The New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI) is sponsoring a Graduate Assistant position for a scholar to pursuing a PhD degree in Water Science and Management (WSM) focusing on agriculture and water management.
New Mexico faces complex water issues representative of many of the critical water issues around the world. Along the Rio Grande in central New Mexico, agriculture versus urban water use issues confront Albuquerque and the surrounding landscape, forcing difficult choices in future water planning. In southern New Mexico, reliance on groundwater to maintain water uses during 15 years of below average surface water have caused regional planning conundrums to provide enough water for all users while meeting interstate compact requirements. In southeast New Mexico, without surface water, Ogallala aquifer fossil water is being exhausted, and the region must make important tradeoffs between energy, agriculture, and water use.
NMSU ACES is seeking a scholar to address integrated food processing regarding water solutions through pursuit of a PhD in the WSM graduate degree program. Focusing on alternative uses for produce water in agricultural production and food processing.
The science objective is to provide cutting edge integrative analysis and solutions to water issues that have so far been impervious to solutions through traditional approaches. To accomplish this, the operational objectives of the position are to: a) describe the main water issues facing different parts of food processing in NM through literature, experts, and stakeholder interaction; b) select one or more of the water issues involved in food processing for in depth analysis; and d) identify specific approaches that could be pursued by ACES to make meaningful progress in solving the selected water issues related to food processing. It is anticipated that the ACES contribution will include a team of researchers from various disciplines (hydrology, food science, economics, data science, systems science, etc.) that will also form the foundation of new integrative water-food-energy efforts in ACES.
The successful student will have a suite of applicable skills or interests. Foremost will be integrative skills such as system dynamics that will enable analysis of multiple disciplines. Technical proficiency will be a plus, such as econometrics, hydrologic modeling or another field that facilitates technical analysis. Ability to listen to various viewpoints and distill key information will be important. There will be flexibility within the project to build on the interests and aspirations of the PhD candidate while crafting a cutting-edge study and drafting innovative approaches to solving water issues surrounding food processing.
Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Water Science and Management include all general requirements for a graduate degree as set forth in the NMSU Catalog, plus the following:
- Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. However, students with grade point averages between 3.0 and 3.5 will be given consideration. This degree being preparatory to the Water Science and Management doctorate.
- Three letters of recommendation submitted directly from persons who know the applicant professionally, including a recommendation from the candidate’s current employer/sponsor. These letters should provide evidence of professional ability, research experience, and the potential for professional development.
- In addition, applicants to the Ph.D. program should provide evidence of capacity for research. This could include a master’s thesis, a professional paper, peer-reviewed manuscripts, consulting reports, or other evidence of capacity to conduct research.
- A letter of intent or statement of purpose that addresses individual professional and personal goals related to water science and management and discusses how these goals fit within the degree programs at NMSU. It is expected that the candidate will have made contact with prospective advisor(s) at NMSU and speak to how he or she would work with a said advisor(s) to advance their research and study.
- A brief resume or curriculum vitae not to exceed five pages that summarize the candidate’s background and qualifications.
Once you have submitted your application for this program, please send a confirmation email to email@example.com mentioning that you have applied for this position.
If you have any questions about the application process or application system, please contact NMSU graduate school at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions about the WSM program or program requirements please contact the program at email@example.com.
Chosen applicant will start as soon as possible.