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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Research Opportunity in Biophysical Modeling

An M.S. track research assistantship in the UMass Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program is available at the School for Marine Sciences & Technology at UMass Dartmouth with a primary focus on coupled biophysical numerical simulations. The research project, funded for two years, seeks to examine impacts of climate change on larval connectivity and recruitment of the American lobster in southern New England using individual-based models driven by hindcasts of the regional ocean.

  • 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 a letter describing your interests and qualifications for the position, your CV/resume, and contact information for 3 academic/professional references to Professor Geoffrey Cowles (

Please include your GPA and GRE scores (if available) and anticipated start date. Further information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to program admission can be found on our IMS website.

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 & 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 and analysis of ocean internal waves and vortical mode in the context of lateral dispersion and the internal-wave energy cascade. Model results will also be compared with data from field studies using dye and drifter release experiments, with observational data sets used to guide the numerical analysis. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in fluids modeling, and applied math and/or physics.

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 2018 expected.

Depending on the level of qualifications, successful applicants may be eligible for financial support in the form of tuition and/or fee waivers, teaching and/or research assistantships, and/or annual stipend. Application information is available at Application Process. For more information about our programs, please visit Academics.

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