Graduate Student Assistantship, Arctic Stream Ecology

Motivated M.Sc. student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Biology at The University of New Brunswick to investigate the impacts of permafrost slope erosion on tributaries of the Peel River, NWT. As part of a joint initiative with the Canadian Rivers Institute and the NWT Cumulative Impacts Monitoring Program, the project will evaluate the role of nutrient and sediment loading from slope erosion on benthic metrics of ecological structure and function in salmonid-bearing tributaries. Student responsibilities will include designing and executing field experiments in these Arctic streams, and analyzing and reporting research outcomes.

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in aquatic ecology, environmental science or related discipline, and interest in designing experiments, conducting field monitoring and working in a lab. Ability to work as part of a team is a must.

Required qualifications:
• B.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
• Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept. Biology, University of New Brunswick http://www.unb.ca/gradstudies/

Additional desired qualifications:
• Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
• Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
• Ability to conduct field work in remote locations
• Experience working with a diversity of project partners including First Nations communities
• Experience with ArcGIS is advantageous

Please send your CV, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Joseph Culp at jculp@unb.ca. Start date is May 2013 with employment opportunity as a research assistant from May through August 2013, followed by graduate funding through December 2015. Review of applications will begin January 14, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

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