Opportunity Type:

Date: February 19, 2014

Position Summary:

The MBL Ecosystems Center is seeking undergraduate applicants for summer research fellowships (REU) in watershed and estuarine ecosystems in Massachusetts. Fellowships are sponsored by the Plum Island Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research program (http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/pie). REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating college seniors). REU participants are expected to start the program in early June and work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2014.

Additional Information:

Successful candidates will conduct independent research projects that are linked to larger studies of watersheds, streams, estuary, marshes, or tidal creeks. In addition, participants are expected to assist principal investigators, postdocs, research assistants, and graduate students with ongoing projects and gain experience in a variety of research areas related to coastal science. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and present their research results in oral presentations and in poster and written formats by the end of their fellowship. Accommodations are provided at the field station during field work studies.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or environmental science. At least two positions are available, one focusing on the ecology of marine organisms and one focusing on biogeochemical cycling and or ecosystem C and N budgets. Applicants with more advanced course work in these areas are encouraged to apply. Attention to detail, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential.

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be willing to conduct moderately strenuous fieldwork in marine environments, primarily intertidal setting under variable weather conditions. Successful candidates will be expected to spend extended time at the field site in Plu

m Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole) where housing is provided and paid for by the project.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Unofficial transcripts are required documents but may be uploaded with your application package or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7118. If faxing, please reference the posting number.