Professional and Graduate Student Opportunities

Research, Teaching, and Professional Opportunities

** University of Manitoba (UofM) **

The University of Manitoba invites applications for a Research Chair in Natural Systems Agriculture for Climate Solutions, a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. The Chair’s program, which will be funded from a base capital endowment investment, was created by the Jarislowsky Foundation and the UM, and is for a 5-year term (renewable once) in accordance with the Chairs and Professorships policy and procedure). The position is expected to commence January 01, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Chair’s base salary and benefits will be covered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The annual allocation from the Fund will be used to support the Chair stipend, teaching release costs, and research and knowledge extension expenses.

Application materials, including reference letters, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that application materials may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2022

Application materials should include:

• a cover letter outlining the candidate’s qualification and how they fulfill the above-listed qualifications
• a curriculum vitae (may include examples of significant research contributions)
• a two-page statement outlining the innovative five-year research and knowledge translation envisioned for the Chair program
• a statement on the candidate’s strengths and experiences in fostering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
• a teaching statement that documents the candidate’s experience in and approach to training and mentoring diverse students and the candidate’s teaching philosophy
• names and contact information of three referees (will only be contacted with permission of candidate)

Send to:
Dr. Nazim Cicek
Search Committee Chair
University of Manitoba
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
66 Dafoe Rd, 256 Agriculture Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Email: agresearch@umanitoba.ca
Please refer to position # 32721

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** University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) **

The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences. We seek an outstanding soil scientist, or a scientist with similar expertise, with primary strengths in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry and/or mineralogy. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program that will enhance knowledge in soil science or a related field. The proximity of UNBC to the forestry, mining, and petroleum industries, as well as a growing agricultural sector, provides many opportunities to those wishing to include an applied component in their research program.

To Apply Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the completed Faculty Statement of Eligibility to Work in Canada form, quoting posting #FAENSC02-21 CSSS to:

Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9

Applications can be submitted by emailing the completed application package to: Faculty Recruitment and including #FAENSC02-21 CSSS in the subject line.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Gail Fondahl, Acting Chair, Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (250-960-5856).

Applications received on or before December 15, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Opportunities

** Postdoctoral fellow opportunity in Soil-Plant feedback and root-induced weathering at UBC**

Within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia (Canada), we are seeking an outstanding candidate with a recent PhD (<5 years) and passionate to advance the fundamental understanding of soil-plant feedback controls on rhizosphere processes. The project implemented under highly controlled climatic conditions will target multiple processes at the frontier of several disciplines: soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, plant physiology and organic chemistry.

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Anticipated start date of January – February 2023.

 

** PhD Opportunity in Ecosystem services and profitability of perennial grain crops for integrated grain and forage production at University of Alberta**

A PhD graduate student position available. Highly qualified candidates are encouraged. Working with Dr. Akim Omokanye, Science Director, Peace Country Beef & Forage Association, several other project collaborators, and Dr. Guillermo Hernandez, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, and registered as a graduate student at University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources.

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Anticipated start date of January or May 2023 (or until filled).

 

** M.Sc. or PhD Opportunity in Potato Bedding and Greenhouse Gases at University of Alberta**

An M.Sc. or PhD graduate student position available. Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to inquire about this MSc or PhD position.

Working directly with Dr. Rezvan Karimi, Soil Fertility Research Scientist, based in Lethbridge College, Dr. Roland Kroebel, Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Dr. Guillermo Hernandez, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, and registered as a graduate student at University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources.

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Anticipated start date of January or April 2023.

** M.Sc. Opportunity in Northern Mine Site Restoration at the University of Saskatchewan and Yukon University **

This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. Revegetation of northern boreal and arctic mine sites is challenged by remote locations, limited top soil resources and access to locally sourced native plant materials. On disturbed sites in temperate and warm arid climates, woody shrubs are known to facilitate establishment and growth of native species by trapping windblown seed, increasing growing season soil moisture, and improving soil nutrient conditions through nitrogen fixation and litter inputs. This technique has not been examined in northern ecosystems and the relative importance of physical versus biological factors in promoting plant establishment and growth is unknown. We will be evaluating the use of abiotic and living vertical structures to facilitate the arrival, establishment and growth of native boreal species. This research aims to better understand the conditions and mechanisms that support recovery of boreal forest plant-soil systems, while providing practical techniques for successful mine site revegetation. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Yukon Territory, Canada. This project is partially funded via a MITACS grant with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff.

For more information:
Visit: https://www.yukonu.ca/research/projects/revegetation-minto-mine
Dr. Katherine Stewart, Department of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan: Katherine Stewart – College of Agriculture and Bioresources | University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca)
Dr. Guillaume Nielsen, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Northern Mine Remediation: Bio | Guillaume Nielsen (yukonu.ca)

Applicants for this position should have: B.Sc. or B.S.A. degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology.

To Apply: Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage), and an example your writing to (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project) Katherine.stewart@usask.ca

Anticipated start date of either September 2022 or January 2023.

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** Applied Pedology Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan**

The Applied Pedology Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a PhD in the Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources to join the research team led by Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn

This work will primarily involve identifying and utilizing the appropriate advanced statistical procedures on existing data sets, focusing on how SOC cycling and sequestration potential are affected by soil management practices, cropping systems, soil type, and environmental change. You will be part of an industry-funded project that will enhance the availability of soil information for Saskatchewan, key for making land management decisions and assessing soil health. Your portion of the project will be responsible for completing an analysis using this enhanced soil dataset, along with complementary data sources from long-term studies, to investigate relationships between biotic and abiotic factors and dynamic soil processes in Saskatchewan agricultural systems.

Applicants for this position should have: 1) A Master’s degree in soil science, plant science, agronomy or a related discipline; 2) Prior experience with R; 3) Understanding of soil organic carbon dynamics; 4) Experience with multivariate statistical analysis in R; 5) Experience with remote sensing data analysis.

To Apply: Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage), and the names of two references to preston.sorenson@usask.ca

The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.

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** Postdoctoral Fellow opportunity in Watershed Evaluation Group at the University of Guelph **

The Watershed Evaluation Group at the University of Guelph invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Watershed Modeling to join the research team led by Dr. Wanhong Yang. The team members, comprising postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate research assistants, have versatile expertise in watershed hydrologic modeling, integrated GIS, hydrologic and economic modeling, watershed evaluation of beneficial management practices (BMPs), and desktop GIS and WebGIS based interface tool development. The successful candidate for this position is expected to play an important role in several research projects that develop GIS based integrated economic-hydrologic modeling for evaluating cost effectiveness of BMPs in agricultural watersheds. There are also opportunities to enhance/develop nutrient and carbon cycling components of the watershed modeling. This is a full-time, grant-funded research position for one year with possible renewal upon fund availability and a satisfactory performance.

Applicants for this position should: 1) have a solid training on hydrology, geography, soil science, or related fields; 2) have hands-on experiences of applying watershed hydrologic models such as the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to conduct long-term simulations of runoff and its associated constituents (e.g., sediment and nutrients) at a watershed scale and/or biophysical models such as DNDC and DayCent; and 3) be familiar with commonly used GIS tools (e.g. ArcGIS). The demonstrated computer programming and relational database (such as PostgreSQL) skills would be an asset.

To Apply Applicants should submit a curriculum vita/resume, a two-page statement of research experience and interest, and the contact information of three referees, to:
Dr. Wanhong Yang
Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1

The closing date for applications is March 31, 2022.

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International Research and Teaching Opportunities

** President’s Postdoctoral Fellow position at University of Minnesota **

The Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities seeks to fill a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow position in the area of climate smart agriculture. Candidates will be considered from multiple sub-disciplines, including agronomy, weed science, biochemistry, biotechnology, physiology, genetics/genomics, breeding, or bioinformatics. This is a two-year position starting with an initial, renewable 12-month appointment with the possibility of advancing to a tenure track position.

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** Postdoctoral researcher position at Tennessee State University **

The Urban Forest Ecosystems Lab at Tennessee State University is looking for a highly motivated Post-doctoral Researcher. This is a 12-month, full-time position (salary: $60,000 plus university benefits) with the possibility of an extension depending on job performance and funding availability. The selected candidate will lead a U.S. Forest Service-funded project on Urban Forests, Extreme Climate, and Urban Watersheds in the South. If interested, please send a one-page letter of interest and your CV to Dr. Yujuan Chen: