A PhD student position is available in the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky, starting in the Fall semester 2020.  The position is part of a collaborative USDA NIFA AFRI grant studying the impact of incorporating hemp into traditional crop rotations on soil health/function and agroecosystem services.  The student will be co-advised by Professors Luke Moe and Rebecca McCulley.

Research will comprise both field work and molecular methodologies.  This includes yield measurements of grain and fiber crops, in-field monitoring of greenhouse gas emission, soil physical and chemical parameters, and rhizosphere microbial community analysis using metagenomic techniques.  Experience in these techniques is not required, but would be a plus.  The student will have an interest in the role of microbes in soil health/function and will receive training in a wide variety of techniques. 

The position is available starting in August 2020 and comes with a competitive stipend, tuition, and benefits including health insurance.  Funding is available for up to 5 years.  Interested parties should send a letter of interest and a CV with contact information for 3 references to Professor Luke Moe at luke.moe@uky.edu.  More information about the University of Kentucky, the graduate program, hemp research at UK, and the Moe and McCulley laboratories can be found using the following links:






Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, USA)