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PhD or M.S. Graduate Assistantship: Atlantic salmon passage in the Piscataquis River

Responsibilities: Incumbent will study migratory behavior and passage success of sea run adult Atlantic salmon in the Piscataquis River, a tributary of the Penobscot River, Maine. The project will use active telemetry (radio and acoustic) and physiological assessment to characterize migratory, reproductive and survival costs imposed by dams. This is a quantitatively intense study. Experience in field ecology, database management, and telemetry are desirable – but only a willingness to learn is a necessity. Good communication skills are essential as the incumbent will work with many partners (State of Maine, federal, tribal and NGOs). One to two semesters of TA support are anticipated. You would become part of a dynamic, supportive, and positive team; individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: MS (for PhD) or BS (for MS program) in biology or equivalent, quantitative skills, interest in fisheries science and excellent work ethics. GPA of 3.2+ and GREs >50th percentile desired. (if available).

Salary: $30,000/$27,000 per year (PhD/MS), $2,820 health, and estimated $7,241 tuition. Funding is renewed annually (anticipated 4.5/2.5 years).

Closing date: Review will start February 20, and continue until filled; anticipated starting date on or before of May 15.

Contact: Send cover letter, CV, transcript copies (unofficial), three references (names only) and GRE scores/percentiles to Joe Zydlewski (email josephz@maine.edu) with heading “ATS UMaine”

Updated 2/9/2024