Ph.D. Assistantship Opportunities: Grain Crops Ecophysiology and Modeling
Two Ph.D. Assistantships are open at the University of Kentucky with focus on Grain Crop Ecophysiology and Modeling of genotype by environment by management interactions. These positions provide numerous opportunities for enthusiastic and motivated students depending on their interests: 1) access to readily available field experimental datasets for publication, including data from aerial phenotyping and biological nitrogen fixation in soybean; 2) skill development in model calibration and application; 3) collaborations with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at University of Kentucky that include expertise in nutrient cycling (Hanna Poffenbarger), applied research and extension (Chad Lee), biosystems engineering (Michael Sama), and agricultural economics (Carl Dillon); 4) opportunity to analyze data generated from soybean multi-model studies and collaborate with an international team of researchers within the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP; http://www.agmip.org).
The positions are available in the Grain Crops Physiology Laboratory of Dr. Montse Salmeron (https://salmeronlab.weebly.com). One position will focus on improving prediction of nitrogen dynamics and seed protein concentration across different environments and managements to develop strategies that increase both productivity and seed quality, and reduce inputs and losses from soybean cropping systems. The other candidate will combine data from field trials with process-based simulations to study management adaptation and diversification strategies that reduce the risk of yield losses due to water stress, and that optimize productivity and ecosystem services in grain crop rotations.
QUALIFICATIONS: M.S. degree and research experience in crop modeling, agronomy, crop physiology, agricultural engineering, or a related field is required. Desirable skills for these positions include: experience using a crop simulation model, programming, statistical analysis.
LOCATION: The University of Kentucky is situated in Lexington Kentucky, a vibrant and progressive, family-friendly city with a bustling entertainment scene conveniently situated in the inner bluegrass region of Kentucky just 80 miles from Louisville and Cincinnati and a short drive to the world-renowned Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest. Lexington airport is well connected with daily flights to several major hubs (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia) making travel to any national or international destination simple.
To APPLY: The position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. The assistantships include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. To apply, please submit to Dr. Montse Salmeron (email@example.com) a cover letter describing skills and motivation for the position, academic transcripts, and CV with at least two references.
Applications and inquiries from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The address of the College of Agriculture EEO Coordinator is room S-101 Agricultural Science Building, 500 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.
M.S. degree and research experience in crop modeling, agronomy, crop physiology, agricultural engineering, or a related field is required. Desirable skills for these positions include: experience using a crop simulation model, programming, statistical analysis.