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Ph.D Positions in Precision Agriculture - UMN

The Precision Agriculture Center at the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota is seeking applications for two graduate research assistant (RA) positions for pursuing Ph.D. studies with research focus on applications of proximal, UAV and satellite remote sensing, crop growth modeling, and machine learning for crop N and/or water stress diagnosis, precision nutrient management, precision water management and integrated precision crop management. These positions are available from the Spring Semester, 2021, but can also start in the summer of 2021.  These positions will pay $26,340 for stipend per year, plus $22,809 for tuition and health insurance. 
 
Required qualifications:
  • A M.S. degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural or Biosystems Engineering;
  • Experience and proficiency in GIS,  remote sensing image analysis, image processing and analysis, proximal and remote sensing for crop and soil mapping;
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with machine learning analysis, with demonstrated programming skills in Python and/or R;
  • Being able to work independently and as well as collectively in an international and interdisciplinary research team;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Experience in crop growth modeling is a plus;
  • Experience in thermal remote sensing and data analysis is a plus.
 
Application Contact:
 
Yuxin Miao, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Precision Agriculture Center
Department of Soil, Water and Climate
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Email: ymiao@umn.edu
PA Center: http://precisionag.umn.edu/
 
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