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Graduate Research Assistantship, Christmas Tree Improvement Research – Horticulture

Position availability: Spring 2018

The University of Georgia, Department of Horticulture is seeking applicants for a PhD student. The student will conduct research in the area of Christmas tree improvement.  Research will focus on the propagation of Momi and Fraser fir by Somatic Embryogenesis, and will be conducted at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, at Georgia Tech, and at several locations throughout the state of Georgia.  An assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Mark Czarnota ( directly and include the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references.  Also, the student will be expected to complete class work at the Athens Campus, and conduct research at the University of Georgia Griffin campus and Georgia Tech.  The student will also be expected to assist with other related research projects, as well as collaborate directly on research and extension publications. Official applications need to be submitted online at

Viticulture Graduate Assistantship 

The Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking a graduate student (MS or PhD) with an applied viticulture focus. The research project will focus on cultural practices, such as canopy management, training, and pruning, as they relate to grape quantity and quality in several regionally popular varieties (i.e. Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Norton). The start date can be as early as January 2018 and as late as May 2018 (Spring or Summer semester).

Applicants for the MS program need to have a BS in horticulture, food science, plant biology, or closely related field, while applicants for the PhD Program need to have a MS in one of the aforementioned fields. The position comes with a graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. The graduate student will pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees. For more info, contact Dr. Cain Hickey (                                                                                                                             

Early Pathogen Detection & High Throughput Phenotyping Graduate Assistantship

A graduate student assistantship (Ph.D.) is available in the Watermelon Breeding, Genetics & Genomics laboratory ( in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, located in Athens. Research is expected to focus on molecular pathogen detection and high throughput phenotyping in watermelon. This is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology and the College of Engineering. An MS degree is required and experience with molecular laboratory techniques and high throughput phenotyping are highly desirable. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend and tuition waiver. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Cecilia McGregor (