The crop physiology research program at Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Vernon is seeking a graduate research assistant to conduct USDA-NIFA-funded research in fulfillment of the requirements of a PhD. A completed Master’s degree is required by December 2017 in crop physiology, crop ecology, plant science, agronomy, or a related field.
The project is focused on validating management practices for organic grain-only and dual-purpose (cattle grazing and grain production) wheat cropping systems in northern Texas and quantifying the ecosystem services rendered by these systems compared to conventional systems in the transition to organic certification. A systems research approach will be used to address these issues, using both agronomic and crop physiological methods and tools. The research will be conducted in the field and lab.
The student will be based on the main campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX for coursework (likely two semesters) and will be based in Vernon, TX for the remainder of the project. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon (http://vernon.tamu.edu/) is located in a semi-arid region known as the Texas Rolling Plains, in northern Texas. The Center is active with many full-time research and extension faculty, postdocs, students, and support staff focused on issues of importance to the region and beyond regarding crops and livestock. Faculty disciplines complement each other, creating a collaborative environment and access to diverse resources.
To inquire about this position, please contact Dr. Curtis Adams by email at email@example.com. Your CV (resume), GRE test scores, unofficial (initially) university transcripts, and a list of contact information for three professional references will be required to evaluate your suitability for the position. Ideally, the student will begin in Spring semester 2018 (January).
Employment is contingent upon the agency's verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of a criminal history check. The chosen candidate may be required to furnish a copy of official transcripts documenting degrees conferred. Texas law requires all males 18-25 show proof of compliance with federal Selective Service law to be eligible for employment. Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.