Applicants should take an active role in contacting faculty member(s) who could potentially advise them, as well as make an effort to seek funding before applying.
Current Graduate Research Opportunities
Graduate Research Assistantship in Fishing Gear Modeling
An MS track research assistantship in the UMass Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program is available at the School for Marine Science & Technology at UMass Dartmouth with a primary focus on modeling fishing gear.
The research project, funded for one year, seeks to model the flow around a dredge to better understand the influence of dredge geometry on fishing selectivity and bycatch. Applicants should have an accredited undergraduate degree in engineering, biology, or related discipline. Candidates having documented prior experience with numerical modeling are strongly preferred. Additionally, professional competence and good command of oral and written English are essential. The appointment is contingent upon the acceptance of the applicant into the UMass Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program.
To find out more and to be considered for this position please send your CV/resume to Professor Geoffrey Cowles (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to program admission can be found at .
PhD-level graduate assistantship in ocean turbulence & biogeochemical fluxes
The University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) Graduate Program invites applications for a PhD-level graduate research assistantship to study ocean turbulence and biogeochemical fluxes in ocean oxygen-deficient zones starting fall 2021.
This assistantship opportunity is part of an Office of Naval Research-supported study and is fully funded for three years. Research will be conducted at the School for Marine Science & Technology at UMass Dartmouth and will examine the use of sustained autonomous observations for estimating the regional horizontal and vertical fluxes required by biogeochemical budgets. Candidates with a background in oceanography, physics, engineering, applied mathematics, environmental sciences, or a related field are encouraged to apply.
- Strong quantitative, analytical, and data organization skills
- Mathematical analysis & computer programming experience (e.g. Matlab, Fortran, Python)
- Good command of oral and written English
To find out more and to be considered for this position please send a letter describing your interests and qualifications for the position, your CV/resume, and contact information for 3 academic/professional references to Professor Mark Altabet (email@example.com).
Please include your GPA and GRE scores (if available). Further information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to program admission can be found at https://marine.massachusetts.edu/. SMAST is located in the beautiful coastal city of New Bedford, known for its fisheries, seafood industry, and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
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.
National Science Foundation (NNCS) partnership
- Student commits to working at NUWC upon completion of degree
- Application deadline early June
- NSF-Navy Civilian Service Fellowship-Scholarship Program
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
- Summer work at a DoD Lab
- Application deadline January
- American Society for Engineering Education Fellowships