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PhD Assistantship

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Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship:
The physiological influence of migration delays on the next generation of
Atlantic salmon - University of Maine, Orono

Responsibilities: This is a collaborative research project aimed at understanding how delays in warmer waters below dams may influence the energy use of pre-spawn Atlantic Salmon in Maine and will include assessment of the potential maternal effect of increased energy expenditures (due to thermal experience) on egg quality and larval development. Other complimentary approaches will be collaboratively developed, and may includeadult respirometry and juvenile behavioral phenotype (personality) assessment. This is a project including state and federal partners. A key part of this position will be engaging with stakeholders, including in the form of reporting, in addition to data collection and analyses.

Qualifications: M.S. or equivalent experience in ecology, biology, physiology, or other relevant discipline required. An interest in fish physiology, fisheries science, bioenergetics, quantitative skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent record in seeing projects through from start to finish are highly desirable. Successful applicants will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduates in the group, develop independent research questions related to overall project goals, operate federal vehicles and boats, embrace environmental data science, and publish research results. We are committed to anti-racism and value diverse identities, experiences, and skills.

Salary: $26,667 per year, $2,386 health, and $7,033 tuition (estimated). Funding is renewed annually, 4.5 years is anticipated.

To Apply: Please complete the application at For full consideration, apply prior to March 1, 2023. Open until filled.

Questions? Please email Joe Zydlewski ( and Christina Murphy

( with heading “Atlantic Salmon Assistantship”

We especially encourage applicants from historically excluded groups to apply. The University of Maine Orono is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.