We seek applicants to work in an interdisciplinary team (Rainfed Agriculture Innovation Network, RAIN) involving crop scientists, and soil scientists, and modelers working together to improve farming systems and input use efficiency. The RAIN project (funded by USDA) is dedicated to sustainably increasing the productivity of rainfed agricultural systems in the Southern Great Plains by increasing precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency, reducing yield losses to environmental stresses and weed pressure, and restoring and enhancing soil health.
Ph.D. GRA Soil and Water Processes
The project focuses on turning multi-scale plant and soil information into actionable decisions. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate involve: i) use novel and non-invasive sensing technologies to assess the current and future crop and soil moisture conditions of spatially variable agricultural fields; ii) determine the impact of common and alternative cropping systems on soil physical properties, soil water storage and transport, and soil health.
Ph.D. GTA Weed Science
Conduct independent research in the area of weed biology and ecology and integrated weed management practices. The teaching assistant will provide coordination of a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program as part of the RAIN project.
2 M.S./Ph.D. GRAs Soil Science/Soil Health
Successful applicants will join the K-State Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory. The research will focus on soil health assessment of rainfed cropping systems and management practices (no-tillage, cover crops, and nutrient management). The selected candidates will be responsible for conducting the research and draft publications for technical reports and ultimately scientific journals.
M.S./Ph.D. GRA Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management
The successful candidate will join a team conducting applied research with emphasis on soil fertility and nutrient management in cropping systems of Kansas. Research work will focus on nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) improvements for rainfed systems and the interaction with water use efficiency.
Additional Information: For further information about individual assistantships please see https://www.rainfedag.org/open-positions
Requirements: Highly motivated students with background (B.S. for M.S./M.S. for Ph.D.) in Soil Science, Agronomy, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated excellence in course work, good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work as a team member.
Additional Salary Information: Tuition and fees (~$8,200) in addition to stipend.