Graduate Research Opportunity, Aquatic Carbon Biogeochemistry
A graduate assistantship is available (Master’s or Ph.D) associated to the NSERC-funded Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS) in the Department of Biology of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The research projects may focus on a wide range of issues related to C biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas dynamics in northern aquatic ecosystems, including lake and river organic carbon dynamics and processing, greenhouse gas dynamics and ecosystem metabolism; links between aquatic and terrestrial C biogeochemistry and ecosystem function, and the role of aquatic ecosystems on regional carbon budgets. The projects will likely involve extensive field work in northern sites, and a combination of approaches, including in situ point and continuous gas, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, GIS and landscape modeling measurements, and molecular microbial techniques. Our group favors an integrative, network-scale perspective of inland waters across the boreal biome of Québec, but comparative work in temperate and subarctic systems in Québec and elsewhere will also be carried out. The selected candidate will join the highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary team of the CarBBAS Chair (http://www.carbbas.uqam.ca/), which in turn is part of the Aquatic Ecology group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with collective expertise in nutrient and C biogeochemistry, ecosystem and landscape modeling, population, community and ecosystem ecology, ecotoxicology, genomics and molecular ecology. The UQÀM is a francophone university, but English is the working language in the group, our students can choose to take courses in our sister universities, and can submit their theses in English. Interested students should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references, to Paul del Giorgio (firstname.lastname@example.org, 514-7957983). E-mail enquiries and applications are welcome. Starting date: Summer-Fall 2018.