M.S. and Ph.D. Soil Science Assistantships, University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Organization: Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee

Type of opportunity: Academic, graduate program, assistantship

 Contact: Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma, Assistant Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, sjagada1@utk.edu

Duties: The overarching goal is to study soil organic carbon dynamics in managed and unmanaged ecosystems in response to natural and anthropogenic perturbations. The research will involve conducting field experiments in the long-term agriculture experimental sites in Tennessee and in the Ozark mountains experimental site in Missouri. Some aspects of the research will involve active collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.

 Desired qualifications: The applicants must have B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in soil science, agronomy, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, biology or closely related fields with demonstrated experience in soil-associated research involving field and/or laboratory components. Applicants should also possess excellent academic performance record, and strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest in one or more of the following: conducting field-based research, designing and executing laboratory experiments, presenting and publishing research findings. Proficiency with analytical instrumentations (e.g. carbon and nitrogen elemental analyzer, gas chromatography), microbiological skills (e.g. nucleic acid extractions, sequencing, bioinformatics), lab management and mentoring undergraduate students are desirable. Prior publication record is also a criterion for selecting the student for the Ph.D. position.

Start dates: Fall 2016 or Spring 2017

 Salary/pay: The successful applicants will receive a tuition waiver, annual stipend typical of the department and health insurance.

Link to more information: View the full announcement online.

How to apply: Interested applicants should contact Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma at sjagada1@utk.edu. Enclose your current CV, unofficial copies of transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable), and contact information for three references.

Application deadline: The screening of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are selected.