Graduate Research Assistantships Available

Funded Research Opportunities

Spring 2021

Research Assistant
Soil Water Processes
Kansas State University

The project focuses on turning multi-scale plant and soil information into actionable decisions. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate involve: i) use novel and non-invasive sensing technologies to assess the current and future crop and soil moisture conditions of spatially variable agricultural fields; ii) determine the impact of common and alternative cropping systems on soil physical properties, soil water storage and transport, and soil health. The soil water processes research group offers a strong advising program and a newly equipped laboratory for measuring a wide range of soil physical properties and processes. The successful applicant will closely work with crop scientists, soil scientists, and modelers working together to improve soil and water conservation.

Spring 2021

Teaching Assistant
Weed Science
Kansas State University

Pursue and complete an advanced degree in Weed Science. Conduct independent research in the area of weed biology and ecology and integrated weed management practices. The successful applicant will work as part of the RAIN team which includes crop and soil scientists and modelers working together to sustainably increase the productivity of rainfed agricultural systems in the Southern Great Plains by increasing precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency, reducing yield losses to environmental stresses and weed pressure, and restoring and enhancing soil health. The teaching assistant will provide coordination of a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program as part of the RAIN project.

Spring 2021

Research Assistant
Soil Health
Kansas State University

The successful applicant will join the K-State Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory.  The research will focus on soil health assessment of different rainfed cropping systems to improve water and nitrogen use efficiency and soil health. The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting the research and draft publications for technical reports and ultimately scientific journals. The successful applicant will work in an interdisciplinary team involving crop scientists, soil scientists, and modelers working together to improve water use and nutrient use efficiency in rainfed agricultural systems.

Spring 2021

Research Assistant
Soil Health
Kansas State University

The successful applicant will join the K-State Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory.  The research will focus on soil health assessment of farmer practices to improve soil health (no-tillage, cover crops, and nutrient management). The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting the research and draft publications for technical reports and ultimately scientific journals. The successful applicant will work with farmers set measure soil health from replicated strip trips at several locations across the state.

Spring 2021

Research Assistant
Soil Fertility
Kansas State University

The successful candidate will join a team conducting applied research with emphasis on soil fertility and nutrient management in cropping systems of Kansas. Research work will focus on nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) improvements for rainfed systems and the interaction with water use efficiency. Opportunities for interaction with producers and industry through field days and meetings will be available.

 
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This website is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-68012-29888, "Increasing Water Productivity, Nutrient Efficiency and Soil Health in Rainfed Food Systems of Semi-Arid Southern Great Plains."