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[Met-jobs] A fully funded Ph.D. studentship available in modeling C cycling in drained boreal peatlands at Memorial University (Canada) for Jan/Sept 2018

From "Wu, Jianghua" <>
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Date Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:04:14 +0000

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.?

Jianghua Wu, PhD
Associate Professor
Sustainable Resource Management
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook,
NL, A2H 5G4, Canada<>
Tel: 1-709-639-2735
Fax: 1-709-639-8125

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