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Available Positions

Graduate assistantships

Ph.D. assistantship

Currently, we are looking for Ph.D. assistantship who shares similar research interests and passion to join our team. This position will provide financial support through graduate research assistantships (tuition waiver, health insurance, and annual stipend). Dissertation research may focus on exploring biochar effects on plant physio-biochemical responses to biotic and abiotic stress (incorporated with biocontrol agents). The successful candidate will also have opportunities to conduct other collaborative researches with industry/academic partners, be involved in extension programs, and attend regional and national conferences. 

M.S. assistantship

Currently, we are looking for M.S. assistantship who shares similar research interests and passion to join our team. This position will provide financial support through graduate research assistantships (tuition waiver, health insurance, and annual stipend). Thesis research may focus on irrigation and nutrients impacts on plant root-microorganism interactions as well as plant growth and quality. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to conduct other collaborative researches with industry/academic partners, be involved in extension programs, and attend regional and national conferences. 

Ideally the position (both Ph.D. and M.S.) will begin Spring 2023, but no later than summer 2023. The position will be located at the UGA Griffin campus in Griffin, Georgia. Interested students should contact Dr. Ping Yu by email at . Please indicate in your cover letter why you are interested in this opportunity and describe any relevant experiences. Applicants must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in horticulture, plant pathology, agronomy, entomology or a related field to apply M.S. or Ph.D. program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. All applicants must qualify for admission to the UGA graduate school and be admitted through the Department of Horticulture. Application to the graduate school can be made online at https://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/apply-now/ and the requirements for M.S. or Ph.D. application can be find https://hort.caes.uga.edu/graduate/admission.html and https://hort.caes.uga.edu/content/dam/caes-subsite/horticulture/documents/graduate-students/Horticulture%20Graduate%20Program%20Handbook%20April%202022.pdf.

Staff and Visiting Scholars

Student workers and Interns

Currently, we are looking for student workers and interns who are responsible and have passion in greenhouse and nursery production work to join our lab. If you are interested, please send your CV directly to Dr. Ping Yu at .

Volunteers and Visiting scholars

We are always looking for volunteers and visiting scholars who shares similar interests with us and open for discussions on research and teaching opportunities at our lab. Please contact Dr. Ping Yu directly by email at