Student Opportunities

We currently have several funded research opportunities for Ph.D and M.Sc students.

Students with a GPA of B+ or higher are welcome to apply.

Here is the list of some the opportunities available for 2017-18 academic year. Please apply by 15 January 2018:

  1. Ph.D student in Vegetation Ecosystem Modelling (May or September, 2018): We have a modelling PhD student opportunity available in our group starting May or September, 2018. The main objective of this research is to further improve ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in the Canada Land Surface Scheme – Canadian Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (CLASS-CTEM+N). CLASS-CTEM model is part of the Canadian Earth System Model (Can-ESM). This position is funded through the Southern Forests Water Future project of the Global Water Futures initiative (https://gwf.usask.ca). Selected student will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers associated with the Global Water Future Programme and Climate Research Branch, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Canada. Past experience and knowledge in land surface schemes or vegetation ecosystem models and expertise in programing, FORTRAN, Matlab or R is desired. Students should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and list of relevant courses to Dr. Altaf Arain at arainm@mcamster.ca before January 15, 2018. Review of the applications will begin immediately.

  2. Ph.D or M.Sc Student in Biogeochemistry and Forest Carbon Cycle (May or September, 2018): We have a PhD or M.Sc student opportunity available in our group starting May or September, 2018. The goal of this work is to explore the impacts of environmental events (e.g. drought and heatwaves) and management activities on forest biogeochemical processes with particular emphasis on soil carbon budget. Field work will take place in an age-sequence of temperate pine forests and a deciduous stand near Lake Erie in Southern Ontario, Canada. These sites are known as Turkey Point Flux Station or Turkey Point Observatory and are a part of global Fluxnet initiative. This position is funded through the Southern Forests Water Future project of the Global Water Futures initiative (https://gwf.usask.ca). Students should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and list of relevant courses to Dr. Altaf Arain at arainm@mcamster.ca before January 15, 2018.

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