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Teagasc university of limerick walsh fellowship_carbon sequestration in permanent pasture and arable soils (1)


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Teagasc university of limerick walsh fellowship_carbon sequestration in permanent pasture and arable soils (1)

  1. 1. T EAGASC P H D W ALSH F ELLOWSHIPO PPORTUNITY Carbon Sequestration in Permanent Pasture and Arable soils – Baselines and Management Options Ref: 2013203BackgroundA large number of studies around the world show that grasslands may act as a sink of carbon(C) and that the rate of C sequestration is strongly dependent upon the management of theseecosystems. Considering that grassland comprises 4 million hectares or 90% of agriculturalarea, the size of Irish grassland sinks may be considerable. However, at present there areseveral obstacles associated with the measurement and verification of these agriculturalsinks. These include quantification of grassland and arable C sinks across a range of soiltypes, and the assessment of strategies that enhance C sinks. This project seeks to quantifyC baselines and investigate the impact of land management on arable and grasslandsystems. The project will determine soil C stocks in grassland and arable soils and assess theimpact of soil type and management on soil C stocks. Soil C fractionation will be used toassess the allocation of SOC between labile and recalcitrant pools. The results of the projectwill be published in peer reviewed scientific journals.EssentialApplicants should have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. inan appropriate discipline (Soil Science, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science,Environmental Engineering, etc.). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivatedand be prepared for extended periods of laboratory analysis. A full EU driving licence is alsorequired.DesirableAdditional desirable characteristics would include a familiarity with soil sampling and analysisand statistical analysis. Experience of environmental modelling would also be a distinctadvantage. Information literacy and oral, written and graphical communication skills areimportant to this role.AwardThe Walsh Fellowship is a joint PhD research project between Teagasc, Johnstown Castleand the University of Limerick. The student will be based at the Teagasc Research Centre atJohnstown Castle, Co. Wexford and will be registered at the University of Limerick, workingunder the supervision of Dr. Ken Byrne in association with Teagasc supervisors (Dr RachelCreamer and Dr. Gary Lanigan). The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after thecandidate is appointed.The fellowship provides a stipend of €21,000. University fees are paid by the student from thestipend which is tenable for three years.Application Procedure
  2. 2. Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae in pdf format and a letter of interest to:Dr Ken Byrne ( date15th February 2013.