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Agricultural Data Science - PhD positions

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

We are currently recruiting for students to become a part of Sweet-APPS and start a PhD in the Fall!

The Sweet-Fellowship includes:

- Receive stipends for three years at $30,000 per year;

- Benefits and tuition support for three years;

- Professional development and soft-skill training opportunity through the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Fellows Program, including annual residential sessions and travel funds for two University Industry Consortium meetings;

- A short-term research exchange at the Idaho National Laboratory;

- Networking opportunities with professionals at SAS and Microsoft

The selected applicants will be part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of researchers at North Carolina State University working to capture, integrate, and analyze sweetpotato production data collected from field to market. Learn more about the project here , and see recent press releases describing the project here. The students will be encouraged to develop research questions tailored to their unique interests and career goals, while working in the context of sweetpotato agriculture. Sweetpotato is a key horticultural crop in North Carolina, and the students who work on this project will have the opportunity to produce results that directly support the sustainability and resilience of local food systems, while generating generalizable insight that more broadly advances the use of data science in agriculture.

Examples of research for the Sweet-Fellows are:

- Performing techno-economic analysis of agricultural supply chains to highlight opportunities for improvement.

- Developing and using optical sensors for predicting plant growth parameters in the lab, greenhouse, and field.

- Implement satellite remote sensing for agricultural productivity analysis and modeling

The Sweet-Fellows will receive a PhD in one of the following:

- Biological & Agricultural Engineering (BAE). Advisor: Daniela Jones (Gonzales),

- Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). Advisor: Mike Kudenov,

- Center of Geospatial Analytics (CGA). Advisor: Natalie Nelson,
upcoming deadline

Application Deadline: 2/1/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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North Carolina State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Agricultural Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Computational Sciences
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Computer Sciences
Operations Research
Optics & Photonics
Sensor Science & Engineering
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems

Big Data Science
Computational Modeling
Computational Optical Sensing
Computer Modeling
Computer Programming
Data Science
Geospatial Modeling
Operations Management
Spatial Ecology

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Page last updated 11/22/2021
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