Friday, April 21, 2017

Graduate Assistantship - PhD - Available at University of Idaho!

A Graduate Research Assistantship is available for a PhD student at the University of Idaho, Southwestern Research & Extension Center, Parma, ID. Parma is located 30 min from Idaho's capital city, Boise. The assistantship is in the Cropping Systems Agronomy program lead by Dr. Olga Walsh. The research focus is development of sensor-based methodologies and cultural practices for improved water and nutrient use efficiency in various crops. The anticipated start date is August 21, 2017, and the assistantship is expected to run through August 31, 2019. The student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week on various field and lab assignments specifically related to the student's dissertation project, as well as assist in other research and extension projects lead by the Cropping Systems Agronomy program. The student is expected to work through breaks unless given a permission of the major professor to take a vacation. The student must maintain student health insurance either through the university or through an outside vendor policy. In addition, the student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week as a TH employee with the Cropping Systems Agronomy team during the summer semesters. As a TH employee, the student will be paid on hourly basis for summer semester at the rate of $12.00 per hour.
TO APPLY, please email a single pdf file containing: 1) letter of application detailing how you meet each of the required and/or preferred qualifications, 2) CV, 3) transcripts, and 4) contact information of three professional references to: Dr. Olga Walsh at

Please visit and contact Ms. Lana Unger at for admission protocols, and the departmental and college deadlines.

REQUIRED: 1) MS degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Soil Fertility or closely related field 2) Excellent verbal and written communication skills 3) Strong interest in agriculture 4) Drive, focus, excellent work ethic, and ability to lead their research project 5) Experience and strong interest in conducting applied field research
PREFERRED: 1) Experience with precision agriculture tools and methodologies such as crop sensors and UAVs 2) Previous extension/outreach experience, working with ag producers 3) Experience with farm field research equipment

Additional Salary Information: Total value of the assistantship, including stipend, fee waiver and additional compensation = $42,355.40.

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