The Crop and Soil Science Department at NC State University is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on herbicide persistence and risks to subsequent rotational crops. Research may involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments characterizing herbicide persistence, bioavailability and physiological effect(s) on subsequent crops. The student is expected to present results at professional meetings and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to agriculture through research, an excellent work ethic, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to conduct independent research, and proficiency in the English language (written and oral).
Requirements: the candidate should have weed science, agronomy, ecology, plant science, horticulture or other agriculture related experience. The assistantship is contingent upon acceptance by the Graduate School and Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (https://cropsoil.ncsu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/crop-science-graduate-programs/). The successful candidate should begin summer or fall 2017 and will be required to travel in-state to complete research objectives (valid drivers license is required).
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. A research assistantship including tuition and graduate student support will be offered.
Additional information: Please contact Dr. Travis Gannon (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Anna Locke (email@example.com), or Dr. Wes Everman (Wesley_everman@ncsu.edu)
Multidisciplinary Training in Advanced Technologies for High-Yield Sustainable Agriculture
NCSU Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Sciences are recruiting outstanding students to pursue interdisciplinary PhDs in Advanced Technologies for High Yield Sustainable Agriculture as USDA-funded National Needs Fellows. Open only to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or permanent residents of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory intending to become university teachers/researchers. We encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in agricultural sciences: women and African, Hispanic-, Native-, and Asian-Americans. Research will be under the auspices of AMPLIFY (Agrosphere Modeling for Producing Large Increases in Food Yield) in one or more of these six expertise-shortage areas: 1) biotechnology, biochemistry, and microbiology; 2) natural resources including sustainable agriculture and biofuels; 3) soil sciences; 4) agricultural/biological engineering; 5) plant sciences and horticulture; and 6) water resources including water quality. Students will be cross-trained among these and others such as bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, geographic information science (GIS), remote sensing, integrated pest management, modeling, regulatory science, and climate change. A required 3-month resident internship in the public sector or at a local agricultural biotech company will increase career opportunities in the strong job market for cross-trained scientists. Candidates must have outstanding academic records, excellent GRE scores, and demonstrable financial need by federal guidelines. Included are: stipend, tuition, fees, and funds to defray research costs and travel to professional meetings. Additional information is available at the program website.
Potential applicants wishing to pursue a soil-science-related degree are encouraged to contact one or more of the following: Dr. Jeffrey G. White, Dr. Josh Heitman, Dr. Wei Shi. For a crop-science-related degree: Dr. Ron Heiniger, Dr. Gail Wilkerson. For other disciplines, navigate to the program website.
Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments investigating various factors that affect pesticide fate, behavior, and off-target movement. The student is expected to and present results at professional meetings and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to agriculture through research, an excellent work ethic, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to conduct independent research, and proficiency in English language (written and oral).
The preferred candidate will have weed science, agronomy, ecology, agroecology, plant science, horticulture or other agriculture related experience.
The position requires travel to research fields and a valid driver license is required.
For more information contact Travis Gannon.
This position has been filled
Effects of land conversion for biofuel crop production on soil properties and field water budgets.
We seek an exceptional student to conduct research examining the effects of land conversion for biofuel crop production on soil (biological, chemical, physical) properties and field water budgets. The study compares established perennial and annual systems (switchgrass, miscanthus, sorghum, corn, and fescue) in the Southeastern Piedmont.
The project will include field applications of soil physics, soil fertility, agronomy, biometeorology, and hydrology.
Presentation of research results at local, regional, and national meetings will be an important component of training. All graduate research assistants participate in the Department’s teaching program.
This position has been filled.
Graduate Research Assistant, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management.
“Conduct independent research in the area of soil fertility, specifically potassium management for soybean. Activities will include collaboration with the Agronomic Division staff in the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services in identifying, installing and monitoring field trials at multiple locations in North Carolina, and collecting soil, plant tissue, and seed yield at harvest.”
This position has been filled
Soil Management and Physics related to stormwater mitigation practices.
The candidate will pursue interdisciplinary research, integrating soil physical, chemical, and biological properties to investigate methods for reducing stormwater impacts.