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M.S. Research Assistantship in Weed Science at University of Georgia, Athens, GA with The University of Georgia in University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Main Campus)

Type of position MS Graduate Research Assistant
Employer The University of Georgia
Description of Employer The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
Location University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Main Campus)
Description of Location https://visit.uga.edu/athens/
Salary $20,000-$23,000
Benefits Healthcare available through the University of Georgia
Closing date of competition September 30, 2022
Date position available January 2023
Description of duties

This position is related to a grant funded by the USDA-NIFA Organic Transitions grant. This position will in the Department of Crop and Soil Science (https://cropsoil.uga.edu/“>https://cropsoil.uga.edu/) and will be evaluating weed complexes in transitional land, developing bioassays to evaluate potential herbicide carryover, and evaluate the impact of cover crops and living mulches for weed suppression in organic horticulture systems. Research will be under the direction of Drs. Nicholas Basinger, Kate Cassity, and Tim Coolong. A successful student will be able to work effectively as part of a team and be adept at doing fieldwork, including operation of farm equipment, greenhouse work, and be able to obtain a pesticide license within three (3) months of starting the position.  Driving state owned vehicles is required and a Georgia driver’s license must be obtained within 3 months of hire. This position will gain experience in weed science, agronomy, horticulture, and soil science.

Qualifications sought

Minimum requirements for this position include Bachelors of Science degree (3.5 GPA minimum) in agronomy, plant science, plant ecology, weed ecology, weed biology, agroecology (or a closely related field).  This position requires the ability to communicate clearly and effectively (oral and written), and will require to fieldwork that will require working in a range of weather conditions (extreme heat and humidity) and will require some repetitive movements in these conditions. Ability to operate small farm equipment safely is a plus. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in weed science, and ability to work independently, show leadership qualities, and contribute to a team focused working environment.

Contact for additional information Dr. Nicholas Basinger ([email protected]), Dr. Kate Cassity ([email protected]), and Tim Coolong ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what Cover letter describing experience and interests
Unofficial transcripts
GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores
A writing sample demonstrating scientific writing
Contact information for three professional references.
Submit to Dr. Nicholas Basinger ([email protected]), Dr. Kate Cassity ([email protected]), and Tim Coolong ([email protected])
Additional Information The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).