Ph.D. studentship in peatland GHG measurement at Memorial University (Canada)
Memorial University (Canada)
A NSERC-funded Ph.D. studentship available at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada): Greenhouse gas emissions and their controls in boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage.
The studentship is available fully funded for four years. The expected start date is January or September 2018. Earlier start date can also be considered. The position will remain open until filled.
Your research work will include, but not limited to, (1) quantify greenhouse gas emissions from boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage; (2) measure the temporal and spatial variability of greenhouse gas emissions; (3) determine the biotic and abiotic regulatory factors and their relationships with greenhouse gas fluxes. You are also welcome to add new components into this project. The data will be collected using the eddy covariance system (LI-7200 and LI-7700) and static chamber measurement (LGR Ultraportable GHG analyzer or GC).
You need to have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in appropriate fields, for example, in soil science, ecology, earth system science, physical geography, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and micrometerology, or other suitable subjects. You are expected to have excellent oral and written skills in English, strong numerical analytical and statistical skill to analyze the large EC data and static chamber measurement data. You are required to regularly visit the sites year-round to collect gas samples from static chambers, and maintain the proper function of EC tower, analyze the sample in the lab, write high-quality manuscripts for publication in the high impact journals, present your work in international/national conferences, and fulfill other requirement for a Ph.D. degree.
Please see http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/environmental.php for further details about the Ph.D. programme. Please see http://faculty.grenfell.mun.ca/jwu/Pages/default.aspx for more details about the research group. Potential candidates are encouraged to send an informal copy of your application (including a letter of motivation/research statement, evidence of English Proficiency (if required for international students), up-to-date curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jianghua Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Ph.D. studentship-Field”, and short-listed applicants will be contacted to arrange phone/Skype interviews ASAP.