Research Opportunities

Below are current research opportunities in the School of Graduate Studies. Please note this list is not exhaustive; please contact available faculty members to inquire about their ongoing research programs.

 

The Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Lethbridge is offering two graduate student positions at the PhD or MA level, beginning in September 2021. These positions are part of the Blackfoot Language Resources project at the University of Lethbridge, which is a partner in the project 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant in 2019–2026 and hosted by the Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) at the University of Alberta.

The 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages project is developing language technological models, tools, and resources for Indigenous languages in Canada. This includes: intelligent electronic dictionaries, linguistically analyzed collections of spoken and written texts, spell-checkers, language learning and practice tools, and word form analyzers and generators. All our tools are created in close collaboration with Indigenous communities in order to facilitate and support the use of their languages in all spheres of life by community members.

The positions advertised here will focus on the development of tools for Blackfoot (Algonquian), building upon preceding work on Plains Cree, East Cree, and Odawa (Algonquian), Tsuut’ina (Dene), and Haida (isolate). Students will be housed in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Lethbridge and be co-supervised by Dr. Inge Genee (Professor & Partnership Co-director) at the University of Lethbridge and Dr. Antti Arppe (Associate Professor and Partnership Director) at the University of Alberta. In the first year of the program students will spend time in Edmonton at the Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta and ALTLab for coursework and training purposes, before beginning work on Blackfoot in the Lethbridge area in Southern Alberta.

Students will be expected to:
-support the development or maintenance of our tool development for the Blackfoot language, and
-conduct research that contributes to our knowledge of the Blackfoot language and to community-based maintenance and revitalization efforts in the broadest sense, with a special focus on technological tool development and application.

Applicants must have:
-a keen interest in North American Indigenous language, and
-meet the general minimum admission requirements to the University of Lethbridge School of Graduate Studies.

We will prefer candidates with experience in and knowledge of the phonetics/phonology and/or morphosyntax of Indigenous languages (North American Indigenous languages, in particular, Algonquian languages); and/or experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing (e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology, machine learning); and/or interest or experience in language documentation, language revitalization, and language learning.

Indigenous candidates, in particular Blackfoot candidates, are especially encouraged to apply.

Before applying, applicants must contact Dr. Genee (inge.genee@uleth.ca) to informally discuss the position as soon as feasible but no later than December 22, 2020.

Suitable candidates will be invited to formally submit an application to the University of Lethbridge graduate program, which has a deadline of February 1, 2021.

These positions are intended for a start in September 2021, but will remain open until filled.

Agriculture has become one of the most important applications of scientific knowledge. The challenge of feeding a planet while sustaining the health of the environment and agricultural workers requires expertise in biological science.

The University of Lethbridge, with financial support from the McCain Foundation, is funding research for students in a Master of Science program majoring in Biological Sciences (focusing on Sustainable Agriculture). Successful applicants will have a BSc degree, or equivalent, and meet all the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. All qualified applicants will be considered for one of six McCain Biology Sustainable Agriculture MSc Awards valued at $20,000/year for two years.

Additional financial support may be available. Thesis research projects related to water, plants, climate change, natural products, microbiology, toxicology, and genetics are central to Sustainable Agriculture and can be supervised by professors with relevant expertise in the Department of Biological Sciences. Interested candidates should contact a potential supervisor and provide a one-page letter describing their motivation and experience related to Sustainable Agriculture.

Successful applicants will join a unique cohort of students and professors to exchange ideas about science and leadership in sustainable agriculture. The program will offer outstanding training in experimental science, novel courses, and new networking opportunities. The University of Lethbridge is part of a vibrant student-based city in the Food Corridor of Canada that specializes in agriculture and science.

For information about potential supervisors and application procedures see: /future-student/graduate-studies/master-science

Please note we offer a variety of funding opportunities for students in our graduate programs. Award opportunities for graduate students are listed in our awards database here: /graduate-studies/award-opportunities.

An M.Sc. position is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to study physiological aging in potato tubers.

This project aims to uncover genetic and physiological factors affecting sprouting in potato cultivars. The study will focus on transcriptome analyses and identification of genes associated with the onset of dormancy release and loss of apical dominance. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team including remote sensing, plant phenotyping, molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of molecular biology and plant science, with good academic standing. Experience in use of bioinformatics and statistical software packages, as well as in potato cultivation and agronomy, will be beneficial.

Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and a brief statement of research interests to Dr. Dmytro Yevtushenko (dmytro.yevtushenko@uleth.ca) and Dr. Jonathan Neilson (jonathan.neilson@canada.ca).

The selected candidate will be considered for one of six McCain Biology Sustainable Agriculture MSc Awards valued at $20,000/year for two years. Please review the terms and conditions for this award.

Additional awards opportunities are listed in our awards database.

Please see the admission requirements for the M.Sc. program.

Please note the application deadline for the Fall 2021 (September) intake is May 1, 2021.

A M.Sc. position is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) to study powdery scab of potatoes. The project will focus on the presence and population levels of the causal agent Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranean in soil, disease development, assessment of pathogenicity of Spongospora isolates to major potato cultivars and their sensitivity to commercially available and new fungicides. The work will include surveys of commercial potato fields for powdery scab, genetic characterization of Spongospora isolates for aggressiveness, and establishment of region-specific threshold(s) for initial inoculum of the pathogen at which disease can develop.

The projects will involve work in both a laboratory and field setting, as well as intensive collaboration with other plant pathologists. Travel to potato fields across Southern Alberta will be required. The ideal candidates should have knowledge of plant pathology, plant science, and molecular biology, with good academic standing.

Experience in potato cultivation and agronomy will be beneficial. Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and a brief statement of research interests to Dr. Dmytro Yevtushenko (dmytro.yevtushenko@uleth.ca) and Dr. Michael Harding (Michael.Harding@gov.ab.ca).

Please see the admission requirements and application steps for the M.Sc. program

Please note the application deadline for the Fall 2021 (September) intake is May 1, 2021.