Soil fertility after land application of biochar loaded manure
University of Alberta
June 1, 2018
Full Time - Assistantship
Agronomy, Soil Science
A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. M. Derek MacKenzie in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. This project is funded by the Agriculture Canada Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Program and is in collaboration with the University of Lethbridge and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The project has two phases, the first of which is looking at feeding biochar to cattle to reduce methane emissions during finishing and the second is to look at the effect of land application of biochar loaded manure on soil function and fertility. The PhD student working in my lab will work on the second phase of the project and will examine crop growth and soil fertility over two consecutive growing seasons. This is a unique opportunity to study the implications for soil health of returning black carbon back into the ecosystem and for potentially increasing soil fertility and organic matter stability of Gray Luvisols being used for agricultural production.
Interested candidates should email their transcripts, curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2 page max), and the names and contact information of 3 references, ASAP.
Additional Salary Information: Teaching Assistantships are available
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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 countries 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.
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