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PhD Position in Digital Agriculture with Louisiana State University AgCenter in Baton Rouge, LA

Type of position PhD
Employer Louisiana State University AgCenter
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Salary Research Assistantship
Closing date of competition January 15, 2020 or until filled
Date position available August 2020
Description of duties

The LSU Ag Center invites applications for a new PhD position in Digital Agriculture. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research in a variety of areas both from Weed Science and also Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The candidates focus will be on Data Analysis primarily through Machine Learning, Database development, Drone and Image processing but also on how these practices can enhance production efficiency and help manage weeds.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the project the candidate is expected to dual enroll in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences and the Department of Experimental Statistics completing the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences PhD program and obtaining a PhD minor in Statistics. The successful candidate is also expected to participate in appropriate computer science classes and their pre-requisites at the master’s level and above, as well as have a strong background in agriculture.

Qualifications sought

Candidates must hold a bachelors or masters in relevant fields but preference will be given to people with a bachelors in Agronomy, Weed Science, Plant Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or related fields. The selected candidate will be expected to pursue a strong, independent, multidisciplinary, research program utilizing cutting edge techniques in terms of software and hardware.

Contact for additional information The candidate will work closely with Dr. Lauren Lazaro (School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences) and Dr. Thanos Gentimis (department of experimental statistics). Please refer your questions to Dr. Gentimis at agentimis1@lsu.edu and/or to Dr. Lazaro (llazaro@agcenter.lsu.edu).
Application procedure  
Submit what Electronic applications should include a cover letter describing the principal expertise of the applicant, a statement of research interests, a complete resume, unofficial transcripts, and names for three letters of reference.
Submit to All applicants should submit their application online to Dr. Lauren Lazaro (llazaro@agcenter.lsu.edu).
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