I am looking for an MS student starting this summer 2021 to lead the soil moisture and plant moisture stress aspect of an on-farm soil health project in South Texas at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The student will work with a field technician to install and maintain a network of fully automated soil moisture sensors across 5 farms, and will lead the analysis of a continuous data stream of soil moisture data. Prior experience in processing and manipulating large datasets (preferably using R statistical software) is required. Additional training in ‘big data’ analytics will be offered. Data will be used to assess the impact of cover crops on plant available water and its seasonal and interannual variability. The student should also have an interest in developing research questions related to understanding plant physiological responses to moisture stress. The Christoffersen lab (https://christoffersenlab.weebly.com/) is equipped with instruments for measuring plant hydraulics and gas exchange (photosynthesis, transpiration, stomatal conductance). Ability to work outside in hot & dry conditions, a good driving record and ability to drive university vehicles is required.
For this position I am looking for a student qualified working in team settings across a combination of field and indoor work, and who can tolerate being outside in hot and humid subtropical climates. Student is expected to start in Summer or Fall 2021 (Summer preferred), once they successfully submit their application through the UTRGV Graduate School. Selected will receive full tuition support and a monthly living stipend for two years as they complete their Masters degree. Through related project funding, additional support is available for research supplies, professional development, and travel to relevant conferences. If you are interested in joining this exciting project, please send a short introduction, a brief statement detailing your interest in these opportunities, and a CV/resume to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed and filled on a rolling basis. For more information about the application to the graduate school at UTRGV, see https://www.utrgv.edu/graduate/for-future-students/graduate-programs/program-requirements/agricultural-environmental-and-sustainability-sciences-ms/index.htm.