Start: January 2, 2019 (Spring semester)
Program: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Dr. Matt DiMaggio and Dr. Frank Asche)
Deadline: October 29, 2018 or as soon as a suitable candidate is identified
We are currently seeking applicants for a two year, MS research assistantship investigating mechanisms to reduce regulatory inefficiencies in ornamental aquaculture production within the United States.
The long-term goal of this project is to improve profitability and stimulate growth of U.S. aquaculture by identifying pathways to reduce regulatory inefficiencies that affect U.S. aquaculture, while preserving oversight necessary to ensure that U.S. aquaculture continues to use sustainable and socially responsible practices. This project aims to better understand how the regulatory burden affects farm-level production and marketing costs in the aquaculture sector, which aspects of compliance requirements create the greatest cost burden, and which pathways would reduce on-farm costs without sacrificing environmental and social responsibility or its accountability.
Location: This position will be located at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (http://tal.ifas.ufl.edu), a fully equipped research and extension center located in Ruskin, Florida. The facility includes 5 greenhouses, 50 earthen ponds, a climate controlled hatchery, and a full-service disease diagnostic laboratory. The degree will be awarded through the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (http://sfrc.ufl.edu). If necessary, some research may be located at the main Gainesville campus within the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program (http://sfrc.ufl.edu/fish/) and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (http://isfs.institute.ifas.ufl.edu/).
•B.S. degree in biology, zoology, marine sciences, aquaculture or related discipline, GRE scores of >150 Verbal and >150 Quantitative
•Demonstrated research experience and familiarity with aquaculture and survey design and administration is highly desirable
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Interested applicants should submit the following documents as a single pdf or word file via email to Dr. Matthew DiMaggio, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the October 29, 2018 deadline.
•Cover letter summarizing interest in the position, qualifications and experience, as well as research and career aspirations
•Unofficial academic transcripts
•Unofficial GRE scores
•Names and contact information for three professional references
Final candidates will be contacted and required to submit formal applications to the University of Florida graduate school by November 30, 2018.