Position title: MS assistantship studying trophic ecology of large pelagic fishes Location: University of North Carolina Wilmington Responsibilities: The position will involve sampling at fishing tournaments along the NC and SC coasts to collect stomach contents and tissue samples from tuna, dolphin, and wahoo species. Both traditional diet and stable isotope analysis will be conducted to assess trophic relationships within the offshore pelagic fish community. The project will begin approximately May 15 2012 and last for 2 – 2.5 years. Qualifications: Students should be highly motivated, possess good writing and communication skills, and have previously demonstrated a strong work ethic and the ability to work in a team setting. Experience with fisheries biological sampling techniques (otolith, tissue, and stomach removal) is a plus. At minimum, students need to possess a BS in fisheries, natural resources management, biology or a related field and should have a 3.2 GPA and verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 50th percentile. Salary: Annual stipend of $14,000 with additional support to cover tuition and health insurance. Closing date: March 30th, 2012 Contact: Email a brief statement of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE scores and transcripts (unofficial copies are OK), and contact information for three references to Fred Scharf at [email protected] The successful candidate will be admitted to the MS program in Marine Biology at UNCW. Students can learn about graduate study in the department at http://www.uncw.edu/bio/ and my research program here: http://people.uncw.edu/scharff/ Recruitment process: I will generally invite up to 3 potential candidates to campus to visit with current members of the lab and to see the surrounding area. The student that receives and accepts an offer to join our lab will need to complete an official application to the Graduate School at UNCW; however, that step does not need to be completed to be considered for the position. Prospective students can save themselves the time and cost of applying to the Graduate School until they have received an offer.