Announcement: A PhD graduate research assistantship is available beginning January 2021 in either the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) or the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) in the area of soil health in organic cropping systems. The project will focus on quantifying changes to soil chemical and biological properties from increasing cropping system diversity in multiple locations across Texas (Vernon and Lubbock). The long-term goal is that results from this project will empower organic growers to make informed decisions on inputs that will result in effective weed management, higher and more consistent yields, improved soil health, and carbon (C) sequestration. This position will work with a team of soil scientists and agronomists located across Texas, including collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Expected outcomes include publication of research in peer-reviewed journals, presentation of research at local and national meetings, and mentoring undergraduate students.
Qualifications: Applicants should hold a MS in Soil Science, Agronomy or a related field. Experience with agronomic systems, soil chemical and biological measurements, and statistics (SAS or R) are preferred but not required. The assistantship carries an annual salary and individual health insurance through Texas A&M University is provided. This position requires travel to research fields, and a valid driver license is mandatory. Candidates should be self-motivated with strong communication skills (both written and oral) and the ability to work both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
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