PhD/PDF Student Opportunity, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Understanding Patterns and Mechanisms Driving Clone Size and Gender Performance in Trembling Aspen in Alberta

We are seeking a PhD or PDF student who is interested in genetics, ecology, ecophysiology and their interaction on the landscape. The goal of this project is to describe the patterns of aspen (Populus tremuloides) clone size and gender distribution in active aspen forest management regions in Alberta, while also using genetic markers to understand recent declines in aspen health due to drought.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to prospective students that have:

  • An MSc/PhD degree in forestry, ecology, genetics or related field.
  • A strong background in quantitative genetics, and/or plant ecophysiology.
  • A GPA >3.5 and evidence of success.
  • Familiarity with an IRGA or other ecophysiology equipment.
  • Experience in field work.
  • A valid class 5 driver’s licence (or equivalent), and be eligible to drive UofA vehicles.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of experimental design and associated statistical programs (eg: R, SAS).

Funding: This project is fully funded (~$24,000 /year for PhDs, ~$45,000/year for PDFs) through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program for 2 or 3 years, with additional scholarship funds available for Canadian students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater. We encourage students to pursue additional funding through internal/external sources.

Start date: Immediate/Flexible start date in 2018.

Application: Prospective students must apply through UofA Graduate Studies; however, those interested should first email Dr. Barb Thomas ( and cc Morgan Randall the following information:

  • a letter of interest (1 page)
  • a CV describing qualifications and experience
  • unofficial transcripts
  • contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries to gain more information about the positions are also welcome.