Seeking Graduate Student for Oyster Aquaculture Microbiome Study

We seek an exceptional student to participate in microbial ecological research concerning marine aquaculture. In the Gulf of Mexico there is considerable interest in developing technologies to expand the oyster industry through aquaculture. The chemical and microbiological conditions which permit survival of healthy oyster larvae and ultimately production of viable oysters are largely unknown. We invite students interested in studying the intersection of ecology and oyster aquaculture to apply for a Graduate Research Assistantship in the Division of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi to explore aquaculture microbiomes.

Successful applicants will have a BS or MS degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, aquaculture or relevant field. Applicants with experience in molecular biology, biogeochemistry, larval culture or statistical analysis are encouraged to apply. Students are expected to develop manuscripts for peer review, participate in outreach, and present results in written and oral formats. This opportunity will involve collaboration with experts in marine aquaculture at the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center and provide a rich environment for learning about marine microbial ecology.

Individuals that are serious about graduate study should contact Dr. Leila Hamdan ( Please provide a cover letter outlining specific interests and experience in the study of microbial ecology or marine aquaculture and a curriculum vita. Application for Fall  2019 admission at USM is required. Information on graduate admission requirements can be found hereThe deadline for Fall 2019 admission is April 1, 2019.

For more information about USM, the School of Ocean Science and Engineering or the Division of Coastal Sciences, please visit this site.