Applications are invited for 3-year research program based at Landcare Research and the University of Canterbury (UC) to investigate the coupling of soil C and N cycling in grazed agricultural systems.
This scholarship is co-funded by the University of Canterbury, Landcare Research and the New Zealand Government. The research team headed by Professors Matthew Turnbull (UC) and David Whitehead (Landcare Research).
The aim of the research is to develop more effective ways for farmers to reduce nitrogen leaching to groundwater and nitrous oxide emissions by investigating links between soil carbon inputs and nitrogen losses.
Course Level: Scholarship is open to pursuing PhD programme.
Study Subject: The topic for the PhD will be selected to contribute a specific research project towards solutions for three key issues: (i) application of molecular techniques to determine the functional diversity of organisms regulating carbon and nitrogen dynamics, (ii) coupling functional diversity to the poorly understood biological drivers of both leaching and gaseous nitrogen losses, and (iii) manipulating carbon inputs experimentally to demonstrate the impacts of soil biological activity leading to reduced nitrogen losses.
The stipend will be for three years at NZD21,000 p.a. (tax-free) plus payment of tuition fees and associated services charges and insurance (approx. $9,000 p.a.).
The candidate will also have the opportunity to present their work at an international conference in the latter half of their project.
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand
-University seeks a PhD candidate with a demonstrated a high level of academic achievement at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. They will be required to have a B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent to enrol as a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury.
-The candidate will require a background in plant physiology and/or soil science. Background in biochemistry/molecular biology and/or genomics/bioinformatics would be an advantage. The PhD candidate will be required to undertake both fieldwork and lab-based investigations in the course of their research.
Nationality: Applicants from New Zealand can apply for this PhD Position.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: The Applicant must have a demonstrated a high level of academic achievement at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Applicant will be required to have a B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent to enroll as a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirement: No
How to Apply: Applications in writing, including CV and the names of two referees, should be sent to the email address above, by June 30, 2016. We expect to skype-interview a short-list of potential candidates in July.
Application Deadline: Application deadline is June 30, 2016.