Graduate Assistantship in Marine Microbial Ecology, University of Southern Mississippi

Ocean Springs, MS

Organization: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi

Duties: A student is sought to conduct research that investigates the lasting impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on shipwreck microbiomes. Of specific interest are studies that investigate microbial degradation of wooden-hulled 19th century shipwrecks.  This position will involve laboratory studies using molecular biological (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing), bioinformatics, environmental microbiology, toxicology and the design of lab and seafloor experiments. 

Desired qualifications: BS or MS degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry or other relevant field. Applicants with previous experience in molecular biology, biogeochemistry or statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. Students are encouraged to participate in the planning and execution of oceanographic research onboard USM’s research vessel Point Sur for periods of up to two weeks at sea. The ability to work collaboratively with students, PIs and external researchers from multiple institutions and fields on interdisciplinary studies of the deep-sea is a must. Students are expected to participate in development of manuscripts for peer review.

How to apply: Submit a cover letter outlining specific interest and experience in marine science and/or microbial ecology, a curriculum vitae (include recent GRE scores and GPA) to