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MSc. Research Assistantship at Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Tarleton State University
Texas A&M, Tarleton State University

Date Posted Nov. 13, 2023
Title MSc. Research Assistantship at Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Tarleton State University
University Texas A&M, Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX, United States
Department Wildlife and Natural Resources
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Environmental Science & Ecology
    Animal Science
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

Project Title: Reducing the environmental impact of beef production through the use of naturally occurring secondary plant metabolites in southeastern forage systems.

Job description summary: Graduate research assistant will be an MSc student at Tarleton State University, thesis track. They will work on field trials testing and demonstrating forage legume secondary compounds for mitigating rumen methane emission.  This can be environmental science, plant science or animal science. This includes laboratory and field work collecting and analyzing plant data from field trials and demonstrations in Erath Counties. They will defend a thesis and prepare journal manuscripts to be published in refereed scientific journals as well as extension material online.


  • Student must be accepted into the graduate program at Tarleton State University for Master of Science
  • Student must be thesis option
  • Student must commit to completing an MSc thesis prior to graduation
  • Student must pass a state-mandated criminal background check applicable to all new employees
  • Student will maintain a 3.0 or better GPA during graduate program.
  • Student must provide a CV or current resume

Location: Stephenville Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center & Tarleton State University

Degree: MSc at Tarleton State University

Duration: 24 months

Contact: Dr. James P. Muir,, 1-254-977-3293

Job Description:

  • Student will carry out research in field and laboratory research. This involves greenhouse and field work in various hot, cold and inclement weather conditions including planting, irrigating, weeding, collecting data and generally being responsible for greenhouse and field experiments.
  • Student will carry out laboratory assays on plant and soil material.
  • Student will manage data and carry out statistical analyses on that data.
  • Student will write a thesis related to the topic at Tarleton State University.
  • Student will submit at least one manuscript to a refereed journal during the graduate program.
  • Student may assist with teaching at least one course or lab at Tarleton.
  • Student will present research at university, state and national scientific meetings including abstracts.
  • Student will participate in other research programs as needed.


  • $1,500 monthly stipend
  • This is a 50% appointment so working on research a minimum of 20 h a week is expected
  • The assistantship will not cover tuition or fees at Tarleton State University
  • The assistantship will not cover health insurance
  • Continuation of the assistantship is dependent on availability of funds


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Contact Information

  • Dr. James Pierre Muir
    Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center
    Texas A&M, Tarleton State University
    1229 N. US Hwy 281
    Stephenville, TX 76401
  • 1-254-977-3293


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