Graduate Opportunity

    Master's or Ph.D. Opportunity in soil ecosystem

    Posted November 6, 2013

    The Opportunity:
    Join the University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan, Stantec, Vale Canada and Environment Canada in understanding the toxicity of mixtures of metals the soil ecosystem.

    The Project: 

    Join the University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan, Stantec, Vale Canada and Environment Canada in understanding the toxicity of mixtures of metals the soil ecosystem.   We are looking for four PhD and two MSc candidates who will, as part of this NSERC Strategic Project, test the toxicological theory of Concentration Addition in soil systems and develop new risk assessment tools for Canadian regulators and industry. The project is part of a larger network of independent projects that study  aquatic toxicity of metal mixtures, rare earth elements and PGEs, all of which data will be combined to produce new guidance for metals regulations to protect environmental health.

    This exceptional graduate student opportunity includes guaranteed internship placements with Vale and Stantec and participation in the NSERC CREATE program in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA).  As a graduate student, you would be joining Canada’s two top centers of Toxicology, Guelph and Saskatoon. The University of Saskatchewan houses the largest collection of environmental toxicologists in North America, is home to over 40 toxicology graduate students and houses the NSERC CREATE HERA training program.  The University of Guelph is a historic center for toxicological research in Canada and is a MITACs Metal Innovation Cluster.  

    All graduate students will be co-supervised by Dr. Hale and Siciliano and all students should expect to spend some time in Guelph or Saskatoon, depending on the phase of their project.  The academic home for each student will be selected based on discussions between the co-supervisors and the student.  

    PhD Projects:

    • Plant toxicity to mixtures: coherence with the concentration addition model of metal mixture bioavailability
    • Toxicity of mites to metal mixtures as modified by soil chemistry parameters that influence bioavailability and bioaccumulation
    • Sensitivity of microbial ammonia oxidation to metal mixtures and the potential for recovery
    • Adaptation of the EU REACH PNEC calculator to accommodate mixtures toxicity, a tool for Canadian risk assessors

    MSc Projects:

    • Sensitivity of exchange resin probes as biomimetics of metal adsorption to roots, for metal mixture and single metal exposures
    • Departure of mixtures toxicity responses from CA of single metal data: a statistical determination

    Qualifications:
    BSc for MSc, or MSc for PhD.

    Starting Date: January-April, 2014.

    Stipend: $21,000 to $26,000

    How to Apply:

    If you are interested, please contact Dr. Hale (bhale@uoguelph.ca) or Dr. Siciliano (steven.siciliano@usask) with a CV and a statement of project interest explaining what project you are interested in and why

    For More Information: 
    If you are interested, please contact Dr. Hale (bhale@uoguelph.ca) or Dr. Siciliano (steven.siciliano@usask) with a CV and a statement of project interest explaining what project you are interested in and why