PhD in microbial ecology (Canada) ~

23 de enero de 2015

PhD in microbial ecology (Canada)

We are seeking a PhD student for a new project examining the relationship between grazing, soil microbes and greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta's grasslands. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Drs. Cameron Carlyle and Edward Bork (Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional
Science) and work with a team that includes a soil scientist, microbial ecologist, rangeland managers, other graduate students and postdocs at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. A stipend (minimum $21,000/year) is available for three years and additional funds will be sought. The project is funded by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Ltd.

Candidates should be highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a minimum of
an MSc in biology, ecology, rangeland science, soil science, microbial
ecology, environmental science, or related field. The development of new
research questions with supervisors will be encouraged and supported. This
is a new component of an ongoing study examining the role of grazing in
affecting carbon storage in grasslands that includes detailed plant and
soil information, measures of decomposition and microbial enzyme activity.
Some of the study sites are on privately held land, thus the ability to
communicate effectively in English with a diverse group of people is
essential. Extensive field work throughout the province will be required
during the summer under sometimes adverse conditions (i.e. weather, bugs)
and long field days and a flexible schedule will be required. A valid
driver's license and clean driving record is mandatory.  Candidates must
meet the university's entrance requirements:

The position can begin immediately but no later than May 2015. Interested
individuals should send questions or a cover letter with research
interests, a resume describing relevant education, work experience and the
names of references to:

Dr. Cameron Carlyle, (780) 492-2546 or

Dr. Edward Bork,, (780) 492-3843)

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