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Florida International University
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181; USA
Phone: (305) 919 5882
Fax: (305) 919 5896
Email: frank@jochem.net

Office: AC-I 379
Lab: AC-II 350
Lab phone: (305) 919 4226

Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:30
and by appointment


A graduate student research assistantship for participation in a NOAA-funded research project for a period of 2.5 years is available to start January 2007 for M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidates. Applications (see below for list of required documentation) should be submitted preferably before November 30, 2006, but early application might receive preference to commit the position as soon as possible.

Project Description: A 3-years project was funded by NOAA for high-resolution mapping of living resources on the Louisiana shelf, Gulf of Mexico, to assess the effects of seasonal hypoxia on organism distributions. Water column organisms from bacteria to fish will be surveyed on two research cruises annually (June, August) with state-of-the-art technology. FIU's responsibility is the mapping of bacteria and small (<20 Ám) phytoplankton by analytical flow cytometry. In addition, microbial communities shall be characterized by molecular methods (e.g. genetic fingerprinting, quantitative real-time PCR) and trophic interactions within the microbial food web in oxic and anoxic regions assessed by grazing experiments.

Position: A Research Asssistantship is available with an annual salary plus 90% of graduate tuition costs and basic health care. Employment is contigent on admission into the graduate program of the Department of Biological Sciences by the university's Graduate School. Primary working place will be the brand new Marine Biology Program building on the Biscayne Bay Campus of FIU, located directly on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay in North Miami. New, modern, and well-equipped graduate student office and lab facilities are available, as are recreational offers for graduate students (on-campus pool, kayaking, FIU dive program with certification, small boat operator's course, etc.). Graduate students should expect to take some of their courses at FIU's main University Park campus in Miami/Clearwater and are encouraged to maintain contact to graduate students on the main campus.

Qualifications: Ph.D. Applicants must have either completed their M.Sc. or have a B.Sc. and a GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 1250 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. M.Sc. candidates must have their B.Sc. completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and provide a GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 1150 or higher. A solid background in marine sciences and ecology is expected and must be demonstrated by transcripts; experience in molecular techniques are beneficial. Applicants must be fit for extended work at sea; demonstrated experience is of advantage. Service as research assistant beside the direct thesis work and assistance in project development, planning, and logistics are expected. According to university rules, graduate students supported by assistantships may not engage in any other income-earning activity.

Applications: Candidates shall submit their applications by mail or email as early as possible. For preliminary screening of applications, candidates must submit (1) a cover letter stating their career goals ("Letter of Intent"); (2) a complete CV; (3) inofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts and B.Sc. and M.Sc. diplomas; (4) a minimum of three reference letters, of which one must be from the M.Sc. supervisor (if applicable). Candidates who have published in peer-reviewed journals should include reprints (PDF files) of their publications. Address for applications is given on the left side of this screen. The selected candidate will be contacted for submission of full and official application forms at due time; all communication will be performed by email. Only complete applications will be responded.

Foreign Candidates: This position is open to foreign candidates, however additional documentation is required by the university's Graduate School: All foreign candidates from non- English speaking countries must provide a TOEFL language test (scores 550 paper-based = 220 computer-based) at the time of application. Demonstrating good spoken English skills (e.g. by a "Test of Spoken English", TSE, test score) will be highly valuable. Foreign students will receive a J-1 student visa through the university's Graduate School. Students are responsible for knowing of and adhering strictly to all applicable immigration rules.