MSc or Phd, & Post-doctoral positions in Carbon Biogeochemistry & Greenhouse Gas Capture

Job type: Graduate student and Post-doctoral

Date posted: 24 Jan 2017

IECS is seeking talented and motivated individuals to join the Institute as a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.

Salary: $21,000 CDN (MSc/PhD), $45,000 CDN (Post-doctoral fellow)

Contract Term: The post-doctoral fellowship is for 2 years

We are seeking a graduate student (either MSc or PhD) and a Post-doctoral Fellow to conduct a multi-gas study (CO2, CH4, N2O) to quantify the importance of man-made ponds (dugouts) as hotspots of greenhouse gas exchange and evaluate their role as a tool to help farming become carbon neutral. The successful candidates will examine how natural environmental characteristics interact with land-use practices by conducting spatial and temporal surveys across existing dugouts in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Together, this information will be used to develop recommendations to help make farming carbon neutral and to help the Government of Saskatchewan meet forthcoming carbon emissions regulations.

The successful graduate student will have a strong aquatic sampling background and knowledge of carbon biogeochemistry, and hard-water aquatic systems. The candidate should be comfortable with travel in rural environments and farmland. The post-doctoral fellow will have extensive knowledge of aquatic biogeochemistry of greenhouse gases, and have a strong quantitative skills in multivariate analyses and modeling, preferably using R. Experience in application of GIS techniques to upscaling exercises is an asset.

Both positions will be held in the Institute for Environmental Change and Society (IECS) at the University of Regina, with Dr. Kerri Finlay as PI. Drs. Peter Leavitt (U. Regina), Gavin Simpson (U. Regina) and Helen Baulch (U. Saskatchewan) are co-PIs and will contribute to the project. Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS), a dynamic group of scientists with expertise in limnology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, numerical ecology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry and aquatic ecology. IECS infrastructure includes a water-chemistry laboratory, computer laboratory, greenhouse gas facilities (MIMS, GC), microscopy centre (confocal, fluorescence, atomic force), stable isotope facility, dedicated cold-rooms and freezers, and diverse field vehicles. IECS is also host to the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution.

The successful applicants will be expected to publish their research in leading journals and present at conferences. Funding is $21,000 per year for the graduate position (minimum) and $45,000 per year for two years for the post-doctoral fellow. Travel for field work and conferences will be covered. Interested individuals should provide transcripts, CVs, a letter outlining relevant background and interest, and contact information for at least two references to . Review of applications will begin February 13, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Start date for both positions is May 2017.