- Graduate Position
Climate change has accelerated glacial melt in the Canadian High Arctic, and the rapid increase in meltwater discharge can alter the physical and chemical properties of the surrounding ocean. This has impacts on ocean circulation, sea ice cover, and marine ecology at local and regional scales, yet many uncertainties regarding the oceanic response to glacial meltwater input remain. Since 2019, we have collected novel ocean observations in the Canadian Arctic to understand the effects of glacial meltwater on the local physical oceanography and marine ecosystems, and are now expanding the data collection to include year-round seasonal sampling through a collaboration with the Inuit community of Grise Fiord, the most northerly community in Canada.
We seek a highly-motivated graduate student at the Ph.D. (preferred) or M.Sc. level interested in field-based oceanographic research. This position would focus on exploring the marine biogeochemistry of the region. Topics could include investigations of macro- and micro-nutrient dynamics, marine microbial community composition and function (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics), and/or carbon cycling. Projects will involve analysis of existing datasets and the collection of new data via field and laboratory-based experiments to explore seasonal changes. The student will work under the guidance of Dr. Maya Bhatia (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta) and Dr. Erin Bertrand (Department of Biology, Dalhousie University). The student could be based at either Dalhousie or the University of Alberta as their home institution, but an extended visit of 3-4 months to the other institution is likely required. Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, or a related field. Prior experience in computational programming (e.g. R, Matlab, Python) and an interest in exploring high throughput molecular biological datasets would be an asset.
Both the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations; Metis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all