Description: The Agroclimatology Group in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences and the Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences (CHESS) Cluster at Auburn University is seeking for several highly-motivated graduate students (PhD or Master). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and conduct agroclimatology research in one or more of the following areas: 1) use of climate forecasts to improve crop, water, and nutrient management; 2) assessing impacts of climate change and variability on agricultural systems, water systems, and food security; 3) improving crop and/or hydrologic forecasting and modeling using climate and remote sensing information. The new student will be expected to conduct research, assist teaching, present research findings in national or international conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A competitive stipend and tuition waiver will be provided to qualified candidates.
Application Instructions: Please apply for admission to the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences through the graduate school of Auburn University (http://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/). Application materials include CV, personal statement, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and official GRE score. TOEFL/IELTS score is required for international applicants. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact Dr. Di Tian (Email: email@example.com; Webpage: http://cses.auburn.edu/di-tian/) via email using the subject "Prospective Agroclimatology Student" to discuss their interests. The expected starting time is the beginning of Summer or Fall semester in 2017.
Qualifications: 1. Bachelor’s (for applying to Master program) or Master’s (for applying to PhD program) degree in a science or engineering discipline related to climate, such as agronomy or agricultural engineering, environmental science or engineering, climatology, meteorology, hydrology, or a closely related field. 2. A strong commitment to developing a successful career in either academia or industry and strong interests in agroclimatology and modeling. 3. Strong communication skills (both verbal and written). 4. Computing expertise (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) and experience with climate data analysis, crop modeling, and/or hydrologic modeling are preferred but not required.
Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 24,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus ...and Atlanta, Georgia. It is a beautiful university town ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top ten list of the best places to live in the United States for the year 2009.