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Job advertisement Multiple graduate positions in environmental sciences of rare earth elements

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Multiple graduate positions in environmental sciences of rare earth elements

Multiple graduate positions in environmental sciences of rare earth elements

Trent University, Laval University, INRS logo

Trent University, Laval University, INRS

Peterborough, Canada


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

13 April 2024

Job description

Trent University, INRS (Institut National de la Rercherche Scientifique), and Laval University invite applications for fifteen graduate positions in environmental sciences of rare earth elements as critical minerals. This multidisciplinary project aims to assess the mechanisms by which rare earth elements (REEs), as priority critical minerals, affect Canadian terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The generated knowledge will allow the development of novel and responsible REE-based applications for sustainable growth of the biotechnology and agroforestry sectors. We aim to expand the potential end use of the research by facilitating the interactions between academic, private and government partners; each partner provides essential fundamental, technical and applied knowledge.

Positions (Institution) Topics
MSc1 (Trent University) Environmental biogeochemistry, food web
MSc2 (INRS) Biomonitoring
MSc3 (Laval University) Speciation and geochemical modeling
MSc4 (INRS) Ecotoxicity
MSc5 (Trent University) Ecotoxicity
MSc6 (Trent University) Algal biotechnology
MSc7 (Trent University) Phytoremediation
MSc8 (Trent University) Crop physiology and sustainable agriculture
MSc9 (Trent University) Environmental risks assessment
MSc10 (Trent University) Crop supplements and fertilizers
PhD1 (Trent University) Environmental biogeochemistry, food web
PhD2 (Trent University) Environmental geochemistry, contamination
PhD3 (Trent University) Soil microbiology and health
PhD4 (Trent University) Forest management

Tasks: The successful candidates will take an active role in planning and executing the research ideas, field and laboratory work in different graduate programs at Trent, INRS and Laval Universities.
Requirements: The positions are ideally suited for scholars (BSc, MSc holders) in environmental sciences, with a solid knowledge of ecotoxicology, biogeochemistry, microbiology, plant sciences, forestry or environmental modeling. We particularly seek a robust technical proficiency in advanced chemical/molecular analyses.
We offer: Fully funded scholarships, innovative & applied research topics, and well-equipped laboratories in environmental sciences, ecotoxicology & molecular (micro)biology.

How to apply

How to apply: The application package should include (i) a cover letter outlining how the candidate fulfills the requirements, (ii) a full CV, (iii) academic transcripts and (iv) a list of contacts of three referees. The email subject should include the position of interest.
Applications should be sent as a single PDF to Dr. Huy Dang, Assistant Professor at Trent University:
Commitment to diversity: The diversity of our community is at the core of innovation and creativity and strengthens our research excellence. Our groups strive to embody the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, we are committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse and inclusive community of outstanding scholars.