Potential start dates: April 2019. A PhD graduate student position available. Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to inquire about this PhD position. Working directly with Dr. Frank Larney, Soil 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 as a PhD student at University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources.
This research project is evaluating contrasting cropping systems across major Canadian Prairie ecosites to determine impacts on system resiliency and soil health. The objective of the study encompasses the determination of the best (more productive, sustainable, resilient) cropping systems for soil health in each of the ecozones within the Canadian Prairie using a wide array of contemporary crop rotation sequencing. Project activities include field sampling, laboratory procedures (e.g., tensiometry, fractal aggregation, organic matter fractionation), data analyses of soil quality attributes and manuscript writing. Support and guidance in developing an impactful research project will be provided. No experience necessary, however, knowledge and interest in soils, sustainability and resilience of agroecosystems are valuable assets.
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: Frank Larney, email@example.com or Guillermo Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.