Professional and Graduate Student Opportunities

Research, Teaching, and Professional Opportunities

** Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) **

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) is looking for applicants for four positions as part of its application to the Living Laboratories Initiative.

The positions include:

  1. Living Labs Director – F/T, remote-based
  2. Living Labs KTT and Engagement Lead – F/T, remote-based
  3. Living Labs Engagement Facilitators (2) – P/T, regional, remote-based

These positions have a May/June proposed start date, and are under a five-year contract, ending March 2027. They’re contingent upon receipt of funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and compensation expectation to Karin Schmid. Postings will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

Living Labs Background

The Living Laboratories Initiative is a $185 million, 10-year program intended to establish a Canada-wide network of Living Labs, where regional leaders will bring together agricultural producers, stakeholders, and scientists to co-develop, test, and monitor beneficial management practices (BMPs) to enhance climate resiliency.

Living Labs are based upon three core principles: focusing on producer needs, broad and diverse partnerships, and testing in the real-life context under real agricultural production conditions.

Alberta Beef Producers is the lead applicant on a Living Labs proposal “Integrating beef, forage and cropping systems to improve soil C sequestration & reduce GHG emissions.” If successful, this project has several overarching objectives:

  • Assess the ability of new, or adjustments to current, beneficial management practices (BMPs) to permanently sequester C and address climate change goals.
  • Identify barriers to adoption of and find solutions to increase adoption of BMPs and Agriculture Nature-Based Solutions (Ag-Nbs) to sequester C and address climate change goals;
  • Conduct farm-level, regional, and industry-level economic analyses of BMPs and Ag-Nbs and extend economically sustainable practices to encourage producer adoption;
  • Develop simple outcomes- and systems-based approaches for producers to quantify the costs and benefits of environmental BMPs;
  • Share accurate on-farm measurements of C sequestration and GHG emissions to support C sequestration prediction mapping, GHG modelling, and life-cycle analysis;
  • Inform federal and provincial policy on the effectiveness, economics, and adoption potential of Ag-Nbs and current BMPs for climate change solutions across the beef, forage, and cropping sectors; and
  • Build a producer-orientated mentorship network.

BMPs that may be considered for implementation on-farm fall under the following broad categories, which were developed with producer engagement and input:

  1. Crop rotations and cropping systems (e.g., diversifying rotations, fall seeded crops, use of cover, relay, and intercrops, residue management, optimization of tillage, increased yields, incorporation of livestock grazing, etc.);
  2. Land use changes (e.g., conversion of marginal land to perennial or annual forages, conservation/restoration of wetlands, forages/vegetative buffer strips, etc.);
  3. Grazing management (e.g., planned livestock grazing on crop or marginal land, managed grazing strategies, etc.);
  4. Livestock feeding (e.g., feed additives to reduce GHG emissions, diet formulation strategies, precision feeding, etc.);
  5. Nutrient management (e.g., 4R nutrient management, variable rate fertilizer, nitrification inhibitors, manure application on no-till systems, composting, arrangements between crop and livestock producers for manure use, etc.); and
  6. Increasing carbon on the whole farm (e.g., recognizing that farms are heterogenous in their ability to sequester C and using manure to optimize where storage occurs).

The project is targeting approximately 51 beef, forage, and cropping producers as core participants, two
to three feedlots, and two to three Indigenous communities, primarily located in three geographical
regions (Peace region, Edmonton/Central region, Lethbridge region).

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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.

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Soil Science, or a cognate discipline, have a growing record of scholarly activity, and present evidence of and commitment to teaching excellence.

About the University and its Community: Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC. For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only university of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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.

Iquiries 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

** 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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** 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

** Soil and Environmental Physics position at Lincoln University, New Zealand **

We are inviting applications for an academic appointment as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Physics within the Department of Soil and Physical Sciences. The Department has a global reputation for research excellence. Our teaching is innovative and led by our cutting-edge research. Our graduates make an impact in the land-based sector by contributing to the sustainable management of soils and the wider environment. Departmental research activities span a wide range from pedology and soil resource characterisation to soil chemistry, biology, physics and fertility, biogeochemistry, earth sciences, water science and climate change. The Department is responsible for the delivery of Soil Science courses from diploma to postgraduate level as well as the delivery of first-year courses in chemistry, physics, and earth science.

To Apply: Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

For more information, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Ngaire Fiveash, HR Administrator, on +64 03 423 0595.

Applications close at 9 am NZST Thursday 26 May 2022.

Important Notice

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions on entering New Zealand.  To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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