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Graduate Research Assistantship Biodegradable Mulch Organic Horticulture

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Posted 10/29/21

One graduate research assistantship is available in the area of weed biology and ecology to pursue a M.S. in Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND starting January 2022. As one facet of his or her research program, the graduate student will conduct primarily field-based experiments to test various novel mulch biodegradable materials for weed suppression in certified organic fruit and vegetable cropping systems. Mulch impacts on plant/insect interactions will also be assessed. Additional research topics may be pursued, depending on the interests and abilities of the student.

The research project requires travel to a field research site near Absaraka, ND; therefore the student must possess a U.S. driver’s license. The graduate research assistant will establish field/greenhouse/lab studies, collect data, analyze research results, prepare reports, write journal articles, present research results, and prepare a thesis/dissertation. This half-time assistantship will provide a stipend (negotiable DOE) and a full tuition waiver. Prospective students should hold a Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, biology, ecology, entomology, or other closely related field, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Desired qualifications include a strong quantitative/statistical background, excellent oral and written communication skills, field research experience, strong background in plant sciences and/or entomology, and an interest in ecologically-based pest management in organic crop production systems. Other highly desirable qualities include a farming or horticulture background, strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and mechanical troubleshooting experience.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, thorough, and organized. The primary project on which the graduate student will work requires substantial creativity, ingenuity, and ability to think inventively. The candidate must possess a valid US driver’s license and be capable of operating large trucks and various types of farm machinery. Candidates must also meet the admission requirements of NDSU’s Graduate School and the Department of Plant Sciences.

Applications to NDSU Graduate School are submitted at http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/, but prior to applying, prospective students should contact Dr. Gramig (contact information below) and provide a cover letter, statement of purpose, resume/CV, and any relevant test scores (TOEFL, GRE, etc.). Preference will be given to students with GRE scores (quantitative, verbal, and writing) above the 50th percentile. Information applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Dr. Greta Gramig, Associate Professor
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
P.O. Box 6050, Department 7670
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Office phone: 701-231-8149
Email: [email protected] 


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