Grad and Job Announcements

Graduate Positions Available:

Optimizing Nitrogen Use Efficiency for Irrigated Processing Potato

The laboratory for the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for MSc training in nutrient cycling and Soil Ecology. The student will undertake graduate research in the area of evaluating 4R (right rate, timing, source and placement) of nitrogen fertilizer for optimized yield and quality of processing potato.

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Development of Real Time Quantification Methods for Soy Bean Cyst Nematode

The laboratory for the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for an MSc/PhD training in Soil Ecology. The student will undertake graduate research in the area of molecular test development for soy bean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) in soil.

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Development of Multi-plex Real Time Methods for Verticillium in Soil

The laboratory for the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for an MSc training position in Soil Ecology. The student will undertake graduate research towards an MSc in the area of molecular test development for Verticillium species in soil. Experience in isolation and manipulation of fungal cultures, molecular techniques such as PCR and quantitative PCR protocols are an asset.

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Summer Positions Available:

Plant Disease Diagnostics

Development of Molecular Plant Disease Diagnostics for Verticillium Wilt of Potato and Soy Bean Cyst Nematode
Project description: The student is to work under the supervision of graduate students and Senior Technician to collect soil from farm fields, extract the plant pathogenic fungus, Verticillium and plant parasitic nematodes from soil and plant material, and examine extractions under a microscope for the disease agents. Some molecular work in terms of DNA extraction, PCR assays, and gel electrophoresis may be required.

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Soil and Greenhouse Gas Technician

The student is to work under the supervision of graduate students,
Senior Technicians and Research Associates to conduct soil and
plant sampling, and measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes. The
student will work on several projects all examining best
management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2,
N2O, and CH4) from soil. The projects include fertilizer formulations and placement of fertilizer to reduce emissions of N2O from agricultural fields.

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