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M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Weed Science with Cornell University with Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Type of position This is a MS graduate research assistant position at Cornell University.
Employer Cornell University
Description of Employer Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. Cornell faculty with agricultural research and extension appointments are based on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, and in the Niagara region of Western New York.
We offer a rich array of services, programs, and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, and flexible work options.
Location Ithaca, NY
Salary ~43,326/yr
Benefits Health insurance will be covered
Closing date of competition December 1, 2023
Date position available Summer or Fall 2024
Description of duties

We are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in weed science to begin a MS program in Cornell CALS’s School of Integrative Plant Sciences. The selected student will be investigating multiple herbicide-resistant common waterhemp populations from New York. Specifically, the student will conduct greenhouse, laboratory, and field studies to describe the resistance profiles among populations and to develop integrated strategies for the management of multiple herbicide-resistant common waterhemp. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Vipan Kumar (Soil and Crop Sciences Section) and Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie (Horticulture Section at Cornell AgriTech) and will have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse cropping systems (i.e., field crops and specialty crops) and training experiences. The selected student will also get opportunity to engage with their peer cohort during Cornell agroecology group discussions where weed-science focused graduate students solicit advice regarding research methodology, experimental design, and data analysis and provide updates on their respective projects. The student will be expected to participate and present the research findings at regional and national weed science meetings as well as at local extension events.

Qualifications sought

Applicants must be highly motivated with a strong (i) desire to learn applied aspects of weed science, (ii) written and oral communication skills, (iii) background in agronomy, weed science, and/or other related fields, and (iv) previous greenhouse/lab/field research experience. The selected student will be expected to acquire the NYS-DEC pesticide license and NYS driver’s license, and pass a background check if selected.

Contact for additional information Dr. Vipan Kumar ([email protected]) & Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what Academic statement of purpose, Personal Statement, CV, transcripts, three support letters
Submit to Apply here: http://bit.ly/Cornell_SCS
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