Master of Science program on using remote sensing techniques to assess soil surface conditions

Brandon University

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented candidate for a Master of Science degree program starting in May, 2022 with Brandon University (BU) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on using remote sensing techniques to assess soil surface conditions. In agricultural fields, soil surface conditions such as soil cover (canopy and crop residue cover) and soil roughness (random roughness due to the size and shape of soil clods and aggregates and oriented roughness due to the height, spacing and direction of tillage furrows) are important factors that can strongly affect many soil landscape processes such as soil erosion and surface hydrology. Traditional methods for measuring soil surface conditions are labour intensive and time consuming. A cheaper and more efficient alternative is remote sensing. Various remote sensing techniques have been used to assess soil surface conditions. However, improvements are still needed for: 1) assessing the accuracy, efficiency,and cost of different remote sensing methods; 2) an integrated method that can be used to estimate multiple soil surface condition parameters under Canadian crop management and soil conditions; and 3) linking remote sensing results to soil erosion and hydrological processes. The student will join a diverse team of researchers from AAFC, BU, as well as University of Manitoba (UM) and take the lead on field experiments and data analysis as part of the thesis program.

Position description

  • The position is open for application immediately until March 01, 2022 but applications will be evaluated as they come and an offer will be made to the first qualified candidate
  • Field work will mainly be in Manitoba, Canada
  • The candidate is expected to be enrolled in BU by May2022
  • International student deadline: Feb 01, 2022
  • Domestic student deadline: Mar15, 2022
  • Stipend: ~24k CAD per year


  • Holds, or will hold by May 2022, a Bachelor degree in soil science or a relevant area of agri-environmental science
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) and with excellent academic records
  • Research experiences on agriculture or environmental sciences are considered an asset
  • Willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings
  • Have a valid drivers license
  • Meet all other applicable Human Resource requirements in AAFC


  • A letter of interest (maximum one page)
  • A resume/CV describing qualifications and experience
  • Transcripts
  • Contact information for three references
  • Email to Dr. Alexander Koiter (KoiterA@BrandonU.CA)

To apply for this job email your details to KoiterA@BrandonU.CA