A PhD assistantship is available in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Come join a multi-state, funded project to improve soil health and ecosystem resilience through reducing soil compaction. Our team is combining new sensor systems and digital soil mapping to measure the impact of soil compaction on plant and soil properties across multiple cropping systems including wheat, berries, and potatoes. Results from this study will be used to develop and evaluate mitigation strategies to reduce soil compaction including on-farm trials. These positions will work closely with our multi-disciplinary team of soil scientists, crop physiologists, agricultural engineers, and extension specialists. In addition to gaining field and laboratory experience, graduate students can expect mentoring and professional development opportunities for their future careers.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Haly Neely at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-0947 (https://css.wsu.edu/people/faculty/haly-neely/ ). If you would like to apply for the position, please send Dr. Neely your CV, unofficial transcripts, and three references including names and contact information. Interested persons should apply to the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS). Please visit CSS at http://css.wsu.edu.
Graduate assistantships (research and teaching) are formal half-time, academic-year appointments accompanied by a summer stipend, with annual compensation of $24,108 (PhD). Graduate assistants also receive tuition waivers, as well as comprehensive health (medical/dental) insurance, and are eligible for additional support through scholarships, fellowships and travel grant awards.
Qualifying recruits may be nominated by the program director for theprestigious ARCS fellowship (seattlearcsfoundation.org), which provides $17,500 in addition to the research assistantship
Applicants should hold an MS in Soil Science, Agronomy, or a related field. Experience with soil mapping techniques, computer programming (R), and agronomic systems are preferred but not required. 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.