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Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Open to rank of Assistant Professor in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering

Faculty: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department/School: Bioresource Engineering Position

The Department of Bioresource Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, tentatively starting on January 1, 2022. The position has the potential to interface between food/bioprocess, nutrition, sustainable production of food, and energy/economic models. Specific areas of interest may include eco-efficiency for food production and processing, agri-food value chain analysis, nutrition sensitive processing, bioprocess controls, industrial bioprocesses, and the conversion of waste streams into high value products. This position will lead to enhanced understanding of the complex interactions along the food value chains and optimize food supply chains particularly in resource-limited settings of developing countries across Africa, Caribbean, and other parts of the world.

Application deadline: July 31, 2021, or until position filled

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We are seeking a PhD student interested in studying agricultural systems, environmental quality, climate change impacts, and agroecosystem modelling within the Bioresource Engineering Department of McGill University (Macdonald Campus) in close affiliation with Science of Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).   An academic background in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science or Engineering, Bioresource Engineering, Ecosystem Modelling, or similar disciplines is ideal.

Canada has committed to reaching a 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. The demand for increased and sustainable agricultural production requires science-based farm management solutions that minimize GHG emissions. Reduction in GHG emissions and increased soil carbon sequestration in agroecosystems can help meet this commitment. The candidate will have the opportunity to study how basic principles of livestock science, biochemistry, microbiology and soil science impact GHG emissions from livestock farms and to learn basic principles of model development and application, providing the necessary skills for assessing a wider range of environmental issues.

The dairy and swine sectors have largely adopted intensive barn-based production systems, with liquid manure management. Liquid manure is a key source of methane, nitrous oxide, and ammonia emissions, both while stored and when applied to  land. Extensive measurements were recently carried out by AAFC researchers to assess the performance of new technologies and practices for mitigating GHG emissions from livestock manure. The successful candidate will assist to analyze and integrate this new research into a farm systems model, manure-DNDC, which links livestock, manure, and cropping systems to estimate flows of water, carbon, nitrogen at the farm scale. The candidate would have the opportunity to develop model components in C++, R, etc., with assistance from AAFC modellers.  The model will then be used to estimate GHG mitigation potentials and soil carbon sequestration across Canada for manure management technologies & strategies for both dairy and swine farms, including croplands applied with manure, livestock and farm facilities nationwide, considering spatial and climatic variability, as well as climate change impacts. Upon completion of the degree, the candidate will have gained enough expertise in model development and application to apply the skills to other topics.

The student will be supervised by Associate Professor Zhiming Qi and will work in collaboration with university and AAFC scientists and modellers.  Applications are currently being accepted to begin in either September, 2021 or January 2022.  There is an opportunity to initially work remotely on contract in the fall of 2021 prior to starting the PhD program in January 2022. Please contact Dr. Zhiming Qi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr. Ward Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Research Team:

Associate Professor Zhiming Qi (McGill) https://www.mcgill.ca/bioeng/faculty-and-staff/zhiming-qi
Dr. Andrew VanderZaag (AAFC) https://profils-profiles.science.gc.ca/en/profile/dr-andrew-vanderzaag
Dr. Ward Smith (AAFC) https://profils-profiles.science.gc.ca/en/profile/ward-smith-phd
Brian Grant (AAFC) https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brian-Grant-2

Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Closing Date: Until a suitable candidate is selected

Location: Olds, Alberta

Olds College is seeking a permanent full-time Research Project Manager. This position manages and supports the execution of high profile projects and activities within the Olds College Centre for Innovation by integrating the disciplines of engineering, agronomy, data acquisition, analytics, project management, and information processing. This key position will help the College and its partners develop, validate and demonstrate leading edge agricultural technologies to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture and agri-food industry. 

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logo guelphJob Description: A dynamic, innovative and highly motivated researcher to work on a challenging project to address a critical knowledge gap concerning the impact of land management practices on hydrological processes, soil properties, and phosphorus losses during the peak loading periods (winter and early spring) in agricultural watersheds in the Canadian Great Lakes basin by improving watershed and field scale models. The successful candidate is expected to make changes (in structure and code) to enhance the capability of a watershed model and a field scale model to improve simulation of the spring and winter conditions in Ontario, Canada, and subsequently calibrate and validate the model using gathered and collected data to identify factors (e.g. climate, topography, soil, crop management, etc.) associated with high phosphorus losses during the peak loading periods. The project is significant to address high phosphorus loading to the Great Lakes.

The candidate will be located in School of Engineering at University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada and will have an opportunity to mentor graduate students and work with interdisciplinary teams which includes researchers at University of Guelph, and scientists/policy makers at various government agencies including Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The candidate will also be part of multiple federal, state and local projects and will present scientific results at professional meetings and publish in reputed journals. The candidate will be located in School of Engineering at University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada and will have an opportunity to mentor graduate students and work with interdisciplinary teams which includes researchers at University of Guelph, and scientists/policy makers at various government agencies including Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The candidate will also be part of multiple federal, state and local projects and will present scientific results at professional meetings and publish in reputed journals.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Agricultural or Civil Engineering, Hydrology or related fields with proficient knowledge of watershed/water quality modeling. Basic knowledge of crops/agriculture production, urban and natural resource systems is desired. Experience in programming language (e.g., Fortran/Matlab) and capability to modify codes of process based hydrologic models to improve representation of various hydro-physiological processes within the model is highly needed. Successful candidate should have a demonstrated background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistical analysis, hydrological/water quality models. Excellent oral and written communication skills are needed and should be able to work independently/collaboratively and communicate results to wide variety of audience. The candidate should have a strong academic background, excellent research capabilities, and ability to publish in high-quality journals.

Availability and Appointment: This is a full time position and is available immediately. The initial appointment period would be for 2 years and could be extended upon fund availability and satisfactory performance.

Contact: Please send a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, statement of research interests and three references as email attachments to Dr. Ramesh P. Rudra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a copy to Dr.Prasad Daggupati at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Dr. Pradeep Goel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the position, please contact

Ramesh P. Rudra
Professor, Water Resources Engineering School of Engineering,
University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1
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Phone: (519)824-4120 --EX 52110

Prasad Daggupati
Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering School of Engineering,
University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1
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Phone: (519)824-4120 --EX 58303

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