PhD position in Arctic permafrost ecology

Website Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

PhD in Arctic permafrost ecology. Arctic plant communities are located at the interface of the atmosphere and the soil of tundra ecosystem. Its properties and dynamics will determine how global warming affects the dynamics of permafrost, the release from the ice of soil organic matter, which has resided there for millennia, and its decomposition. The land surface models which simulate the dynamics of permafrost take into account the properties of plant communities through a dozen of parameters. However, the attribution of values to these plant community parameters takes little account of the adaptation of the communities to their environment and / or the biological constraints, which limits the possible combinations of parameter sets. The objective of this PhD will thus be to better constrain the sensitivity of models of permafrost dynamics to the ecological dynamics of plant communities.

We are looking for passionate candidate with skills in land surface modeling and community ecology. The student will work within a multidisciplinary team of geographers and ecologists within the environmental sciences department at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières and under the supervision of Christophe Kinnard and Vincent Maire. She or he will work in both land surface modeling as well as in remote area in the Bylot Island experimental site, Nunavut. She or he will join a cohort of around 50 graduate students benefiting from the activities of a very dynamic department and a university that financially encourages student mobility. The student will benefit from a pleasant living environment in Trois-Rivières (120,000 inhabitants), and proximity to Montreal and Quebec (1h30 from each) and with a relatively advantageous cost of living.
A grant of $ 21,000 year-1 for three years accompanies this project; candidates who already have a major scholarship (e.g. CRSNG, FQRNT) or who will obtain this scholarship will benefit from an added value to their scholarship. The student will have the opportunity to do some teaching.

If this offer interests you, then send to and before October 31, 2020: (1) your CV, (2) a transcript including the names of the courses, (3) a short description in English of your research interests and career plan, and (4) the names and email addresses of two individuals who can provide an assessment of your ability to pursue doctoral studies.

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