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Research Assistant Sustainable Pesticide Management

09.01.2018 - VirginiaTech, Blacksburg, Virginia, US

A Ph.D. assistantship is available starting Summer/Fall 2018 in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) at Virginia Tech.

SPES offers ample resources for student research in sustainable agro-ecosystem management, including extensive laboratory and field equipment, opportunities to collaborate with a wide variety of colleagues within and beyond Virginia Tech, and access to a wide variety of natural and managed ecosystems for study.

Candidates will: 1) conduct field experiments at plot to landscape scales, 2) evaluate and engineer strategies to mitigate pesticide movement and bioavailability in soils using field- and lab-based methods, and/or 3) predict pesticide fate and transport using numerical modeling approaches. Candidates will engage with collaborators and stakeholders to conduct research and communicate findings. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with the Virginia Tech Global Change Center ( including potential participation in the Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program.

An academic record of excellence in environmental science, environmental or civil engineering, or other related field is required, while proficiency in written expression is essential. Experience in field studies and strong quantitative skills are preferred. For more information about this position, please contact: Dr. Ryan Stewart, Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. E-mail: or Phone: (540) 231-0253.

To formally apply for this position, go to and supply the following materials and documentation: (a) transcripts of graduate and undergraduate coursework, (b) contact information for three academic or professional references from this field, (c) GRE scores, (d) a written personal statement and (e) a vitae. International students please provide TOEFL scores. For information about the department and research programs see General inquiries should be directed to W. Lee Daniels (; 540-231-7175).

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.