Opportunity: MS Graduate Assistantship, Fisheries Oceanography/Ecology, University of Southern Mississippi

The Fisheries Oceanography and Ecology Lab (Department of Coastal Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi) invites applications for a MS Graduate Student in the field of Fisheries Oceanography/Ecology. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of senior and early-career scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Oregon State University on a project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to examine the ecology of deep-pelagic larval fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The overall goal of the project is to address major knowledge gaps for the Gulf of Mexico by describing the abundance, distribution, vertical migration behaviors, and diets of deep-pelagic larval fishes and their plankton prey, and how these organisms and their food webs are connected to the upper ocean. Specific objectives and additional project details can be found on our website. The positions will be based out of USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory located in Ocean Springs, MS.

The successful candidate should have a BS degree in biology, marine science, oceanography, fisheries, or related field; strong writing and quantitative skills; preferred academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentile in each category and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). The assistantship includes a stipend of $22,800/year, plus tuition waiver. This position will be available starting Fall 2018. Eligibility for this position is conditional on a USM background check. To be considered for the position, please email a letter of interest, current CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to frank.hernandez@usm.edu. The closing date for applications is October 31, 2017.