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Job Title:  Two MSc Student Positions

Department: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan

Status: Term from May 1 2017 to April 30 2019.

Salary Information: $21,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Note there are scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities to supplement the stipend beyond this base level. 

Project title #1: Understanding soil health in horticultural and agricultural soils

Co-supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Melissa Arcand

Project description: The proposed research will examine how different horticultural & agricultural practices have influenced soil health, and will identify which key soil attributes are most important in determining soil health. This project will focus on a unique set of long-term trials at the University of Saskatchewan, which have produced vegetables, fruit, or grains for the past several decades. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (soil sample collection), lab work (analysis for numerous soil attributes such as nutrients, organic matter, aggregate stability, etc.), data integration and interpretation (soil health scoring). The candidate will have opportunities to interact with horticultural producers, provincial and federal government researchers, other graduate students and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences and the Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan.  

Project title #2: Understanding nutrient dynamics in diverse vs simple crop rotations

Co-supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Richard Farrell

Project description: The proposed research will examine crop residue decomposition and soil nutrient dynamics in simplified vs diversified crop rotations. This project will employ 15N tracer techniques to understand nitrogen transformation and loss from above- vs below-ground crop residues over time, and will focus on a ~30yr field trial located at the University of Guelph. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (plant sampling, soil sampling, and greenhouse gas sample collection), lab work (analysis for plant nitrogen, soil mineral nitrogen, organic nitrogen, and nitrous oxide emissions), data integration and interpretation. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with agricultural producers, government researchers, other graduate students, and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences & Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and also at the University of Guelph (Dept. of Plant Agriculture & the School of Environmental Sciences).

Qualifications
Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in natural or agricultural sciences. Expertise in agriculture, horticulture, soil, and plant science is desired. 

Please apply no later than Mar 31 at 4:30pm. To apply for either position, please send your unofficial transcripts, CV and names of two referees to: Dr. Kate Congreves, Assistant Professor with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Email: kate.congreves@usask.ca

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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