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PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in UAV and Precision Weed Management 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 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 will begin on April 5, 2019 and will continue until filled
Date position available Summer/Fall 2019 (negotiable)
Description of duties A PhD graduate research assistantship is available at Texas A&M University, College Station on the utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for weed mapping, precision weed management and other relevant applications in agricultural systems. The position starts during Summer/Fall 2019, but the start date can be negotiated to fit the right candidate.

Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments aimed at weed species identification and precision management. 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. 2016; http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159781). 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.

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. A strong interest in precision weed management, an ability to quickly learn concepts and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team are important. Knowledge of programming, image analysis, and instrumentation is preferred.

This position requires travel to research sites, with occasional overnight stays. A valid driver license is required (or be able to obtain within two months of start). The candidate must meet all requirements for admission to Texas A&M University, which can be found here: 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, TOEFL scores  if available
Submit to Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu@tamu.edu
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