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PhD Soil Science Graduate Assistantship: Soil Carbon Chemistry

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Soil Science Graduate Assistantship:

A PhD assistantship in soil science is available to study the role of soil carbon chemistry and aggregate stability in the long-term persistence of compost in dryland cropping systems in the arid West. Research is part of a larger multi-state collaborative project involving long-term residual effects of compost and intercrops on soil health and fertility, weed dynamics, yield, and economics of organic dryland wheat systems.  The student will explore the effects of compost chemistry on soil health and organic matter dynamics and C storage using a number of techniques such as sequential fractionations, mid-range infrared spectroscopy and synchrotron-based spectroscopy. 

Start date: January 6th or April 1st 2020.

Applicants have the opportunity to be selected for a USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship:


Minimum academic requirements:

GPA 3.5; GRE average score in the 70th percentile.

A Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship Features:

  • $22,000 per year (each year for four years)
  • Full tuition award and fee remission (each year for four years)
  • Health insurance
  • Support to attend research conferences
  • Reserved spot at intensive grant-writing workshop
  • Enrollment in Research Scholars certification program
  • Spot in special training/presentation session at Graduate Research Symposium
  • One-on-one support from Associate Vice President for graduate and undergraduate research

Send letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE test scores, and contact information of three references to: 

Dr. Jennifer Reeve e-mail: 

Dr. Astrid Jacobson e-mail: 

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