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PhD position in modeling C dynamics in drained peatlands in Memorial University in Canada

PhD position in modeling C dynamics in drained peatlands in Memorial University in Canada


Memorial University (Canada)


St. John's, Canada


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

Standard Ph.D. studentship

Required education

Application deadline
1 February 2018

23 November 2017

Job description

A PhD studentship available at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada): Modeling the C dynamics in boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage.
The studentship is available fully funded for four years. The expected start date is September 2018. The formal admission application deadline is Feb.1, 2018.
The research question directing this project is “how can the changes in biogeochemical properties in boreal peatlands affected by agricultural drainage be parameterized in the McGill Wetland Model (MWM)”? MWM needs to be adapted to incorporate the changes in hydrology and vegetation composition in the agriculturally drained peatlands. The newly developed/adapted model will be evaluated against the continuous eddy-covariance tower measurements (carbon dioxide and methane). Then the model will be applied to the global scale to examine how agricultural drainage affects C dynamics of northern peatlands. You are also expected to examine how these agriculturally drained peatlands would be affected in the future projected climate change in terms of carbon dioxide and methane fluxes. You will use our continuous half-hour C flux data (carbon dioxide and methane) from a natural peatland and an agriculturally drained peatland since September 2013 to parameterize and evaluate the model.
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 required to have: excellent oral and written skills in English; strong numerical analytical skills; experience with process-based ecosystem modeling; A good understanding of peatland/wetland C cycling and hydrology, and biophysical drivers of peatland/wetland processes; experience in computer programming (for example, Fortran, or C, C++) preferred. You are expected to write high-quality manuscript 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 for further details about the Ph.D. programme. Please see 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 (required for international students), up-to-date curriculum vitae, writing samples or peer-reviewed publication, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jianghua Wu at with subject “PhD-Modeling”.