect the global carbon cycle. These northern, high-latitude soils are also highly susceptible to global warming, and in the coming century are expected to face large increases in average temperatures, altered freeze-thaw patterns, and transformative vegetation shifts. The carbon contained in boreal soils is a complex network of interconnected pools, the stability of which may be controlled by various mechanisms. As such, it has been challenging to predict the response of boreal soil carbon to environmental changes.
This Ph.D. project will aim to clarify how interactions between the soil geological material and vegetation may ultimately determine the response of boreal soil carbon to climatic changes. We will use a variety of methods, including NMR and stable isotope tracking, to evaluate the source and fate of boreal carbon in soil profiles under different environmental conditions.
Qualifications: Candidates must have a M.Sc. (or equivalent) in soil science, chemistry or a related environmental science discipline. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. The project will include some field sampling. A Class 5 Driver license is required, and experience working in difficult and remote terrain will be an asset. This project will also involve substantial laboratory work where attention to detail is essential. Prior experience with analytical techniques used in environmental chemistry is preferred.
Students must commence their graduate study between September 2017 and May 2018.
The project is funded by NSERC. A yearly stipend of $25,000 will be provided. In addition, the University of Alberta provides competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.5 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive an entrance award.
Interested candidates should e-mail their transcript, a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter that summarizes their qualifications and research goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sylvie Quideau at email@example.com.
University of Alberta is consistently rated as one of the top 5 universities in Canada, and one of the top 100 universities worldwide. Located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton (population of one million people), University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other count...ries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties. Within the University, the Department of Renewable Resources consists of 30 faculty members, over 200 graduate students, numerous postdoctoral fellows and support staff, and offers significant research support through sophisticated laboratories and multiple field facilities.
The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.