Description: The University of Wyoming seeks highly motivated applicants for graduate research assistantships in the Departments of Renewable Resources, Plant Sciences, and Agricultural & Applied Economics. Successful applicants will conduct research on agronomic or socioeconomic aspects of conservation agriculture in small- holder production systems of Kenya and Uganda. Degree options include an MS or PhD in Soil Science (under Dr. Jay Norton’s supervision), an MS or PhD in Agronomy (under Dr. Urszula Norton), or an MS in Agricultural Economics (under Dr. Dannele Peck).
Qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree (to pursue an MS) or a master’s degree (to pursue a PhD) from an accredited institution, and be eligible for admission to the degree program of interest (see departmental websites for details).
Preference will be given to applicants with training/experience in both economics and agronomy/soils; in-depth knowledge of small-holder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa; strong quantitative and communication skills, and a strong work ethic. Highly qualified students with other relevant training/experience will also be
considered. Residents of Kenya and Uganda are strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation: The successful candidate will receive a full waiver of tuition and fees (including health insurance) and a monthly stipend (approximately $1,250/month for MS students and $1,750/month for PhD students) for up to four semesters and one summer (for MS students) or eight semesters and three summers (for PhD students). The student must be enrolled full-time in their respective department, and meet departmental expectations in both coursework and research each semester to continue receiving support.
Application: To apply, please email the following (preferably as one PDF file) to Dr. Jay Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org :
(1) a letter of interest that describes your professional goals (including the degree you would like to pursue) and highlights your unique qualifications;
(2) a resume (including GPA, and GRE scores if available); and
(3) contact information, including email addresses, for three academic or professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately. This announcement will remain open until suitable applicants are hired. Positions will begin in the summer or fall of 2010. For additional information, see the following websites or feel free to contact us.