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Graduate Research Assistantship with Utah State University in Logan, UT

Type of position PhD
Employer Utah State University
Description of Employer Utah State University integrates teaching, research, extension and service to meet its unique role as Utah’s land-grant university. Students are the focus of the university as they seek intellectual, personal and cultural development. More than 27,600 students enrolled at USU in fall 2017 including over 3,000 graduate students. The university’s main campus, in Logan, comprises the majority of enrolled students with almost 18,000. The balance of USU’s students are from every state in the nation and 78 countries.

Research and discovery are distinguishing characteristics of the university as USU provides nationally and internationally acclaimed programs of basic and applied research. USU engages in research to further the quest for knowledge and to help society meet its scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social challenges. The university is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral university with higher research activity. USU received more than $243 million in research awards during FY 2016. Research is a focus dating back to the start of Utah Agricultural Experiment Station operations in 1890. Hands-on learning opportunities for students are plentiful because of the scope of USU’s research activity.

Discovery permeates all of USU’s eight academic colleges and 41 academic departments – from land, water and space to quality of life, human capital and economic development. Discovery at USU supports a diverse number of specialized centers and laboratories in the sciences, education, business, humanities, agriculture, natural resources and engineering.

Location Logan, UT
Description of Location Utah State University’s main campus is located in the city of Logan in northern Utah’s Cache Valley, 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The surrounding area, including ski resorts, lakes, rivers and mountains, makes Cache Valley one of the finest recreational environments in the nation. For a region with a population of about 114,000, the community and the university offer a spectacular array of first-rate cultural offerings provided by visiting artists and touring companies, faculty, students and members of the local community. In addition, Cache Valley is a very safe location as Logan ranked #1 Safest Metro in the West by Law Street, May 2015. USU is an integral part of local economies and communities in Utah, and its contributions are appreciated by local residents, resulting in a unique living-learning community.
Salary $20,000/year
Closing date of competition August 15, 2019
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

Water-efficient irrigation systems and new genetic technologies leading to drought-tolerant crop plants are being developed to alleviate abiotic stress, however, it is not clear how pest management and recommendations will change, particularly for pests that outbreak in water-stressed conditions. The long-term goal of this USDA-NIFA funded research project is to improve our understanding of the effects of drought-tolerant (DT) corn hybrids and efficient irrigation systems for water-challenged cropping systems on plant-pest (arthropod and weeds) interactions to develop and optimize sustainable and multidisciplinary integrated pest management.

The PhD student will conduct research on the weed science (i.e., plant competition) component of this study and work with researchers, a postdoc, and summer undergraduate students in the Departments of Plants, Soils, & Climate and Biology. In addition to weed science, students should have an interest in gaining broad experiences in plant physiology, entomology, and hydrology. Experience/interest in modeling weed-crop relationships is a plus.

Qualifications sought

Applicants should have an M.S. in plant (weed) science or other related field of study. The student should possess strong skills in field-based research and data analysis, including statistics, as well as excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate will be organized, creative, and excited about working in a collaborative group environment.

Contact for additional information Steve Young
Application procedure  
Submit what To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references
Submit to steve.young@usu.edu
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