We seek a motivated, hardworking student to research in area of nutrient management in Alabama soils using nutrient budget (nitrogen and phosphorus) and Edge-of-Field runoff monitoring studies. The primary goal of the project is to demonstrate reduction in nutrient losses from combined cover crop and smart irrigation practices in Alabama farms. The student will conduct Edge-of Field runoff studies, develop nitrogen and phosphorus budgets, utilize computer modeling such as APEX, and integrate advanced data analytics to model nutrient losses from agricultural fields in Alabama. The student will also assist in related research projects, manage day-to-day field/laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Qualifications: Applicants should have an M.S. degree either in soil science, agricultural engineering, hydrology, or in other closely related field. The applicant should have experience conducting Edge-of Field runoff monitoring and should be familiar with laboratory procedures for water quality parameters. The applicant must have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate course work in soil and water science, GIS, nutrient management, computer modelling, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The candidate will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Soil Science degree in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University. Opportunities will be provided to participate in professional, scientific societies, and travel to professional meetings.
To apply: The research assistantship includes tuition waiver, health insurance, and $23,000 annual stipend. The position is available in Fall 2020. Candidates interested in this opportunity should send their CV, a cover letter describing their relevant experience and interest in the position, GRE and TOEFL (international students) scores, and academic transcripts (unofficial) via email to:
Dr. Rishi Prasad
Assistant Professor and Animal Systems Environmental Specialist
Departments of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences & Animal Sciences
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