One Masters student assistantship is immediately available at The Soil Management and Integrated Cropping Systems’ lab at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems. The selected student will evaluate precision winter cereal rye cover cropping systems in corn-soybean rotations to minimize yield penalties while mitigating nitrate loading through tile-drainage and maximizing soil health in Illinois and Indiana farms. The selected student will be co-chaired with Dr. Andrew Margenot at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Shalamar Armstrong at Purdue University. Opportunities to develop further research questions also exist. The applicant should possess a Bachelor’s degree in soil science, agronomy, ecology, environmental science, or any other relevant disciplines. Applicants should have a strong 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 andhaving and maintaining a valid driver’s license. The candidate will complete coursework necessary for a Masters degree in Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at SIU Carbondale with an emphasis on soil science (SIUC Degree Requirements). The assistantship includes tuition waiver, $18,000 stipend, and health insurance.
How to apply
Applicants should 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 (email@example.com) Assistant Professor of Soil Management and Integrated Cropping Systems at the Department of Plant,Soil, and Agricultural Systems at SIU- Carbondale and Dr. Andrew Margenot (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistant Professor of Soil Science at the Department of Crop Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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