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Graduate Student (M.S. or Ph.D.) with University of Minnesota in Twin Cities (St. Paul, MN)

Type of position Graduate Research Assistant
Employer University of Minnesota
Description of Employer The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
Location Twin Cities (St. Paul, MN)
Salary $28,850, Tuition Benefits, and Health Insurance
Closing date of competition Screening of applications begins immediately, open until filled
Date position available Summer or Fall 2023
Description of duties

The successful applicants will conduct research on integrated management (using herbicides and non-chemical techniques) of problem weeds in agronomic crops in Minnesota. Students will also study the basic biology, ecology, and seedbank management of weeds. The research will include field and greenhouse activities. Additionally, the students will be involved with the University of Minnesota Extension programs, and the development of extension materials. Students are expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scholarly activities and will be supported to attend professional meetings. Upon successful completion, the students will receive a graduate degree in Applied Plant Sciences (https://appliedplantsciences.umn.edu/).

Qualifications sought
  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Weed Science, Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or other related fields
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to the work of equity, diversity, inclusion, and a strong cultural competence
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in weed management research, small-plot agronomic field research, and herbicide assays.
Contact for additional information For further information, please contact Dr. Debalin Sarangi, Assistant Professor of Weed Science, at [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what 1. Personal statement (includes your educational background, motivations, experiences, research interests, career goals, and diversity statement)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. All unofficial/official transcripts
4. Names and contact information for three professional references
5. GRE and TOEFL scores (if taken the exams)
The requirements for the Applied Plant Sciences graduate program can be found here: https://appliedplantsciences.umn.edu/students/admissions

Submissions should be sent to [email protected] as email attachments, and the email subject line should include “UMN-APS Graduate Assistant, APPLICANT’S NAME”

Submit to Submissions should be sent to [email protected] as email attachments, and the email subject line should include “UMN-APS Graduate Assistant, APPLICANT’S NAME”
Additional Information Diversity
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Employment Requirements
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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