Assistantships

Available Assistantships

Competitive assistantships are available in our program areas of research for outstanding candidates to thesis-based Master and Doctoral programs. Students on assistantships receive tuition and health insurance. University fees of approximately $2,550/year are the responsibility of the student.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Analytical Chemistry and Soil Science – 2 year appointment

Conduct independent research in the area of PFAS contamination of biosolids and swine sludges generated in the Cape Fear Watershed of North Carolina. The focus of this project will be identification of PFAS contamination in biosolids and swine sludges generated in this region and fate of PFAS after application (leaching and plant uptake) for crop production.

Activities will include laboratory and greenhouse research, extraction method development, sample extraction and analysis, data analysis, report preparation, and presentation of research results at local, regional, and national meetings.

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Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Ph.D., Soil Physics

Revealing soil structure from thermal and electrical properties.

We seek a student to conduct NSF-funded research aimed at understanding relationships between soil structure and thermal, electrical, and hydraulic properties. Work will leverage novel soil sensors, fabricated in our lab, together with modeling of fundamental soil physical property relationships.

The candidate will engage with an active research team including other graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral scholars working on a variety of agricultural, environmental, and fundamental soils topics. Presentation of research results for technical and non-technical audiences at local, regional, and national meetings will be an important component of training. All graduate research assistants participate in the Department’s teaching program.

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Soil Science Graduate Assistantship (Ph.D)

Soil Carbon Sequestration Strategies in Southeastern Organic Cropping Systems

This student will establish a 3-year crop rotation field experiment under organic transition at two research stations in the coastal plain of NC, with a focus on rapid soil health improvement and maximum soil carbon sequestration using various carbon inputs and cover crops.

This position will include laboratory work to quantify soil carbon pools and a suite of associated soil health (biological, chemical, physical) properties; statistical data analysis, report preparation, and presentation of research results at regional and national meetings. All graduate research assistants are required to participate in our teaching program for the equivalent of two or three laboratory sections of an introductory soils course.

This position will work closely with another graduate student focused on soil health and carbon dynamics within organically managed farms. Primary activities will include extensive field work to quantify soil health properties from farm fields in different stages since transition to organic management in the Coastal Plain region of North Carolina.

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Crop Science Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). MS or Ph.D.

Weed Science with an emphasis in pesticide environmental fate in agronomic systems.

Conduct field-, greenhouse-, and laboratory-based research with a project focused on pesticide environmental fate and based on the interest of the student. Students will interact with a team of NC State researchers and collaborate with other faculty within the department.

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Soil Science Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), M.Sc.

Soil and Environmental Biophysics Sustainability of Bioenergy Crops in North Carolina

We seek a student to conduct research focused on the sustainability and productivity of bioenergy crops in marginal soils in North Carolina. This research will help evaluate the productivity of giant miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) as a function of different management strategies.

Based on applicant interest, there is opportunity to investigate the effect of miscanthus on soil properties or leaf gas exchange and canopy radiation use efficiency as part of graduate training. Presentation of research results for technical and non-technical audiences at local, regional, and national meetings will be an important component of training. All graduate research assistants participate in the Department’s teaching program.

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Soil Science Postdoctoral Positions

Three Postdoctoral Positions for Soil-based Climate Change Mitigation Strategies at North Carolina State University

As part of a new initiative in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at NCSU, we are hiring 3 soils postdoctoral research positions related to mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration and GHG emission reduction. This collaborative project includes: examining microbial mechanisms controlling SOC sequestration and GHG emissions (2 Positions) and monitoring and measuring GHG and SOC dynamics through a pipe-line approach from lab to field scale (1 Position). These postdoctoral associates would work on specific directives and would also actively collaborate between projects. See below for specific details on the respective positions.

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