The Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University is seeking a highly motivated graduate student with interest in soil and water conservation of rainfed agricultural systems. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team working on a newly funded project by the USDA-NIFA-AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems. The new project aims at sustainably increasing the productivity of rainfed cropping systems by increasing precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency, reducing yield losses to environmental stresses, and restoring and enhancing soil health. The successful applicant will gain experience in: i) using novel and non-invasive sensing technologies to monitor crop and soil moisture conditions of spatially variable agricultural fields; ii) generate short-term forecasts of crop and soil moisture conditions; and iii) determine the impact of common and alternative cropping systems on soil physical properties, soil water storage and transport, and soil health. The soil water processes research group offers a strong advising program and a newly equipped laboratory for measuring a wide range of soil physical properties and processes. The successful applicant will closely work with crop scientists, soil scientists, and modelers working together to improve soil and water conservation and turn information into actionable decisions.
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be expected: 1) to complete the required coursework for a PhD or MS in Agronomy; and 2) to present research results in international meetings and generate publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Start date: Negotiable. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.
To apply: Send a statement of interests, a resume including GRE and TOEFL scores if available, academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable), and the name and contact information of three references to Andres Patrignani, email@example.com, (785) 532-5732.
Qualifications: Applicants seeking a PhD are preferred, but outstanding MS will be considered. Highly motivated students with background in Soil Science, Hydrology, Agronomy, Environmental Science/Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrated excellence in course work, and the ability to work as a team. Prior experience with environmental instrumentation and basic knowledge of scientific programming languages like Matlab or Python are desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Graduate Research Assistants are considered Kansas residents for tuition purposes and are responsible for paying tuition and fees.
Internal Number: GRA #537 - Patrignani
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