[ES_JOBS_NET] Fwd: [soilcarb-l] Fwd: Please find 2 Graduate Research Assistant Opportunities: Lincoln University in New Zealand --and -- North Carolina State University

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Dec 1 09:36:03 MST 2014

ase see these 2 PhD Graduate Research Assistant Opportunities related to
soil microbial ecology/organic matter transformation:

*PhD project – candidate wanted in * *Lincoln University, New Zealand:*

*Project title:* Sources, supply and bioavailability of soluble organic
matter in relation to mineralization.

*Supervisors:* Prof. Tim Clough (Lincoln University); Dr Denis Curtin and
Dr Mike Beare (Plant and Food Research).

*Topic:* Soluble organic matter is of interest due to its role in carbon
and nitrogen dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems but its role in
agricultural ecosystems has not been extensively examined. The study will
seek to understand the role that soluble organic matter plays in regulating
the storage and supply of plant available nutrients (especially Nitrogen)
in agricultural production systems. A suitably qualified person is required
to conduct and analyse experiments that determine the sources, supply and
bioavailability of soluble organic matter in relation to mineralization
within cropping and/or pasture soils.

The candidate’s PhD programme will be jointly supervised and based at Plant
& Food Research and Lincoln University, New Zealand. Plant & Food Research
is a New Zealand-based Crown Research Institute whose purposes is to
enhance the value and productivity of New Zealand’s horticultural, arable
and seafood industries to contribute to economic, environmental and social
prosperity of New Zealand.  Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist
land-based university. Lincoln is less than half an hour from Christchurch,
the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The Department of Soil
and Physical Sciences resides within the Faculty of Agriculture and Life
Sciences. Both institutes provide excellent facilities and resources for
the planned project.

*Selection Criteria:* Applicants must have a BSc (Hons) or MSc in an
appropriate science discipline. Candidates with a background in soil
chemistry, biology or biochemistry are preferred. Candidates should be able
to find and synthesis literature, and work well either independently or in
team situations.

*Renumeration:* The candidate will receive a tax-free stipend of NZD$26,000
and will have tuition fees paid.

*Starting date and duration:* The project will start as soon as a suitable
candidate is confirmed. The funding is for a 3 year Ph.D. project to be
completed in 2017.

*Applications:* To apply please send full CV by email to the contact below
– the CV must include details of academic qualifications and any research
experience, together with the names, email addresses, and contact details
of TWO referees.

*For more information, please contact: *

*Dr. Tim Clough*

*Professor Environmental Biogeochemistry. FNZSSS*

*Department of Soil & Physical Sciences*

*Faculty of Agriculture & Life Sciences*

*P O Box 85084*

*Lincoln University 7647*

*Christchurch, New Zealand*

Ph*:* 03 423 0775 ,  FAX: +64 3 3523607

Timothy.Clough at lincoln.ac.nz


*Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Ph.D. in North Carolina State
University under Dr. Terrence Gardner**:*

*Project:*  Research in soil microbial ecology to better understand the
biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and transformation/degradation of
contaminants by microbial communities in agricultural and polluted sites.

*All details are given in the document attached and this link:*

*Information of Dr. Gardner’s research program is available at:*

*For more information, please contact: *

*Dr. Terrence G. Gardner*

Assistant Professor of Soil and Environmental Microbial Ecology

Department of Soil Science

North Carolina State University

3411C Williams Hall, 101 Derieux Street

Campus Box 7619
Phone: (919) 515-7000; Fax: (919) 515-2167

TGGardne at ncsu.edu
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