Current Graduate Openings and Jobs


The Applied Soil Ecology Lab has several openings:

Graduate Student Position Available in Soil Science/Agronomy

A graduate student position (MSc) is available for a motivated candidate to work in the area of soil fertility, agronomy and nutrient dynamics. The student will work on a project assessing the effect of amending soils with struvite, a recovered magnesium ammonium phosphate precipitate from wastewater that can be used as a source of nutrients for crop production. It is also pending approval for use in organic agricultural production systems as a source of phosphorus and is recognized for helping to recycle waste phosphorus, working towards more sustainable nutrient management. Specifically, the graduate student will focus on assessing the ability of three different green manure crops to access phosphorus from struvite and make it available to a subsequent wheat crop. The opportunity to be involved in assessments of the effect of struvite application on water quality implications also exists. The student will have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary work with partners at the University of Manitoba, the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Brandon Research and Development Centre), and industry partners. The work will involve conducting field and laboratory work. Candidates should have an interest in soil science and nutrient dynamics and have completed a bachelor’s degree in soil science, environmental science, agronomy or a related discipline. Laboratory and or field experience is an asset.

Conditions of employment

The position will be based in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba with an anticipated start date of January 2021. Applications will begin to be reviewed in mid-July 2020. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Francis Zvomuya ( and Kim Schneider ( for more information and to apply send a statement of their research interests and related past experience, as well as a copy of their current CV and academic transcripts.