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M.S. & Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship – Mississippi State University. DEPARTMENT OF PLANT, Mississippi State University PhD


Mississippi State, MS 39762 P. 662.325.2311 F. 662.325.8742

M.S. & Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship – Mississippi State University

Type of position : Mississippi State University PhD

Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences (Weed Science), Graduate Research Assistant Doctor of Philosophy in Plant and Soil Sciences (Weed Science), Graduate Research Assistant.

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Description of employer

MSU also holds the R1 “Very High Research Activity” designation from the Carnegie Foundation, as well as the “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” designation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, recognizing MSU’s work to advance engagement and economic well-being.

Overall, the university’s agricultural research spending for the fiscal year ranked 11th in the country, while it’s spending on natural resources and conservation research ranked 13th-the highest-ranked MSU subdisciplines in the survey.

MSU’s high-performance computing capabilities have steadily grown over the decades, with the university now ranking 5th in U.S. academic supercomputing capability.

Location of job: Starkville, MS

Closing date: March 2023

Date position will be available: June 2023

Description of duties

The graduate student will be involved in developing new technological innovations to determine the presence of viruses/pest/diseases on-site and determine best management practices that minimize their source and reinfection rate in sweetpotato.

Experiments will involve determining sweetpotato variety tolerance to weed control options, evaluating the efficacy of control options on weed species that harbor sweetpotato viruses, reducing reinfection with virus vector management, developing sensitive real-time RT-PCR and recombinase polymerase amplification for rapid field-based detection of viruses in weed species.

The project will also test integrated and sustainable approaches to manage weeds in sweetpotato, including, but not limited to, bioherbicides, herbicide safeners, allelopathy, cover crops, and soil steaming.

The student will also assist and mentor undergraduate students in the research group and collaborate with other Mississippi State University scientists and colleagues at other institutions.

The incumbent will also analyze data, prepare reports to funding agencies, present research results at scientific meetings and prepare papers for publication in refereed journals.

The student will coordinate with other graduate students in the maintenance and upkeep of the laboratory facility as well as in the procurement of laboratory supplies.

Description of qualifications

A B.S. degree (for M.S.) or M.S. degree (for Ph.D.) in Weed Science, Plant Science, Biology, or another closely related field is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong statistical background. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in herbicide assays, vegetable production, molecular biology, and/or genetics.

Whom to contact for additional information

Dr. Te-Ming (Paul) Tseng

Associate Professor of Weed/Herbicide Physiology [email protected]



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