University of Fairbanks seeking ocean acidification Research Assistant

The research assistantship is based at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Photo: UAF

Position: Research Assistantship (Ph.D. in Marine Biology)- at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

One Ph.D. student is sought to study the physiological impacts of increased pCO2 on clam species that are of subsistence importance to Alaska Native communities. Taking an integrative approach, this project includes biochemical, microscopy and carbonate chemistry analyses with the opportunities for seasonal field work in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.

The project is funded by Alaska Sea Grant and is contingent upon federal funding from the National Sea Grant Program.


The Kelley lab is seeking a self-motivated, independent, and creative thinker that is excited about pursuing a graduate degree in the study marine biology in Alaska. Preferably (but not a prerequisite) the successful candidate has experience with the following: Microsoft Office suite, R or Matlab, molecular biology laboratory skills, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of chemical oceanography as it relates to ocean acidification. Minimum Qualifications: an M.S. degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018.

Stipend and tuition and fees

This position includes full support in the form of a graduate assistantship, tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance for a minimum of two years with the possibility of a two-year extension.

Application instructions

Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter a statement your interest in this graduate position, qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Amanda Kelley (email: Please put “Ph.D. application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate has been identified and accepted into the graduate program at UAF.

Dr. Amanda Kelley, Assistant Professor, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Co-Director, Ocean Acidification Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
(907) 474-2474


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