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MSc/PhD Student Assistantship: Ontario P index and potential of P loss

05.07.2017 - University of Guelph (Canada)

An assistantship (2/3 years) is available for a MSc/PhD program at the University of Guelph through Research Affiliate Program of AAFC. The assistantship is available right way with actual degree starting from September 2017. This is an opportunity to work on a multi institutional project with leaders in the field (Dr. Keith Reid, AAFC, Ottawa; Dr. Pradeep Goel, MOECC; and Prof. Asim Biswas, University of Guelph).

The student will conduct a systematic evaluation of Ontario P-index, a field scale P loss risk by ranking individual fields based on their potential P loss and contribute to a larger project. The study will be conducted focusing on two watersheds from southern Ontario in order to evaluate and applicability of modified Ontario P index. The student will collect soil samples, perform analysis in laboratory and validate P index using field observed data. Student will also work with conservation authorities to collect additional data on various aspects of the watershed and water quality. The project will involve field work (a driving license is required) to collect soil samples and experience will required. An experience in working with statistical analysis of field and laboratory data will be an asset.

The student will be based at the School of Environmental Sciences ( at the Ontario Agriculture College ( at University of Guelph (, the center of East Canadian Agricultural research. Funding is available through the AAFC Research Affiliate Program; as such, priority will be given to Canadian citizens, but non-Canadian residents are also eligible.

Please check the university website for application deadlines.

Please contact Prof. Asim Biswas at or Dr. Keith Reid at for more information or to apply for the position.