We are looking for outstanding students to fill 2-3 MSc/PhD positions for the following projects.
Project 1: Carbon cycling in agroforestry systems. We aim to understand the controls on carbon storage/sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in agroforestry systems across different climatic regions in Alberta.
Project 2: Manure and compost management and effects on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and crop productivity.
Extensive field work will be involved. The projects offer considerable flexibility in designing research programs that investigate areas of personal interest (to the student) within the overall framework of the projects. The projects are in collaboration with Drs. Edward Bork, Cam Carlyle and Xiying Hao within the University of Alberta and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge), a group of people with very strong research programs that the students will be interacting with.
Students with educational background/training/experience in biogeochemistry, ecology, soil science, global change biology, forestry or other related areas are encouraged to apply. Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and if applicable previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills are essential. Having a valid driver’s license and a good driving record would be an asset.
Salary ranges between CAN$24,000 and $25,000/year (from a combination of sources) plus graduate student benefits for a period of 2 (MSc) to 4 (PhD) years. It is preferable that successful candidates start their program in summer 2017 or start their laboratory and fieldwork in summer 2017 while applying to the graduate program at the U of A for the fall of 2017 or January 2018.
Interested candidates should e-mail their transcripts (scanned/unofficial), curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2-page limit), recent TOEFL (minimum of 100 with each section >22 points), or IELTS scores (minimum of 7.0 with each section > 6.0) (those are minimum requirements of the project/lab. group), if appropriate, and the names and contact information of three references to
Dr. Scott Chang, Professor, Forest Soils and Nutrient Dynamics, Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3
Tel: (780) 492-6375; Fax: (780) 492-1767