Graduate (MS or PhD) position in Soil Science/Biogeochemistry; University of Alberta

The Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada is looking to fill a graduate (Msc or PhD) position in soil science biogeochemistry starting September 1, 2013. This research focuses on evaluating carbon pools and dynamics in reconstructed soils (Technosols) in comparison to their natural analogs. Fieldwork will involve soil description and sampling of natural boreal forests and reclaimed sites. Laboratory work will quantify the distribution and activity of soil carbon, and associated
faunal and microbial communities.

Qualifications: We are looking for a motivated and team-oriented candidate. Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence, with demonstrated interest in soil science and biogeochemistry. Prior experience using stable isotopes would be beneficial. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a necessity. The successful applicant will be supervised by Sylvie Quideau (Professor; Soil Biogeochemistry), and Mathew Swallow (Postdoctoral Fellow). Stipend will range between CAN$ 19,500 – 23,500 per year for a period of 2 years; extensions are possible, but will depend on student performance.

Deadline: Applications received by July 1, 2013 will be given preference, but the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

To apply: please send your CV, a copy of your transcripts, the name of three references, your TOEFL score (if applicable), and a brief cover letter outlining your research interests to: Sylvie Quideau ( and Mathew Swallow (

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