Le Geotop - 3 positions available (Postdoctoral, PhD and MSc)

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3 positions available (Postdoctoral, PhD and MSc)

Carbon budget of the peatlands in the Romaine river watershed, northern Quebec

Peatlands are hot spots of the carbon cycle in watersheds. Globally, it is estimated that these ecosystems store a third of the global soil organic carbon stocks. In Quebec (Canada), peatlands are important ecosystems, covering ~ 8-12 Mha of the land surface and storing approx. 8 Gt of organic carbon.  This collaborative research program aiming at the assessment of the total carbon budget of the Romaine watershed (Côte Nord, Québec; lat 50,52482°, long -63,20652°) has been funded by NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) and Hydro-Québec. We are seeking for three candidates : postdoctoral, PhD and MSc to achieve specific objectives of the program.  Applications should be send directly by e-mail and should include a CV and motivation letter along with the name of two references.

Starting date: May 2018

Postdoctoral (30 months)

The postdoctoral researcher will be in charge of the measurements net CO2 and CH4 gaseous emissions at the landscape scale for two full annual cycles. Assessment based on eddy covariance and automatic chamber measurements will include continuous monitoring at diurnal and seasonal scales together with hydrological and meteorological parameters during the ice-free periods (April to October).

Prerequisites: PhD in micrometeorology, biogeochemistry, earth and environmental sciences or related fields. Applicants shall also have research experience in the context of collaborative projects and interest in flux measurements and/or carbon/nitrogen cycling models. A working knowledge on eddy covariance processing data and previous experience in managing measurements in remote area will be an asset.

Salary: $45 000 can/year

Location: The postdoctoral position will take place at Geotop, Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada

Supervision: Michelle Garneau (garneau.michelle@uqam.ca), Dominique Serça (serd@aero.obs-mip.fr) et Frédéric Guérin (frederic.guerin@ird.fr)


PhD (3 years)

The proposed PhD project aims at documenting (quantification, characterization, origin) the stream carbon export from one instrumented peatland selected for its representativeness in the watershed. The PhD candidate will deploy in situ instrumentation to acquire a high temporal resolution of optical proxies for DOC and POC as well as dissolved CO2 and CH4 concentrations. These acquisitions will be combined with meteorological and hydrological acquisition to quantify fluvial carbon exports from the peatland, and identify hydrological controls of stream carbon exports.

Prerequisites: Candidates with experience in biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and hydrology are welcome to apply. They must demonstrate their abilities to work in collaboration and in remote areas during regular field campaigns.

Grant salary: $20 000 can/yr for 3 years. All field expenses and laboratory analyses will be covered.

Location: The PhD will take place at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada), with a joint PhD agreement with INPT (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse).

Supervision: Michelle Garneau (garneau.michelle@uqam.ca) and Laure Gandois (laure.gandois@ensat.fr)


MSc (2 years)

The MSc project aims at quantify the a hydrological budget during the ice-free period of the remote peatland in the Romaine river watershed in order to quantify evapotranspiration, groundwater storage and surface runoff. The results will allow to complete the global carbon budget of the peatland.

Prerequisites: Ungraduate degree in engineering (water, civil, physics or mechanical), physical geography or environmental science with a strong background in physical geography

Grant salary: $15 000 can/yr for 2 years. All field expenses and laboratory analyses will be covered.

Location: The MSc will take place at INRS-ETE (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Eau, Terre et Environnement), Québec

Supervision: André St-Hilaire (andre.st-hilaire@ete.inrs.ca) and Michelle Garneau (garneau.michelle@uqam.ca)

Application: Applications should be send directly by e-mail and should include a CV and motivation and report cards from precedent degrees.