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Weed Ecology M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant with North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND

Type of position Graduate research assistant, M.S. or Ph.D.
Employer North Dakota State University
Description of Employer NDSU is a top-ranked institution that provides affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment. We educate future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world.
NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 public institutions in several areas, including agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, psychology and computer sciences. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission.
Location Fargo, ND
Description of Location Fargo won the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The effort was led by NDSU’s Malini Srivastava and the eFargo team, which includes many NDSU students and faculty members. (2017)
Fargo among 11 U.S. cities that are attracting many millennials, by Business Insider. (November 2017)
Fargo was named the sixth safest city in the United States by WalletHub. (2017)
Fargo was named as one of the 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs to live and launch by Entrepreneur. (2016)
Fargo was named number one of the 25 best small college towns by Schools.com. (March 2016)
Fargo was named in top 10 best cities for young entrepreneurs by NerdWallet.com. (January 2016)
Fargo was ranked in the top 10 least-stressed cities in America by SmartAsset.com. (June 2016)
Fargo is ninth on the most recent ranking of the top 20 college towns in the nation by the American Institute for Economic Research, an independent research firm. (2016)
Fargo is in the top 100 best places to live, small to mid-sized cities in the U.S., in the annual ranking from Livability. (2016)
Salary $18,000.00 annually
Benefits Tuition waiver
Closing date of competition 02/01/2019
Date position available April or May 2019
Description of duties

One graduate research assistantship is available in the area of weed biology and ecology to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND starting April (preferred) or May 2019. As one facet of his or her research program, the graduate research assistant will help conduct on-farm field experiments to test various crop rotations for ability to suppress perennial creeping weeds in a certified organic annual grain cropping system. Currently, farmers often abandon organic production because of lack of ability to control creeping perennial weeds. This is a four-year project, with USDA funding, so a Ph.D. candidate would be preferable, although Master’s level students are also encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. candidate would have the opportunity to teach an undergraduate weed identification class as part of their training. Additional research topics may also be pursued, depending on the interests and abilities of the student. This project will also involve working collaborations with researchers in neighboring states. The research project requires travel from Fargo to a field research site near Turtle Lake, ND; therefore the student must possess a U.S. driver’s license. The graduate research assistant will establish field/greenhouse/lab studies, collect data, analyze research results, prepare reports, write journal articles, present research results, and prepare a thesis/dissertation. This half-time assistantship will provide a stipend ($18,000 per year) and a full tuition waiver. Opportunities for additional income in the form of scholarships are also available.

Qualifications sought

Prospective students should hold a Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, biology, ecology, environmental science, or other related field from an accredited institution. Desired qualifications include a strong quantitative/statistical background, high English proficiency (verbal and written), field research experience, and an interest in ecologically-based weed management and organic crop production systems. Other desirable qualities include a strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and experience with managing complex work flows. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, thorough, and organized. The candidate must possess a valid US driver’s license and be capable of operating large trucks and various types of farm machinery. Candidates must also meet the admission requirements of NDSU’s Graduate School and the Department of Plant Sciences. GRE scores are required and competitive applicants will have quantitative, verbal, and written scores above the 50th percentile and preferably above the 75th percentile. Applicants meeting these qualification may inquire about the position with a cover letter, a current CV, a statement of purpose, and official GRE scores.

Contact for additional information Dr. Greta Gramig, Associate Professor
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 6050, Department 7670
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Application procedure  
Submit what Cover letter, statement of purpose, CV, and official GRE scores.
Submit to Dr. Greta Gramig, Associate Professor
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 6050, Department 7670
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Additional Information NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. Direct inquiries to Vice Provost, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, 701-231-7708, ndsu.eoaa@ndsu.edu.
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