A Graduate Research Assistantship in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( http://www.ag.auburn.edu/agec/ )(DEARS) at Auburn University is currently available to a qualified and highly motivated candidate interested in agrifood systems, particularly grass-fed/pasture-raised beef. This study is part of a larger project that seeks to determine the ecological, environmental, and economic impacts of integrating cattle and perennial grass into a multi-crop production system using conservation practices. The project focuses on small- to medium-sized farms in three southeast states.
This assistantship will provide at least two years of funding and a tuition waver contingent upon successful academic and work performance. The appointment may start as early as Spring 2011.
Conduct face-to-face interviews with producers, emphasizing disadvantaged and minority farmers; observation at existing farms that incorporate a grass-fed beef rotation; and participant-observation during farm demonstrations and extension programs.
Identify producers’ concerns, constraints and obstacles to adopting a sod-based rotation system that integrates cattle.
Day trips and overnight travel for data collection and associated activities including the presentation of research results.
Prepare manuscripts and presentations for academic and outreach audiences.
· An interest in alternative/sustainable agrifood systems.
· At least a completed BS/BA degree by the time of the appointment.
· Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills.
· Ability to work and to travel independently.
· If not currently enrolled, the candidate must be admitted to a graduate degree program at Auburn University.
Please submit a letter of interest that details your qualifications including your GPA and GRE scores, as well as a statement of your interests and goals as they relate to alternative/sustainable agrifood system. Please also submit a copy of your transcripts, C.V., and three letters of recommendations to:
Dr. Michelle R. Worosz
Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
306A Comer Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5406
Phone: 334.844.5682; Fax: 334.844.5639
Information regarding application to The Graduate School and DEARS can be found at http://www.grad.auburn.edu/and http://www.ag.auburn.edu/agec/grad/, respectively.
Review of applications on-going and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.