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Post-Doctoral Fellowship - biogeochemistry and hydrology of watershed scale agricultural management practices

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is available with a start date any time prior to March 2014 and ending in 2016 in the Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  The successful candidate will also collaborate closely with Environment Canada.  The fellow will primarily focus on analysis and publication of data collected in support of watershed-based field experiments to characterize the water quality implications of cattle management systems on mixed farms on the eastern Prairies.  Specific management practices being evaluated include extensive cattle overwintering, confined feeding and interception of runoff in holding ponds, field application of manure to improve soil fertility, and the impact of livestock on C:N:P of runoff exports.  Additional opportunities exist to develop new research through analysis of 20 years of existing data from watershed-based field experiments, hydrology, and water quality monitoring at a range of scales (http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1297269073820) and through participation in ongoing watershed-scale experiments designed to evaluate the biophysical and economic implications of implementation of differing agricultural management practices.  The successful candidate will join a research team with members from multiple government departments and universities with expertise in the fields of hydrology, geochemistry, water quality, soil science, micrometeorology, microbiology, agronomy, and economics.

Required qualifications:
- a Ph.D. related to hydrology, geochemistry, or environmental science
- strong knowledge of statistics including classical and non-parametric techniques and multivariate analysis that may be used to evaluate watershed scale datasets
- experience in the preparation and publication of manuscripts presenting research in environmental science
- the candidate should be fluent in English (oral and written)
- the candidate should have a valid driver’s licence
- knowledge of paired watershed experiments and analysis techniques that may be applied with water chemistry time series is an asset
- knowledge of Canadian Prairie agriculture and climate is an asset

This fellowship will be funded through NSERC Visiting Fellows program (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/students-etudiants/pd-np/laboratories-laboratoires/index_eng.asp) .  Candidates will need to apply for a Visiting Fellowship in a Canadian Government laboratory by completing Form 200. Eligibility requires that the candidate has acquired their PhD within 5 years of the positions end date.  The value of this fellowship is CDN $47,234 with separate project funds available for travel and research activities.  The fellowship is renewable for up to two years after the starting year.  Basic value of travel associated with relocation to Brandon, Manitoba can be reimbursed.

The position will be based out of the Brandon Research Centre in Brandon, Manitoba.  However, the project team will consider a request from the successful candidate to be located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.   Review of applications will begin on November 12th and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Currently AAFC is only seeking fellowship applications from Canadians and permanent residents of Canada.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references to:

Dr. Henry Wilson,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Brandon Research Centre
2701 Grand Valley Road
Box 1000A, R.R. #3
Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5Y3
E-mail | Courriel : henry.wilson@agr.gc.ca


Dr. Jane Elliott
Environment Canada
National Hydrology Research Centre
11 Innovation Blvd.
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 3H5
E-mail | Courriel : jane.elliott@ec.gc.ca