An MS assistantship is available starting Fall 2021 in the Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences at Auburn University.
Rationale: Several growers in Alabama have installed central pivot irrigation systems in recent years. With years of yield data from these early adopters there is now an opportunity to find out how effective irrigation is on their farms and how much yield increase can be attributed to irrigation.
to assess yield data from several growers and analyze them for effects of irrigation, landscape, and soil type on yield.
to estimate additional yield effects if variable rate irrigation was implemented.
to perform an economic analysis based on the findings.
A background in soil science, crop science, environmental engineering, hydrology, or geosciences is necessary. Desired qualifications include a soil and crop science background, math skills (calculus), GIS knowledge, strong writing, and oral communication skills, as well as proficiency in the programing language R and a US driver’s license.
About Auburn University
Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. For 23 consecutive years, Auburn has been ranked among the best of both public and private universities. In 2020, it was ranked 40th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. An R1 institution, Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,737 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. Organized into thirteen academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,426 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. For details, visit the following link: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/facultyjobs/.
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