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PhD in Precision Ag with Virginia Tech in Painter, VA

Type of position Graduate Research Assistantship
Employer Virginia Tech
Description of Employer Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Location Painter, VA
Salary Salary: $29,148, tuition (~14,000) and health insurance will be covered
Benefits Free university student housing, internet, water and electricity at ESAREC, Painter, VA
Closing date of competition Open until filled
Date position available Fall 2023/ Spring 2024
Description of duties

Student will conduct research in the area of precision agriculture/digital agronomy. Research focus will be on the development and application of advanced technologies (e.g. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/ sensor-based ground vehicles/ field robots), analytics and tools for field-level decision-making, precise application of inputs that match crop and weed-control needs, and/or optimized, real-time agronomic management. Research will involve greenhouse, and field experiments. Student will have the opportunity to work with the collaborators at the University of Delaware, United States Department of Agriculture, and many other engineering faculties working under Smart Farming initiative of Virginia Tech.

Qualifications sought

BS/ MS in egineering field. The candidate must have some training in agriculture sciences and strong interest to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Candidates with knowledge of programming, image analysis/ modeling will be preferred.

Selected student will complete courses at Blacksburg campus and research will be at multi-locations (VT Blacksburg, and Eastern shore AREC).

Contact for additional information Dr. Vijay Singh, Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Specialist
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume, cover letter
TOEFL/ GRE in case of international students
Submit to Dr. Vijay Singh, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Add email subject line: PhD Precision Ag, (YOUR NAME)