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PhD Graduate Assistantship in Weed Science with Texas A&M University in College Station, TX

Type of position GRA
Employer Texas A&M University
Description of Employer Texas A&M University, founded in 1876, is one of the few land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant academic institutions in the nation. With a total enrollment of over 58,000 students, with 13,000 of them being graduate students, Texas A&M is ranked one of the five largest universities in the US. A&M offers 120+ undergraduate degrees, 240 graduate degrees and several professional degrees as options for study. The Department of Soil & Crop Sciences is one of the largest such departments in the nation and is preeminent throughout the world. More details on the university and student life can be found at http://www.tamu.edu/student-life/index.html
Location College Station, TX
Salary Competitive
Benefits A competitive assistantship, all tuition and fees are waived, and individual health insurance is paid through the Texas A&M Graduate Health Insurance Program.
Closing date of competition As soon as a suitable candidate is found. Apply soon for better consideration.
Date position available As soon as possible
Description of duties
The graduate assistant will focus on the impact of various cover crop systems on weed suppression and other benefits in Texas row-crop production systems. Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments aimed at understanding cover crop*weed*herbicide interactions, soil-water budgeting, among others. The student is expected to publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Opportunities exist for presenting results in professional meetings and participating in scholarly activities relevant to the training needs and career goals of the candidate. The successful candidate is expected to assist in teaching a limited number of academic labs within the Soil and Crop Sciences Department.


Qualifications sought
The preferred candidate must hold or be currently working towards an MS degree in weed science, agronomy, agroecology or other related fields and will demonstrate strong interest in weed science. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of row-crop production systems and preferably have some knowledge of cover crops. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to support farming community through research, an excellent work ethic, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to conduct independent research, and proficiency in English language (written and oral).This position requires travel to research fields and a valid driver license is required. The candidate must meet all requirements for admission to Texas A&M University, http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply.


Contact for additional information Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu@tamu.edu; Ph: 979-845-5375
Application procedure
Submit what Submit
1. Curriculum vitae
2. A copy of academic transcript (most recent)
3. Contact details of three referees
4. GRE Scores
Submit to E-mail documents to muthu@tamu.edu
Additional Information The Texas A&M University System is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity. To fulfill its multiple missions as an institution of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our state, nation and world. All decisions and actions involving students and employees should be based on applicable law and individual merit. Texas A&M University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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