The successful candidate will have the opportunity to earn a M.S. in Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences. This position involves conducting field research on industrial hemp as part of a M.S. thesis project. The research will address the following objectives: 1) evaluation of impacts of industrial hemp in a crop rotation on agronomic productivity and profitability; 2) evaluation of the impact of industrial hemp on weed pressure in crop rotations, and 3) evaluation of the impact of industrial hemp on soil health and ecosystem function. The student is expected to conduct field research in a collaborative project involving multiple institutions. Field duties will include participation in all aspects of planting, maintaining, and harvesting industrial hemp and other crops in the crop rotation. Other research duties will include collecting data, performing data analysis, presenting research results in field days, extension meetings, regional and national professional conferences, and preparing manuscripts for publication. The candidate will be supported in this project by faculty and staff at Kentucky State University. The position is supported by USDA-NIFA funding that includes an assistantship for the successful candidate. Ideal candidate will be able to start in Summer 2021. Applicants for Fall 2021 will also be given full consideration.
MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
A B.S. in one of the following areas: Agriculture, Agronomy, Biology, Crop Science, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Soil Science, Weed Science, Ecology or an otherwise closely related field.