Future Students

One Ph.D. studentassistantship is immediately available at The Soil Management and Integrated Cropping Systems’ lab and The Weed Science lab at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in the School of Agricultural Sciences. The selected student will be co-chaired by Dr. Amir Sadeghpour (https://asadeghpour.com/) and Dr. Karla Gage (https://coas.siu.edu/people/faculty/plant-soil-agsystems/gage.html). Thisstudent will evaluate crop production, soil health, greenhouse gas emissions, weed species densities and control efficacy, farm economics in an intensified corn-soybean cropping systems. The selected candidate will also collaborate with another Ph.D. student on nitrate leaching assessment and will have the opportunity to work with an economist (Dr. Steffen Muller) at University of Illinois in Chicago (https://erc.uic.edu/profiles/mueller-steffen/) to get Life Cycle Analysis training. The objective of this project is to find the most profitable and environmentally friendly corn-soybean cropping system (intensified with wheat or winter cereal rye cover crop) for the state of Illinois. Opportunities to develop further research questions also exist. The applicant should possess a Master’sdegree in soil science, agronomy, ecology, environmental science, or any other relevant areas; applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area and evidence of academic excellence may apply for a fast track doctoral degree. Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence, strong organizational, quantitative, and communication skills and should be able do field work. Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid driver’s license. The candidate will complete coursework necessary for a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Systems with an agreed upon emphasis area (http://gradschool.siu.edu/_common/documents/catalog/catalog-17-18/degree-requirements.pdf).

The assistantship includes tuition waiver, a generous stipend, and health insurance.

How to apply

Applicantsshould send a cover letter describing their research interests and experience related to the position, along with a CV, TOEFL (international students) scores, GRE scores, and academic transcripts via email to: Dr. Amir Sadeghpour (amir.sadeghpour@siu.edu) Assistant Professor of Soil Management and Integrated Cropping Systems andDr. Karla Gage (kgage@siu.edu) Associate Professor of Weed Science and Plant Biology at the School of Agricultural Sciences in Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Southern Illinois University is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person or group of persons based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or veteran’s status is specifically prohibited in the Southern Illinois University community. 

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