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Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship Position - University of Kentucky

The Digital Agriculture and Soil Science Laboratory in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
at the University of Kentucky is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. student for multi-state
projects. The selected student will be assisted in developing his/her/their own research projects.
One of the research ideas is to integrate field and proximal/remote sensing-based data and assess
the effects of soil health practices on carbon/nutrient cycling, water dynamics, and yield stability in
agroecosystems. The student is expected to employ stochastic and process-based models to
simulate the existing soil health practices in Kentucky. This work will be conducted as part of an
interdisciplinary team comprising various scientists, growers, crop consultants, and government
agencies. Another idea includes, but is not limited to, working with the large existing cover crop
datasets. There are numerous opportunities to further enhance collaborations and expand research in both fieldwork and computational studies. The student is strongly encouraged to develop their own research topics leading up to graduation and disseminate research findings through peer reviewed journal articles and presentations at scientific meetings/conferences. Financial support, including tuition waiver and a generous stipend, is available.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate will have a B.S. or M.S. degree in soil science, agricultural and biological engineering, biogeochemistry, geostatistics, or a related field. Strong academic performance and exceptional oral and written communication skills are essential qualifications. Additionally, a willingness to gain knowledge in AI technologies, computational modeling, proximal/remote sensing, and geospatial analysis is crucial. Prior experience in these areas is preferred. The candidate will be expected to complete the required coursework for a Ph.D. in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences, with the opportunity to select a specific emphasis area in agreement with the program. (please see /ipss.ca.uky.edu/ for more information).
 
LOCATION:
The University of Kentucky is in Lexington, Kentucky, a dynamic and progressive city known for its lively entertainment scene. Situated in the Bluegrass Region, the area is renowned both for its rich agricultural heritage and as an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS: Prospective applicants are requested to contact Dr. Mizuta and submit
the following documents: (1) a comprehensive CV, (2) a statement detailing their research
experiences and goals (maximum of 2 pages), (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information
for one reference (three references are preferred). When sending the email, please use the subject
line "Inquiry about Ph.D. Position". The application review process will start on February 1, 2024,
and continue until the position is filled. Only candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be
contacted and invited to participate in virtual interviews. The selected candidates will be required
to formally submit a formal application to the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences graduate
program. International applicants must submit their application by April 15, 2024, while domestic
applicants must submit no later than one month before the start of the term (See details:
https://gradschool.uky.edu/application-process). The candidate selected after the final interview will
start the program in the Fall semester of 2024 or as early as possible. Note that individuals from
underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as well.
 
Dr. Katsutoshi Mizuta
Assistant Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Kentucky
Email: toshi.m@uky.edu
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=quVTtREAAAAJ&hl=en
 
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The address of the College of Agriculture EEO Coordinator is room S-101 Agricultural Science Building, 500 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.
 
ENVIRONMENT:
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) is dedicated to fulfilling
the land-grant promise of providing excellent education, fostering civic leadership, conducting
transformative research, and sharing knowledge for the betterment of society. We are committed
to serving the people of Kentucky and beyond by offering education, outreach, service, and
research that seek to improve lives today and create a sustainable future. With a history spanning
over 130 years, CAFE has a strong track record of delivering research outcomes to the community.
From traditional laboratories and research farms to state-of-the-art diagnostic and research centers,
we provide science-based, practical solutions that have a direct impact on the daily lives of
Kentuckians and individuals worldwide. Our Cooperative Extension programs are actively engaged
in all 120 counties of Kentucky, addressing needs not only in agriculture and natural resources, but
also in areas such as 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, as well as
community and economic development. We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment that
enables our students, staff, and faculty to achieve their fullest potential.
 
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