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M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Tennessee State University, Nashville TN with Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN

Type of position Graduate Research Assistantship
Employer Tennessee State University
Location Nashville, TN
Salary $21,000
Closing date of competition Open until filled
Date position available Jan 2019 or Aug 2019
Description of duties One graduate research assistantship is available in the area of Plant molecular biology and Genetics to pursue a M.S. in Plant Sciences at Tennessee State University starting January 2019 or Aug 2019. The graduate student will conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments to identify the resistant mutants to herbicides in a soybean mutation population. We will use next generation sequencing technologies and TILLING strategies for this project. Genome editing techniques will be also used to target soybean genes involved in important agronomic traits such as herbicide resistant genes as well. 

The student will be in charge of establishing field/greenhouse/lab studies, collecting and analyzing data, writing manuscripts and preparing presentations for profesinal meetings. Depending on the interests and abilities, the students will also be involved in metnoring undegraduate students and conducting summer camps for middle scholl students as well. 

Qualifications sought Prospective students should hold a Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, plant sciences, biology, or other related fields. Desired qualifications include molecular biology knowledge, familiarity with molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, PCR and qPCR, gel electrophoresis, sanger sequencing, excellent oral and written communication skills, field research experience, and an interests in field studies. Other desirable qualities include a strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and experience with managing work flows. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, thorough, and organized. The candidate must also meet the admission requirements of Tennessee State University. International applicants are are encouraged to apply; however, a proof of english profficicny TOEFL (minimum scores 550 PBT, 80 iBT), IELTS (6.5 band score) is required. Additonal requirments and information is listed here:


The candidates for the M.S. degree in Agricultural Sciences must have the equivalent of the bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Agricultural Sciences and a minimum quality grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale and a minimum score of 290 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative, or verbal, quantitative and subject), or 370 on the MAT. Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement indicating their preferred concentration or specific discipline of interest. For those seeking for graduate research assistantship (GRA) should include their research interest, academic background and work experiences in their personal statement.  The personal statement should also include the research problem or question or issue that interests you for your research work here at the Tennessee State University.

The process for admission and application deadline can be found on the university website http://www.tnstate.edu/graduate/admissionprocess.aspx

Students taking the GRE, GMAT, IELTS and TOEFL should use the Tennessee State University’s institutional code 1803 to send the scores directly to the university.  Students wishing to send MAT score should select “Tenn State University” or use university code 1753 to send the score directly to the university.


Contact for additional information Ali Taheri, PhD
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture
124 Farrell-Westbrook (Lab)
204F Farrell-Westbrook (Office)
Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN, 37209
Email: ataheri1@tnstate.edu
Website: http://www.tnstate.edu/taherilab
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume, transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores, two recent recommendation letters
Submit to Fisrt contact the Pi (Dr Ali Taheri) and send your documents for initial review, then after approval you will be asked to apply online here: http://go.tnstate.edu/inquiryform
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