Bennett Ecology Lab is looking for two postdocs, a PhD student, and a technician to join a set of new, collaborative, and well-funded projects exploring multi-trophic interactions in grasslands and identifying management interventions that can enhance the associated ecosystem services.

Our group’s focus in these projects will be on understanding how the species and genetic composition of plant assemblages influence soil microbial communities and the consequences of those relationships for multiple ecosystem services.

We will explore these questions using observational studies, and field and greenhouse experiments. There will be considerable opportunity to collaborate with researchers across many fields (ecology, plant breeding, soil science, entomology, and artificial intelligence).

We are looking for one PhD student, two postdoctoral fellows, and one technician to join our diverse group. Successful individuals will join a set of new, highly collaborative, and well-funded projects exploring multi-trophic interactions in grassland ecosystems and identifying management interventions that can enhance the associated ecosystem services.

Our group’s focus in these projects will be on understanding how the species and genetic composition of plant assemblages influence soil microbial communities and the consequences of those relationships for multiple ecosystem services. We will explore these questions using observational studies, and field and greenhouse experiments.

There will be considerable opportunity to collaborate with researchers across an array of fields (ecology, plant breeding, soil science, entomology, and artificial intelligence), and to integrate data generated by other groups into wholistic analyses. While there are defined deliverables for these projects, student and PDF positions can be shaped by the interests of the successful applicant. We are looking for individuals who work well in a team environment that can also function independently. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential.

Graduate students:

This position will use existing and new field experiments manipulating the composition and diversity of plant species and genotypes to determine plant compositions that can optimize productivity, carbon sequestration, pollination services, and natural pest control in seeded grassland systems. The student will also have flexibility to develop their own ideas and many opportunities to collaborate with other people in the Bennett lab and across the larger projects.

Minimum qualifications: Must have received an MSc in a relevant discipline, or anticipated defense prior to November 2023. Must be willing to relocate to Saskatoon, SK as there will be significant field work.

Desired Experience: Experience publishing papers, ideally in ISI indexed journals. Experience generating and analyzing soil microbiome data.

A start date of September 2023 or January 2024 is requested, although May 2024 may be possible for exceptional candidates. Successful applicants will receive a minimum stipend of $25,000 for 4 years, although there are many available scholarships to which students can apply to top up that amount. The University of Saskatchewan Graduate Students Association offers an extended health and dental plan that is covered through student fees.

To apply, send a cover letter including which position you are applying to as well as a description of how your interests and experience fit that position, and a CV to Jon Bennett (jon.bennett@usask.ca). For PhD students, please also include a copy of your transcripts. Positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

Website: (https://research-groups.usask.ca/bennett-lab/ ).

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