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

Type of position PhD
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 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 is immediate and will continue until filled.
Date position available Summer or fall 2019
Description of duties The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship in the area of turfgrass Weed Science. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Rebecca Grubbs (Turfgrass Science and Extension) and Dr. Muthukumar Bagavathiannan (Weed Science). The associated project focuses on research and extension efforts to address herbicide resistance epidemic in annual bluegrass (Poa annua) in managed turfgrass systems. This work is part of a $5.7 million multi-state project to limit the impact of annual bluegrass, the most troublesome weed of athletic, golf, lawn and sod turf. The PhD student assigned to this project will evaluate herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass populations in different climatic regions across Texas and conduct long-term evaluations of annual bluegrass ecology and biology to inform improved management tactics.
Qualifications sought Applicants should have an M.S. in Turfgrass Science, Weed Science, Plant Biology, Agronomy or other related field of study. The student should possess strong skills in conducting field, laboratory, and greenhouse studies as well as excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate should have strong work ethics and be organized, creative, and self-driven. Ideally, candidates should have an innate interest in both Weed Science and Turfgrass Science, with interest in gaining both research and extension experience.

This position requires travel to research sites and a valid driver license is required (or must be obtained within three months of joining). The candidate must meet all requirements for admission to Texas A&M University,  http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply

Contact for additional information Dr. Rebecca Grubbs (bgrubbs@tamu.edu) and Muthu Bagavathiannan (muthu@tamu.edu)
Application procedure  
Submit what Submit
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial)
4. GRE scores
5. Contact details of three referees
Submit to Required documents should be sent electronically to Dr. Rebecca Grubbs (bgrubbs@tamu.edu) and ‘CC’ 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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