Current Assistantship Opportunities

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships beginning August 2019 are available for highly-qualified applicants.

Plant Pathology Graduate Program Assistantship Opportunities

Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships are available in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) beginning August 2018 for highly qualified applicants. Applicants with strong demonstrated intellectual merit, outstanding GPA and GRE test scores, and laboratory research experiences that have led to creative accomplishments are encouraged to apply to work with any of our faculty and nationally-recognized research programs.

Opportunities including Dual-Title Degrees, formal professional development training, and international research opportunities are available as part of these paid assistantships. Both Masters and Doctoral assistantships are available.

Apply by December 15 for full funding consideration.

In addition to the established research programs in PPEM, we are specifically recruiting talented students to work in these cutting-edge research programs:


Field Crop Disease Epidemiology

The Esker lab is looking for motivated students interested in working in plant disease epidemiology research, education, and extension related to improving field crop and small grain production. Our program integrates novel field, laboratory, and statistical methods and technologies to improve our understanding of plant pathogen and disease dynamics, especially related to best management practices, decision-making and the long-term impact of these approaches to improve profitability and sustainability for growers. We work with large, on-farm research networks to integrate grower production practices and fields into our models and analyses. Furthermore, the Esker lab maintains many active collaborations, including several international collaborations related to crop loss and risk assessment, as well as teaching statistics and epidemiology. 

Currently, there are several potential areas for thesis research, including: (1) understanding and modeling risk factors that influence the development and management of white mold in legume crops in the Northeast, (2) quantifying the impact of seed treatments on the soil microbiome to more effectively quantify the cost-benefit of this technology, and (3) modeling the risk and impact of applying foliar fungicides on field crops and small grains, including impacts of the microbial ecology of the phyllosphere. We also are looking for students interested in writing pre-doctoral fellowships that develop novel ideas for thesis projects, including NSF and USDA.