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Available Positions

Ph.D. assistantship

“The Ferrarezi Lab of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is seeking applications for a highly motivated Ph.D. student for Spring 2022 to work on sap analysis. Plant sap analysis is a powerful option for determining nutrient status, as an early determination of the plant nutrient status is highly beneficial for managing fertilization. Plant mineral levels, nutritional deficiencies, and excesses can be determined before they cause any damage to plant growth. There is plenty of knowledge for sap analysis for field vegetables but not for CEA. Moreover, the sap extraction and result interpretation are bottlenecks since they vary from crop to crop. The student will establish the sampling timing, tissue age, sample size, sampling frequency, extraction and analysis methods, and sufficiency ranges for different short-term crops with tender tissue and compare the results with leaf nutrient concentration since that is the standard. This project will provide the student an opportunity to perform outreach-related activities by working directly with the industry. The student will actively interact with a vibrant plant science community across the University. Students who apply for this position should have strong training in related fields: horticulture, plant nutrition, crop science, or agronomy. The student will be expected to work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field. The student should be able to speak and write effectively in English. The student will have at least four years of financial support, including a tuition waiver, health insurance, and monthly stipend. To apply for this position, email Dr. Rhuanito Ferrarezi at  along with a statement of purpose, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL scores.”

M.S. assistantship

“The Ferrarezi Lab of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is seeking applications for a highly motivated M.S. student for Spring 2022 to work on irrigation and fertigation delivery systems and management. The student will investigate the best hydroponics system to maintain adequate plant growth in CEA vertical farms. This project will provide the student an opportunity to perform outreach-related activities by working directly with the industry. The student will actively interact with a vibrant plant science community across the University. Students who apply for this position should have strong training in related fields: horticulture, plant nutrition, crop science, or agronomy. The student will be expected to work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field. The student should be able to speak and write effectively in English. The student will have at least two years of financial support, including a tuition waiver, health insurance, and monthly stipend. To apply for this position, email Dr. Rhuanito Ferrarezi at  along with a statement of purpose, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL scores.”