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Graduate Assistantship: Developing new environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling technology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

I am seeking a candidate for a M.S. assistantship in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The student will work on an interdisciplinary project combining environmental DNA (eDNA) and environmental engineering. The student will work in lab and field settings to test new 3D printed technology for aquatic eDNA collection. The student will also work closely with project partners in the Department of Fisheries, Institute of Northern Engineering, and the Alaska Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (Center ICE). The student will be part of the RISE-UP program and engage in coursework focused on innovation, technology development and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The vision of this project is to develop cost-effective eDNA technology to support citizen science and biodiversity monitoring in marine and freshwater environments. A candidate with interest in both genetics and engineering (mechanical or environmental) is desired. The Glass Lab (www.theglasslab.org) values diversity and inclusion and embraces a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Start Date: May or August 2024

Salary and Benefits: $35,500 per year (2 years) will be paid through a Research Assistantship supported by Center ICE, funded by the Office of Naval Research. Tuition, fees and health insurance will be covered by the project.

Contact: For more information about the project, please email Dr. Jessica Glass (jessica.glass@alaska.edu). To apply, please send the following to Dr. Glass: 1) 1-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, skills, and goals, 2) CV or resume, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) contact information for 3 references. UAF values equity, diversity and inclusion and we especially encourage applicants from underrepresented or historically excluded groups to apply. Applications will be accepted until March 1st.

  • Job Type: MS
  • Application deadline: 03/01/2024
  • Organization: University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Qualifications: Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries, environmental engineering, genetics, or other relevant discipline. Experience with 3D printing, engineering, molecular biology techniques, and/or coding is desirable. A willingness to learn, attention to detail, creativity, and a strong work ethic are essential.
  • How to apply: To apply, please send the following to Dr. Glass: 1) 1-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, skills, and goals, 2) CV or resume, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) contact information for 3 references.
  • Location: Fairbanks, AK

Contact Information

Jessica Glass
jrglass@alaska.edu

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