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Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) – Mississippi State University with Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS

Type of position Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences (Weed Science), Graduate Research Assistant
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant and Soil Sciences (Weed Science), Graduate Research Assistant
Employer Mississippi State University
Description of Employer MSU’s high-performance computing capabilities have steadily grown over the decades, with the university now ranking 5th in U.S. academic supercomputing capability.
Location Starkville, MS
Description of Location Mississippi State University is physically located adjacent to the city of Starkville, Mississippi, in northeastern Mississippi. Our beautiful award-winning campus is home to over 23,000 students and is 66 miles south of Tupelo, 125 miles northeast of the capital city of Jackson, and 140 miles west of Birmingham, AL. Designated as a Doctoral I university by the Southern Regional Education Board, Mississippi State University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is located in Dorman Hall on the southwestern edge of campus at Creelman St. and Stone Blvd intersection.
Salary Competitive
Benefits Full tuition fee and insurance benefits paid
Closing date of competition March, 2023
Date position available June, 2023
Description of duties

The graduate student will be involved in developing new technological innovations to determine the presence of viruses/pest/diseases on-site and determine best management practices that minimize their source and reinfection rate in sweetpotato. Experiments will involve determining sweetpotato variety tolerance to weed control options, evaluating the efficacy of control options on weed species that harbor sweetpotato viruses, reducing reinfection with virus vector management, developing sensitive real-time RT-PCR and recombinase polymerase amplification for rapid field-based detection of viruses in weed species. The project will also test integrated and sustainable approaches to manage weeds in sweetpotato, including, but not limited to, bioherbicides, herbicide safeners, allelopathy, cover crops, and soil steaming. The student will also assist and mentor undergraduate students in the research group and collaborate with other Mississippi State University scientists and colleagues at other institutions. The incumbent will also analyze data, prepare reports to funding agencies, present research results at scientific meetings and prepare papers for publication in refereed journals. The student will coordinate with other graduate students in the maintenance and upkeep of the laboratory facility as well as in the procurement of laboratory supplies.

Qualifications sought

A B.S. degree (for M.S.) or M.S. degree (for Ph.D.) in Weed Science, Plant Science, Biology or other closely related field is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong statistical background. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in herbicide assays, vegetable production, molecular biology, and/or genetics.

Contact for additional information Dr. Te-Ming (Paul) Tseng
[email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what • CV and academic transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
• Cover letter describing background and research interests
• GRE, and TOEFL (if English is not native language)
Submit to Send all required documents to Dr. Te-Ming (Paul) Tseng at [email protected]
The application process can also be found at http://www.pss.msstate.edu/students/graduate-apply.asp
Additional Information It is the responsibility of Mississippi State University to provide a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff while maintaining appropriate levels of privacy for employment candidates. As a critical step, all job offers to candidate finalists are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background screen. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.