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Grad Student Positions in Public Health (U of Calgary)

Graduate Student Positions in Epidemiology, Microbiology and Public Health of Untreated Rural Well Water, through the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,  University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Project: This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an important ground breaking project.  We are seeking three graduate students with an interest in interdisciplinary study in environmental public health, microbiology, epidemiology, animal health and decision science. We are guided by the One Health philosophy that management of the interaction of animals, humans, and the environment in which they live is critical to developing participatory solutions to sustainable management of our resources, including water. Positions start January 2015 in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary. The Principal Investigators are Drs. Sylvia Checkley and David Hall (Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Marie Louie (Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine) working in collaboration with researchers from the provincial and federal Government through the FoodNet Canada Sentinel Site (http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/foodnetcanada/index-eng.php).  A stipend of $20,000 per year Canadian will be available with potential for more funding through scholarships.

Qualifications: We seek self-motivated, industrious students to begin Master’s graduate programs starting January 2015. The applicants should have a BSc. Demonstrated interest and experience in a related field is essential, as is the ability to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team. A DVM degree may be an asset but is not required.

Start date: January 1, 2015

Application Deadline: August 31, 2014, or until suitable applicants are identified.

Application: Send a letter of introduction describing research interests and experience, a current CV, an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 3 references to Dr. Sylvia Checkley, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Phone: (403) 210-7409 Fax: (403) 210-9740 Email: sylvia.checkley@ucalgary.ca. Applicants should verify their eligibility for grad school at UCVM under “Admission requirements” at the following link: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/graduate_programs_prospective_students

Further Information: Please review our web pages at – http://vet.ucalgary.ca/, http://www.ucalgary.ca/microinfect/. You may also contact Dr. Checkley for further information.

Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistant, Climate Change Adaptation

DURATION: Immediately to July 31, 2015
POSITION TYPE: Masters level graduate research assistantship
FACULTY: Faculty of Land & Food Systems
GRADUATE PROGRAM: Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems; Soil Science
HOURS AND PAY RATE: 20-40 hrs per week (depending on course schedule) $4000 per month for full time
APPLICATION CLOSES: August 25, 2014

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
This project is designed to help farmers in the Lower Fraser River delta better understand management options that will help them adapt to climate change. The Lower Fraser delta has been identified as one of the agricultural regions in British Columbia that is likely to be substantially impacted by changing weather patterns and sea level rise. The fine textured soils and level topography of the low-lying delta make it
particularly susceptible to increased flooding and changes in water availability. The project will analyze existing knowledge of in-field management for reducing climate change impacts, primarily ways to increase drainage and improve irrigation. This will include a comprehensive review of approaches that have been adopted in similar regions around the world and a survey of farmers in the Delta to assess the efficacy of their current management for flooding. Management options identified in this analysis will be further evaluated and potentially demonstrated through monitoring of existing options in the Delta and/or on-farm field trials.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The research assistant (RA) will work as part of a collaboration between the Delta Farmer’s Institute, Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory (http://sal-lab.landfood.ubc.ca/) at UBC, the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative and the BC Ministry of Agriculture. The RA will review and compile existing literature on adaptation methodologies. The RA will also conduct a survey of farmers in the Delta to assess their current management practices and summarize an analysis of the reviewed and surveyed management options in a detailed report. The RA will then develop and execute a field study to assess various management options.

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an interest and ability to conduct interdisciplinary research (e.g. analyses of social, agronomic and economic factors). The applicant must be able to demonstrate experience reviewing, analyzing and reporting on scientific literature. Project management and organizational skills are essential for the position. Applicants that have demonstrated previous experience with fieldwork or other outdoor activities are preferred. The applicant must have a valid drivers license, and willingness and ability to work in a physically demanding environment. The applicant will be expected to work outside in all kinds of weather and must be able to lift 25 kg. Applicants’ resumes should include a summary of their writing, management, outdoor and field and laboratory experience.

REQUIREMENTS
• Undergraduate degree in science, preferably environmental, soil or agricultural science or equivalent work experience
• 1-2 years of work experience in a related field

CONTACT INFORMATION
Interested applicants should email Dr. Sean Smukler at sean.smukler@ubc.ca the following:
• Brief email or cover letter describing the applicants qualifications and interests
• Resume or curriculum vitae
• Unofficial Transcript
• Writing example

Job Posting: Graduate Research Assistant – Compostable Foodware

DURATION: September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015
POSITION TYPE: Masters level graduate research assistantship
FACULTY: Faculty of Land & Food Systems
GRADUATE PROGRAM: Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems; Soil Science
HOURS AND PAY RATE: 20-40 hrs per week (depending on course schedule) $4000 per month for full time
APPLICATION CLOSES: August 25, 2014

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
With the global efforts to reduce waste, there are more and more compostable products entering different product lines – especially notable is compostable food ware and packaging. The composting industry however is having problems incorporating these new products in their processes because they lack clear protocols on how best to assess their degradation under different composting conditions. This project will help increase the incorporation of compostable food ware and packaging into the compost stream by creating and refining in-field testing protocols and assessing the quality of their compost. The aim is to help bridge the gap between the current laboratory certifications and on site
facility experience by creating transferrable testing protocols for use by individual compost facilities. The project will assess the quality and environmental outcomes of various compost products both in the greenhouse and in field trials at the UBC Farm. Specifically the nutrient dynamics of the composts and their impact on vegetable production will be analyzed.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The research assistant (RA) will work as part of the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory (http://sal-lab.landfood.ubc.ca/) with an industry partner to develop details for a comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis of compostable packaging from the establishment of new protocols for the composting industry to the assessment of the quality of compost products. The RA will review existing compostable food ware and packaging composting protocols, and survey composting facilities to develop a protocol for various facility types. The RA will then use the protocols to test the disintegration of compostable products from the industry partner at various compost facilities and will conduct a
greenhouse study to assess the impact of various compost products on vegetable production. Finally the RA will participate in compost field trials where vegetable yields and nutrient dynamics (e.g. greenhouse gas emission and nitrogen leaching) will be quantified.

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an interest and ability to conduct interdisciplinary research (e.g. social, economic and environmental). The applicant must have a willingness and ability to work in a physically demanding environment. Applicants will be expected to work outside in all kinds of weather and must be able to lift 25 kg. This position requires organizational skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Applicants that have demonstrated previous experience with fieldwork or other outdoor activities are preferred. Applicants’ resumes should include a summary of field and laboratory course work completed and/or any applicable employment or volunteer experience.

REQUIREMENTS
• Undergraduate degree in science, preferably environmental, soil or agricultural science or equivalent work experience
• 1-2 years of work experience in a related field

CONTACT INFORMATION
Interested applicants should email Dr. Sean Smukler at sean.smukler @ubc.ca the following:
• Brief email or cover letter describing the applicants qualifications and interests
• Resume or curriculum vitae
• Unofficial Transcript
• An example of written work