Prof. Di Tian’s research group at Auburn University (http://www.ag.auburn.edu/~dzt0025/) is seeking for 1-2 highly-motivated PhD students. The new students will pursue a PhD in either Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences or Earth System Science. The expected starting time is the beginning of Spring or Fall semester in the year 2019. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and conduct research in one or more of the following areas: 1) using weather and climate forecasts for process-based agronomic and hydrologic modeling applications; 2) improving agriculture and water resources management using climate and satellite remote sensing datasets; 3) assessing impacts of climate variability and change on agriculture and water resources. The new student will be expected to conduct high-quality research, assist teaching, present research findings in national or international conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A competitive stipend (>$20,000 per year) with full tuition waiver will be provided to qualified candidates.
1. A B.S. & M.S. degree in a science or engineering discipline related to climate, e.g. environmental sciences or engineering, hydrology, meteorology, physics, agricultural and biological engineering, agronomy, atmospheric sciences, and others. A deserving candidate with a B.S. degree will also be considered for a combined M.S. and Ph.D. program. 2. A strong analytical and quantitative skill as demonstrated within academic transcripts and/or publication records. 3. Computing and statistical skill (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) and experience with climate or remote sensing data analysis, crop modeling, and/or hydrologic modeling are advantageous. 4. Possess or demonstrate a potential for excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Application Instructions: Please apply for admission to the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences through the graduate school of Auburn University (http://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/application-instructions/). Application materials include CV, personal statement, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and official GRE score. TOEFL/IELTS score is required for international applicants. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact Dr. Di Tian (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email using the subject "Prospective Graduate Student" to discuss their interests.
About Auburn University
Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 24,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia. It is a beautiful university town ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top ten list of the best places to live in the United States for the year 2009.