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PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in UAV for weed management with Texas A&M University in College Station, TX

Type of position PhD Graduate Research Assistantship-UAV for weed management
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 (main campus), TX
Salary 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 Screening of applicants starts Feb 15, 2018 (may continue until filled).
Date position available Fall 2018 (summer start is preferred)
Description of duties The graduate assistant will focus on the utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for weed mapping, species detection and other applications in weed management. Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments aimed at characterizing different weed species using a range of sensors and other instrumentation. The student will interact and collaborate with other scientists within the department and across colleges, including mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science & engineering and geospatial sciences. Texas A&M is a leader in UAV research for agricultural applications and has put together a strong team of researchers with core expertise in different areas that ensures success (see Shi et al. PLoS ONE). State-of-the art instrumentation and other tools have been acquired by different team members over the past couple of years. This position is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate.

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, ecology, remote sensing or a related field. Research will primarily involve various physiological measurements, reflectance characterization and data analysis. Knowledge of image analysis and instrumentation is preferred, but is not an absolute requirement. However, a strong interest in precision weed management, an ability to quickly learn concepts and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team are must. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to support farming community through research, an excellent work ethic, 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 (or be obtained within 2 months of starting the position). 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  e-mail
Submit what 1. Curriculum vitae
2. A copy of academic transcript (most recent)
3. Contact details of three referees
4. GRE/TOEFL scores (GRE is a must)
Submit to Required documents should be sent electronically to
Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 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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