I am seeking a MS-level graduate student to conduct growth and reproduction studies on black corals (antipatharians) in Gulf of Mexico. The project is supported through the NOAA-funded Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). The successful candidate will join a collaborative team of researchers in a rapidly expanding marine science program located in one of the fastest growing, culturally diverse regions in the nation situated minutes from South Padre Island, Laguna Madre, and the Gulf of Mexico. The student will (1) estimate growth of antipatharian species occurring at diving depths (<40 m) and (2) conduct histological analyses on those species.
The appointment is to begin in Fall 2018 in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The successful candidate will be awarded up to $23,020 per year which includes an annual stipend of $16,500 for living expenses plus tuition ($6,520/yr.) for a two-year period. Additionally, there are monies available for research supplies, conference travel, and a NOAA Experiential Research Training Opportunity (NERTO) requiring a 12-week training at a NOAA facility (TBD).
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or a related field and be field capable. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum GRE scores of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative are required. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. A current, valid U.S. driver's license (good driving record) and scuba diving certification are also required. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences (OCES) MS or Biology MS program.
As per the NOAA award terms and conditions, students supported under this program must meet the following eligibility criteria: students must be U.S. citizens, full-time postsecondary students, must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and not engaged in full-time employment outside the program and/or academic institution. Because this is a position funded by NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions (EPP-MSI), preference will be given to students representing minorities. Funding to support students under this grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce under award #NA16SEC4810009.
Interested applicants should send to Dr. David Hicks (email@example.com) a copy of their CV or resume, GPA and GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.