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Ph.D. Student

Description of Duties

The successful candidate will study the biology and ecology of Alabama crop weeds and develop integrated management strategies using an inter-disciplinary approach. *More specifically, the student will evaluate and determine the root traits of cotton for carbon sequestration, weed suppression, and climate-change adaptation. As a weed ecology student, the student will also explore relevant weed science topics. Some potential topics could be, but not limited to, modelling the germination and emergence cycle of important Alabama crop weeds, ecological responses of weeds under diverse cropping systems and management regimes, intra- and inter-specific gene flow, non-chemical weed-management tools, etc. Relevant, new, and exciting research ideas are welcome from qualified candidates. Candidates with prior experience of writing and publishing research articles in reputed journals will be given preference.
MS in weed science/agronomy/plant physiology/ecology/breeding/genetics/biotechnology or closely related subjects (MS final year students are eligible); a decent GRE score; relevant research experiences in lab, greenhouse, and field settings; proficiency in English with the required score in TOEFL, IELTS, or other qualifying tests as per university rules if the candidate is international; a driver license or the ability to get a license immediately upon joining; and being open to working with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Type of position

Graduate Research Assistant




Tuition will ba paid by Auburn University.


Auburn, Alabama

Closing Date


Date Position Available

Auburn University
Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. For 23 consecutive years, Auburn has been ranked among the best of both public and private universities. In 2020, it was ranked 40th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. As R1 institution, Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,737 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. Organized into thirteen academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,426 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The university is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus. Auburn University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama, approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA, and southeast of Birmingham, AL, and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Please visit www.auburn.edu for more information. Auburn University is an equal opportunity employer.