Employer Description: Virginia Tech is a public land-grant institution that was founded in 1872 to push the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, trans-disciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem solvers. The Weed Science program at the Eastern Shore AREC is focused on fostering Virginia agriculture by developing innovative and sustainable weed management solutions for row crops and vegetables.
Position description: Weed Science program at Eastern Shore AREC is looking for a PhD student in the area of precision agriculture/remote sensing/digital agronomy. Research focus will be on the development and application of advanced technologies (e.g. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/ sensor-based ground vehicles/ field robots), analytics and tools for field-level decision-making, precise application of inputs for crop and weed management, and/or optimized, real-time agronomic management. Research will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments. Student will have the opportunity to work with the collaborators at the United States Department of Agriculture, University of Delaware, GROW network, and with many other engineering faculties working under Smart Farming initiative of Virginia Tech.
Location: Student will complete courses at Blacksburg campus and research will be at multi-locations (VT Blacksburg, and Eastern Shore AREC, Painter, VA).
Qualification sought: MS in agriculture/ remote sensing/ computer science or related field. The candidate must have some training in agriculture sciences and strong interest to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Candidates with knowledge of programming, image analysis, machine learning, geospatial statistics/ modeling will be preferred. This PhD position will be open for fall 2020, contingent upon fulfillment of all admission requirements at Virginia Tech.
Submit: 1. Curriculum vitae, 2. GRE, TOEFL scores if applicable, 3. List of three referees
Application: Interested candidates send email to Dr. Vijay Singh, Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Specialist, Virginia Tech (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additional Salary Information: A competitive assistantship salary for three years, all tuitions and fees will be paid by the department, and individual health insurance will be provided.
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