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Current Graduate Research Opportunities 

Graduate Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry

The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) 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 the following:

  • 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
  • benthic-pelagic coupling of biogeochemical cycles
  • development of autonomous vehicles for marine research (new/working on with some engineers)

Student research projects will be highly interdisciplinary and most will consist of the 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. Admissions procedures and application information are available on the IMS website. For more information, please contact Dr. Cindy Pilskaln at 508.910.6327 (ph), 508.910.6371 (fax), or via email at

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

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 (

Please include your GPA and GRE scores (if available). Further information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to program admission can be found at 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. 

Graduate Programs

National Science Foundation (NNCS) partnership

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship


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