Graduate Research Assistant-South Padre Island

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
South Padre Island
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
12,000 + tuition
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is offering a Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) related to the development of tools to map seagrass beds and investigate carbon sequestration in the seagrass sediments using drone-based multispectral imaging and high-frequency sonar. The appointment will begin in Fall 2018 in the School of Earth Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ( and continue to Spring 2020. The student will be employed as a graduate research assistant and will be expected to work 19 hours/week in the laboratory of his/her faculty teaching mentor(s) and participate in departmental outreach events. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. Prior experience with, or willingness to learn, small boat use, sonars, flying drones and the use of GIS software is preferred, as is the ability to conduct fieldwork under hot weather conditions. A current, valid U.S. driver's license and good driving record is also preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the URGV SEEMS Master of Science program pursuing the thesis option. The available assistantship has $12,000 annual research assistantship, plus $9,150 of scholarship towards tuition for the first year. For the second year, the student will receive a $10,000 teaching assistantship for two semesters and $4,700 of scholarship towards tuition. Additional scholarship may be available for the summer of year-2. Interested applicants should send to Dr. Faiz Rahman ( a copy of their CV or resume, transcripts, GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and two letters of reference as soon as possible. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum new GRE scores of: verbal 153 and quantitative 150 are desired. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or related field.
Contact Person
Faiz Rahman
Contact Phone
812-360-9291 (cell phone)
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