The Department of Crop and Soil Science at the Oregon State University (OSU) and USDA-ARS Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit has a position available for a full-time graduate student (Masters or Ph.D.) in the Entomology Program. The research project will investigate the spatiotemporal distribution and environmental risk factors (climate and landscape) of the armyworm and cutworm species complex in primary grass seed crops grown in Western Oregon. Project goals are to understand the ecology and behavior of these insect pests and their associated parasitoids and develop decision support aids for integrated pest management (IPM) implementation. The successful applicant will be trained to use field and laboratory equipment and conduct geospatial data analysis.
The position includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend with benefits. The candidate must be enrolled full-time in the Crop Science graduate program with the Entomology option. The student will be expected to conduct field and laboratory studies leading to refereed publications. The selected candidate will be encouraged to attend professional meetings and outreach events to present their research and will have the opportunity to develop their own research ideas within the project goals. This position will be based in main OSU campus located in Corvallis, which is ranked as one of the top college towns in the country for livability.
An earned Bachelor’s degree for a Master’s position or a Master’s degree for a Ph.D. position in entomology, crop science, biology, ecology, or other closely related disciplines.
Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats.
Must have a driver’s license.
Research experience in entomology and ecology.
Experience in statistical analysis using R software.
Skills in field and lab instrument operation.
Interested students should submit the following documents in a single PDF File Dr. Navneet Kaur (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Seth Dorman (email@example.com). It would be helpful to include, ‘Graduate Application Entomology’ in the subject line.
1. A letter of research interests (prior field and lab experience and professional goals)
3. Contact information for three references
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.