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Ph.D. studentship in modeling peatland C cycling at Memorial University (Canada)

Job Summary
Job Summary
Sector Academic
Category Biogeosciences
Type Full Time
Level Student / Graduate / Internship
Employer Memorial University (Canada)
Location Corner Brook, Canada
Salary Open
Required Education Master
Application Deadline Open until the position is filled
Posted 19 April 2017
Job Description

A NSERC-funded Ph.D. 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 January or September 2018. Earlier start date can also be considered. The position will remain open until filled.
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. If feasible, 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 (if required for international students), up-to-date curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Jianghua Wu at with subject “Ph.D. studentship-Modeling”, and short-listed applicants will be contacted to arrange phone/Skype interviews ASAP.

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