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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - PIE LTER

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Posting Details

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Posting Number: 0001085
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Department Ecosystems Center
Position Type: Seasonal/Temporary
Position Title: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - PIE LTER
Position Summary:

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

Additional Information:

REU projects will be drawn from the following areas: microbial processes and communities, sediment dynamics, plant ecology, population and community ecology of invertebrates, fish population size and diet, marsh carbon and nitrogen cycles, and watershed inputs and processing. Students will work closely with mentors to develop and conduct independent projects within these research areas. However, both students will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. Students are expected to present their findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole. Housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with boats is useful but not required.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

EEO Statement

MBL supports individuals in reaching their full potential by offering equal employment opportunities and an environment that actively values diversity. MBL complies with all applicable laws concerning hiring and employment practices and is firmly committed to maintaining a workplace free from discrimination by age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, genetic predisposition, national origin, military status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. MBL requires all newly-hired staff to undergo a background check. Background checks are conducted after a conditional offer of employment has been accepted by the applicant.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident?
    • No Response
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid drivers license ?
    • No Response
    • YES
    • NO
  3. * Do you have small boat operating experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. References
  4. Unoffical Transcripts
Optional Documents