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Department of Agronomy

Department of Agronomy
Kansas State University
2004 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506-0110

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Graduate Research Assistantships

GRA Position #528 - Soil Science

A graduate research assistantship is available for a project involving the development of automated, in-situ soil sensors and automated root-imaging cameras. The assistantship is part of a multi-institutional, NSF-funded project. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will involve: 1) building and calibrating minirhizotron-based planar optode oxygen sensors, 2) developing an automated minirhizotron camera system capable of imaging planar optodes and roots, and 3) oversee testing of and experimentation with the system under lab and field conditions. Further information about graduate studies at the KSU Department of Agronomy can be found at: http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/employment or by contacting Robert Berry at rwb7@ksu.edu.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Colby Moorberg - moorberg@ksu.edu

Date Available: Spring 2019

GRA Position #529 - Soil and Environmental Chemistry

A graduate research assistantship (Ph.D.) is available immediately for a project involves significant utilization of standard inorganic soil analyses as well as advanced spectroscopic analyses. The successful candidate will perform studies on in situ stabilization of mildly lead contaminated soils to help an interdisciplinary research team to reduce child lead exposure in the exterior of their homes. Further information about graduate studies at the KSU Department of Agronomy can be found at: http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/employment or by contacting Robert Berry at rwb7@ksu.edu.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Ganga Hettiarachchi - ganga@ksu.edu

Date Available: Spring 2019

GRA Position #530 - Soil and Environmental Chemistry

A graduate research assistantship (M.S.) in soil & environmental chemistry is available immediately for a project involving significant utilization of standard as well as advanced soil analyses. The successful candidate will perform studies helping to ground truth soil sensor signals via series of laboratory experiments and greenhouse studies involving minimally invasive, spatially resolved soil, solution, and gas measurements to monitor biogeochemical processes affecting nutrient and C dynamics in soils. These studies will help an interdisciplinary research team for model development, sensor optimization, and validation in relevant conditions. Further information about graduate studies at the KSU Department of Agronomy can be found at: http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/employment or by contacting Robert Berry at rwb7@ksu.edu.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Ganga Hettiarachchi - ganga@ksu.edu

Date Available: Spring 2019

GRA Position #531 - Cropping Systems

Graduate research assistantship with responsibility to conduct a USDA-ARS funded project addressing the agroecosystem sustainability of pea production systems in the central Great Plains. Specific focus areas include: improved water use of pea cropping systems, developing agronomic strategies to improve soil health through incorporating peas in a cropping system rotation, and identifying pea varieties that fix more nitrogen and leave greater residual nitrogen in the soil. The goal of the project is to develop sustainable pea cropping systems for the central Great Plains. Experiments will be conducted at four sites in Kansas across a large gradient in both precipitation and potential evapotranspiration (ET) in the context of intensifying locally relevant, historical rotations (wheat-sorghum/corn-fallow; wheat-sorghum/corn-soybean). The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Kraig Roozeboom to provide leadership and coordination for the project including field and laboratory operations, sample and data collection and curating, data summaries, refereed research publications and Extension products. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of agronomists and soil scientists to meet project objectives. The candidate will complete coursework for a Ph.D. in Agronomy with a thesis topic related to crop ecology, crop physiology, cropping systems, and soil health. Further information about graduate studies at the KSU Department of Agronomy can be found at: http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/employment or by contacting Robert Berry at rwb7@ksu.edu.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Kraig Roozeboom - kraig@ksu.edu

Date Available: Spring 2019