The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is offering a Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) to assist in developing techniques to map seagrass distribution and monitor disturbance using drone- and boat-mounted imaging sensors. The appointment will begin no later than Spring 2018 in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) at UTRGV (http://www.utrgv.edu/seems/) and can be renewed through Spring 2019. 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. The research will be conducted near South Padre Island, TX in the Lower Laguna Madre.
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. Ability and willingness to conduct fieldwork under hot weather conditions, including vegetation and soil sample collection from the Laguna Madre, is required. Prior experience with small boat and drone use is preferred, or the student has to be willing to learn boat and drone operations. 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 Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences (OCES) Master of Science program in SEEMS, pursuing the thesis option. Assistantship for academic year and summer, a waiver of out-of-state tuition, and a tuition scholarship will be available.
Interested applicants should send to Dr. Abdullah F. Rahman (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of their CV or resume, transcripts, GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and two letters of reference. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores are required. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.