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Graduate Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry

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MS Assistantship, Modeling Climate Effects for Fisheries Stock Assessment

Advisor: Gavin Fay, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

I am seeking an outstanding M.S. student to begin graduate research in the Fay lab in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), starting as early as September 2015.

The successful candidate will work as part of a new NOAA-funded project, focused on understanding the implications of choosing alternative models for climate effects in stock assessments for flatfish in the Gulf of Alaska. The student will work closely with collaborators at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the University of Washington, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. As part of the assistantship, the student will spend a summer in Seattle working at the AFSC with project co-PI Dr. Carey McGilliard.

At the Fay lab, our research focuses on developing, testing, and applying a range of statistical and modeling methods for the assessment and management of living marine resources. We currently work on marine fisheries, protected marine species, and at whole-of-system scales to improve and evaluate the methods used to provide scientific advice to decision makers about the likely consequences of management actions.


Students will have (or will have completed prior to start) an undergraduate degree in fisheries, ecology, applied mathematics, or a related field. Excellent written and oral communication abilities are required. Useful quantitative skills include mathematics, statistics, and computer programming. The ideal candidate will have completed undergraduate coursework in ecological modeling and have experience using statistical software such as R.

Students will be enrolled through the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) Program. Successful applicants to the IMS program will generally have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or better. They will also have an undergraduate major in one of the basic scientific disciplines or engineering, or will have strong multidisciplinary training with completion of at least six semesters of coursework in the natural sciences, generally to include biology, chemistry, and/or physics. Preparation in mathematics at least through integral calculus is strongly encouraged.

Application procedure

Interested applicants should email Dr. Fay ( with a single pdf containing a cover letter describing their motivation and research interests, current CV, university transcripts (unofficial or official), GRE scores, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Qualified candidates will be contacted directly and encouraged to submit a full application to the IMS graduate program.

The position could start as early as September 2015 with guaranteed funding for two years. Position comes with an annual stipend of $20,500 with health insurance and tuition waiver.

For more information about the lab’s research and SMAST see and

School for Marine Science and Technology

The School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is located in the state's largest fishing port of New Bedford. The city of New Bedford started as the world's preeminent whaling port in the 1800's, and today ranks second in the country in seafood catch value. Of interest to the marine science community are the nearby New Bedford Harbor and its fishing fleet, as well as close proximity to Buzzards Bay and Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays, Georges Bank and the deep ocean, as well as Boston and Woods Hole areas.

SMAST offers advanced degree programs focused on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, and government and non-governmental agencies on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development.

Graduate Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry

The School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications from qualified students to our master's and doctoral programs to work on research projects relating to biogeochemical particle fluxes and sedimentation, ocean particle dynamics, and the interplay between major nutrient cycles and plankton ecology. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: geochemical analyses of sediment trap samples, micropaleontology and elemental studies of sediment cores, computer-based image analysis of ocean particles and plankton, benthic nepheloid layer resuspension dynamics and modeling, and benthic-pelagic coupling of biogeochemical cycles. Student research projects will be highly interdisciplinary and most will consist of laboratory as well as field-based activities.

A bachelor's or master's degree in physical and/or earth sciences or oceanography is required. Applicants should possess moderate to strong computer and mathematical skills, depending on the graduate project selected. Review of applications is ongoing. Applications to our graduate program are available from our website:

Interested applicants should also send a statement of interest and current resume to:

Graduate Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry
Attn: Dr. Cindy Pilskaln
School for Marine Science & Technology
706 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744-1221

For more information please contact:
Dr. Cindy Pilskaln
voice: (508) 910-6327
fax: (508) 910-6371

NUWC Student Programs

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, offers a suite of research and employment opportunities for students that can be dovetailed with graduate studies at SMAST. 

Undergraduate/Graduate Programs

      • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
        -18-27 students at NUWC for 10 weeks in summer
        - Application deadline mid-January
      • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
        - Student commits to working at NUWC upon completion of degree – receives scholarship from DoD

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