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Graduate Assistantship in Marine Sciences

October 29, 2012


Location: Franklin and Orono, Maine, USA
Company: Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research/University of Maine
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Salary: $18,133 per year
Closing Date: December 15, 2012
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B.S. degree in either marine biology, aquaculture, or food science. Career interest and/or background in aquaculture preferred but not essential.  Applicant must be able to work legally in the USA and have a valid driving license.  Must be a self-starter with a strong  work ethic and demonstrated writing ability.  Must have completed GRE scores and a minimum GPA of 3.0. 


Graduate Assistantship for M.S. degree student admitted to the graduate program in Marine Bio-Resources or Marine Biology at the University of Maine.  Includes yearly stipend of $18,133, insurance (50% of premium) and tuition (9 credits/semester).  Apply to the University of Maine Graduate School of Marine Science by Dec. 20, 2012.  This is a unique opportunity to obtain an M.S. in marine sciences working  on a sea urchin aquaculture project that includes aspects of  food science, marketing, and fisheries management.

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  • The student will be part of a research team on a two-year NOAA Sea Grant funded project to evaluate technologies for improving gonad yields and quality of green sea urchins to be harvested for human consumption as "uni".  Sea urchins will be cultured in an intensive specialized tank system at the University of Maine's  Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR), located in Franklin, ME.  The thesis work includes husbandry of sea urchins and other aquaculture species; sea urchin feeding trials; biometric measurements, water quality analysis, and gonad analysis.  The project includes a Sensory Panel to evaluate consumer acceptance.  Analysis of gonad quality and required course work will be at the University of Maine campus located about 45 miles from the CCAR facility.  The student is expected to provide their own transportation for the commute. Some travel money is available for mileage reimbursement.  The position starts on January 7, 2013 and will last for two years.  The student will work with sea urchin harvesters, industry partners and seaweed farmers, attend fisheries regulatory and management meetings, write reports and present findings at scientific meetings.  Excellent communication and writing skills are necessary.

Contact Name: Steve EddyContact Phone: 207-422-8918Contact Email:

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