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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Research Opportunities in Marine Science / Oceanography

Graduate Student / Research Assistant School for Marine Science & Technology University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications from qualified students to our master's or PhD program to work on problems relating to ocean mixing. Specific project areas include state-of-the-art numerical modeling of turbulent wakes, and/or studies of the ocean internal wave field and its impacts on lateral dispersion. The ideal candidate will have significant education/experience in applied math and/or physics, with additional experience in numerical modeling preferred.

A minimum of a bachelor's degree in oceanography, physics, applied mathematics, engineering or related field is required. Applicants should have strong mathematical and computer skills with some background in physical and/or earth sciences. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled. Positions are available immediately, with full-time enrollment beginning no later than fall 2020 expected. Depending on the level of qualifications, successful applicants will be eligible for financial support in the form of tuition and/or fee waivers, teaching and/or research assistantships, and/or annual stipend. For more information about our programs, please visit: Applications to our graduate program are available through our website:

Interested applicants must complete a full application to our graduate program (see above links), and email a copy of their statement of interest, current resume, GRE scores, and academic transcripts to:

Email: Dr. Miles Sundermeyer at Subject: Graduate Research Assistant in Ocean Mixing and Stirring

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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: 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 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 a 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.

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 email:

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