M.S. or Ph.D. Student in Estuarine Circulation and Pathogen Modeling, University of Maine

Walpole, Maine 

Organization: New England Sustainability Consortium, University of Maine

Type of opportunity: Academic

Contact: Please contact Damian Brady (damian.brady@maine.edu) or Kelly Cole (kelly.cole@maine.edu) with questions.

Duties: The University of Maine Research Reinvestment Fund and the National Science Foundation funded New England Sustainability Team (https://umaine.edu/epscor/nest-new-england-sustainability-consortium-nsf-epscor-track-2/) is looking for a student to join a team of researchers developing and implementing Gulf of Maine estuarine-coastal models to investigate the interaction between estuarine conditions and bacterial pollution under the advisement of Drs. Damian Brady and Kelly Cole. Candidates will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team to explore the environmental, social, and economic implications of changing water quality. The position will afford the successful candidate numerous skill building and professional development opportunities, including acquiring tools to build, analyze and manage large geophysical datasets, publishing journal articles and networking and presenting work at professional conferences.  The successful candidate will also interact with regional stakeholders (industry, government agency staff, non-government organizations).

The student will joint a team of 5 other graduate students and 3 postdocs advised by Dr. Damian Brady at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine (~1 hr east of Portland, Maine).  Some travel to the University of Maine Orono campus (~2 hrs driving) and Maine Department of Marine Resources Boothbay office (~30 min driving) is required.

Desired qualifications: We are searching for a creative, motivated student in a STEM field that is interested in solving coastal problems.  The candidate should have good communication and analytical skills and work well in a research environment.  Proficiency in MATLAB, Python or a similar programming language and a strong quantitative background are required.  The candidate should also be enthusiastic about working on a multidisciplinary team.

Start date: Fall 2016 or spring 2017

How to apply: Please submit application materials to the University of Maine’s graduate School: https://umaine.edu/graduate/apply/. We encourage prospective students to send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Damian Brady (damian.brady@maine.edu) or Dr. Kelly Cole (kelly.cole@maine.edu) in addition to their graduate application.