Join Us


Those who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) or working as limited-term researchers or undergraduate researchers in the Delaware Indoor Ag Lab (DIAL) of the University of Delaware may email Dr. Qingwu Meng ( to discuss opening availability and their potential fit.

For consideration, prospective graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to email Dr. Meng the following materials as a single combined PDF document. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Students with a strong background in horticulture, plant science, environmental science/engineering, agricultural engineering, bioenvironmental engineering, food science, or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Preferred experience includes controlled-environment agriculture, indoor vertical farming (plant factories), greenhouse crop production, hydroponics, and/or horticultural lighting.

About the university and the lab

The University of Delaware is a top national university located in Newark, Delaware. It is within two hours of New York City and Washington, D.C., and within one hour of Philadelphia and Baltimore.

We conduct research in university greenhouses and the newly developed Indoor Ag Lab with state-of-the-art growth chambers, tunable LED lighting systems, and hydroponic systems. Visit the Research page to learn more.