An MSc or PhD graduate student position available. Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to inquire about this MSc or PhD position. Working directly with Dr. Monika Gorzelak, Soil Fertility Research Scientist, based in Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and with co-supervision by Dr. Guillermo Hernandez, Associate Professor, and registered at University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources. Potential start dates: January or April 2019.
Join a new lab at AAFC in Lethbridge investigating crop rhizosphere dynamics. Trace nutrient flows from plants to bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. Use stable isotope probing and next-generation sequencing to identify microbes involved in nutrient cycling. Answer questions about carbon sequestration in soils, decomposition rates, and the potential to manipulate microbes to improve soil health. Determine the impacts of root exudates on microbial populations. Explore the potential of mycorrhizal networks to transfer information chemicals and nutrients in annual and perennial cropping systems. Support in developing an impactful research project will be provided. No experience necessary, however, familiarity and interest in soils and/or microbes, and/or sustainability and resilience research in agroecosystems would be an asset.
The successful candidate will spend most of the research program tenure working at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, AAFC, and will complete his/her coursework requirements at UAlberta in Edmonton as part of the degree program. The successful candidate will have the great opportunity to work with a diverse group of researchers across scientific disciplines at both prestigious institutions.
Apply with CV, scanned copies of transcripts and a brief letter introducing yourself and your research interests to: Monika.Gorzelak@Canada.ca or Guillermo Hernandez, email@example.com
About University of Alberta
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.